His 11th-ranked Yellow Jackets meet No. 4 Florida State for the ACC Championship later tonight, but it's already a good day for Paul Johnson. Georgia Tech announced a four-year contract extension for Johnson on Saturday morning, keeping him under contract through 2020.
Terms of the extension were not disclosed. Johnson made $2.59 million in 2014 according to the USA Today coaching salary database.
“I am excited that we were able to work out a contract extension,” Johnson said in a statement. “I appreciate the support of our fans, students and alumni during my time here. My family and I are looking forward to being a part of Georgia Tech for a long time.”
This season has been something of a revival for Johnson and Georgia Tech, ripping off his first 10-win regular season after going 28-25 from 2010-13. USA Today's Dan Wolken had an enlightening profile of Johnson this week. "There are things Paul harbors, I believe, from years ago that still grate on him," Navy athletics director Chet Gladchuk, Johnson's former boss, said. "The thought that his offense wouldn't work at Navy or that it wouldn't work at Georgia Tech was all he needed. When there's a disbelief in his ability to deliver, Paul has got a fuse about him that takes him to another level."
The Jackets will play for their second ACC championship under Johnson on Saturday night, and with a win would inherit dark horse status for the College Football Playoff after closing the regular season with wins over Clemson and Georgia.
Johnson is 57-34 in seven seasons at Georgia Tech, and 164-73 in 18 seasons as a head coach.
Georgia Tech and Florida State will square off at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.