“I think that, unfortunately, resources equate to wins.”

If so, Georgia Tech is in a place that’s decidedly not Chantastic.

Stansbury showed the board a chart with the budgets for the top third of the ACC ($144.5 million to $100.3 million), the middle third ($96.5 million to $87.3 million) and the bottom third ($86.9 million to $67.5 million). Tech, with a budget of $84.3 million for fiscal year 2018, is in the lowest tier. (Tech does field the fewest varsity teams among ACC schools.) Some Jackets teams do not have the full allotment of staff as permitted by NCAA. Scholarship funding for the swimming and diving teams and the track and cross country teams is set at in-state levels, limiting those teams’ coaches recruiting options.

Jeez, the genius recruits with one hand tied behind his back to start with and now this?

“I think it definitely makes it challenging, so that they’re being asked to always fight above their weight class,” Stansbury said. “And I think that’s a tall task. That’s a tall task for day in and day out. And we expect to win.”

Tech ranked 12th out of ACC 15 teams in a recent AJC report that scored teams based on their finish in ACC competition. Stansbury said he would take the story with him to meet potential donors.

I don’t know if shaming boosters is a winning strategy, but I guess we’re about to find out.

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28 responses to ““I think that, unfortunately, resources equate to wins.”

  1. Bigshot

    About time to consider FCS.

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  2. jntiii

    Maybe the tech millionaires spilling out of GT these days will start to take interest a la Stanford.

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    • sniffer

      Don’t those millionaires go home to China after graduation?

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      A school that has as many rich graduates as Tech claims to have should not have any trouble raising money for athletics. My guess is the nerds just don’t care about sports (aka there’s a culture problem). Good luck fixing that.

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    • Russ

      I was about to say the same thing. We’re always told how much money all the techsters make. I guess they take it all back to their home countries. I’m sure their local soccer and cricket teams love it, though

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Excuse me. I’m going to be concerned for the next 5 seconds.

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  4. So your at the top of the lower tier in money spent, but at the bottom of the lower tier in performance. Net-Net – you still underachieved.

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  5. Bright Idea

    Will Fish Fry pull a Bobby Dodd and demand that Tech bolt from the ACC? This time not about academics, but money. Nah, too much money coming in from the ACC and not much coming in from elsewhere.

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  6. Bulldog Joe

    The Georgia Way, circa 2015.

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  7. ASEF

    The ACC has a lot of private schools. For a state funded institution, in a state as rich and populous as Georgia, to be rubbing elbows with Wake Forest and Boston College on the money front is just absurd.

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    • Athletic programs receive no state funding in Georgia. The problem at the trade school is that their alumni don’t care about sports other than one day a year or their alumni/fans are tired of Paul Johnson. Therefore, giving hasn’t kept up with what it takes to be competitive.

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  8. 79Dawg

    They are pretty desperate – I bought a couple of 3-packs back in the days when they were doing that, so they have my email address – I have been getting emails all spring from them about buying tickets, offers, a free water cup if I buy club seats, etc. Maybe this will force them to bring back the 3-packs next year!

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  9. ChiliDawg

    How do you sell your donors on dumping more money into a program when you keep extending Paul Johnson? You gonna make the case that fish fry is jut a few big donations away from taking the Jackets to the ship?

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    • Uglydawg

      Yep. It’s the old vicious circle thing. Fish Fry runs an odd ball program because he can’t recruit. He can’t recruit, partially because of poor facilities and funding. The alumni aren’t excited about mediocre sports, so they stay away and hold back contributions. The downward spiral continues until something is changed. It’s going to be a tough nut to crack.
      But GT wasn’t always in this position..they used to win and had good football and basketball. What changed? Their alumni base changed from proud to stingy as college football in the South was becoming so big that a lot more money is now needed for glorious success. And those two things converged with the hiring of CPJ, who had a solution of how GT could still be competitive despite not having many nice things. It worked marginally for a while, but the widening gap between the haves and the have nots has left GT with ever decreasing interest and support from the dwindling old guard of alums and almost none from the younger set.
      Tech’s greatest hope of breaking out is for some of the wealthy oldsters to buy out CPJ, front some money to get a shiny new coach, and upgrade their facilities. But seeing them recently extend his contract says it ain’t happening. The Old Guard has gone cold.
      I talk to a couple of these older GT gents and they are pretty much sold on PJ’s thesis that this is GT football’s reality. They have accepted that the glory days are gone and grudgingly embrace mediocrity.
      Oh..And I almost left out the biggest problem. If a kid signs with Tech, they are required to take calculus.

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      • ChiliDawg

        It’s like waving the troops out of the trench for a charge toward the battery with one arm, and waving a white flag with the other.

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      • Russ

        Apparently Joe Hamilton and Reggie Ball took calculus. So there’s calculus and there’s “calculus”. Just another excuse for the techsters.

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      • 79Dawg

        I think your reference to the so-called Old Guard is well-taken Tech is A LOT different than it was when they were there in the ’60s and early ’70s. These guys are dying off, and the alumni who have replaced them, particularly over the past 15-20 years, don’t have quite the affection and fondness for the North Avenue Trade School that the older guys did – hence the ambivalence and lack of funding…

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    • JasonC

      Come on now, Bradley is currently typing up an article praising the genius for doing so well with both of his arms tied behind his back.

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  10. Mayor

    Forget who the school is for a moment. Suppose you were an alum of a University that keeps on hiring incompetent HCs, particularly in basketball, gives them long term contracts, then fires them–using your money to pay them off. Repeatedly. Would you give money to a school like that?

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