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Georgia Tech’s Johnson reaches Year 10 doing things his way

Paul Johnson has reached rarified territory at Georgia Tech — really, for any college football coach these days — so it seemed appropriate to ask what might be done to recognize the accomplishment.

Never one to pass up the opportunity at a tongue-firmly-in-cheek response, Johnson pounced.

“They gave me a Rolex,” he said, managing to suppress a smile. “Didn’t you hear? Georgia Tech gives a Rolex to everyone who works for them for 10 years.”

As is so often the case with the coach known as “PJ,” it’s not that easy to ascertain the line between serious and snarky.

But one thing’s for sure: Johnson has done things his way heading into his 10th season as the Yellow Jackets’ coach.

From an old-fashioned, triple-option offense that many still deride as a gimmick unworthy of a major-conference school to a sometimes-abrasive personality that can rub folks the wrong way, Johnson refused to be dissuaded from his core beliefs or bend to those who wish he’d put a bit of a filter on whatever is running through his mind.

Along the way, he’s become only the fourth coach in Georgia Tech history to make it to a 10th season. The other three: College Football Hall of Famers John Heisman, Bill Alexander and Bobby Dodd.

“Ten years is a long time to be anywhere,” said Johnson, who recently turned 60.

He and Duke’s David Cutcliffe have been at their current schools longer than any other head coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference — both just ahead of Dabo Swinney at reigning national champion Clemson. Only a handful of coaches around the nation have managed to stay in one place that long.

“I’m the longest-tenured coach in the ACC. So that right there tells you about the profession,” Johnson said. “I think the only guy who’s been at his school longer than me in the SEC is Coach Saban,” he added, neatly dropping in a reference to Alabama’s Nick Saban, perhaps the best coach in college football history.

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