Gailey will let assistant coach Nix call plays

Updated: April 27, 2006, 9:45 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey won't be calling the plays this season, passing those duties on to assistant coach Patrick Nix.

Gailey has called the plays for the Yellow Jackets' offense for the last three years. In Gailey's first season as Tech's head coach in 2002, former assistant coach Bill O'Brien handled the play-calling.

Gailey said his decision to give up the play-calling as part of his job was not discussed when he recently signed a five-year contract through 2010. He said he was under no other pressure to make the change.

"I think it's a good time to put some new ideas and new thoughts into the offense," Gailey said.

Gailey said he waited until the end of spring practice to announce the change so Tech's first 2006 opponent, Notre Dame, would not scout the Yellow Jackets' open scrimmages to look for possible changes in the offense.

"Will I miss it somewhat? Probably, yeah," Gailey acknowledged.

Tech ranked 103rd in the nation with its average of 18.5 points per game last season, a disappointment for a unit that had a young offensive line but featured experienced skill players with quarterback Reggie Ball, running back P.J. Daniels and receiver Calvin Johnson.

Ball and Johnson return in 2006.

Tech ranked third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing but only ninth in total offense and 10th in scoring.

Nix is entering his fifth season at Tech and his third season as offensive coordinator. He also is the quarterbacks coach and will move from the sideline to the press box to call plays.

"There's only so many things you can do in the game of football," Nix said. "There will be a few different things just because I'm a different person, but I don't know that there will be a huge difference that fans will notice."

Tech has had four straight seven-win seasons with Gailey, including a 7-5 record in 2005. Gailey's record at Tech is 28-22.

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