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Geoff Collins accepts Georgia Tech job, will not coach Temple’s bowl game

The Georgia native is going home.

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The Temple Owls will be in the market for a new head coach after Geoff Collins has agreed to become the new man in charge at Georgia Tech.

The Athletic was first to report the hire.

Collins complied a 15-10 record in North Philadelphia and is the first Temple coach to lead his team to a bowl game in his first two seasons at the helm.

It will be a homecoming for Collins as he has two previous stints at Georgia Tech and is a native of Georgia. He was a graduate assistant from 1999-2000 and a tight ends coach in 2001. He also was at GT in 2006 as director of player personnel.

Before coming to Temple, Collins was the defensive coordinator at Florida and Mississippi State.

Collins will take over for Paul Johnson after Tech’s bowl game. Johnson coached the Yellow Jackets for 11 seasons, but announced earlier this month that he will leave the program.

Collins will not coach Temple in their bowl game. The Owls will take on Duke - an ACC opponent - in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl later this month. Tight ends and special teams coach Ed Foley is expected to be the interim coach.

It won’t be long before Collins is back at Lincoln Financial Field as Tech will play Temple on Sept. 28, 2019.

The Owls will now have to start their own search for a new head coach once again. It is the fourth time since 2010 that a Temple head coach has left for a Power Five gig.

Check back with us at Underdog Dynasty for the latest information on Temple’s head coaching search.