Ga. Tech's Johnson receives strong endorsement from new AD

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson walks off the field after a 28-27 victory against Georgia in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)
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ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson has received a strong endorsement from the school's new athletic director.

Todd Stansbury attended the regular-season finale at Georgia last weekend before officially taking over on Monday. The Yellow Jackets rallied for a 28-27 victory, improving their record to 8-4 and boosting their chances of landing a more prominent bowl bid.

Stansbury said Wednesday that beating the Bulldogs in Athens is ''a heck of a statement.'' The new AD also says that ''nobody out there wants to play us,'' which he considers a testament to Johnson's coaching ability.

Johnson has been at Georgia Tech for nine seasons, leading his team to eight bowl appearances. His job security was in question after going 3-9 last season, but the Yellow Jackets rebounded strongly in 2016.

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