While nothing will become official until after Georgia Tech plays Stanford in the Seattle Bowl on Thursday, it is expected that Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey will be named the new head coach of the Yellow Jackets.<P>

Gailey said in a prepared statement earlier this week, "I'm not going to comment on any rumors that might be out there right now. Right now, I'm just worried about the Falcons on Sunday."

The University of Georgia talked to Gailey last year about filling their vacancy, but turned to Mark Richt when Gailey indicated he wanted to finish the season with the Dolphins. Gailey has made the same request with Georgia Tech, and this time it appears to be no problem.

Gailey, who was born in Gainesville, Ga., was a head coach at Troy State in 1983 and 1984, and at Samford in 1993. He guided Troy State to the Division II national championship in 1984.

The former Dallas Cowboys head coach will replace George O'Leary, who resigned to take over at Notre Dame before he resigned there after the now-infamous bio fiasco.

Under Gailey, the Dolphins offense has had its ups and downs. On the up side, the passing game has flourished this season, with Jay Fiedler on the verge of becoming the second quarterback in team history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season (we'll give you three guesses as to who the other one was).

On the down side, the Dolphins have committed the third-highest number of turnovers in the NFL, behind only St. Louis and Indianapolis.

Among the early candidates to take over for Gailey next season will be current Dolphins quarterbacks coach Mike Shula, who joined the team last season. Coach Dave Wannstedt certainly is familiar with Shula, having also coached with him in Chicago from 1993-95.

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