Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof is officially out on the Flats, ending his up and down five-year tenure at Tech after a string of poor seasons from his defensive units. The news comes just two days after head coach Paul Johnson remained noncommittal towards Roof’s future, urging the media to “ask coach Roof” whether or not the embattled coordinator would return in 2018.
Though most expected Roof to be fired after Tech’s miserable end to the season, it appears that his departure was actually somewhat mutual — he accepted a job as co-defensive coordinator and associate head coach under Dave Doeren at NC State as opposed to being terminated at Tech. This may help to avoid hard feelings among Tech’s 2018 recruiting class, 18 of whom signed on Wednesday during the first ever early signing period in college football. One can only hope that they were made aware of Roof’s job status during the recruiting process and that he took something of a backseat during the cycle’s later days.
Whether or not there will be any attrition as a result of Roof’s dismissal remains to be seen. He was instrumental in bringing on Tre Swilling and Bruce Jordan-Swilling, but it stands to reason that his own son, linebacker T.D. Roof, would be the most likely to move on. Defensive recruiting was a bright spot of the Roof era, so hopefully most players stay with the program and fit in well with the scheme of the next defensive coordinator.
Stay tuned for more information about a potential replacement for Ted Roof and any further staff changes at Georgia Tech.