It’s not nice to make Paul Johnson grumpy.
… Meanwhile, roughly 12 feet away, sat Georgia Tech’s Johnson, growing more irritable with each question concerning his program’s recent run-in with the NCAA.
Poor baby. And the media wouldn’t stop.
… As for Johnson taking responsibility, eh, not so much.
“We just need to move on,” he said. “You can beat it to death. It is what it is. Everybody is going to have an opinion and certainly I’ve got mine, but no one asked me.”
Actually, though, his opinion was asked quite often Monday. And he didn’t appreciate it.
“We’re going to put it behind us and move forward.”
“I’ve never been involved in this process before and I hope I’m never involved in another. And, really, honestly, I wasn’t involved in this one. Hardly. This one had nothing to do with the coaching staff. It was more the administrators.”
But what about the player allegations?
“Did they ever prove it [impermissible benefits]? You’d have to look at the report.”
“I take away from this that I’m going to move on. How about you?”
And when asked if it taught him anything about how to deal with players or agents, Johnson responded, “Evidently not.”
Finally, a rattled Johnson barked “next question,” and a Georgia Tech official mercifully stepped in to declare it was time for a different topic.
If this is Tech’s idea of using the sanctions as a motivational tool, it’s gonna be a long year on the Flats. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.