Charles Kelly to FSU

Interim Tech Defensive Coordinator Charles Kelly has accepted a position to be the linebackers coach at Florida State. Kelly will be replacing Greg Hudson, who left Florida State to become the defensive coordinator for Purdue.

Kelly, who just completed his seventh season at Tech, had been in charge of coaching the secondary until taking over for former Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh in October. The defense showed significant improvement under Kelly’s watch. Under Groh, the defense allowed 35.6 points per game against FBS opponents. Once Kelly took over, the defense only allowed an average of 26.88 points per game in 8 games against FBS competition, including a second half shutout against Florida State in the ACC Championship.

Kelly was considered to be a serious candidate land the defensive coordinator position before his move to Florida State was announced.