Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson spoke with media Thursday morning about his decision to step down as coach of the Yellow Jackets after 11 seasons. Some of the highlights.
Johnson said that "you just get tired of the demands of the job. In fact, Johnson said that had Todd Stansbury after Mike Bobinski departed for Purdue in 2016, he might have retired then.
"To be honest with you, truthfully, had Todd not show up, I was ready to come to this, "Johnson said. "Because it was not much fun. It was drudgery. I think that Todd came in, he understands what needs to happen. "
He described this season in which Tech started 1-3 but rallied by winning six of the next seven, as an uphill climb. Kaitlyn beginning her career as a professional opera singer,
Johnson is leaving the door open for a possible return. He said that after 40 years of coaching, he needed a break.
"I think I'm still young enough that I'll take a break and see if it fits and see if it's what I want," he said , "And if not, hopefully the body of work that I've had over the past 40 years, if I decide to do it again, I'll get back to it somewhere else."
Johnson said he's so received a number
"I may get out there and go," Man, why did not I do this five years ago? Or I may be out there and go, 'I really miss (football),' "Johnson said.
The recruiting calendar gave Johnson impetus to make a decision. The early signing period begins December 1
Johnson said he did not want to be in if he already knew he was stepping down.
"I think they're good players," he says. "I think they're good players," he says. but it'll be with you, "Johnson said.
Telling the team "It gives them an opportunity to do something with their visits."
Telling the team
Johnson said that informing the team of his decision was "the toughest thing. It is just. I think the two hardest things that I've probably ever done in my life were when I left Navy and then (Wednesday). It's just tough. It's emotional. "
Stansbury said he had been in a lot of team meetings where they were leaving their co-ops, and I'm honestly say I've never been in a team meeting like the one I what in (Wednesday). Very emotional. You could definitely see the bond between head coach and his players. Johnson a standing ovation, I think that's when it's said it all. "
On his tenure
Johnson said that "history will be the judge" of his time at Tech and Coaching in General. Tech fans are subject to "revisionist history"
He said he 'll stand on his record – finishing first or second in the Coastal Division seven times in 11 years, playing in three ACC championship games and two orange bowls. At Georgia Southern, he won two Division I-AA national championships and five Commander-in-Chief trophies at Navy.
"It's been a good run, that's what I'll say," he said. "In my mind, I'm satisfied with it."