I’ve got your field day right here.

First of all, let me say that I have honest sympathy for any reporter stuck on the Georgia Tech football beat.  Life has to be better covering the program, post-genius, but as the cliché goes, there’s only so much lipstick one can slather on that particular pig.

Such is the case with this story in The Athletic ($$) about the pros and cons of Tech moving five home games to Mercedes Benz Stadium.  Here’s one of the pros:

Recruiting perks: You’d better believe Collins is about to have an absolute field day when it comes to selling this game to recruits. And who could blame him?

There are very few programs that even have the opportunity — let alone a deal in place — to make something like this happen. So, yeah, count on Collins and his staff to make sure recruits know everything about these games. Because, after all, it’s a pretty simple equation: Recruits want to be seen by as many people as possible, and having the games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and on national TV provides that chance for exposure. Not every program can make the promise that recruits — if they so choose to commit — will be able to play in one of the football world’s nicest and newest stadiums several times during their careers.

Unfortunately for Collins, Kirby Smart happens to be selling one of those programs that can make that promise.  I’m no über-recruiter, but even I can work up something along the lines of “and when we play in MBS, it’s for championships” without breaking much of a sweat.

Although Kirby will have to pitch that without having an awesome Waffle House cup of coffee in hand, I suppose.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football, Recruiting

27 responses to “I’ve got your field day right here.

  1. Beer Money

    The other thing is that if we are playing at MBS, we are invited and/or earned a spot, not giving up home games to play there.

    On the other hand, Tech is trying to shoehorn their way into relevancy by moving home games to superior opponents. In the process, they are forfeiting any (snicker) home field advantage as well.


  2. Hobnail_Boot

    As if Clemson needed more to sell Georgia kids on their program.

    Thanks again for nothing, nerds.

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    • Mayor

      HB, you’re right. The real winners in this situation are Clemson and ND who get to showcase their teams to potential recruits in the Atlanta area.For Tech, its all about $$—they make more doing this than playing at Mark Richt Field. But just wait. When they play Clemson MBS will be a sea of orange and it wouldn’t surprise me if ND fans outnumber Tech fans for that game too.


  3. stoopnagle

    No coffee cup, just an SEC championship ring.


  4. kfoge

    Kirby to recruits while sipping a cup of coffee : We played in MBS 3 times in a 12 month period and we didn’t even have to schedule it, of course that’s what happens when teams play for championships.


  5. Biggus Rickus

    And where else could a recruit hope to get TV exposure? You know, aside from pretty much anywhere.


  6. Bulldog Joe

    Geoff better sell them quick. Before they see how bad Tech is.


  7. artful codger

    Recruits want to be seen by as many people as possible. Just not in white and gold with a GT on their helmet.


  8. W Cobb Dawg

    Depending upon the opponent, gtu recruits will have the pleasure of playing in front of 50,000+ opposing fans.


  9. Jim

    This all seems to be based on the premise that kirby will be recruiting the same players at GT. I just don’t see that happening. Because, you know, academics and all (wink, wink).


  10. Muttley

    Bold play, in my opinion. All eyes will be on ESPN3 for those five Thursday nights.


  11. Russ

    As bad as I expect Tech to be this year, they may not want the extra exposure.


  12. Charlottedawg

    Doesn’t matter, Kirby and Collins are not speaking to the same recruits or frankly even the same tier of recruits. Kinda like the how the employers who recruit MIT or Stanford kids aren’t recruiting at Tech.


  13. Cojones

    Who says that playing in the dome will put more butts in the seats than attend Tech home games? Visiting teams to Atl, yes, but they will have a louder venue to yell against Tech and that ought to satisfy a few young men who want to hear gobs of cheering fans, except it’s not for them.

    Can’t wait for Tech’s first game there. I think we should sponsor a few kids to go to that game so that they will get the idea of the difference between our schools when it comes to gobs of cheering fans. Maybe we could invite Tech recruits to our Spring Game so that they have a comparison for their first discouraging git-go game.


    • Just Chuck (The Other One)

      Remember when we used to charge 5 bucks for our spring game and Tech’s was free and we still outdrew them?


  14. Uglydawg

    MBS will be to Geoff what the Little Bighorn was to General Custer, who’s last words to his men were, “Don’t take any prisoners”.


  15. dawgfan1995

    I feel sort of bad for Tori McElhaney, who is the Georgia Tech beat reporter on The Athletic. She is a Georgia grad who has to cover Tech. Hope she’s getting a big paycheck.