Stay classy, Jackets.

Damn, just treating the man like a Waffle House waitress who screwed up an order.

When Georgia Tech announced their dismissals in a news release Monday, school President Ángel Cabrera praised both athletic director Todd Stansbury and football coach Geoff Collins in statements for their efforts on behalf of the institute.

He noted Collins’ commitment to his players. He said of Stansbury that the Tech alumnus is and will always be an admired and respected member of the Tech community and that his dedication to Yellow Jackets athletes and love for Tech are admirable. It was because of the team’s poor on-field performance that they were being fired, Cabrera’s statement read.

Earlier that day, however, after he had met with both men in successive meetings to inform them of their terminations, their treatment did not express gratitude or respect. After being fired in his office, Stansbury and Collins were escorted to their cars to leave campus without being able to return to their offices and had to surrender their phones immediately, two people familiar with the situation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

No doubt that sends a warm message to the group of folks from whom you’re looking to hire Collins’ replacement.

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75 responses to “Stay classy, Jackets.

  1. RangerRuss

    Fuck tech.

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    • muttleyagain

      It would have been cooler if they’d actually fired him at the Waffle House and had their armed guy escort him out with a little to-go container full of hash browns, but you never know how many other Waffle House diners are packing a Roscoe and easily provoked, so that might have gotten ugly.

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  2. Remember the Quincy

    I saw Jeff Schultz’s tweet about this and about 90% of the replies to it were folks talking about how common this practice is in workplaces. I’ve never worked somewhere with more than a handful of employees, so maybe I have just witnessed it differently, but I didn’t think people were escorted out unless they were fired for stealing money or company secrets, etc.

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    • Illini84

      It happened at the USG a few years back. A number of employees were called in to an office and told they could go back to their cubes and get their purse and jacket and then were escorted to the parking lot with an armed guard. Then they sent an email to all staff telling them that they should not think that the procedure reflected anything negative about those terminated. SOP sports fans.

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    • It’s pretty standard actually.

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    • charlottedawg

      Yeah unfortunately I’d say it happens at least probably half the time at large employers if I had to put a number on it.

      Usually the way it goes is, the company sets up shop in a conference room, then the prisoners, errr soon to be ex employees, are brought in to the gas chamber, gallows or firing range, errr notice of termination. It’ll usually include one of the company’s underhanded prison guards that works for the warden, I think the lay man’s term is HR as well as the employees boss’s boss / group head. Company tells the employee thanks for your contributions blah blah blah, now gtfo and then the employee is frequently escorted off their floor immediately, maybe they get to stop by their desk for personal belongings, primarily so they can do the walk of shame with the printer paper box that says “my ass just got canned” past their now former co workers.

      Or to be more efficient sometimes the company just turns off badge access and stops the paychecks and to quote the bobs in office space, the problem naturally works itself out.

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    • David D

      It happened to me in ’08 when the sub-prime market tanked. We had a corporate conference call involving 50 people (they were firing in batches) to be terminated all at once. Even the HR rep who was making the call said it was her last day. Immediately after the call, My laptop and phone were confiscated, but I wasn’t escorted out of the office. It was actually a relief: We knew it was coming (so I wiped everything) and it was a shitty gig anyway.

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    • D.N. Nation

      Been laid off thrice in my career. One was during the early days of the pandemic, so that was remote and IT just turned off my laptop. One gave me a couple months’ offboarding and I ended up finding a new gig before the very end. But the third, that was the classic “we’ll walk you out.”

      Meeting in the main conference room, here’s your pink slip, sign this stuff that says we’re not liable for anything, we’ll walk you to your desk to grab things and then to the door.

      The office actually owed me $30 or so from the petty cash drawer, so the CBO watched over me while I counted out quarters. Think I said something under my breath that if he had to religiously make sure I didn’t take $31, then the office was in bad financial shape. He didn’t like that.

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    • tiredofidsearch

      Pretty standard stuff in the corporate world, especially if you are in a sales type position. Doesnt matter the reason for termination.

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  3. fisheriesdawg

    As awkward as the Richt press conference was, it definitely sends a different message.

    I’m wondering what they thought Collins and Stansbury were going to do? Start recruiting two-stars to yet unknown next jobs with their phones? Take an upper decker in the outhouse at Rose Bowl field? Sounds like they maybe just followed school policy for a terminated employee without realizing a fired coach is a very different scenario…and it wouldn’t surprise me at all that nobody on campus was aware of the difference.

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    • stoopnagle

      “Well, HR and Legal say we have to…”

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    • RangerRuss

      The tech folks I’ve had the “pleasure” of working with were clueless when it came to interpersonal relationships. The tech administration would do well to take a cue from the Bobs in Office Space:
      “We find it’s always better to fire people on a Friday. Studies have statistically shown that there’s less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week.”

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      • Down Island Way

        Peeps being dismissed from their employment is no fun, what would have been so Chantastic, if the nerd ad dismissed the nerdfootball hc and then the ad gets the pink slip, thinking he was held in such high regard by his fellow nerd alum’s and would survive…

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    • 79dawg

      My first thought was that Tech probably has a small-scale nuclear reactor on campus, and maybe they were looking to short-circuit anything like the girl at Utah (I think?) a week or two ago who threatened to blow up the campus….

