In one sense, Georgia Tech’s athletic director Todd Stansbury has done well by his school.
In his tenure, Stansbury has achieved a number of objectives, most notably completing a $125 million capital campaign that wrapped up during the pandemic and exceeded the target by $50 million. The two head-coaching hires made on his watch, women’s basketball coach Nell Fortner and softball coach Aileen Morales, have lifted their teams to heights not reached in a decade. Aside from the very glaring exception of football, Tech teams largely are more competitive now than they were at the time of his hire in 2016.
… A proud alumnus, Stansbury has aspired to lead the athletic department in the way that his mentor Homer Rice did at Tech during his exceedingly successful tenure and has said that he hoped to stay at Tech for the duration of his career.
Yeah, well, there’s that very glaring exception. Sadly for Stansbury, there simply may not be enough in the good column to overcome Coach 404’s work.
“I’ve seen some good football, I’ve seen some bad football,” Tech alumnus and season ticket holder Karl Paul said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But never have I seen football like last year, where it was just totally embarrassing and frustrating and not fun anymore.”
The football program is in such sorry straights that the school may be forced to pay Collins a buyout of over $10 million is he’s canned before the end of the year, a possibility that seems to be more likely with every passing week. That would be a brutal hit for an athletic department whose reserve fund held a $12.1 million deficit at the end of the 2021 fiscal year.
That’s not something an athletic director, no matter how well-intentioned, survives. The real kick in the pants would be that his buyout is only $325,000. Life ain’t fair, sometimes.