CHAMPAIGN -- A key addition to Lovie's Smith staff at Illinois was confirmed Friday.
Garrick McGee, offensive coordinator the last two years at Louisville, will take the same position at Illinois, replacing Ryan Cubit. Cubit was fired along with head coach Bill Cubit last week.
"My relationship with Garrick McGee goes back to when I recruited him to Arizona State, and have maintained that friendship as he has risen through the college ranks and become one of the top offensive coaches in the nation," Smith said. "We are fortunate to have him run the Illini offense, and our fans should be excited, because we'll showcase an exciting brand of football."
Like many of Smith's reported hires, he has a connection to McGee, having recruited the former quarterback to Arizona State. According to Illinois, the two stayed in contact throughout their coaching careers.
McGee's Louisville offense averaged 28.7 points per game and 416.1 yards per game last season, a year after the Cardinals scored 30+ points eight times and passed for 3,276 yards with McGee as offensive coordinator. He joined Bobby Petrino's staff at Louisville after spending two seasons at UAB and four at Arkansas, where he also worked under Petrino.