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    • back9k9

      To make sure they didn’t steal “the playbook”. Bahahahahaha!

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    • D.N. Nation

      A few weeks ago I went back and rewatched that (to compare it to Trev Alberts’s presser after he canned Frost), and hoo boy you aren’t kidding with calling it awkward. I don’t think everyone ever actually straightly lays out that yes, Mark Richt is fired. More “a thing has happened and now Richt will no longer be the coach.” Passive voice and passive-aggressiveness throughout. McGarity was such an asshat.

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  4. dawg100

    Whatever minor issues they could possibly have done while cleaning out their offices, even over a weekend, pails in comparison to the trouble they are far more likely to cause now that they’ve been treated Ike you caught them stealing from the supply room.

    I am not a fan of treating people differently, but a malcontent lower level employee and your freaking alum athletic director are quite different situations.

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    • RangerRuss

      Right, Dawg100. Compare that to how Mark Richt was and is treated at UGA. Even though there is little the two HC’s have in common the disparity in class between schools is painfully evident.

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      • Ran A

        Yep. He had not signed his new contract yet that have a $3MM kicker in it if he were let go. Georgia honored that $3MM based on their word, not their signature.

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  5. If I found out one of my employees had attended previously worked for GTU, I would have Security immediately escort them from the premises. And then fire the person who conducted the job search. It would be difficult to ever feel clean at work again, but we’d power through.

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  6. Texas Dawg

    SOP? I thought maybe they were afraid that they would steal a copy of their recruiting board.

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  7. Probably just following policy. Nothing more, nothing less.

    The reality is there is a difference between someone who is being terminated with malice and one who is being terminated for performance or just layoff. The former gets the full treatment of we’ll make sure you leave the premises immediately. The latter should get a little time to get their affairs in order before they leave.

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  8. They walked them the fuck out…Geoffrey didn’t even get to keep his “stapler”.

    Ouch

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  9. jim1886

    No one would treat a waitress poorly for screwing up an order. Relax, take a deep breath and act like a person that has made a mistake or two in their lives.
    TOTALLY BUSH LEAGUE

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  10. Ran A

    The has corporate protocol written all over it. I’ve seen this at Fortune 500 companies and always felt that it was ‘at best’ distasteful. You would see people that you had worked with for years escorted out of the building. some were firings, but usually it was lay-offs. No chance to say goodbye, thank you – nothing.

    But the good in it was that it helped you understand that you were not a person to them – you were a unit of measure. I work for myself now.

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    • Companies of all sizes have increasingly viewed workers as fungible and disposable for decades now. Hopefully the “great resignation” and the current tight labor market will change that. It’s disingenuous as hell for our politicians to extol the working class and talk about how important it is for people to have jobs, yet look the other way while employers treat their workers like garbage.

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      • thelifeofthemind

        I admire your optimism but I think we both know things will never change. At least not for the better.

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      • charlottedawg

        Companies response during the great resignation has basically been to double down and leave no doubt that they are/ were completely unprepared for an environment where for once supply had more bargaining power than demand in the labor market. Think of how many companies were dragged kicking and screaming into raising wages when it was woefully obvious the market price and simple supply and demand had made them extremely uncompetitive as an employer. Instead they just wanted to bitch that “people don’t want to work anymore “ which was really code for “I’m confused and bothered that people don’t want to work for 20% less than they could making elsewhere for the same job for the privilege of taking my abuse and bullshit so I can brag about “record profits because the company was able to raise prices while keeping inputs, especially labor costs low” on the next quarterly earnings call to the street.”

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  11. akascuba

    If you care about the person your firing you’ll do it on a Monday or Tuesday allowing them to immediately get to work on their future. Not stewing over how it was done or why all weekend.

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  12. RangerRuss

    Damn it feels good to be a Georgia Bulldog.

    Liked by 5 people

  13. W Cobb Dawg

    Considering their record, they should escort the players out too…

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  14. muttleyagain

    I think Collins should have made run for it and made the guy use the weapon. Whole “Logan’s Run” scenario in the GTU sub-basement.

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    • RangerRuss

      Oh man, can you imagine the comments? Look at these his walking out meekly as the weenie he is generated.
      Maybe Geoff can sign on as an analyst for Mr McGoo and the Gator Bowl.

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  15. realitycheckhere

    Specific performance time for his contract.

    HR: “Time to negotiate your settlement”

    Collins: “One of us should stay classy. you owe me what is in my contract and there is nothing further to discuss”

    He will get a lot more than a small piece of loose change. Tech has fucked up their ability to hire his replacement, both financially and in his treatment

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    • miltondawg

      I honestly don’t understand why any coach who is terminated simply for wins and losses ever negotiates. Collins should absolutely make Tech pay every dime. People like Jeremy Pruitt have to negotiate.

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  16. Morris Day

    I work for the DoD on a military base in Albany, GA. (Most of you will figure that out…). Two ladies on my row of the cubicle farm are retiring today. They are calmly, slowly cleaning out their cubes. People are coming by, wishing them well. People love to put down gov’t workers but, hey, at least we’re not as bad as Tuck Fech!

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  17. thelifeofthemind

    Folks like Angel Cabrera don’t get where they are in life being nice people.

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