Georgia Tech moved from a systems approach under Paul Johnson to a branding approach under Jeff Collins, hoping to take advantage of Atlanta.
Unfortunately for the program, the only part of the ATL that was transferred was the L’s. Hired prior to the 2019 season, Collins suffered 28 losses in 38 games as Georgia Tech coach, including two ugly ones starting this year. He was fired on Monday, along with athletic director Todd Stansbury, as the program, known for its stability under Johnson and others, plummeted to the bottom of the ACC and Power 5.
Collins finished 10-28 overall and just 7-19 in the ACC.
Georgia Institute of Technology has trailed 183–10 in its last four games against Power 5 rivals since 2021.
Collins, who ended last season with the promise of “less branding, more coaching,” entered 2022 in the hottest spot. He also had a schedule that saw him fail, starting with Clemson but also involving Georgia, Ole Miss and UCF in non-conference games. Ultimately, Collins fails to become anything more than just an advertising man at Georgia Tech, and he leaves along with Stansbury, who will never get a chance to hire again.
Georgia Tech had major financial problems with facility projects, poor coach hiring, and other issues. But the program also has a great location and at least a decent history. Georgia Tech hosted bowling games every season from 1997 to 2014, recording eight AP top 25 finishes, an Orange Bowl title in 2014, and an Orange Bowl runner-up in 2009. Coaches Paul Johnson, Chan Gailey and George O’Leary were almost always the best. team competition in ACC.
Simultaneous coach and assistant director changes are always a little tricky to plan, but Georgia Tech has a really solid pool of candidates to choose from to replace Collins. Here’s a look at some of the options, from the most likely to some of the longest shots.