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Georgia Tech hires Paul Johnson to steady the ship

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December 7, 2007

Atlanta -- Georgia Tech has announced former Navy coach Paul Johnson will take over the football program.

Johnson replaces Chan Gailey, who was fired one day after the Yellow Jackets concluded a 7-5 regular season with his sixth straight loss to Georgia.

Johnson is a former Georgia Southern coach, and has led the Midshipmen to a school record 5-straight bowl appearances.

The new coach says his new job is a perfect fit.

"I was so looking forward to coming back to the state of Georgia," says Johnson, "where we had such a good time for 5 years at Georgia Southern, and to have the opportunity to come back to an institution that's held in such high national regard as Georgia Tech."

Johnson spent five years as head coach at Georgia Southern before landing at Navy in 2002.

The coach led GSU to back-to-back national championships in 1999 and 2000, and says he was looking to take over a program that could compete at a national level.

"I think it's a great opportunity," says Johnson, "and there's probably not another program I would have left the naval academy for."

Defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta will still coach the Yellow Jackets in the Humanitarian Bowl New Years Eve.

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