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Money not an issue as Petrino fills out coaching staff

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Head Coach Bobby Petrino and Garrick McGee, his new assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Head Coach Bobby Petrino and Garrick McGee, his new assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.
Bobby Petrino at his January 13 press conference. Bobby Petrino at his January 13 press conference.
Garrick McGee taking questions from the Louisville media. Garrick McGee taking questions from the Louisville media.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - He has only been on the job for four days, but University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino is not wasting any time filling up his coaching staff and the school is not sparing any expense.

It was somewhat surprising last week when UofL gave Petrino a $3.5 million a year salary, a salary that would have ranked #1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference this past season.

"It's an investment back into the program, which Tom is great with, he gives us the resources to go out and put together the best staff in America. He's made that statement and he certainly has done it," said Petrino.

Petrino met with the media Monday afternoon to introduce his new offensive coordinator Garrick McGee. As the former top man at Alabama-Birmingham, McGee was 5-19 in his two seasons.

McGee was an assistant coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars with Petrino and also joined him at Arkansas as offensive coordinator in 2010 and 2011. McGee's title at UofL is assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.

"You know it's really fun because we think a lot alike," said Petrino. "He knows exactly how I like to coach quarterbacks, he's ran the drills. I made him do things when he was playing and now to watch him coach it and do a great job with not only the position of quarterbacks, but overseeing the entire offense."

"When he called the one thing that I asked him was ‘is there a chance for us to win a national championship? And if it is, then I'm interested,'" said McGee, "and he said, ‘yeah, this is the one.'"

UofL has still officially announced a defensive coordinator, but various media reports have Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham taking the job.

Grantham was making $850,000 with the Bulldogs, according to USA Today, the fifth highest paid assistant in college football. He will reportedly make almost $1 million at UofL with a five year guaranteed contract.

Contract details for McGee were not released Monday. McGee made $550,000 at UAB and had a $550,000 buyout.

It is important to note UofL came out over $3.1 million ahead, when you factor in Charlie Strong's buyout compared to the one UofL paid Western Kentucky for Petrino. Some of the Strong assistants had to pay buyouts as well to get out of their contracts.

An announcement on the remainder of the staff is expected later this week.

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