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Georgia Southern names new head football coach

STATESBORO, GA. (AP) - Georgia Southern has hired Georgia Tech

assistant Jeff Monken as its head football coach.

The school announced the hire on its Web site Sunday.

The 42-year-old Monken is the slot backs coach and special teams

coordinator for the 10-2 Yellow Jackets that play in the ACC

championship game against Clemson on Saturday. Southern says Monken

will begin his duties with the Eagles following that game.

Monken was an assistant at Southern under current Georgia Tech

coach Paul Johnson from 1997-2001. The Eagles ran up a 62-10 record

and won two NCAA Football Championship Subdivision National


After the 2001 season, Monken joined Johnson at the U. S. Naval

Academy, where he spent six seasons coaching the Midshipmen's backs

before moving to Georgia Tech.

Monken says he owes the head coaching opportunity to Johnson.

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