Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2014

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, center, shouts and clenches his fist after their 30-24 win in overtime against Georgia in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
Dave Tulis/Associated Press

Georgia Tech announced an agreement with head football coach Paul Johnson on a four-year contract extension through 2020. He was previously signed through the 2016 season.

The Yellow Jackets confirmed the new deal on their official site. It comes on the same day they are set to face off with Florida State in the ACC Championship Game. The release included comments from athletic director Mike Bobinski about the decision:

I'm pleased to announce an extension of Paul Johnson's contract. This extension reflects our confidence in the solid foundation Coach Johnson has built for the future success of our program, which reaches beyond the field and includes increasingly strong academic achievement.

I look forward to Paul Johnson's continued leadership of our football program and am excited about the possibilities in the years ahead.

"I am excited that we were able to work out a contract extension," Johnson added. "I appreciate the support of our fans, students and alumni during my time here. My family and I are looking forward to being a part of Georgia Tech for a long time."

Johnson has led Georgia Tech to a 10-2 record to bring his career mark at the school to 58-34 across seven years. The team has qualified for a bowl in each season with him at the helm.

The Yellow Jackets have also steered clear of the popular spread offense approach that's taken over both the collegiate and pro games in recent years. Instead, Johnson and Co. have stuck with the run-heavy triple-option to great effect.

Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press summed it all up in a unique way:

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Although he was under contract for two more seasons, this is the time of year when the college football coaching carousel begins to heat up. Getting any potential distractions out of the way before bowl preparations begin is a positive.

A lot will depend on the outcomes of championship Saturday, including the team's clash with the Seminoles, but an Orange Bowl appearance seems likely. That would be a nice accomplishment for a team that didn't receive much preseason hype.

Georgia Tech is clearly pleased enough with the continued progress to lock Johnson up for the foreseeable future.

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