Shortly after Paul Johnson made his decision to step back from coaching at Georgia Tech, the name of Ken Whisenhunt became a quick and easy subject as a potential replacement for the Yellow Jackets. Now, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Whisenhunt will sit down with his alma mater for an interview about the coaching vacancy.
Whisenhunt would certainly be a move in a much different direction for Georgia Tech, and one wonders if it is the direction the program should go. The offensive coordinator of the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers has the connection to Georgia Tech and obvious NFL ties the school is reportedly intrigued by for their next head coach, but his last coaching job in college was as a special teams coach at Vanderbilt in 1996. He was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association in 2013, but stepping away from the NFL after 21 years in the pros to take on the Georgia Tech job would come with some skepticism about the potential for the job.
There are a number of good college coaching candidates that may be more suitable for Georgia Tech, but this would hardly be the first time a college football program tapped an NFL assistant to be its new head coach.