Friday November 18, 2005
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Gailey signs new five-year contract, will coach through 2010 campaign

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By Jamie Howell / Student Publications

Gailey's new contract will pay him about the same per year as what he makes now.

By Michael Clarke Senior Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Director of Athletics Dave Braine announced that Tech head football coach Chan Gailey has been given a five-year contract extension through the 2010 season. The current contract, which runs through the end of the 2006 season, will have the final year replaced by the new contract.

"What type of message does it send if you fire a coach that has had four winning seasons, gone to four bowl games and has recruited very well in what I feel is [one of the toughest jobs] in college football?" Braine said.

The extension is expected to pay roughly the same amount that Gailey is currently making along with a percentage increase per year based on the annual faculty raises. The deal will likely not be finalized until the end of the season.

Gailey is 27-20 overall with the Jackets and is 6-3 in his fourth season on the Flats. The Jackets are bowl-eligible for the ninth year in a row. The team has spent six weeks ranked as one of the top 25 teams in the nation.

"Chan Gailey continues to be successful," Braine said. "Maybe not as successful as a lot of our people would like him to be, but he deserves [the extension]. Regardless of what people think, he will continue to be successful."

To end the regular season, the Jackets play No. 3 Miami tomorrow and No. 14 Georgia next week. Gailey is 0-3 against UGA and 0-1 against Miami.