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Jackets fire Gailey

November 26, 2007

Atlanta - Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey has been fired after six seasons and defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta has been named interim head coach for the Yellow Jackets. 

Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich made the announcement Monday afternoon in a press conference.

" I want to sincerely thank Chan for his six years of service to Georgia Tech," Radakovich said. "Chan is one of the most honorable men that I have worked with in intercollegiate athletics. He and (wife) Laurie have given countless hours to this program and have touched the lives of hundreds of student-athletes, fellow coaches and colleagues in only the most positive way."

Gailey's dismissal comes after Georgia Tech's 31-17 loss to in-state rival Georgia on Saturday.

It is the Yellow Jackets seventh straight loss to the Bulldogs.

Six of which came during Gailey's tenure.

Even though he never beat Georgia, Chan Gailey never had a losing season in his six years at Georgia Tech.

He was 44-32 and was 28-20 against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.

Only Florida State has won more games against ACC opponents during that time.

For the last two seasons, Georgia Tech has played with only 79 scholarship players, six fewer than rules allow, as part of NCAA sanctions handed down two years ago when Georgia Tech found out they had allowed academically inelibigle athletes to compete in four different sports including football over a seven year period.

The violations were the results of problems in Georgia Tech's compliance procecdures at that time and not by any wrongdoing of any of their coaches.

Chan Gailey has had just one losing season during his 11 seasons coaching college football and the Dallas Cowboys. that was in 1993 when he went 5-6 in his one and only season has head coach of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Radakovich gave no timetable for hiring a new head coach at Georgia Tech.

He will assemble a search committee to begin screening potential candidates.

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