Temple Football Head Coach Geoff Collins emerged early as a top candidate for the open Georgia Tech position following the retirement of Paul Johnson, and the Yellow Jackets looked primed to make Collins their next coach.
Geoff Collins is going to be named the Georgia Tech coach today, a source tells me. @TheAthleticATL— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) December 7, 2018
The Georgia Tech job is an interesting one. It sits in a hotbed of recruiting at the heart of Georgia, but the job itself also incurs a rebuilding process as the program looks to transition from Johnson’s triple-option attack into something more... hmm... modern?
Collins, who hails from Conyers, GA, went 15-10 over the last two seasons at Temple, his only head coaching experience to date. After an 0-2 start to this season with a loss to cross-town Philadelphia foe of the FCS Villanova and a loss to Buffalo of the MAC, Temple rebounded to finish the season 8-2 (including a 7-1 mark in the AAC), with the two losses coming at Boston College and at undefeated Central Florida.
At Temple, Collins followed Matt Rhule, who left after the 2016 season to take over his own difficult rebuild at Baylor. Rhule, for what it’s worth, went a combined 20-7 over his last two years with the Owls after an 8-16 first two seasons there following the brief Steve Addazio tenure.
With this hire, all ACC head coaching positions are currently filled.