Admittedly, it’s easy to snark about Geoff Collins, but it’s fair to say he’s got a monumental task trying to revive a program the genius ran into the ground in terms of national relevancy (in state, too, to be honest) and he’s doing the best he can with that.
Bottom line, it’s hard for me to dislike a guy like this ($$):
For years, beginning on Thanksgiving morning, Collins would go to the Georgia Tech-Georgia junior varsity football game.
Now, as he stands behind a podium overlooking Bobby Dodd Stadium addressing the media before his first Georgia-Georgia Tech game he’ll attend as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach, he motions toward those same stands. He remembers where he used to sit when he got to go to those games as a kid and teenager. In those moments, it was the foundation of a rivalry football and gameday traditions that was laid for Collins throughout those formative years.
After the game, Collins would go over to his grandmother’s house for a Thanksgiving meal. Once everyone was filled up on turkey and dressing, the family would set up its annual “Turkey Bowl” football game in the backyard.
Since those days, Collins has moved from state to state for his career as a college coach. But even with the moves from places like Mississippi and Florida to Philadelphia and Atlanta, Collins said he believes he has his old MVP “Turkey Bowl” trophy stored away somewhere.
“(It was) a little wooden block with a wishbone sitting on (top),” he said.
Growing up just outside the greater Atlanta area and spending the Thanksgivings of his youth watching Georgia-Georgia Tech games from the stands, Collins’ web began to form.
He calls himself a true product of the state’s high school football programs. But when it comes to this rivalry, he knows exactly where to pinpoint the beginning of this web.
“I was born and raised to love this rivalry,” he said.
That’s a better attitude than the contempt Johnson professed to show for it. And it’s where things have to start if the rivalry is ever going to become meaningful again from Tech’s standpoint. Which I’m in favor of, if only because it makes the losses much tougher for GT fans to take.