ACC: Jeff Monken

Georgia Tech's Shaw confirms transfer

March, 1, 2010
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Jaybo Shaw, Georgia Tech’s top backup quarterback the past two seasons, will transfer to Georgia Southern at the end of the current semester, the school announced on Monday. Shaw will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesJaybo Shaw will have two years of eligibility remaining at Georgia Southern.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson signed Shaw’s release form this morning.

Because Shaw is transferring down from an FBS school, he will not be required to sit out a season. Shaw will play at GSU for coach Jeff Monken, who was a Georgia Tech assistant coach the past two seasons.

“I have mixed feelings,” Shaw said in a prepared statement. “I am excited to go to Georgia Southern and play for Coach Monken, but sad to leave Georgia Tech, my teammates and the fans. I appreciate everything Coach Johnson has done for me.

“While I will have the opportunity to compete for a starting role, a part of my decision is academic-related. I want to get my college degree in education, which is offered at Georgia Southern.”

Shaw made a name for himself as a true freshman in 2008, when he played in seven games and started Tech’s home shutout win over Duke. He completed 15 of 24 passes (.625) for 321 yards, and he rushed 63 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Last season Shaw was slowed initially by a broken collarbone suffered in an August practice.

He played in six games, but saw fewer snaps as starter Josh Nesbitt stayed relatively injury-free in 2009.

This spring, Shaw was expected to compete with at least three other returning quarterbacks -- sophomore Tevin Washington and redshirt freshmen Jordan Luallen and David Sims -- for the top backup role. They will get plenty of snaps with Nesbitt sidelined to recover from minor ankle surgery.

Monken's imminent departure a non-issue

December, 4, 2009
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The impending departure of Georgia Tech slot backs coach/special teams coordinator Jeff Monken to Georgia Southern, where he will take over as head coach next season, won't have an effect on the Yellow Jackets as they conclude their season, said Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson.

Monken has been a top assistant under Johnson at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech.

"Well, I'm excited for Jeff," Johnson said. "I think it's a great opportunity and it's one that I'm sure he's excited about, he and his family, and he's worked awfully hard for me through the years. Like I said, I'm happy for him.

"I don't think it's going to have an effect on our team. You know, he coaches the slots for us, and he'll coach them at least through the championship game, and I think he said he wanted to stay through the bowl game. It's not going to have a major effect on our football team I don't think. I think they'll be happy for him."

ACC's lunchtime links

November, 30, 2009
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A quick trip around the ACC today:
  • Former Virginia coach Al Groh wasn't the only one who was fired this weekend. All but two assistants were told to leave, graduate assistants included. Maybe Groh just wasn't meant to be a college coach.
  • Richmond coach Mike London addressed the speculation he could be next in line for Groh's job, but that's not his focus right now.
  • Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen's future has yet to be determined, but there seems to be a feeling that it can't get much worse than the Terps' 2-10 season.
  • Bobby Bowden wants to come back, but even he has bosses who have to approve it.
  • UNC could be destined for the Music City Bowl, thanks to its hoops tradition, not football.
  • What kind of an effect will playing each other during the regular season have on Clemson and Georgia Tech?
  • After finishing the season on a winning note, Miami is ready for a quick break before bowl season.
  • All things considered, Boston College can take a lot of pride in what it accomplished this year.
  • If there's one game that wraps up Duke's season, it was the season opener against Richmond.
  • Georgia Tech special teams coach Jeff Monken was hired as Georgia Southern's next head coach.

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