AP source: Ga Tech's Paul Johnson retiring after 11 seasons

Published 11-28-2018

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ATLANTA (AP) - A person familiar with the decision says Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is retiring.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the school had not made an official announcement.

The 61-year-old Johnson coached the Yellow Jackets for 11 seasons.

His decision to step down is a bit of a surprise. The Yellow Jackets bounced back from a 1-3 start to finish 7-5, winning four straight games before a season-ending 45-21 loss to No. 4 Georgia.

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Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech quarterback James Graham (4) look on from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Georgia and Georgia Tech in Athens Ga., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP) - The Associated Press


Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, left, and Georgia head coach Kirby Smart meet at after an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP) - The Associated Press


Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson calls for a timeout during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) - The Associated Press


Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson paces during the second half an NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) - The Associated Press