Johnson, the former Georgia Southern coach, does not need an
introduction to the Georgia Tech-Georgia rivalry, or the role that
game will play in his success.
Johnson said, ``I'm not going to shy away from that one. That's
a game that Georgia Tech needs to win and I embrace that.''
Overall, Georgia Tech has suffered seven straight losses to
Georgia, and Gailey was fired even though the Yellow Jackets (7-5)
have received their 11th straight bowl bid.
Johnson said he will not coach Navy in its December 20th
Poinsettia Bowl against Utah in San Diego.
Johnson said, ``I think I'm under the impression when you take
another job and go to another program it's better off to go ahead
and cut the ties.''
Johnson also said he would not interfere with Jon Tenuta, the
Georgia Tech defensive coordinator under Gailey who was named
interim head coach for the December 31st Humanitarian Bowl game.
Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich said Johnson
signed ``a memorandum of understanding'' for a seven-year contract
worth -- quote -- ``a little north of eleven million dollars.''
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