A program’s gotta know its limitations.

It must have killed Mark Bradley to type this.

As AD, Bobinski went through several publicists — Wayne Hogan was pushed aside after one year, Dean Buchan after two — but it was uncertain whether subsequent hires ever yielded whatever it was Bobinski wanted. Because what Bobinski wanted wasn’t exactly clear. He spoke grandly of his vision for Tech athletics, but he said pretty much what every AD — save Dave Braine — had said: That the Jackets were striving only for the best.

In the cold light of hindsight, the unloved Braine stands revealed as a teller of truths. He famously averred that, at least for Tech football, inherent impediments existed that would keep the Jackets from achieving lasting greatness. More than a decade later, his evaluation has been revealed as truth. Tech has had some superb seasons, followed immediately by seasons rather less superb.

Say what?  I thought the Jackets were on the fast track to greatness after the Great Win of 2008.  Derailments can be a bitch, man.

Then again, I guess you could say Bradley is arguing that Paul Johnson hasn’t failed Georgia Tech.  Tech has failed the genius.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

26 responses to “A program’s gotta know its limitations.

  1. AusDawg85

    Poetry. Don’t you know they are groveling at the genius’ feet asking forgiveness for their institutional failures!

  2. Sanford222view

    Yeah…it is IMPOSSIBLE! Just ask Stanford, North Western, and Duke!

    • Bob

      I am loathe to defend the Jackets, but Dook? Seriously? Even Northwestern is debateable. Tech was Top 7 two years ago and Dook, while much better under Cutcliff ain’t been close to that.

      • D.N. Nation

        Hey, the Dookies actually beat said Top 7 Tech team. Unlike (cough) a certain team we all know and love (cough)

    • Uglydawg

      Those schools have something GT lacks…a great college campus and experience. GT is a dreary trade school with a noisy, fume filled, cramped and ugly campus located in the DMZ between the Interstate and ghetto. Crime is a problem. There may be a few lovely coeds..but “few” is the clue. Stanford, NW and Duke have it all over GT in these regards.

      • Stanford in particular is a beautiful place. Both times I walked through campus, I thought I would have loved going to school there if I had lived out west (although I’m sure I wouldn’t have gotten in). Not as familiar with NW, so I can’t speak to that. Other than the campus, Duke is in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country in lovely Durham, NC.

      • Gaskilldawg

        I hate Tech as much ad you, but the “in the ghetto” stereotype is out of date. Tech is bordered by Home Park, Atlantic Station and West Midtown, all trendy, young professional areas.

        • David K

          Atlantic Station? That’s several blocks north of the campus. West of the campus along Northside Drive and Marietta Street are a dump.

        • Macallanlover

          It’s crap, and you know it. Beauty can be in the eye of the beholder but there is nothing near downtown Atlanta that brings the words comforting, safe, secure, or attractive to mind. A place to be avoided, and not supported for sure.

          What are these “impediments” the head dummy at AJ Sports speaks of (other than surrounding location)? They have about 5 million in the metro area to draw from, the most fertile concentrated area for D1 talent in America, over a century of mega wealthy alums to gain donations, and a football history that was decent until the late sixties? How did they (and Dodd specifically) screw that up? Screw up, they get too much attention from Dawg fans.

          • PTC DAWG

            The impediments are a fan base that doesn’t give two shits unless they beat UGA. Nothing else matters.

        • PTC DAWG

          Agree, many just like to knock on Atlanta.

  3. Russ

    This will never get old to me.

  4. gastr1

    No one who believes they can compete at the highest level every year will every hire a coach like Paul Johnson. They admitted the truth of Braine to themselves long ago and have just let the rest of us discover it as it unfolds.

  5. Athens Dog

    Just a couple of turds. #giveusyourlunchmoney

  6. Just Chuck (the other one)

    That damn calculus course is the only thing that stands between Tech and greatness.

  7. Sam Johnson

    This guy would rather be at Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana than at Tech in Atlanta. Wow. That’s got to hurt. Being Tech AD is that bad.

  8. The Dawg abides

    Let’s just trade them Mcgarity for some baseballs and an intern to be named later.

    • Uglydawg

      They just made a counter-offer….Two pencil sharpeners and an Atlanta Gas Light Co. pocket protector. They want to know if it’s a deal breaker if the intern doesn’t speak English.