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February 21, 2013

Carver (Ga.) coach Dell McGee returning to alma mater Auburn in off-field role

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By David Mitchell

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.com

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Carver football coach Dell McGee has announced that he will leave the program after eight years at the helm to take a position at Auburn University, the coach confirmed on Thursday.

The position will be in an off-the-field capacity, McGee said, and he will begin his job on Monday. He said that he notified the district and spoke with his team on Thursday.

“I’m going attend the basketball game on Saturday, and that will be my last day at Carver,” McGee said. “I’ll start at Auburn on Monday.”

McGee said he was grateful for the opportunities he had at Carver as well as those he’ll have in his new position.

“I’m very grateful for the years I spent at Carver,” McGee said. “And I’m grateful for the opportunity Coach (Gus) Malzahn has given me here.”

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In eight years with the Tigers, McGee compiled an 88-19 record (21-6 playoffs), including four state semifinals appearances and one state championship in 2007. He also helped the team move its all-time record over .500 for the first time since 1971.

The team had not had a winning season in nine years when he took over as head coach in 2005. In his first season, the Tigers went 3-7. The team went 12-2 and reached the state semifinals in his second year and won it all in his third season.

McGee lettered four years (1992-95) as an Auburn cornerback, a freshman in Pat Dye’s final season on the Plains and a sophomore for Auburn’s 11-0 squad in 1993. Due to a 2-year bowl ban, McGee did not play in the postseason until his senior year, grabbing an interception in a 43-14 Outback Bowl loss to Penn State on New Year’s Day 1996.

The Kendrick HS product was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He appeared in three games in 1998.

Junior defensive tackle Gabe Wright, a freshman for McGee’s 2007 title team, is the only Carver product currently on the Auburn roster. McGee and Wright are two of 32 all-time Columbus natives to letter for the Tigers.

Other reported additions to Auburn’s support staff from Alabama high school ranks include Spain Park’s Chip Lindsey and B.C. Rain’s Brent Dearmon.

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