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    Former Navy Football Coach Paul Johnson Named to College Football Hall of Fame

    Former Navy Football Coach Paul Johnson Named to College Football Hall of Fame

    Former Navy coach Paul Johnson on Monday was selected to be inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Johnson, who also served as head coach at  Southern and Georgia Tech, is among a class that includes 18 players, including former stars such as Reggie Bush and Tim Tebow, and four coaches.

    Johnson becomes the 25th Navy player or coach to be voted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is the fifth former Navy coach so honored, joining Gil Dobie (1917-19), William Ingram (1916-18), Wayne Hardin (1959-64) and George Welsh (1973-81). Twenty Navy players have been inducted.

    The class was voted on by 80 players and nine coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision, along with 96 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks. Johnson was named to the ballot in June in his first year of eligibility. He was among nine FBS coaches up for induction, a group that also included former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen.

    Johnson led Navy from 2002 through 2007 and was responsible for resurrecting the program. He had previously served as offensive coordinator under Charlie Weatherbie in 1995-96 before leaving to become coach at Georgia Southern.

    Navy football stumbled after Johnson left as coordinator, suffering four straight losing seasons from 1998 through 2001. The Midshipmen went 1-20 in their final two seasons under Weatherbie.

    Johnson spent the 2002 season completely…

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