AP Source: Tem­ple coach Collins meets with Ga. Tech of­fi­cials

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ralph D. Russo

The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause Ge­or­gia Tech was not re­leas­ing in­for­ma­tion about its search to re­place Paul John­son, who is step­ping down af­ter 11 sea­sons as coach of the Yel­low Jack­ets. John­son will coach Ge­or­gia Tech against Min­nesota in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 in De­troit.

The per­son said Collins met with Ge­or­gia Tech ath­letic di­rec­tor Todd Stans­bury in New York ear­lier this week and with the uni­ver­sity pres­i­dent in At­lanta on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The per­son said Collins left At­lanta hav­ing not been of­fered the job by Ge­or­gia Tech.

Ya­hoo! Sports first re­ported Collins, a Ge­or­gia na­tive, had emerged as the lead­ing can­di­date at Ge­or­gia Tech.

Collins is 15-10 in two sea­sons at Tem­ple, in­clud­ing 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.

Be­fore com­ing to Tem­ple, Collins was a well-re­garded de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Flor­ida (2015-16) and Mis­sis­sippi State (2011-14). Collins grew up in Cony­ers, Ge­or­gia, 24 miles east of At­lanta, and was a grad­u­ate as­sis­tant there early in his ca­reer un­der head coach Ge­orge O’Leary. He also spent a sea­son as di­rec­tor of player per­sonal at Alabama in 2007, Nick Sa­ban’s first lead­ing the Crim­son Tide.

PATRICK SEMANSKY — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

In this Satur­day, Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Tem­ple head coach Ge­off Collins ges­tures in the se­cond half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game against Mary­land in Col­lege Park, Md.

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