Ge­or­gia Tech hires Tem­ple’s Collins to re­place John­son

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS -

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 1510 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.

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

Tem­ple ath­letic direc­tor Pa­trick Kraft said as­sis­tant coach Ed Fo­ley will serve as in­terim coach for the In­de­pen­dence Bowl against Duke on Dec. 27.

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