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Paul Johnson retires

The Paul Johnson era in Georgia Tech seems to have ended.

The head football coach retires, Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Gregg Garrett, chief donor of the Tech Athletic Department and close friend of Johnson, confirmed the decision.

This news was first reported on Wednesday by Bill Shanks, the personality of the Macon Radio.

The team had to be told at the meeting at noon. 14.30 with a statement from school after.

Johnson took the decision himself, Garrett said, and sports director Todd Stansbery wanted him to continue. Garrett said that he thought that Johnson, 61, had reached the point where he did not want to give an unbroken commitment to the work that was needed from the head coach at the FBS school.

"It was not a single special game or one particular thing that was not good on the field," Garrett said. "I think he had realized that it's time to go to the next stage."

Johnson's decision to retire is a surprise, in the end he is the 11th Tech and his 40th coaching. The Yellow Jackets finished the regular season 7-5, winning four of the last five games.

Johnson's Tech finishes with 83-59 records, the longest serving and most wins the head coach at school since coach Bobby Dodd has retired.

According to Johnson, Jockeys reached heights, which have rarely fallen since Dodd's retirement at the end of the 1966 season.

Tech won the 2009 ACC Championship – just in its third school history – and finally in its eighth place in 2014 with the team that won 11 games over Virginia Tech, Miami, Clemson, Georgia and Mississippi. In 2008, his first season at Tech, Jackets, ended in seven games that lost the stroke to the Georgian leader, and then Jaketel won in Athens in 2014 and 2016.

The two-team performance of Orange Bowl at the end of the 2009 and 2014 seasons was Jack's only big bowl since Dodd.

He did this with a violation of the distribution, which was avoided by many, but inactive opponents, and missing points and yards.

Johnson will be a tech tray in a bowl. The appropriate finals would be the Military Bowl in Annapolis, MD, where Johnson trained the Navy for six seasons, taking Midshipmen from 1-20 records in two years before his five-seater bowl appearances.


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