Dell McGee, the former Auburn football player who turned Carver of Columbus into a state football power, is returning to his college alma mater to be part of Auburn’s football support staff, according to several media reports.
McGee, 39, reportedly was hired by new Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. Auburn has not announced the hire.
“I’m very grateful for the years I spent at Carver,” McGee told David Mitchell of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “And I’m grateful for the opportunity Coach Malzahn has given me here.”
A graduate of Kendrick High in Columbus and former NFL defensive back, McGee arrived at Carver in 2005, when the school had not had a winning football season since 1995 or a state-playoff victory since 1987.
After a 3-7 start in his initial season, McGee led Carver to seven straight seasons of at least 11 victories. The run included a Class AAA championship in 2007.
In 2012, Carver had 33 of its former players on college football rosters, including Georgia All-America linebacker Jarvis Jones. Carver’s numbers ranked second to Buford in AAA and eighth in any class.
McGee’s record in eight seasons was 88-19.