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New Tech coach successful against rivals

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December 9, 2007

Atlanta -- Former Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey was never able to beat the Yellow Jackets biggest rival, losing six straight games to the Georgia Bulldogs.

Tech firing Gailey, and bringing in Paul Johnson to take over the program,  after Johnson spent six seasons coaching at Navy.

The midshipmen won the Commander-in-Chief's trophy five years in a row, dominating the other service academies.

Navy never lost a game to rival Army with Johnson at the helm.

The coach turned around a dormant program, as the Midshipmen had just two winning seasons in the twenty years before Johnson took over.

Navy is now going to its fifth-straight bowl game, and led the nation in rushing three straight years.

Last years senior class was the first in Navy history to go 8-0 against Army and the Air Force, and Johnson is expecting to have similar results against the Yellow Jackets biggest rival.

"I have some experience in rivalry games," says Johnson. "I think most people have rivals. Having been in the state of Georgia, I certainly understand the importance of that one. Not going to shy away from that. That's a game that Georgia Tech needs to win."

Johnson won two national championships while with Georgia Southern from 1997 to 2001.