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Paul Johnson taking time with defensive coordinator search

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson does not plan on hiring a new defensive coordinator any time soon.

Streeter Lecka

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson is in no rush to hire a new defensive coordinator, which means a decision will likely not be made on the position until after the Sun Bowl against USC on Dec. 31 (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution):

"We'll deal with that when the appropriate time comes. I know people to talk to and there'll be a process we go through and it's going to be an important decision."

Interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly took over the reins after Al Groh was fired back on Oct. 8. Groh spent two-plus seasons at Georgia Tech, and his time ended after the Yellow Jackets gave up 40 points in three straight games for the first time in school history.

Under Kelly, the defense has been up-and-down. Georgia Tech gave up 50 points in a win over North Carolina, but also held Florida State scoreless in the second half of the ACC Championship Game.

Johnson said that Kelly will certainly be considered for the position, as will other defensive assistants. Johnson also said that there's no specific defensive scheme that he will be looking for in a coach.

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