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Sept. 11, 2014

By Chris Yandle
Communications & Public Relations

Hey, you look familiar.

When Paul Johnson takes the field for Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern, he will become the 10th active FBS head coach to coach against his former team. Johnson, in his seventh season at Georgia Tech, was an assistant coach at Georgia Southern from 1983-86 and was later the Eagles head coach from 1997-2001, posting a 62-10 overall record. While in Statesboro, he was a part of our of Georgia Southern’s six national titles.

Surprisingly enough, Saturday’s game is the first meeting between Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern. The schools have combined for 10 national championships – Georgia Tech (1917, 1928, 1952, 1990) and Georgia Southern (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999, 2000).

The other nine active FBS head coaches have been victorious in their last meetings against their former schools. Here’s a look at those 10 active FBS coaches:

Randy Edsall Maryland UConn Sept. 14, 2013 W, 32-21
Kirk Ferentz Iowa Maine Aug. 30, 2008 W, 46-3
Brady Hoke Michigan San Diego State Sept. 24, 2011 W, 28-7
Paul Johnson Georgia Tech Georgia Southern Sept. 13, 2014  
Mike London Virginia Richmond Sept. 1, 2012 W, 43-19
Rocky Long San Diego State New Mexico Nov. 2, 2013 W, 35-30
Gus Malzahn Auburn Arkansas State Sept. 7, 2013 W, 38-9
Nick Saban Alabama LSU Nov. 9, 2013 W, 38-17
    Michigan State Jan. 1, 2011 W, 49-7
Steve Spurrier South Carolina Florida Nov. 16, 2013 W, 19-14
Mark Whipple UMass New Haven Sept. 23, 2000 W, 39-29

[Information compiled by Georgia Southern Assistant SID Rose Carter]

NOTE: While at Louisville, Charlie Strong faced the Florida Gators in the 2013 Sugar Bowl. Strong was interim head coach at Florida in 2004, coaching Gators in the 2005 Peach Bowl.


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