It’s been a disappointing year for Paul Johnson. Georgia Tech is not only out of contention to defend its ACC championship, it struggled last week against Duke simply to become bowl eligible. Johnson’s been complaining since the Kansas game about getting his troops motivated and focused to play well, so you’d think Tech’s rivalry game would be a godsend for him. I mean, playing your bitter enemy – could there be any better way to fire his players up?
Apparently there is.
… It didn’t take long during Tech’s post-game press conference for the Bulldogs to come up. Johnson said last year’s 30-24 loss in Atlanta wasn’t mentioned during the season and he didn’t plan on using revenge as a motivational tactic.
“I’m going to play up the ‘Let’s-get-ready-to-go-play-and-get-better’ card; that’s what we need to do,” said Johnson, noting a victory would guarantee a winning season for Tech…
“Let’s get better”? That’s some battle cry. The man is cementing his reputation as one of the great motivators in college football.
You get the impression that having made the case before that the Georgia game shouldn’t be that big a deal for Tech, Johnson finds it more important to stroke his ego than inspire his team. Whatever his faults, that’s one thing you can’t say about Mark Richt.
“When you get to this point where we are at, with no chance for an SEC championship game, when you play Georgia Tech I won’t have to scream very hard at all,” he said.