Current interviews, top targets emerging in Georgia Tech’s coaching search
Like Nebraska, Georgia Tech made a coaching change in the first month of the college football season.
And much like the Cornhuskers, Tech is nearing the end of its quest.
First, the Atlanta program needed to find a new leader for the entire athletics department, which it did by taking over J. Bata from a leadership position at the University of Alabama.
Bett was hired in mid-October, about three weeks after the Yellow Jackets parted ways with Jeff Collins, who took over as head coach of the football program.
Former Georgia Tech offensive lineman Brent Key, a native of Birmingham, Ala., has made himself a legitimate contender for the full-time job after leading Tech through the final two months of the season.
The Yellow Jackets won four games under Key, including defeats of ranked Pittsburgh and North Carolina. It’s unlikely that the Yellow Jackets — despite entering the season as their fourth quarterback — can once again muster enough offense with well-regarded first-year offensive coordinator Chip Long to dethrone the reigning College Football Playoff champion. football and Georgia’s top-rated weekend.
Still, Key is firmly entrenched in the full-time position, his unwavering support from beloved former Tech head coach George O’Leary, multiple sources tell FootballScoop, and Key met directly with Beth this week for a formal interview for the position, according to sources familiar with the matter. about the process.
In addition, FootballScoop reported that Beth had an official interview this week with Coastal Carolina head coach Jamie Chadwell, whose tenure with the Coastal Carolina program has dramatically elevated the program’s status in the national conversation.
Chadwell also has deep ties in the South; he’s a Tennessee native whose coaching career has included extensive work in the region.
Tulane’s Willie Fritz also has deep ties to Georgia and has orchestrated a resurgence year atop a Tulane program that is contending for an American Athletic Conference title. Sources told FootballScoop that Fritz is also being considered as a serious candidate for the technical specialist position.
Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien spent several years at Tech as an assistant coach, including under O’Leary, and O’Brien proved to be a successful head coach both at Penn State and in the NFL with the Houston Texans. He was apparently familiar with Bett during their time together at Alabama, and sources revealed that Nick Saban also strongly supported O’Brien.
Georgia-based Dell McGee has been linked to the job previously, and sources have indicated that McGee was interested in the technical position, but so far, sources have not indicated much traction for McGee.
As with all of these current Football Bowls division openings, timing is of the essence. Not only does the regular season end this weekend, but the NCAA transfer window and early signing period — the third Wednesday in December, thus Dec. 21 this year — both invade the calendar.
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