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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.

Chan Gailey fired from Georgia Tech coaching job The 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.

 Published on 11/26/2007

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