Johnson earns OK to sail out of Navy

Johnson earns OK to sail out of Navy

There are 10 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 23, 2007, titled Johnson earns OK to sail out of Navy. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Every now and then, it's fun to ask an impertinent question, so here is the first thing I asked Navy coach Paul Johnson about next weekend's Army-Navy showdown at M&T Bank Stadium: "Coach, don't you think it ...

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United States

#1 Nov 23, 2007
Navy is one of the very few Div. I football programs in the country with kids who aren't aspiring NFL prospects and who weren't recruited by other schools with major football programs. He has the opportunity to take these kids (including some who never played football at any level before) and mold them into a winning team. That's an opportunity that no other school can offer. While I wish him well where ever he goes, I hope this challenge will be enough to keep his heart in Annapolis for the forseeable future.

United States

#2 Nov 23, 2007
can he win in the sec or big ten with that offense

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#3 Nov 23, 2007
Hey Peter, enough of this talk!!!
Paul Johnson,is the best thing that has happened to the Naval Acedemy
in a long time. Navy has been an
exciting team to watch since Paul
arrived...I hope he stays for a long,
long time. The Academy Athletic
Assoc. should do what ever is necessay to keep him.

Boulder, CO

#4 Nov 24, 2007
It all comes down to what Coach Johnson wants out of life. If he is totally focused on football then he will probably leave. But if he wants to have a larger impact on this nation then he should stay. The men he coaches at Navy are the on-scene leaders in world events. The US Navy and the USMC are not just America's "911" they are the world's "911". When things in the world go bad the world looks to the US to bail them out. Inturn the CIC turns to the Naval Services who inturn "git r done." So it all comes down to Coach Johnson understanding his impact. His practices and the actual games are a leadership laboratory that challenges each midshipmen physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is a crucible. Coaches have greater impact on the development of midshipmen than the professors and instructors. There is greater contact time between coaches than any other leader at the academy. The powerful education provided by coaches is grossly understated and often misunderstood. The coaches probably know more about the midshipmen they lead than any officer in the midshipmen's chain of command. I am not disparaging the officers. I am just stating fact. The coaches see the midshipmen everyday for 3 hours. They see them traveling to and from games. With all that being said, the Blue and Gold cannot offer enough money to Coach Johnson if all he is interested in is winning games. If he wants to strengthen our nation by helping develop officers of character the Blue and Gold will raise his salary, name a building after him, and he will stay and find that his name will be mentioned with Red Blaik and Fisher Deberry.

Vienna, VA

#5 Nov 24, 2007
As a Naval officer and proud fan of the Navy football team, I would love to see Johnson stay right where he is for as long as the Academy plays football. As Kevin points out, Johnson's impact is reflected not only in the win-loss column but in the perspective each graduating office carries with him or her into the Fleet when concluding their time in Annapolis. His impact is lasting and one I know every West Pointer envy's tremendously, not because they want Johnson to leave Navy, but because they realize the importance of instilling a winning attitude in every graduating officer. Every time an Academy football team faces another Academy football team, you hope your opponent is undefeated coming in and has one loss at the end of the season. Air Force has been competitive for years and Coach Calhoun seems to have them firing again. Johnson obviously has been the one to beat lately at Navy and Army has been trying to rebuild for five years or more. Hopefully Johnson will stay put and Army can find the winning way like its sister schools in Annapolis and Colorado Springs.
Academy football and leadership aside, if Johnson decides to pull chocks, I think he has to head to the premier conference in college football - the SEC. If he leaves Navy and goes on to win at big time schools outside of the SEC, folks will say that he couldn't win in the SEC - the ultimate test and challenge for a coach like Johnson. I hope the compensation packages at Navy and his own belief in doing more for the future of our military and government leaders keeps him right where he is in Annapolis for a long time. BEAT ARMY!

High Point, NC

#6 Nov 24, 2007
ya'll don't be selfish. i love the fact that PJ has resurrected us from the depths, but you can't begrudge him leaving the academy if a top-tier program comes calling. oh, and if you think that if he leaves it means he's only interested in winning games then you're dead wrong. The biggest reason PJ came to Navy was because someone told him he couldn't win here. Besides, Navy isn't the only place that needs to have their young men developed into hard working, reponsible citizens. i say if he wants to leave for a top-tier (say, nebraska/tex a&m/mississippi) program or conference then let him, and all the best in the future.

High Point, NC

#7 Nov 24, 2007
...and BEAT ARMY


#8 Nov 26, 2007
dont go coach johnson~you rock~
terrie in south jersey


#9 Nov 26, 2007
oh and go navy beat army~again~
terrie in south jersey


#10 Nov 26, 2007
i agree with all the past navy guys posting in here~navy rules~love the academy~navy brat for life~go navy~beat army~cant wait till saturday~go navy~GO NAVY BEAT ARMY~IF THIS GAME IS ANYTHING LIKE 2006 GAME I HAVE MY POPCORN READY AND SODA IN HAND~NAVY WILL STEAM ROLL OVER ARMY~

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