John­son says he con­sid­ered leav­ing Ga. Tech in 2016

Star-Telegram - - Sports -

Paul John­son re­vealed Thurs­day he con­sid­ered step­ping down as Ge­or­gia Tech’s coach two years ago, be­fore fi­nal­iz­ing his de­ci­sion this week.

John­son, 61, said he thought about leav­ing be­fore ath­letic di­rec­tor Todd Stans­bury was hired in 2016. He said his job had be­come “drudgery” un­der for­mer ath­letic di­rec­tor Mike Bobin­ski.

When Ge­or­gia Tech had a slow start this sea­son, John­son again be­gan think­ing about de­part­ing.

John­son will stay on through Ge­or­gia Tech’s bowl game.

Texas Tech: Matt Wells was hired as the team’s new foot­ball coach after he was part of an im­pres­sive turn­around at Utah State, his alma mater. Wells had a 44-34 record in six sea­sons as coach of the Ag­gies, who are 10-2 this year and headed to their fifth bowl in that span.

Wells, 45, re­places Kliff Kings­bury, the for­mer Texas Tech quar­ter­back who was fired after his third straight los­ing sea­son and a 35-40 over­all record in six sea­sons as head coach.

Texas Tech said Wells is bring­ing of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor David Yost and de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Keith Pat­ter­son with him from Utah State.

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