Boys, there’s a new sheriff in the Flats.


Even a blind pig finds an acorn now and then, so I have to say my basic reaction to the hire is the same as Mark Bradley’s (!), which can be summed up in one sentence:  “All things considered, Geoff Collins is as good as the Jackets were going to do.”

He’s not Ken Whisenhunt, which is a shame.  He’s got coaching experience at big time programs.  He’s got ties to Tech.  (I know, I know, but work with me here.)  At one point, he was Saban’s director of personnel, which means he’s probably got a clue about talent evaluation.

He brings two other things to the table that should be even more valuable to Tech.  One, he’s an enthusiastic guy and, Lord knows, if there’s one thing Georgia Tech has been in short supply of for the better part of two decades, it’s enthusiasm.  Two, he worked for two years under Dan Mullen at Mississippi State and so got some good exposure as to how a program with limited resources in comparison with its top conference peers can maximize redshirting and roster development to have a competitive program now and then.

Let’s face it:  Georgia Tech isn’t going to become Clemson’s chief conference rival any time soon.  It’s simply not built for that.  Nor is Tech going toe to toe with Georgia year after year, for the same reason.  What Tech can do, though, is start grabbing some of those in state kids it’s been letting slide to programs in neighboring states for the past few years and building up some roster depth, à la MSU and Kentucky, to allow it to emerge every so often as a legitimate dark horse threat, especially in the weak division it occupies.

There’s no shame in that and I would anticipate that the Jacket faithful wouldn’t mind that.

From my selfish standpoint, the hire is worthy of celebration simply because we’re done seeing the Dawgs prepare for that offense again.  Speaking of which, good luck on that roster rebuild, Geoff.  You’re gonna need it for the next few years.



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56 responses to “Boys, there’s a new sheriff in the Flats.

  1. Mark

    “…good luck on that roster rebuild, Geoff.”

    Not really.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Muttley

    They hired Pepper from UCLA. Ross from Maryland. The Johnson from Navy. This guy from Temple is now greeted as “the best they can hope for”.

    Lower expectations? You can do that!

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  3. JP

    This was a very good hire, all things considered. I think the transition from 3O isn’t as difficult as we think. Might want a grad transfer or two though.


    • ChiliDawg

      I think it’s exactly as difficult as we think. No skill at QB. No skill at WR. Smaller linemen recruited to run a cut-blocking scheme. Literally barren of defensive talent. If there’s another program hiring a new coach out there with a taller order from a recruiting standpoint – I don’t know who it is.


    • They do not have an offensive tackle on the roster. Not a tight end.

      There are some edge rushers who are going to feast on tech next year.


  4. Bulldog Joe

    Good thing for GT he’s an enthusiastic recruiter, but a GT fan should be concerned by the number of holes he has punched on his ticket.


  5. Spike

    Does Bradley have the requisite woody?


    • Maybe Jerry Falwell can check on that.


    • McTyre

      Poor Bradley can’t help but continue to romanticize the recent futility of GTFB: it’s the high academic standards rather than the spectacularly unappealing brand of Johnson FB. Collins seems a good hire given his pedigree and recruiting chops. However, we’ll see whether the Administration and fan base will have the patience to transform this pathetic roster without debasing the institution with such academically questionable measures as grad transfers and JUCOs😆


  6. Bulldog Joe

    With an office in north Philly, Geoff may be the only FBS head coach to view the Jackets’ bowl destination as an upgrade.

    So they have that going for them.


  7. The Dawg abides

    He’s not gonna be able to lean on JUCOs as hard as MsSt does though.


  8. This hire doesn’t scare me in the least. Kirby is coming after the Drought … and I think we’re going to get there.

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  9. Flying Peak Dawg (formerly AusDawg85)

    Good hire for tech. May the beatings commence.


  10. Joe Schmoe

    So now can we spend the part of spring and weekly practice previously dedicated to preparing for the triple option preparing for Alabama’s backup QB?

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  11. Butler Reynolds

    Good for Tech. I hope he can make COFH fun again.


  12. EAVDawg

    I rarely comment here, but I felt the need to share this: one of my lifelong friends, who attended UGA, is also named Geoff Collins. He is not a happy man today. I however am looking forward to the next couple of years!

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  13. Clearly thinking out loud here, when a program has to revamp, rebuild, refocus, redirect, reenergize, remarket, re 4 hotdogs, 4 cokes, 4 tix…….the next 2-5 years shall be reeeally entertaining ……


  14. Bright Idea

    Will Collins’ enthusiasm override the Tech brass’ desire to remain mediocre just to affirm their intellectual superiority and prove they are not a football factory?


  15. Hogbody Spradlin

    His defenses at Florida were pretty decent.


  16. Trbodawg

    Today is a day that will live in infamy

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  17. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    Does taking calculus make you patient? Because they’re going to have to be really patient with the changeover. Bet it’s at least five years before they begin looking like a D1 football team.


  18. J-DawG

    Just curious, is he a pro style, spread or option guy? What is his brand of football?


  19. Texas Dawg

    One thing that TECH fans can take solace in… really can’t get much worse then Fish Fry.


  20. Thorn Dawg

    The worst (best) part of this situation, is that this guy is essentially forced to keep Johnson’s 2019 recruits. Talk about a throw away recruiting class.


  21. 69Dawg

    Boy did this guy travel a lot. He must be an Allied Van Line frequent flier. He at least knows what a Power 5 school looks like. Here’s hoping he get the Bees to beat all their opponents except for us, we could use the boost in SOS.


  22. Gurkha Dawg

    I actually hope tech becomes a pretty good football team. Then the nerds will think they have a chance. Kind of like FU this year. Then when we beat them by 31 the pain will be even more exquisite.


  23. Olde Dawg

    I wonder what he is going to try to do to make Feck look cool?


    • Texas Dawg

      Instead of 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, and 4 cokes it will be 4 tickets, 4 wraps, and 4 Red Bulls. Way cooler!


      • Olde Dawg

        That might be a viable start for the short term. But for the long term, they will need to increase the number of cool students while decreasing the number of nerds. That’s the vision I want to hear from the new coach..


      • Bulldog Joe

        For the transition years, it should be 1 bourbon, 1 scotch, and 1 beer.

        But the division is terrible so who knows?


  24. Will

    I wonder if this means that BM will back off the cupcake in November scheduling, since we won’t really need it to prepare for the oddball offense anymore? I’d love to get that clunker earlier in the year and over with.


  25. DawgByte

    He was 15-10 at Temple over the last two seasons. Well, there you have it.

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