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Georgia Tech Hires Former Macedonia Star Hamilton

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ATLANTA (AP) -

Former Georgia Tech star quarterback Joe Hamilton has returned to his alma mater as a recruiting assistant.

Hamilton was the 1999 Heisman Trophy runner-up. He worked under Bill Curry as an assistant coach at Georgia State the last two years. Curry has retired.

Hamilton's hire comes five years after his on-campus arrest on charges of marijuana possession, driving under the influence of alcohol and hit-and-run led to his resignation as Georgia Tech's assistant director of player personnel.

"Joe is one of the all-time greats at Georgia Tech," Head Coach Paul Johnson said. "We are excited to have some of our former players back, working at a place they love."

Hamilton enjoyed a spectacular career as a four-year starter at quarterback for the Yellow Jackets from 1996-99. Georgia Tech's all-time leader in total offense (10,640 yards), Hamilton won the prestigious Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback and finished second to Wisconsin's Ron Dayne in the voting for the 1999 Heisman Trophy.

Playing under then-head coach George O'Leary, Hamilton guided Tech to consecutive bowl victories and back-to-back wins over in-state rival Georgia.

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