As you heard by now Navy head football coach Paul Johnson is leaving to take the head position at Georgia Teach. Various news sources are reporting the deal at six years for 14 million dollars. Johnson is quoted in the Annapolis Capital as saying his prime reason for making the move is that he wants to win a national championship. He feels Tech, with its fertile recruiting territory, allows him this chance.
He is very familiar with the high school scene there as he twice coached Georgia Southern to NCAA I-AA championship.
He said it was a very tough decision and that it took him several days to make up his mind. Johnson turned down offers from both SMU and Duke who very badly wanted him to turn around their morbid programs.
He will be a very tough act to follow as he has won five consecutive Commander-in-Chief’s Trophies and was 6-0 vs. Army. Johnson took the Mids to five straight bowl games and was 45-29 overall at Navy. Plus, he will go down in Academy lore as the coach who finally ended the 43 year old losing streak with Notre Dame, beating the Irish in South Bend, 46-44 in triple overtime.
He will not coach the Mids in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on December 20th