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Gailey to Receive New Five-Year Contract

Nov. 15, 2005

ATLANTA–Georgia Tech head football coach Chan Gailey and the Institute have agreed to a new five-year contract through the 2010 season, Director of Athletics Dave Braine announced Tuesday.

Gailey’s current contract runs through the 2006 season, but the new five-year deal will replace the final year of the existing agreement.

Braine said that he made the recommendation for the new contract to Institute President Dr. Wayne Clough, and the school’s Athletic Board met Monday for approval. No other details are available at this time, and Braine indicated that the contract likely will not be finalized and signed until after the season.

Gailey took over the Tech program in 2002 and guided the Yellow Jackets to winning seasons and bowl berths each of his first three years. This season, the Jackets are 6-3 overall, bowl eligible for the ninth straight year, and have spent six weeks in the national rankings.

Gailey, whose record at Tech stands at 27-20, is the only coach in Georgia Tech history to lead the Yellow Jackets to a bowl in each of his first three seasons.

Director of Athletics Dave Braine

“We are going to extend Chan Gailey’s contract. Basically we’re going to tear up the last year of his current contract, and he will receive a new five-year contract.

“We have a coach who has had four winning seasons, gone to four bowl games (including this season) and has recruited very well at what I feel like is the third toughest job in college football. Chan Gailey continues to be successful at a school that has an average SAT score well over 1300 and continues to get higher. Our athletes continue to compete and do well in the classroom, and they compete in one of the strongest football conferences in the country.

“He deserves it, and he will continue to be successful. I want to reiterate that he continues to recruit well in a situation that is very difficult. This is an academic institution, and it will continue to get tougher every year.

“I think continuity is very, very important.”

Head Football Coach Chan Gailey

“I’m very pleased. I think that everybody is looking for stability. I think 18 and 19-year-olds, and especially their families, are looking for that. We all know that in this business, there are no guarantees, but we feel like with this new contract, we can create some stability.

“But we need to quit talking about this and focus on Miami. The real story is, we’ve got a game to play this week.”

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