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This is one coach who still has much to prove at the FBS level with his mastery of the option, but has already accomplished a great deal. Even without an FBS career, Paul Johnson had already solidified himself as a legitimate Hall of Fame contender with his work at Georgia Southern. Johnson won the Southern Conference title in each of his five years in Statesboro.
He played for the national title three times, winning it two years in a row. The other two years included a quarterfinal loss and a semifinal loss. At Navy, Johnson qualified the Midshipmen for five bowls and beat Notre Dame for the first time in 44 years, and did it on the road.
He is 11-1 in the Commander In Chief's trophy competition with his only loss coming at the hand of Air Force in his first season in which his team went 2-10. Johnson showed up in the BCS in 2008 with Georgia Tech and beat Bobby Bowden and Mark Richt in his first season going 8-5, then won the ACC Title the very next season.
With only two losing seasons in his entire 14-year career, Paul Johnson, 54, still has a few good years left in the BCS to make a run at a FBS title and prove his offense is a legitimate contender at any level.
The facts: national titles—2, conference titles—6, bowl record—2-6, FCS playoff record—14-3, major/BCS bowl appearances—1, Coach of the Year awards—5 (3 national, 2 conference).