Even a blind pig finds an acorn now and then, so I have to say my basic reaction to the hire is the same as Mark Bradley’s (!), which can be summed up in one sentence: “All things considered, Geoff Collins is as good as the Jackets were going to do.”
He’s not Ken Whisenhunt, which is a shame. He’s got coaching experience at big time programs. He’s got ties to Tech. (I know, I know, but work with me here.) At one point, he was Saban’s director of personnel, which means he’s probably got a clue about talent evaluation.
He brings two other things to the table that should be even more valuable to Tech. One, he’s an enthusiastic guy and, Lord knows, if there’s one thing Georgia Tech has been in short supply of for the better part of two decades, it’s enthusiasm. Two, he worked for two years under Dan Mullen at Mississippi State and so got some good exposure as to how a program with limited resources in comparison with its top conference peers can maximize redshirting and roster development to have a competitive program now and then.
Let’s face it: Georgia Tech isn’t going to become Clemson’s chief conference rival any time soon. It’s simply not built for that. Nor is Tech going toe to toe with Georgia year after year, for the same reason. What Tech can do, though, is start grabbing some of those in state kids it’s been letting slide to programs in neighboring states for the past few years and building up some roster depth, à la MSU and Kentucky, to allow it to emerge every so often as a legitimate dark horse threat, especially in the weak division it occupies.
There’s no shame in that and I would anticipate that the Jacket faithful wouldn’t mind that.
From my selfish standpoint, the hire is worthy of celebration simply because we’re done seeing the Dawgs prepare for that offense again. Speaking of which, good luck on that roster rebuild, Geoff. You’re gonna need it for the next few years.