Johnson refutes report that he wants out at Georgia Tech

Paul Johnson, who is under contract though 2016, has a $7.5 million buyout.

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A strange 24 hours for Georgia Tech continued with a report that coach Paul Johnson is unhappy and wants out, followed by a text from the coach himself refuting the news.

A source told’s Bruce Feldman that Johnson is hoping the school will exercise his buyout of $7.5 million. But Johnson responded, sending a text to, which said "I have no idea what he is talking about and I’m looking forward to next season. All these anonymous sources are unbelievable."

Johnson, who is 47-31 in six seasons, is under contract through 2016 after signing an extension in ’09. He went 7-6 this year, which ended with a 25-17 loss to Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl.

The Johnson story came to light hours after news broke that redshirt sophomore quarterback Vad Lee is transferring. He told ESPN’s Joe Schad "the triple option was never really for me."