Oct. 26, 2009
HOUSTON – Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson is one of only 20 coaches named to the watch list for the Paul “Bear” Bryant College Football Coach of the Year Award, it was announced Monday.
Johnson and the Yellow Jackets are ranked 11th in the nation with a 7-1 overall record and a 5-1 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Tech is coming off a five-game win streak – the longest since the 2006 season.
The Jackets will step out of conference play this week for a road game at Vanderbilt.
Since stepping on the Flats in 2008, Johnson has compiled a 16-5 record in two seasons at the helm. He was named the 2008 ACC Coach of the Year and CBS Sportsline.com National Coach of the Year just one season ago.
His career .737 winning percentage (123-44) is the 10th-best among active coaches with a minimum of five full years as a head coach.
The Bryant College Football Coach of the Year selection committee consists of current and past event chairmen, Bryant family representatives, National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association representatives, college football sports analysts and former collegiate players and coaches.
Bryant College Football Coach of the Year finalists will be announced later in December and attend an awards dinner in Houston on Jan. 14, 2010. The winner will be announced live that evening. The winner of the Bryant College Football Coach of the Year is voted on by members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and is the only college coaching award voted on after all bowl games are played.