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Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson Is Reportedly Retiring

A general view of Georgia Tech football field at Bobby Dodd Stadium ahead of an ACC game against Pitt football.

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 02: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Pittsburgh Panthers on November 2, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Earlier: Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson is retiring from coaching after 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets and 22 overall seasons as a head coach, according to multiple reports.

Johnson, who has been in Atlanta since 2008, led the Yellow Jackets to a 7-5 regular season and an upcoming bowl berth this season. He compiled an 82-59 overall record at Georgia Tech, including a conference championship in 2009.

ESPN 93.1's Bill Shanks first reported the news of Johnson's retirement. Jeff Schultz of The Athletic confirmed it a short time later.

An official announcement has not been made yet by Georgia Tech.

During his three head coaching stints at Georgia Southern, Navy and GT, Johnson won 189 games. His coaching trademark was a commitment to the triple option.

The scheme clearly had its share of success, leading him to 13 bowl games and five 1-AA playoff appearances.

However, the offense has also drawn criticism from Georgia Tech fans for being one-dimensional and limiting recruiting opportunities, since wide receivers and quarterbacks typically don't want to play in.

Update: Johnson is officially stepping down, he announced.

Georgia Tech is officially in the market for a new head coach.