Georgia Tech coach earns ACC award

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GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Two seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference, two coach of the year awards for Paul Johnson.

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The Georgia Tech coach once again was the overwhelming choice as the ACC's top coach as selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Johnson received 24 of a possible 40 votes cast by ACSMA members, easily outdistancing his counterpart in this week's ACC championship game.

This marks the sixth time a Georgia Tech coach has received the award, and the third time this decade after George O'Leary won it in 2000.

Johnson claimed the award last year after the Yellow Jackets burst onto the scene and ran his complex option-based offense with aplomb, and they one-upped themselves this year by winning the Coastal Division for the first time since 2006, claiming a spot in the league title game and vaulting into the top 10.

The run-first offense led the ACC in scoring (35 points per game), total offense (440.5 ypg), rushing offense (305 ypg) and pass efficiency (160.7 rating).

As a result, five starters made the all-conference first team -- including quarterback Josh Nesbitt, running back Jonathan Dwyer and even receiver Demaryius Thomas. They helped Georgia Tech (10-2, 7-1) finish with the ACC's best overall and conference records, and will face the Tigers for a spot in the Orange Bowl.

Johnson brought up his offense after being told of his award.

"It helps wash away all the negatives that people try to sell about the different system and those kind of things," he said.

Clearly, Johnson coaches with a chip on his shoulder. He's even conceded that he's a little too sensitive to criticism, but says that comes from people telling him throughout his career that an offense resembling the 1970s wishbone might work just fine in Division I-AA, or even at a talent-challenged school such as Navy, but it would never succeed in a BCS conference.

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smartie
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smartie 12/02/09 - 04:37 am
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sure! 9-2. possible acc

sure! 9-2. possible acc champs. plus, he almost beat ga! that alone should win him coach of the year.

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wildman 12/02/09 - 05:04 am
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I hear he's pretty good and

I hear he's pretty good and punching UGA fans in the mouth.

Purelaughs
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Purelaughs 12/02/09 - 05:18 am
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By hearing some of the UGA

By hearing some of the UGA fans lately, it'd probably be well deserved.

smartie
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smartie 12/02/09 - 06:11 am
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he won't punch this one in

he won't punch this one in the mouth. and, the only thing i can tell you bunch of pathetic losers, is to suck it up. you get on here and run your fat mouths, and it's all funny, until, uh-oh, what happened? those red and black guys are running up and down the field like it's a track meet. i wish richard samuel had've been healthy, he could've had 100+ himself. sooo, suck it up. you lost! now, change your underwear, and get ready for the championship game. good luck! i hope they win.

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csrareader 12/02/09 - 07:01 am
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The ACC is a step above

The ACC is a step above Division III. He can take his cute little trophy home and look at all year -- but he still got kicked by the Big Dawg!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/02/09 - 07:50 am
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Who got punched in the

Who got punched in the mouth??? haha.

smartie
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smartie 12/02/09 - 09:35 am
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hahahahahahahaha!!!!

hahahahahahahaha!!!! oohhhhhh!!!! my sides are hurting!!!!

ramble
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ramble 12/02/09 - 09:36 am
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Smartie- obviously a UGA fan

Smartie- obviously a UGA fan when your math skills are so poor. 9+2 is 11, GT has played 12 games, that's more than 11. GT's record is 10-2.
What a difference a couple of years makes. Now UGA defines a successful season by a W over Tech and seems to convieniently forget that with a few exceptions they've looked awful all season. Enjoy the Advocare 100 bowl!

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sueboo418 12/02/09 - 09:52 am
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Go ramble!! Still loving my

Go ramble!! Still loving my yellow jackets! :)

smartie
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smartie 12/02/09 - 10:53 am
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whatever, ramble! how about

whatever, ramble! how about this? 0-1 in the state of georgia. i can add that. happy now?

ramble
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ramble 12/02/09 - 12:07 pm
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Yes, much more accurate :-)

Yes, much more accurate :-)

smartie
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smartie 12/02/09 - 12:36 pm
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thanks! and fyi, i don't

thanks! and fyi, i don't think you'll find a dawg fan anywhere that'll call this a successful season. i'm very happy for the young men that finally put it all together in one game, and beat a team that was almost certainly better than them.

smartie
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smartie 12/02/09 - 12:40 pm
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however, unfortunately for

however, unfortunately for you techies, some friendly ribbing is going to come with it.

