Georgia Tech amends coach Johnson's contract

Updated: December 18, 2008, 11:48 AM ET
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ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson, who led the Yellow Jackets to a 9-3 record in his debut season, has agreed to an amended seven-year contract.

Athletic director Dan Radakovich made the announcement Thursday morning.

The contract will pay Johnson $17.17 million the next seven years, including $2.3 million next season. His deal also includes a variety of performance incentives, as well as academic-based incentives for team Academic Progress Rate and Graduation Success Rate performance.

"The future of Georgia Tech football has never been brighter," Radakovich said in a statement, "and we are thrilled that Paul Johnson will be leading our program for a long time."

Johnson's amended contract takes effect Jan. 1.

"I look forward to continue being a part of the Georgia Tech family for years to come," Johnson said in a statement.

Johnson was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year after the Jackets' 9-3 season; Georgia Tech matched Virginia Tech's 5-3 record for the ACC Coastal Division title.

Johnson won more games than any first-year coach in Georgia Tech history and has the fourth-most wins by a first-year coach in ACC history.

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