New Georgia Tech coach

Paul Johnson

is accustomed to winning the big rivalry games, something the Yellow Jackets haven't done in a while.

The former Navy coach, unbeaten in six games against Army, was hired yesterday to replace Chan Gailey, who had six consecutive winning seasons at Georgia Tech, but was 0-6 against Georgia.

Johnson, a former Georgia Southern coach, said he will not coach Navy in its Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl against Utah in San Diego. He informed his Navy players of his decision yesterday morning.

Johnson also said he would not interfere with Jon Tenuta, the Georgia Tech defensive coordinator under Gailey who was named interim head coach for the Dec. 31 Humanitarian Bowl game.

Navy is 8-4 this season, including a win over Notre Dame for the first time in 44 years.

In other college news:

* Greg Schiano rejected overtures from Michigan and will remain the football coach at Rutgers. He told his players at a meeting yesterday.

* Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer will receive a raise and 1-year contract extension through 2012.


* AT&T is dropping sponsorship of the PGA Tour's Atlanta-area event after next year, forcing the tournament at TPC Sugarloaf to seek new financial backing for 2009. The AT&T Classic, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2008, moved to a May spot on the schedule as part of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup format.

* South Africa's Omar Sandys shot his second straight 4-under-par 68 to lead by two strokes after the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, South Africa. *