UAB fires two defensive staff members

UAB fires two defensive staff members

Second-year UAB coach Garrick McGee has fired two members of his defensive coaching staff.

Garrick McGee is just 5-19 in two seasons as UAB coach. (Photo: Pat Sullivan, AP)

Garrick McGee is just 5-19 in two seasons as UAB coach. (Photo: Pat Sullivan, AP)

Defensive coordinator Jimmy Williams and outside linebackers coach Reggie Johnson have been let go, according to an AL.com report.

Defensive line coach Kevin Peoples is expected to remain on the staff. The status of defensive backs coaches Brandon Sharp and Matt Sanders has not yet been confirmed by AL.com.

UAB finished the season 2-10 season, following a 3-9 record in McGee’s first year.

The Blazers were last in Conference USA and 118th nationally in total defense, allowing 497.8 yards per game. UAB gave up 276.2 yards per game through the air, which ranked 117th nationally. Its 221.3 yards per game allowed on the ground was 109th nationally.

McGee announced after the season-ending 62-27 loss to Southern Miss that there would be staff changes.

Johnson and Williams came to UAB with McGee. Johnson started out as the defensive coordinator, but was demoted after UAB’s fifth game of the season and replaced by Williams.

Peoples and Sanders finished their first year on staff and Sharp finished his second season on staff.

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