When SEC jobs open, the first place athletic directors often look is Nick Saban's staff at Alabama. Clemson football is probably the closest thing there is to 'Bama right now, and with the new Georgia Tech football opening, Tigers' offensive coordinator Tony Elliott could become a hot commodity.
The 39-year old Elliott played wide receiver for the Tigers from 2000-2003. He joined Dabo Swinney's staff as running backs coach in 2011, and was elevated to co-offensive coordinator in 2015, after the departure of Chad Morris, now the head coach at Arkansas, to SMU.
He has served as play caller since Morris' departure, ahead of Clemson's 40-6 demolition of Oklahoma in the 2014 Citrus Bowl.
According to one report, the Georgia Tech football coaching search has "zeroed in" on Tony Elliott.
Paul Johnson, who has led the Yellow Jackets since 2008, announced that he will step away from the program.
Hours later, SB Nation Georgia Tech site From The Rumble Seat has reported that Elliott is the main focus of the GT search.
"Paul Johnson announced he is stepping down as Georgia Tech’s head football coach on Wednesday, and a source close to Georgia Tech has indicated to FTRS that Tech has already zeroed in on Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott to be his replacement.
Elliott, 39, has been at Clemson since 2011 and has served as its co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach since 2015. He won the Broyles Award in 2017, awarded annually to college football’s top assistant coach. Clemson is averaging 45.5 points per game this season, third-best in FBS."
Elliott was also named a candidate in an early report by ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, which also focused on Tech alumnus and Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
Both names seem to indicate that Georgia Tech isn't married to continuing Paul Johnson's famous option offense. We identified nine potential Georgia Tech coaching candidates of both the option and non-option varieties, including Elliott and Whisenhunt, earlier today.