On the same day that Greg Hudson was hired by Purdue to become the Boilermakers defensive coordinator, Jimbo Fisher has found his replacement. Warchant.com has learned that Georgia Tech interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly will replace Hudson as the 'Noles new linebackers coach and will also serve as special teams coordinator. Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson confirmed with JacketsOnline.com that Kelly will join the Florida State staff.
Kelly served as the Yellow Jackets' interim defensive coordinator for the final eight games of 2012, overseeing a defensive turnaround that propelled Georgia Tech to a 5-3 finish and a win over USC in the Sun Bowl.
Georgia Tech only allowed an average 331 yards per game in the final eight games, holding USC to 205 total yards and FSU to 328 total yards in the ACC Championship game. Prior to Kelly taking the defensive coordinator spot, Georgia Tech allowed at least 510 yards and 42 points in three straight games with former defensive coordinator Al Groh manning the defense.
Kelly spent the last seven seasons at Georgia Tech, working as the special teams coordinator from 2006-07, the cornerbacks coach from 2008-09 and the last three seasons as the Yellow Jackets' defensive secondary coach before his interim defensive coordinator stint.
Kelly's tie to the FSU staff was working with Fisher on the Auburn coaching staff in 1993. Kelly was a graduate assistant while Fisher was in his first year as the Tigers' quarterbacks coach.
Prior to Georgia Tech, Kelly has had defensive coordinator stints at Jacksonville State and Nicholls State.
Kelly recruits Georgia and Alabama for the Yellow Jackets.