Chan Gailey fired
from Georgia Tech coaching job
More job openings at the
college football teams, after the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
let Chan Gailey go.
way college football teams have been firing coaches in the past
week or so - the national unemployment rate could drastically
fall by the end of the year. Today Georgia Tech's Chan Gailey
became the latest coach to be sacked, announced by Athletics
Director Dan Radakovich. "I informed Chan Gailey at 10
o'clock this morning that he was relieved of his duties as
Georgia Tech football coach effective immediately...I have met
or will meet with all our assistant coaches to ask that they
continue to perform their duties," said Radakovich during
the Monday's press conference. He admitted that there was
pressure from Georgia Tech fans, swinging both ways for and
against Gailey, but at the end the decision was his.
Business consideration was also a factor
in the decision to sack the Yellow Jackets head coach:
"Obviously, he [Chan Gailey] didn't agree with the decision, but
he understood there's a business aspect to this. As far as Xs
and Os, Chan is a very good coach. But there's more to it now.
College football is more than just Xs and Os, especially in the
competitive market where we are," said Radakovich. He said
that defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta will take over as interim
coach and will coach Tech in its bowl game, but declined to name
prospects for the full-time job. Current speculations to replace
Chan Gailey include Navy coach Paul Johnson and Florida State
offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.
Chan Gailey had never lost more than
five games in the six years coaching Georgia Tech, to finish
with 44-32 record, but at the same time he never managed to
rally the Yellow Jackets to a victory against rival Georgia
Bulldogs in those 6 years. Gailey came to Georgia Tech from the
Miami Dolphins, where he spent 2000-2001 as an offensive
coordinator. His job prior to the Dolphins was as the head coach
for the Dallas Cowboys (1998-1999), leading the 'Boys to NFC
East win and taking them twice to the playoffs.