ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Tech fired coach Chan Gailey today -- two
days the Yellow Jackets' seventh straight loss to rival Georgia to end a disappointing season.
Gailey's overall record was 44-and-32 in six seasons, and he never lost less than five games in a year.
Athletic director Dan Radakovich said the latest loss to Georgia did not influence his decision. He said he already had decided to make a change.
Radakovich made the announcement after a morning meeting with Gailey. Defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta will take over as interim coach for an expected trip to the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, and he could be a candidate for the job permanently.
The move was widely expected after Georgia Tech (7-5) came up far short of another run at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship one year after winning its division. Also, Gailey never beat the school's biggest rival, dropping to 0-and-6 with a 31-17 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday.
Radakovich said business considerations were as much as part of his decision as wins and losses. The 55-year-old Gailey had lost support among the fan base, which made fundraising more difficult, and he wasn't the sort of dynamic personality who could help the Yellow Jackets make a name in the crowded Atlanta sports scene.
Navy coach Paul Johnson, who previously coached at Georgia Southern, could be a popular choice as the new coach. Radakovich said Tenuta also will be a candidate if he wants to pursue the job.