College Football: Georgia Tech coach gets new contract
ATLANTA ó Georgia Tech first-year coach Paul Johnson was given a new 7-year, $17.7 million contract on Thursday.
The school said Johnson, who led a team picked to finish near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference to a 9-3 record and its first win in eight years over rival Georgia, will receive $2.3 million for 2009, plus incentives.
Johnson was voted ACC Coach of the Year. The Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 15 in the AP poll and will meet LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31.
“The future of Georgia Tech football has never been brighter,” athletic director Dan Radakovich said, “and we are thrilled that Paul Johnson will be leading our program for a long time.”
Georgia Tech, a preseason pick to finish fourth in the Coastal Division, surged above expectations to go 3-1 against ranked teams. The Yellow Jackets beat Clemson, Miami and Florida State en route to a 9-3 record in the conference, tying Virginia Tech for the division title.
In their final game of the regular season, the Yellow Jackets beat Georgia for the first time since 2000.
Johnson won more games than any other first-year coach in Georgia Tech history and has the fourth-most wins by a first-year coach in ACC history.
“I look forward to continue being a part of the Georgia Tech family for years to come,” he said.
Georgia Tech flourished under the spread offense that Johnson brought with him from Navy and Georgia Southern. He changed the terminology, dropping “tailbacks” and “fullbacks” for “A-backs” and “B-backs.”
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