Tech Hires Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson back when he was at GSU
Paul Johnson back when he was at GSU
Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson
Johnson with GSU
Johnson with GSU

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Paul Johnson is leaving Navy to become Georgia Tech's new football coach.

According to a Navy athletic department official, Johnson informed the team of his decision during a meeting this morning.

Georgia Tech has scheduled a news conference for later this afternoon.

Johnson, a former Georgia Southern coach, also negotiated with Duke and SMU this week.

He'll replace Chan Gailey, who was fired one day after the Yellow Jackets concluded a 7-and-5 regular season with his sixth straight loss to Georgia.

Before Johnson took over at Navy, the Midshipmen had gone 1-and-20 over a span of two seasons. In his six years in Annapolis, Johnson compiled a record of 45-and-29.

Johnson has led Navy to a school record five straight bowl games. The Midshipmen play Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl on December 20th in San Diego.