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Gator isn't first meeting for coaches

Chan Gailey Chan Gailey
Rich Rodriguez Rich Rodriguez

The Gator Bowl on Monday won't be the first coaching matchup between West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez and Georgia Tech's Chan Gailey.

The pair met when Rodriguez was the coach at NAIA Glenville State and lost to Gailey's Division I-AA Samford squad 20-to-14 in the 1993 season opener. Glenville nearly pulled off the upset, driving deep into Samford territory, but couldn't score the clinching touchdown.

Glenville advanced to the NAIA national championship game that year before losing to East Central, Okla., 49-to-35.

Rodriguez moved on to become offensive coordinator at Tulane and Clemson before taking over at West Virginia in 2001.

Gailey's Samford team went 5-and-6 in his only season there. He became wide receivers coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994 and 1995 and was instrumental in getting Glenville wide receiver Chris George on the Steelers' practice squad.

Gailey is best known as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach in 1988 and 1999. He's been at Georgia Tech since 2002 and lost to Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game last month.

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