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.