A sinking tide lowers all boats

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.


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42 responses to “A sinking tide lowers all boats

  1. Honestly, who die tech think they’re going to hire?


    • MGW

      Ought to be looking for the next Liepold – a resurrection expert.


    • Dawgfan1995

      They probably need to approach it like Vanderbilt has — bring in a guy who has ties to the school and also tries to recruit in a different way. Clark Lea brought in a guy from 247 Sports who was a Nashville guy to help with identification of under-the-radar guys who could succeed in the SEC. Early returns are pretty good for Vandy — if you read the “true freshman report” on The Athletic, they have several guys who have stepped in immediately to make the team better.

      But, that has to be a long-term view, not short term. It’s why it could never succeed at Auburn, where the entire fanbase is like a 5-year-old on a sugar bender at a shiny things, bright lights, and loud noises convention.

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  2. One of the posters known as Mark

    It’s a beautiful day: the sun is shining, the birds are singing, my wife and kids love me, and tech slurps.

    What a time to be alive!

    Liked by 4 people

  3. $175m capital raise? Hell, it’s going to cost that much to hire Ted Lasso.


  4. Russ

    Just unbelievable to me that at least one Tech geek out there won’t foot the bill to jettison Collins and go hire Mullen. I really want to kick Dopey Dan’s ass some more.


  5. stoopnagle

    The best part about his buyout? He doesn’t really have one since his contract is fully guaranteed and the price doesn’t go down until January – so they’ll torpedo recruiting and access to the assistant pool if they wait to pay less. I mean, you’d think they’d be able to do the math(!)

    They could fire him and elevate the OL coach who has a pretty good reputation and is a Tech guy.


  6. 69Dawg

    The Rumor Mill wants Coach Prime. They think he could own recruiting in Georgia. The pollution in Atlanta has fried some brains.


    • dman2020

      If they hired Prime Time today and started owning Atlanta today it would still take 5 years if not more to become relevant. Prime ain’t studying that.

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      • MGW

        I don’t know. He’s not going to get looks from the next OU, USC, LSU, Notre Dame, etc. that comes open, no matter what he does down at that level. Nobody is. If he wants into FBS, it’s going to have to come from a mid level or below program. MAAAAYBE a desperate Auburn/Ole Miss level program would go out on a limb but that’s a tremendous risk they don’t really have to take.

        Plus Tech bought into Collins’ whole branding/PR thing. If you want all the free PR you can handle, hire Neon Deion. Every single thing he says or does will be front page Sports Center with a little gold GT logo on the screen.


    • The rank and file Fech fans who still think Booby Dudd is the GOAT of coaches will never embrace Coach Prime.


      • archiecreek

        you’re correct…
        and that’s why the north ave. trade school won’t be relevant for awhile. Those who remember Boobie Dudd must pass on.
        This dumpster fire is an alter to his stupidity and elitism.


      • I tend to agree. My impression of the typical Jacket booster is the sort of elitist who thinks Prime Time’s “antics” would be beneath a venerable institution like Tech. And with Collins’ all-out branding blitz having utterly failed to produce any positive results, they’ll be even more reluctant to embrace anything with even a hint of style over substance.


  7. practicaldawg

    GT is a 21-point dog at UCF Saturday. “…totally embarrassing and frustrating and not fun anymore” is a sentiment only shared by those that bet on GT.


  8. David K

    This may be an unpopular opinion, but I hope Tech turns it around. It’s better for Georgia if they have a respectable program. We used to have a strong rivalry with them which has faded to the level of another FCS type cupcake game. As a metro-Atlanta kid growing up in the 80’s they were our biggest rival. I don’t want them to become great, but if they can get to a UNC or Virginia Tech level that occasionally competes in the ACC, I’m good with that.

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  9. David D

    Damn. I thought this was a post about ‘Bama. 😉


    • Harold Miller

      Me too. BTW just a reminder. This will hopefully continue to age like expired milk.

      From Erik Evans as if you need to be reminded.

      Georgia will go 12-0.
      Fiction — You don’t lose 28 players to the draft, graduation, and the Portal and get better — including 8 off the defense, Jermaine Burton, James Cook, half of an offensive line, 6 out of 7 on the defensive front, and the defensive coordinator. Oh, sure, there are weapons at TE and WR, and UGA is always going to have running backs, but the margin of error is significantly slimmer this season. I think turning over a full third of the roster is going to matter at some point. And while Florida, Sakerlina are still a year away from putting it all together, there are enough traps on this schedule and enough question marks for it to ding the ‘Dawgs at least one somewhere, maybe twice.
      The funniest thing to watch this year will be the folly Honky McFailson suddenly thinking he’s Aaron Rodgers and trying to play outside of himself and the offense. Those 50-50 eephuses he threw up against Alabama’s inexperienced reserve corners won’t fly against teams that have some starting experience back there.


      • D.N. Nation

        They were, and are, so obsessed with portraying Stetson as this massive failure of a player/person.

        Dude has a ring, a girlfriend, a degree, will never have to buy drinks on Clayton Street the rest of his life, and looks like he’s having a ton of fun playing a game. Wow, what a loser!

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  10. 79dawg

    A “reserve fund” with a $12MM deficit would seem to be a misnomer if ever there was one….

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Would Ted Roof even take the job?


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