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December 7, 2007

GT lands Johnson

Paul Johnson will be the next head coach at Georgia Tech, JacketsOnline.com has learned. Johnson, currently the head coach at Navy, came to terms with Tech Friday morning.

Johnson had interviewed in recent days for the openings at Tech, SMU and Duke and had been mulling offers from all three schools.

It is believed Johnson's deal at Tech includes a six-year contract worth about $14 million.

It is unknown whether Johnson will stay at Navy through their bowl game. The Midshipmen play Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 20 in San Diego. Navy is 8-4 this season.

A North Carolina native, Johnson is 107-39 in 11 seasons as a head coach, including five of those years spent in the Peach State. He's compiled a 45-29 record the last six years at Navy, posting at least eight wins in the last five seasons. He had a 62-10 record in five years at Georgia Southern from 1997-2001, including winning national championships in 1999 and 2000.

Stay tuned to JacketsOnline.com and the The Buzz message board for much more on this breaking story.

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