Report: Preston a candidate for Hawaii job

Georgia Tech wide receivers coach Buzz Preston has reportedly applied for the head coach opening at Hawaii, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Preston played at Hawaii and coached seven years with Tech coach Paul Johnson. A Star-Advertiser story said that 30 coaches had applied for the job as of Monday. The school reached a retirement agreement with former coach Greg McMackin after leading the Warriors to a 29-25 record over four seasons.

Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow, whom Tech will face in the Sun Bowl, is also reportedly a candidate, as is Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Preston has coached at Tech since 2008, part of Johnson’s original staff, and has developed receivers Demaryius Thomas, Stephen Hill and Tyler Melton. Thomas, whom Preston coached two seasons, was the first wide receiver taken in the 2010 NFL draft, 22nd to the Denver Broncos. It would be Preston’s first head coaching position after 32 season as an assistant.

Johnson has had one Tech assistant leave to take a head coaching position, Jeff Monken at Georgia Southern.

111 comments Add your comment

GIVE ME A BREAK

December 14th, 2011
10:56 am

Wish CPJ would bring in a QB coach if Buzz Preston gets the job. Hate to lose him and what a great name for a Georgia Tech coach. ” GO JACKETS “

careless

December 14th, 2011
11:10 am

Who cares!!!!

chewyandrw

December 14th, 2011
11:12 am

Good luck to Coach Preston. A good coach and a great man. Always looks good for a program to push its assistants to head coaching jobs.

chewyandrw

December 14th, 2011
11:13 am

A program can partly be judged on how many coaches move on to better positions and head coaching jobs.

okeefe

December 14th, 2011
11:20 am

Careless—go back to bed.

chewyandrw

December 14th, 2011
11:23 am

Ken-any accurate number of fans who will be in El Paso?

5150 UOAD

December 14th, 2011
11:37 am

Good luck with the job opportunity. I don’t understand why Hawaii isn’t the best coaching job or College football team. Who wouldn’t want to spend 4 years in Hawaii playing football?

Pensacola Dawg

December 14th, 2011
11:41 am

Let me see…Live in fear of my life walking to and from practice…Go tho the beach every day after practice..hmmmm

STEVE

December 14th, 2011
11:42 am

BOOK-UM DANO !

Pensacola Mutt

December 14th, 2011
11:52 am

Walk in fear of my life every time i step in Sanford Stadium…..from the FOOTBALL TEAM?
I’d rather coach Pee Wee football.

5150 UOAD

December 14th, 2011
11:58 am

At TECH the students are the victims and the criminals hunt around tech’s campus. At UGa the Criminals are the Athletes and the victims are the other students.

GT Fan

December 14th, 2011
12:11 pm

Good. Maybe Preston will leave and we can hire someone in his place that can actually teach WR’s how to catch the dang ball.

GIVE ME A BREAK

December 14th, 2011
12:23 pm

Why don’t other teams want Bobo or Grantham as head coaches?

JM

December 14th, 2011
12:28 pm

Congratulations to Buzz for the opportunity. There are some fine coaches getting an interview, maybe he’ll be one of them.

Richard Hungwell

December 14th, 2011
12:37 pm

Did not read anything that said they wanted him. It said that he applied. Hell, I could apply!

Hammond

December 14th, 2011
12:38 pm

Careless: you are a first class JerK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RambleOn84

December 14th, 2011
12:47 pm

We’d miss him, but I wish him the best if he does get the job.

Big Bad Bob

December 14th, 2011
12:56 pm

So if a coach looks at another school, shouldn’t Paul Johnson fire him? I mean, he pulls the scholarship offer for any “commit” who visits another school (but has no problem when commits from other schools flip to Tech). Double or maybe even triple standard?

Big Bad Bob

December 14th, 2011
12:58 pm

WR coach at Tech must be the cushiest job on earth…get three guys ready for 5 plays a game, knowing that on three of those plays the ball won’t be trhown anywhere near enough to them to actually have to try to catch it.

Gorilla Biscuit

December 14th, 2011
1:00 pm

GT receivers coach. That just has to be the least impressive resume Hawaii received.

Cover that obscenity!

December 14th, 2011
1:00 pm

Big Bad Bob – lower your skirt, your lack of knowledge is showing.

Big Bad Bob

December 14th, 2011
1:03 pm

Florida, Alabama, and Auburn all looking for offensive coordinators…any chance that if the University System of Georgia chancellor offered to pay their salary that they would take Mike Bobo or Paul Johnson, so the in-state schools could have real offenses? I’d dontate to both causes.

Big Bad Bob

December 14th, 2011
1:04 pm

Florida, Alabama, and Auburn all looking for offensive coordinators…any chance that if the University System of Georgia chancellor offered to pay their salary that they would take Mike Bobo or Paul Johnson, so the in-state schools could have real offenses? I’d donate to both causes.

