Paul Johnson is leaving Navy to become the new Head Coach for Georgia Tech. A 5:30 PM press conference has been set up to announce the hire officially. He follows Chan Gailey as the coach of the Yellow Jackets.
Johnson had a 45-29 record for
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Gailey was let go as Georgia Tech's head man almost two weeks ago on November 26th after six years with the Yellow Jackets. Chan had a record of 44-32 for Tech but was criticized mostly for his 0-6 record against hated rival Georgia.
Johnson's contract will pay him roughly $11 million over seven years.
After welcoming in the new Head Coach, fans will next be most interested to see who, if any, of the coaches on the previous staff are kept. Defensive Coordinator Jon Tenuta and Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Giff Smith are two of the names people will be watching closest to see if they are retained.
Tenuta was named Interim Head Coach after Gailey was let go and is scheduled to coach in the bowl game. Many think that Johnson's offense along with Tenuta's defensive mind could be a formidable combination. Smith's is also thought to be an important member of the previous coaching staff not only for his work on the defensive line but his outstanding job as a recruiter.
And while on the subject of recruiting, with a Head Coach now named, GT fans will probably find out over the next few days and weeks whether the current commits will stay in place. All 14 current commits have waited to see who Tech would hire and will likely speak with Coach Johnson in the coming days to learn how they fit into his program.
GoJackets.com will keep you posted on all developments.