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imdstuf 12/02/09 - 01:59 pm
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Anyone that had watched Tech

Anyone that had watched Tech all year knew their defense was no good. Their offense almost came back against UGA, and would not have been down as much early if UGA had not twisted Jonathan Nesbitt's leg under the pile.

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WiiTodd 12/02/09 - 02:07 pm
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stuf, you got more excuses

stuf, you got more excuses than Obama and justus. I need to get a new UF Alumni card this month, would you like my 2009 version to set on your mantle and give you something to be proud of?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/02/09 - 02:17 pm
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imdstuf, his name is Joshua

imdstuf, his name is Joshua Nesbitt. Big fan are you? Give it up, you lost. JOSH missed two series. How many did A.J. Green miss? Injuries are part of the game. Wii, nobody is picking the Gaytors. What's up with that?

smartie
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smartie 12/02/09 - 02:18 pm
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imdstuf, are you kidding me.

imdstuf, are you kidding me. perhaps nesbitt might should've tried out for the cheerleading squad. give me a break with that whiny crap. nesbitt had nothing to do with those huge, gaping holes the dawgs rb's were running through. their was one point, that i thought our two rb's might get so tired that they may not finish the game. good lord! i was wondering if that might be tech's strategy. run'em to death!

smartie
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smartie 12/02/09 - 02:19 pm
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gaytors? yeah, yeah! that's a

gaytors? yeah, yeah! that's a good one, jtf. never heard that.

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justthefacts 12/02/09 - 02:43 pm
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That's old stuff. Wii won't

That's old stuff. Wii won't be offended. He can take it as well as dish it out.

smartie
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smartie 12/02/09 - 03:35 pm
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unlike some of the

unlike some of the thin-skinned yellowjackets. i swear! you call 'em a nerd, and it's like slapping them. like they don't know they're nerdy?

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Purelaughs 12/02/09 - 04:50 pm
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Rather be a Nerd.. then a UGA

Rather be a Nerd.. then a UGA grad with a fashion merchandising or housing degree. This nerd, might be your boss :)

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The Knave 12/02/09 - 05:02 pm
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In addition to the

In addition to the deficiences that ole smartie (not) has displayed in the areas of English and arithmetic, smartie also seems to have a proclivity for prevarication, to wit: "i swear! you call 'em a nerd, and it's like slapping them. like they don't know they're nerdy?" Oh contrare, dear smartie, we of the Yellow Jacket persuasion wear the "nerd" label as a badge of honor, and some fortunate among us have even successfully matriculated through the Temple of Nerdism in Atlanta. You really shouldn't just make stuff up -- it's not nice. But, when your highest aspirations are associated with the Athens Asylum, perhaps desperation sets in, and delusion is all that remains. You really need to work on finding something other than "Dawg Fan" to put in the "education" section of your resume. And, some coaching in English and arithmetic might halp get you past the qualifying exams for janitorial associate.

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smartie 12/02/09 - 05:24 pm
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thanks for the coaching,

thanks for the coaching, knave. i'm going to get on that resume right away. i'm going to try to work in some of those fancy words you use. wish me luck!

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KSL 12/02/09 - 07:52 pm
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Come on, The Knave. smartie

Come on, The Knave. smartie is just having some fun. You have to read all of his posts.

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bobaisgaf 12/03/09 - 02:38 pm
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Purelaughs, I think I'd fear

Purelaughs, I think I'd fear the UGA grads more. 8 of the last 12 governors of GA were UGA grads and Georgia has the worst high school graduation rate in the country. Quite a vicious circle.

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