And now, the end is near.

In an observation that should bring a loud, sad “noooooooo…” to the throats of Dawg fans everywhere, Paul Johnson contemplates the autumn of his Georgia Tech years.

Johnson said he didn’t know if he’ll serve out the five years of the deal, at which point he would be 65.

“We’ll see,” he said. “I said I’ll know when it’s not fun any longer. We’ll see. It’s not something I have to do, but as long as you enjoy it and it’s fun, yeah, keep going. I’ve always said I’ll know when it’s time.”

He did say he didn’t see himself coaching as long as former colleague Frank Beamer, who started his final season of coaching at the age of 68.

“That’s, what, eight years? I don’t know about that,” said Johnson, 60.

Why not?  I’m sure he’d be just as effective on the recruiting trail at age 68 as he is now.

C’mon, Jackets, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… or something like that.

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32 responses to “And now, the end is near.

  1. Dolly Llama

    Lord, if he’s having fun now, I’d hate to see him when he wasn’t. He comes across as the most consistently miserable son of a bitch in college sports.

    It blows my mind that Tennessee even thought about considering him for that position. I would have hated to see him leave Tech, but by GOD I would have loved to have seen him arrive in Knoxville.

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    • Derek

      Better choice than Leach. CPJ has won a conference championship. And 4 divisions. And some natties at GSU as an OC and HC.

      Leach shared 1 division title and lost the tiebreaker.

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    • gastr1

      Tennessee didn’t really actually consider him, did they? I thought CPJ offered up his own interest, sans inquiry?

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      • Dolly Llama

        You’re probably right. I’m too lazy to research it, and that makes more sense. It’s been mentioned at Volnation on several of the threads relating to this big document dump, but they’re no more knowledgeable about it than anyone else. Probably less so, because the average IQ of that place seems to hover somewhere in the low eighties. The funny thing is there seems to be a good double handful of them would have been perfectly all right with Johnson. The ones who’ve opined in reference to Fish Fry seemed to prefer him to Leach, Schiano and Doeren, at least.

        I will leave it to others to judge the first two, because I honestly know them only by reputation, but I work at NC State, and I would have laughed my ass off had Doeren ended up being the guy. He hasn’t done shit here until this past year, and the Wolfpack may be decent this year with Finley coming back, but after that, Doeren will revert to the mean, and his mean here has been barely .500 overall and an impressive .375 winning percentage in the ACC. That’s over five years, so it’s not a statistical fluke. The same dumbasses who wanted him run out on a rail cheered his contract extension. Just makes me shake my head and think I’ll never get used to working at a basketball school — though they really haven’t been worth a shit in that since I’ve been here, either.

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      • DoubleDawg1318

        I think Fish Fry approached UT, rather than UT seeking out Johnson. As far as I know, UT never seriously considered the guy–unfortunately for us.

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  2. It’s all over the Sunday after the 2019 Georgia game.

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    • I think you’re right if the Dawgs take them behind the woodshed like we did this year. Their AD won’t even have to drive 75 miles to think about it.

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    • gastr1

      What’s really awesome is that since he’s such an absolute ace recruiter, he doesn’t have to worry about others recruiting against him with this out on the trail. LOL.

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  3. heyberto

    The funny thing is, any announcement of set departure date won’t negatively hurt recruiting.

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  4. Derek

    Unless tech hires the navy coach, that’s going to be an ugly transition to modern football.

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  5. DawgPhan

    Got to figure out how to keep this guy on north ave.

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  6. The Dawgnation needs to start a go go fund me page to supplement fishfry’s salary by a couple million a year to incentivize him staying. If he retires early just dump the new money on him to stay. We don’t care if he is happy or not we just love his mediocrity.

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  7. Bright Idea

    When Spurrier said something similar USCe recruiting went into the tank. Does this mean Tech recruiting will go under the tank?

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    • is that possible? I mean can something go MORE in the tank?

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      • Otto

        Bright idea reply was my 1st thought, wewoof my 2nd.

        It can get worse. The Genius maybe paying to get his buyout before the 5 years is up, that is expert play calling and execution.

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      • DoubleDawg1318

        Well they finished in 53rd in 2018 according to the 247 Composite, so yes there is room to go down. I remember Spurrier destroying his own recruiting with his speculation about retirement and I imagine the same thing will happen for Johnson (although it will probably be teams like UCF stealing his recruits, not UGA).

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        • Bulldog Joe

          Knowing CPJ is a shorttimer, don’t be surprised when you see GT’s recruiting immediately getting BETTER.

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  8. Spike

    Come on boys.. Let’s pass the hat to keep The Genius at tech.

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  9. Hobnail_Boot

    Eh, I think he’s just fishfrying for a compliment.

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  10. Normaltown Mike

    you better watch out fo he comes to punch you in the face

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  11. Go Dawgs!

    Oh my gosh. Their recruiting is about to get EVEN WORSE now that he’s publicly saying he sees the end in sight. The next few years are going to be even more fun in this rivalry.

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  12. PTC DAWG

    When we reel off 4-5 or so in a row over him again I’ll sit and crow. And then I’ll still despise the way he coaches OL to play.

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  13. CB

    I follow GT FB Recruiting on twitter for the LOL’s, this is sad.

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  14. W Cobb Dawg

    I think this, along with the utk backdoor shenanigans, is his way of angling for a contract extension and mo money.

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  15. MillDawg

    he has a knack for recruiting, this should help a good bit

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  16. Milledge Hall

    I hear ya, Spike! The last time I could get on Stanktalk, the nerds wanted to can Paul THE Johnson, but were bemoaning the fact there was no money in their recreation department to buy out his contract. The DAWGS can raise the money to let him stay!!

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