Tem­ple’s Collins hired as Jack­ets’ new coach

Ledger-Enquirer - - Sports - BY CHARLES ODUM

AT­LANTA

Ge­or­gia Tech hired Tem­ple coach Ge­off Collins on Fri­day, choos­ing a Ge­or­gia na­tive with a back­ground in de­fense to re­place Paul Johnson as the Yel­low Jack­ets coach.

Collins, 47, is a for­mer Florida and Mis­sis­sippi State de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and Ge­or­gia Tech as­sis­tant who was 15-10 in two sea­sons at Tem­ple.

Ge­or­gia Tech an­nounced plans for a news con­fer­ence on Fri­day to in­tro­duce Collins, who has a his­tory at the school.

Be­fore his time at Florida (2015-16) and Mis­sis­sippi State (2011-14), Collins was a grad­u­ate as­sis­tant and tight ends coach at Ge­or­gia Tech un­der coach Ge­orge O’Leary from 1999-2001. He re­turned to serve as re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor at Ge­or­gia Tech un­der coach Chan Gai­ley in 2006.

At his in­tro­duc­tory news con­fer­ence at Tem­ple in De­cem­ber 2016, Collins paid homage to O’Leary as one of his men­tors and said that O’Leary taught him tough­ness, work ethic and at­ten­tion to de­tail.

Collins also spent a sea­son as di­rec­tor of player per­sonal at Alabama in 2007, Nick Sa­ban’s first sea­son lead­ing the Crim­son Tide.

Collins took plenty from his time from work­ing for coach Nick Sa­ban. Two lessons that he men­tioned in an in­ter­view with Sports Il­lus­trated in 2017:

“The op­po­nent and score­board don’t mat­ter. He talks about that all the time. You have to get bet­ter at what you do on a daily ba­sis, doesn’t mat­ter what your role is. Ac­cept per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for your own self-de­ter­mi­na­tion. He says that all the time. And so ev­ery day, you come into this build­ing as a player or a coach, you have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to do your job and to ac­cept that re­spon­si­bil­ity and to be driven and mo­ti­vated to do it.”

When an­nounc­ing his de­ci­sion to step down fol­low­ing 11 sea­sons at Ge­or­gia Tech on Nov. 28, Johnson said he will re­main on the job through Ge­or­gia Tech’s game against Min­nesota in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26.

Ge­or­gia Tech fin­ished 7-5 in the reg­u­lar sea­son. Johnson com­piled a record of 82-59 at Ge­or­gia Tech with three ap­pear­ances in the ACC cham­pi­onship game.

Collins met with Ge­or­gia Tech ath­let­ics di­rec­tor Todd Stans­bury in New York ear­lier this week and with the univer­sity pres­i­dent G.P. “Bud” Peter­son in At­lanta on Thurs­day.

Collins, a Cony­ers, Ge­or­gia na­tive, had an 8-4 record with a 7-1 mark in the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence this sea­son. He took over for his close friend Matt Rhule last year, when Rhule left for Bay­lor.

RICH SCHULTZ AP

Ge­or­gia Tech has hired Ge­off Collins to re­place Paul Johnson as the Yel­low Jack­ets coach. Collins, a Cony­ers na­tive, is a for­mer Florida and Mis­sis­sippi State de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor who was 15-10 in two sea­sons at Tem­ple.

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