Paul Johnson plans to retire from Georgia Tech
After Georgia Tech collapsed to a 3-9 season following an 11-win campaign in 2014, speculation about coach Paul Johnson’s job security has rarely ceased swirling.
Now, it appears Johnson is ending the saga on his own terms.
The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz, who covers Atlanta sports, reported tweeted Wednesday that Johnson, 61, is retiring. ESPN produced a similar report about Johnson’s future.
Paul Johnson is indeed retiring, a source tells me. @TheAthleticATL
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) November 28, 2018
Johnson had salvaged another potentially lost season with four straight wins before the Yellow Jackets fell to Georgia in the regular-season finale last weekend, but he may be done at Georgia Tech all the same.
If Johnson is indeed finished in Atlanta, he’ll wrap up his tenure there with an 82-59 record, four ACC Coastal titles and one conference championship (2009). After the Yellow Jackets peaked again in 2014, stagnation and some frustration with Johnson’s triple-option offense began to set in as the team failed to qualify for a bowl twice over the past four years. Prior to 2015, Georgia Tech hadn’t missed a bowl under Johnson.
It’s currently unclear if Johnson will coach Georgia Tech’s bowl game this season, or if the reports are even accurate, but we could be seeing the end of an era.
UPDATE: Georgia Tech has confirmed that Paul Johnson is indeed retiring.
“After 40 years of coaching, it’s time to take a break.”
— Georgia Tech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) November 28, 2018