It turns out Georgia Tech didn't need to look far at all for their next head coach, as Brent Key had the interim tag removed yesterday to become the next coach on the Flats.
After a 1-3 start under Geoff Collins, the Jackets had a bit of resurgence under Key. He finished the '22 campaign going 4-4, with wins over ranked foes in Pitt and UNC. The finish for the Jackets is even more impressive considering the Jackets played the majority of the 2nd half of the season without their two top QBs in Jeff Sims and Zach Pyron.
This week featured several names being thrown around for the coaching position, with Willie Fritz rumored to be the leader in the clubhouse. In the end, though, the Tech alum is going to get a chance to build on the success the Jackets had at the end of this season.
There's some work to already be done, as the Jackets have lost several big names to the transfer portal. Starting QB Jeff Sims and leading receiver Nate McCollum have already announced they will be playing elsewhere in 2023. And according to 247 sports, Tech's incoming 2022 recruiting class is currently ranked 44th. Tech may be busy in the portal themselves in the coming months.
There seems to be a buzz (no pun intended), though, around the program after the announcement yesterday. You can definitely see it and hear it as J Batt announced to the team that Key was staying. In today's Steakhouse, Steak and Rusty discuss the impact of keeping Key as the coach, and what that will mean going forward. You can hear that audio below.