Ge­or­gia Tech hires fa­mil­iar face as new foot­ball head coach

The Telegraph (Macon) - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN BAXLEY jbax­[email protected]­con.com

The wait is fi­nally over for Ge­or­gia Tech fans as the school an­nounced the hir­ing of a new foot­ball coach on Fri­day.

Ge­off Collins, the head coach of the Tem­ple Owls for the past two sea­sons, has ac­cepted the open­ing to be­come the next Ge­or­gia Tech head coach, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

The Yel­low Jack­ets be­gan the search af­ter Paul John­son an­nounced his re­tire­ment from coach­ing on Nov. 28. John­son will coach his fi­nal game against Min­nesota in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Collins, a Ge­or­gia na­tive from Cony­ers, is a fa­mil­iar name to those around At­lanta. He served at Ge­or­gia Tech as a grad­u­ate as­sis­tant for two sea- sons in 1999 and 2000 be­fore be­ing named tight ends coach for the 2001 sea­son. Collins would re­turn to Ge­or­gia Tech in 2006 as the direc­tor of player per­son­nel for one sea­son be­fore ac­cept­ing the same po­si­tion at Alabama.

Collins’ most re­cent stop was his first as a head coach. He guided the Tem­ple team to a 15-10 record in his two sea­sons with the school. He added a bowl win last year over Florida In­ter­na­tional in the Gas­par­illa Bowl and led the Owls to the In­de­pen­dence Bowl against Duke this sea­son.

The move comes less than two weeks be­fore early-sign­ing day on Dec. 19 and mul­ti­ple re­cruits are sched­uled to visit this week­end. Ge­or­gia Tech cur­rently has 16 play­ers com­mit­ted in this class.

Collins emerged as the fron­trun­ner af­ter re­ports sur­faced that the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Ken Whisen­hunt of the NFL’s Charg­ers’ had re­moved his name for con­sid­er­a­tion.

Collins is con­sid­ered to be a de­fen­sive-minded coach, but all eyes will be on the type of of­fense he elects to run. The Yel­low Jack­ets have run the triple-op­tion of­fense un­der John­son. The move al­most cer­tainly will spell the end of that of­fense.

JOHN RAOUX AP

Tem­ple Owls coach Ge­off Collins has ac­cepted the open­ing to be­come the next Ge­or­gia Tech foot­ball coach.

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