Just three days after Georgia Tech let a very winnable Music City Bowl slip away to Ole Miss 25-17, it appears things are imploding for the Yellow Jackets.
Yesterday it was reported that starting quarterback Vad Lee is transferring from Atlanta (likely to the FCS level for his remaining two years of eligibility). Lee told ESPN’s Joe Schad “The triple-option was never really my thing.”
Now according to CBS’ Bruce Feldman, head coach Paul Johnson also wants out of Georgia Tech.
Word is #GaTech coach Paul Johnson is not happy with the school. Hopes they buy him out, according to a source.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 3, 2014
I don’t think there’s any question that after a 7-6 2013 season, (Which put Georgia Tech at just 21-19 after 2009’s since-vacated ACC Championship) that Tech would like to be rid of Johnson as well. Problem is they gave him a contract that is just absurd for the school.
If GT fired Johnson this season his buyout would be 7,768,000 and 5,255,000 if they fired him next season. So it looks like Tech will likely be stuck with a coach that doesn’t want to be there and I’m not all that sure they’d like to keep.The Yellow Jackets currently have the No. 42 recruiting class in the county, with just one four-star recruit (Jacksonville CB Step Durham).
With a campus in the heart of Atlanta it’s hard to fathom that GT could be so low in the recruiting rankings, but Johnson’s offense doesn’t lend itself to attracting highly touted recruits (neither do Russell Athletic jerseys).
But as I mentioned due to his buyout, it doesn’t look like Georgia Tech will be able to get out of this situation anytime soon.
Update: Johnson has denied Feldman’s tweet through the school’s official athletic account: “The rumors on social media are not true. I plan being head coach at #GaTech into the future. I look forward to finishing up recruiting and getting ready for the 2014 season.”
So as expected, it appears Johnson and Tech will continue to be stuck with each other.