Category Archives: Georgia Tech Football

The best laid mini-plans

I, like many of you, got this offer in my emails yesterday.

A package, I assume, that’s been put together thanks to ticket returns from the visitors… which says all you need to say about Georgia Tech fans’ wishes and hopes for the upcoming season.  Chantastic!

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Calvin Johnson is Chantastic.

The AJ-C does a Q&A with Calvin Johnson in which I was a little disappointed that he didn’t address his performances against Georgia (or mention Reggie Ball, damn it), but I have to admit this does make up for that omission a little bit:

Q: If you were a high-school kid coming out, do you think Georgia Tech is the place you’d end up again?

A: Right now, they don’t really throw the ball. So if you’re trying to make plays in the receiving game, 10 throws a game, that’s not going to really (do it). Unless they’re throwing all 10 to you, like they did “Bay Bay” (former All-American receiver Demaryius Thomas).

I guess the genius isn’t going to be calling on Calvin any time soon to help reel in some receiving talent.

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“He said I’d be a perfect fit at an ACC school.”

Georgia Tech just offered a quarterback who (1) doesn’t have a rating from any of the recruiting services; (2) has one other offer from Tennessee Tech, an FCS team that hasn’t had a winning season since 2011; and (3) plays at a program that in 12 years of existence has yet to see one of its kids play at either the FBS or FCS level.

Either this turns out to be one of the greatest recruiting underdog stories of all time, or the perfect encapsulation of Paul Johnson’s mad recruiting skillz.

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Another Chantastic year ahead

Pete Fiutak sets the table for Georgia Tech:

Head coach Paul Johnson is going into his 11th year with the Yellow Jackets, with four division titles and an ACC championship. But the team is 17-19 with two losing seasons in the last three since taking out Mississippi State in the 2015 Orange Bowl. That’s as many losing campaigns as Johnson had in his previous 18 seasons as a head man.

He’s a brilliant, legendary coach who’ll end up in the College Football Hall of Fame, but even for him, a third losing season in four years is a problem.

And here’s where Georgia Tech will be an interesting case study once the season is over.

Outside of the elite teams coming into the season, find anyone else who might have a shot at doing something positive with a slate that includes road games at Georgia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Pitt and USF, and home games against Clemson and Miami. Throw in dates against Duke and Virginia – who went bowling last year – and a road trip to North Carolina, and good luck.

And why does Georgia Tech have that chance to survive and even thrive against this slate?

Before we get to his answer, realize that somehow Johnson, in the midst of his worse run ever as a head coach, somehow managed to snag a contract extension.  Hmm… maybe the guy is a genius.  But I digress.

So, Pete, how does that chance go?

The good news is that Georgia Tech gets Clemson in Atlanta. The bad news is that it has to play Clemson.

Going to Pitt, USF, Louisville, Virginia Tech, and then closing it all up with Georgia would be the end of most teams before the season even started. And then, throw in home dates against Miami along with Clemson, and the season is all about having a little fun and killing some time.

But with the option attack, and the likely improvements on defense, there will be an upset or three – like the win over Virginia Tech last year – and without the clunkers like there were against Virginia and Duke.

Oh it’ll be a struggle to get to bowl eligibility, but it’ll happen.

Seven wins.  Maybe he’ll get another extension.

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“I think that, unfortunately, resources equate to wins.”

If so, Georgia Tech is in a place that’s decidedly not Chantastic.

Stansbury showed the board a chart with the budgets for the top third of the ACC ($144.5 million to $100.3 million), the middle third ($96.5 million to $87.3 million) and the bottom third ($86.9 million to $67.5 million). Tech, with a budget of $84.3 million for fiscal year 2018, is in the lowest tier. (Tech does field the fewest varsity teams among ACC schools.) Some Jackets teams do not have the full allotment of staff as permitted by NCAA. Scholarship funding for the swimming and diving teams and the track and cross country teams is set at in-state levels, limiting those teams’ coaches recruiting options.

Jeez, the genius recruits with one hand tied behind his back to start with and now this?

“I think it definitely makes it challenging, so that they’re being asked to always fight above their weight class,” Stansbury said. “And I think that’s a tall task. That’s a tall task for day in and day out. And we expect to win.”

Tech ranked 12th out of ACC 15 teams in a recent AJC report that scored teams based on their finish in ACC competition. Stansbury said he would take the story with him to meet potential donors.

I don’t know if shaming boosters is a winning strategy, but I guess we’re about to find out.

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Today, in the jokes just write themselves

I’m sorry, but I would be guilty of blogging malpractice if I didn’t bring to your attention that Georgia Tech just signed a graduate transfer… wait for it… long snapper.

That sound you hear is Vince Dooley nodding his head sagely.

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The eternal flame

Mark Bradley has scientific proof that Paul Johnson is a better coach than the man he’s never beaten in Bobby Dodd Stadium:  “Because overachieving is always a function of coaching.”

So is recruiting.

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