Big Bad Bob

December 14th, 2011
1:12 pm

Cover that obscenity…which of the comments showed lack of knowledge…Paul Johnson’s well documented policy on Tech commits visitng other schools, or the (only slightly) sarcastic assessment of the vaunted GT passing attack?

carolinajacket

December 14th, 2011
1:14 pm

I recently commented on another blog how important it is to keep consistancy in your coaching staff. Too much turnover in assistants change everything, including, perhaps most importantly, recruiting. I wish Buzz well and hope he gets the job, but if he does I hope he is replaced with someone who has strong Georgia high school connections.

GT Man

December 14th, 2011
1:16 pm

Can someone want Groh or Johnson ? Why does nobody ever want a Georgia coach?

SiddyBoy

December 14th, 2011
1:17 pm

Does Tech need a receivers coach?

WDE

December 14th, 2011
1:19 pm

Well best of luck to him, however if he’s been a assistance coach for 32 years?? Like the article states I doubt he will get the shot, can that be right he looks pretty young.

dawgfan

December 14th, 2011
1:19 pm

A wide recievers coach in Paul Johnson’s offense isn’t qualified to head coach a middle school team. All they do is block and run the exceedingly rare fly pattern on the slim chance that Tech’s noodle armed quarterback can get them the football. Thomas was a 1st round draft pick on his own merits. Give me a freaking break Ken.

I have nothing against this Preston fella (its not like Georgia Tech’s wide recievers have done much to UGA) but this is laughable.

Thanks.

GT Man

December 14th, 2011
1:19 pm

While in El Paso, go over to Juarez, take Groh to visit some of the drug-lords, so they can teach him how to run defense and interference on opposing teams.

Paul in RDU

December 14th, 2011
1:20 pm

Norm Chow has applied? He’s 65 and has never been a HC

Norm!!!!

December 14th, 2011
1:25 pm

This job has Norm Chow written all over it. Hawaiin diversity.
What a cush retirement job or 4 year paid vacation if you stink it up and get fired!
Aloha! Get Leid

jb

December 14th, 2011
1:30 pm

Good luck Coach…Anytime you have a asst coach being considered for head job…thats a credit to your program. Thats what they’re working for, to one day be the Head Man.

5150 UOAD

December 14th, 2011
1:35 pm

BigBadBob is really Big Bad Bruce’s (aka Uga VIII) ghost of MNC’s past.

bigdawg

December 14th, 2011
1:35 pm

Wish Bobo would go somewhere else!

bigdawg

December 14th, 2011
1:38 pm

dawgfan@1:19–you’re a disgrace to UGA. Just shut up!

juvenal

December 14th, 2011
1:45 pm

Ken, jealous he’s maybe going to HI, b4 you?…..way Tevin’s been over-throwing folks lately, Bob has a point….seems like one QB/WR coach combined could cover coordinating having the throw hit & get caught…..not like we go shotgun or pistol….throw about as much to the A’s…….pros actually like WR’s that can block. Ken, thanks for getting the video post down, put up the baskelball link…..

joe d

December 14th, 2011
1:47 pm

Coach Preston,

Is the recruiter for the western Georgia, I know he has been recruiting Fayette County 1st team All Region OL Akil Hawkins. I wonder if he gets the job does he take this kid with him. Tech better lock this kid up!

Alabama Jack

December 14th, 2011
1:51 pm

Bib Bad Bob Butthole.

Buzz Preston has reportedly applied for the head coach opening at Hawaii, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

December 14th, 2011
2:01 pm

…that headline does NOT mean he is under any consideration – if you morons could understand what you read you would realize that “applying” and being “considered” are two very different things – heck, even I could “apply” for the job…

This is not to infer that he is not a fine coach nor that he may be under consideration – but the story also says that 30 others have also APPLIED…

juvenal

December 14th, 2011
2:06 pm

already has a goofy hat…….

Mark (another one)

December 14th, 2011
2:12 pm

Best of luck to Coach Preston. If you don’t ask for the job you’ll never get it.

bulldog steve

December 14th, 2011
2:14 pm

I still get a chuckle thinking that Tech has a receivers coach and that somebody else would be interested in him. That would be like somebody wanting Bobo to be a headcoach.

TD_Mike

December 14th, 2011
2:24 pm

Coach Monken is working out pretty well as a head coach!

GT Student

December 14th, 2011
2:25 pm

Wait, Georgia Tech has a Wide Receivers coach? For what reason?

And how in the heck does he have a chance at getting a head coaching position?

gt4ever

December 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

dawgfan,,

Who CARES what you think!….

Spike

December 14th, 2011
2:47 pm

Spanky

December 14th, 2011
2:48 pm

This is no big deal, however, good job luring that Alabama commit to the Flats (Jones). That guy will be a difference-maker! Congrats!

gt4ever

December 14th, 2011
2:50 pm

what Alabama commit?

Delbert D.

December 14th, 2011
2:51 pm

Why would Hawaii consider Preston? He played there. For those who have never lived in Hawaii, they are very much into lineage in the Islands.