Georgia Tech targets Brent Key as football coach

Georgia Tech has targeted interim coach Brent Key as the school’s next head coach, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

The deal is expected to close in the next 24 hours, sources told ESPN.

Georgia Tech went 4-4 with Key as interim coach when he took over a program that started the season 1-3 under Geoff Collins, who went 10-28 with the Yellow Jackets before being fired on September 26.

Key led the Yellow Jackets to victories over Pitt, Duke, Virginia Tech and North Carolina as they finished 5-7 and showed dramatic increases in energy, power and fundamentals.

Key is a former team captain and All-ACC offensive lineman at Tech, playing 44 games from 1997-2000. He returned to his alma mater in 2019 as an assistant coach, serving as assistant head coach, run game coordinator, and offensive line trainer before becoming an interim head coach.

The sides were expected to meet on Tuesday afternoon and an agreement is expected to be reached soon after. Key will be the first hire for new athletic director J Batt, who came from Alabama to help revitalize Tech’s athletic division, which has struggled financially and athletically in recent seasons.

The school interviewed 10 to 12 candidates, including Tulane coach Willie Fritz, sources told ESPN.

Tech struggled to attract a big outside name as the school was reluctant to guarantee large parts of the contract, with the level of guaranteed money a letdown for some candidates.

The school owes Collins more than $11 million, and financial concerns are significant. Georgia Tech targets Brent Key as football coach

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