Like Nebraska, Georgia Tech made a coaching change in the first month of the college football season.
And much like the Cornhuskers, Tech squirms towards the end of his quest.
First, the Atlanta program needed to find a new director for its entire athletics department — which it did by landing J Batt from a senior position at the University of Alabama.
Batt was hired in mid-October, about three weeks after the Yellow Jackets parted ways with Geoff Collins at the helm of the football program.
Brent Key, a former Georgia Tech offensive lineman and native of Birmingham, Alabama, has made himself a legitimate contender for the full-time position after guiding Tech for the final two months of the season.
The Yellow Jackets under Key have won four games, including upsets against ranked Pittsburgh and North Carolina. It’s an unlikely scenario to think that the Yellow Jackets – despite being on their fourth quarterback of the season – with respected first-year offensive coordinator Chip Long can once again generate enough offense to take the defending college football playoff champion and the frontrunner Georgia overthrow weekend.
Nonetheless, Key has firmly planted himself in the mix for the full-time position, he has the unyielding support of beloved former Tech head coach George O’Leary, multiple sources tell FootballScoop, and Key met with Batt head-on this week for his formal interview for the Position, per sources briefed on the process.
Additionally, FootballScoop was informed that Batt this week conducted a formal interview with Coastal Carolina head coach Jamey Chadwell, whose work at the helm of the Coastal Carolina program has dramatically raised that program’s profile in the national conversation.
Chadwell also has deep ties to the South; he hails from Tennessee, whose coaching career has included significant work in the region.
Tulane’s Willie Fritz also has deep, deep ties to Georgia and has arranged a renaissance year at the helm of the Tulane program, which is vying for the American Athletic Conference title. Sources have told FootballScoop that Fritz is also seen as a serious contender for the tech post.
Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien was an assistant coach at Tech for several years, including under O’Leary, and O’Brien is a successful head coach at both Penn State and the NFL with the Houston Texans proven. He’s apparently familiar with Batt from their time together in Alabama, and sources suggest Nick has also been heavily supportive of Saban O’Brien.
Georgia’s Dell McGee had previously been linked with the job and sources said McGee was interested in the tech post, but so far sources have given no significant traction for McGee.
As with all of these recent Football Bowls Subdivision openings, timing is of the essence. Not only does the regular season end this weekend, but the NCAA transfer portal windows and early signing deadline — the third Wednesday of December, which is December 21 this year — both tack into the calendar.
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