The deal is done.

It’s official:  the genius will roam the Flats through the 2022 season.

The contract extension for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has been completed, according to a person familiar with the action. Athletic director Todd Stansbury and Johnson’s Atlanta-based agent Jack Reale had been working on the extension since the 2017 season and reached an agreement in principle in January.

The extension is for an additional two years to his existing contract, pushing out to the 2022 season, which would be Johnson’s 15th at Tech.

And there was much rejoicing, especially in consideration of this line of reasoning:

Tech failed to make a bowl game in two of the past three seasons, but Stansbury is banking on Johnson’s performance over the longer term.

Damned defensive coordinators…

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UPDATE:  Your Friday afternoon chuckle…

They could always shrink the stadium seating again to make it look fuller.

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41 responses to “The deal is done.

  1. Uglydawg

    I’m sending my GT acquaintances sympathy cards!

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  2. DoubleDawg1318

    On the one hand, I am very disappointed. I hate facing the Triple Option and would love to see Paul leave and Tech switch to a mainstream spread option offense. On the other, we’ve handled this guy pretty well, and keeping him pretty much guarantees Tech will continue to hover around bowl eligibility/mediocrity for the long term.

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    • Athens Townie

      I agree. PJ does bring a rather annoying offense to the rivalry. But that’s about it — his program offers almost zero threat in other categories. And it’s hard to say if they could make a significantly better hire. They seem to think they can’t.

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  3. Thorn Dawg

    Hears to 15 more years of Fish Fry at Yech.

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  4. This Kelly Quinlan guy is awesome; the lazy argument for shitty attendance and also reading his twitter bio is good for a cheap laugh.

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    • 81Dog

      someone should tell him that the “cow towns” he sneers at don’t rely on just the locals for attendance. In Athens, for example, a large percentage of the 92,000 plus who attend every game come from far away, or from that big city where people would ride by the Joke By Coke to go watch grass grow. But hey, if they’re happy with Fish Fry, I’m happy for them. I spoke to a kid on the GTU team after the 2017 game, and he was kind of wide eyed about the difference in size and athleticism. More resigned than intimidated, much like one of us might be if we were asked to return one of Roger Federer’s serves. “Uh, yeah, well………right.”

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    • gastr1

      I love the idea that people can easily find more important things to do than Tech football. LOL

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    • ATL UTD had no issue packing the Joke by Coke.

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  5. Coach Bobby Finstock

    Kevin Quinlan’s tweet makes no sense on just about any level.
    It stands to reason that the cowtowns he’s talking about make up at least a good chunk of the 90% of which he speaks. So then why are there empty seats in the cowtown college stadiums where there’s nothing else to do?

    Parsed further, it’s somewhat obvious that his use of cowtown is meant to be more specific to, oh, I don’t know….Athens?

    One can concede that there’s nothing to do in Athens (it’s a lie, but just for the sake of the exercise, let’s assume he’s right), and his premise still doesn’t hold up because it assumes that everyone in Sanford Stadium on Saturdays is from Athens. So monumentally stupid.

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  6. Shane#1

    If they shrink the stadium where would the Dawg fans sit?

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    • Otto

      They could go retro and play their big home games at a stadium in the state capital, Mercedes Benz comes to mind.

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  7. DavetheDawg

    Just in time, too. Tech can now solidify it’s 51st ranked recruiting class…

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  8. Tatum

    So I guess the first ten years isn’t a long haul? I thought the Techies were good at math.

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  9. The Dawg abides

    Somebody ask that fat bastard why tens of thousands of Atlantans leave the city every fall Saturday to fill stadiums in “cow towns” all over the South.

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    • Otto

      No kidding I have been out on Saturday morning running up to Petit Le Mans and Road Atlanta with plenty of Clemson cars going north or been out heading south seeing plenty of Auburn cars.

      It isn’t Atlantans have better things to do than college football, it is they aren’t into GT football.

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  10. waterloodawg

    Hahahahahahaha

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  11. Tommy

    Quinlan’s a UGA alum. Grady grad. I don’t think he meant that as a swipe at Athens. Outside of USC and Texas, what other teams in large cities draw big?

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    • Uglydawg

      Well there’s Tennessee. Louisville…Pitt….and ND is pretty close to a nice sized city…
      What is your definition of a large city? Most major cities don’t have the state flagship U in them. In Florida it’s Gainesville, in Ga. it’s Athens, in South Carolina it’s Columbia, In Alabama it’s T’Town…in MS it’s Oxford, Arkansas..Fayetteville…Lousiana it’s Baton Rouge, etc. All small to medium sized cities. But they’ve all got plenty to do, or are close enough to huge cities that the citizens aren’t deprived hicks. There’s a reason there is a traffic jam and parking problems in all of these places on fall Saturdays…people from Atlanta, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Jackson, Little Rock, Charolette, etc. drive to see the games.
      The largest reason for empty seats is lack of interest from exchange students. GT has a hell of a lot of them.

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    • Russ

      Yeah I didn’t take that as a swipe at Athens, just that there are lots of other things to do in Atlanta besides watching tech.

      Like DragonCon, D&D tournaments, math club, Pokemon Go, and many other exciting things.

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  12. Given the problems tech is going to have converting from Fish Fry’s system and if we dominate them as we did this year, breaking the Drought is definitely possible now.

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  13. TimberRidgeDawg

    Soccer team drew more fans to Bobby Dodd than Tech’s football team.

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    • Trbodawg

      Well sure, more Tech students understand and have played soccer…

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    • Dawg93

      damn, you stole my reply! That was my first thought. I can still remember the United’s first ever game last year and one announcer says “well they’re used to playing college football in this stadium” and the other guy says “yeah but they usually don’t have this many people for those games”.

      I think I fist-bumped the TV.

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    • Otto

      Teams wearing red often sell out Bobby Dodd…….

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  14. MainDawg

    Bwahahahahaha!!! And…Go DAWGS!!

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  15. Hogbody Spradlin

    Almost as good as extra eligibility for Reggie Ball.

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  16. Bulldog Joe

    Congratulations to Coach Johnson.

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  17. 3rdandGrantham

    I actually feel sorry for Quinlan – he’s a UGA grad who previously covered the Dawgs at TOS but was dropped. As a result, he’s been relegated to covering a far inferior rival in terms of success and overall fan support, so I can only imagine how tough that has to be for him. Talk about moving from the penthouse to the outhouse – like going from UGA/Bama to the Browns, (ahem) the Hawks to the Clippers in the early 90’s, living in San Diego to Detroit…you catch my drift.

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  18. reality check here

    As one of the founders of Fans for Chan I can only say I am delighted

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  19. Nashville West

    Chantistic!!!

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  20. truck

    Shrink the damn stadium. Nobody NEEDS a high-capacity assault building in a crowded area like Atlanta.

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  21. FisheriesDawg

    Why would they shrink the stadium? The seats may be empty but every other year a lot of them are paid for by UGA fans with multi-game plans or season tickets. Gotta fund your athletic program somehow.

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  22. Russ

    And there was much rejoicing!

    Their stadium is filled at least once every other year.

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  23. vectordawg

    They could paint the seats like NASCAR does. At least then it would look like a full house.

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  24. Ozam

    GT waving the white flag……

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