Georgia Tech Football Head Coaching Search: Day Five Updates

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 13: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Cheerleaders celebrate after a touchdown against the Duke Blue Devils on October 13, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 13: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Cheerleaders celebrate after a touchdown against the Duke Blue Devils on October 13, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Welcome to the fifth day (not counting last Wednesday itself) of Georgia Tech’s search for their next head coach, we’ve had the weekend to digest all the news and here is what we know heading into this week.

Until Georgia Tech hires their next head coach, we’ll have daily update articles regarding Georgia Tech’s search for their next head coach. These articles will be updated throughout each day. We’ve had the weekend to sit back and wait for more news and here’s what we have entering Monday afternoon.

Overall, it was a rather uneventful weekend in the coaching search it seems. Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury was on the College Football Playoff committee which most likely means he was unable to really focus on the search this weekend. While we’re sure he had his assistant AD’s as well as other staff members continue the search and make arrangements, Stansbury probably didn’t get done as much as he would’ve hoped this weekend.

Whisenhunt interview scheduled for Monday:

It’s been known for a while that Ken Whisenhunt was going to be interviewing for the job though it was first reported that it was going to take place this past weekend. That being said, on NBC’s telecast of Sunday Night Football, play-by-play announcer Al Michaels said that Whisenhunt was expected to interview with the Jackets on Monday.

Names connected to the job:

Football Scoop on Monday morning posted a great article with a few updates on the Yellow Jackets search for their next head coach. You can read that article here. We highly reccomend that you read it!

That being said, the article has three main pieces of information that are worth pointing out;

1) Todd Stansbury is headed to New York right now. (presumably for the College Football Hall of Fame dinner on Tuesday).

The Associated Press’s Dan Wolken was able to confirm in person that Stansbury was indeed headed to New York. Some speculate that Stansbury could make a visit to see Army head coach Jeff Monken during his time in New York but that remains to be seen. The Yellow Jackets seem to be aiming to go away from the triple-option which would eliminate Monken and the rest of Paul Johnson’s coaching tree.

2) There are three names that Football Scoop is hearing that is connected to the Tech opening;

  • Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt
  • Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliot
  • Temple head coach Geoff Collins

None of those three names really come as a surprise. Whisenhunt has been long rumored to be connected to the job since the minute Paul Johnson retired. The same can be said to a certain degree about Tony Elliot while Geoff Collins seems to be a hot name of late in the search. With the news that Stansbury is making the trip to New York, it would be interesting to see to if does make a trip down to Geoff Collins in Philadelphia, a rather short train ride away from Manhattan.

3) Guz Malzahn?

Perhaps the most interesting note that came out of Football Scoop’s report was that Auburn head coach Guz Malzahn at one point or another was in some way connected to the job opening. Malzahn is returning to Auburn for the 2019 season as of Sunday night but what a development that could’ve been.

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Will Louisville land Scott Satterfield before the Jackets have a chance?:

Scott Satterfield, the head coach of the Appalachian State Mountaineers has been a name to watch according to several college football writers. Satterfield would be a great fit for the Yellow Jackets and has had tremendous success at App State. That being said, Louisville is courting Satterfield (among others) and the Cardinals are expected to make a decision on their next head coach sooner than later.