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“It was quintessential Paul Johnson to…”

… what, show his ass?

… Johnson has claimed for years there wasn’t much difference between his league and the SEC, which earned a laugh track from Georgia fans when Mark Richt beat him five years in a row.

But with Johnson winning in his last two trips to Athens, plus the Orange Bowl victory against Mississippi State and wins last season over Vanderbilt and Kentucky, Georgia Tech is holding up its end of the bargain. And if the Yellow Jackets beat Tennessee to open the 2017 season at Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, don’t be surprised if he trolls the big, bad SEC again.

“Week in and week out, I promise you there isn’t any difference in lining up and playing those guys than there is playing North Carolina, Clemson and Virginia Tech,” Johnson said. “What happened in my opinion is you had really good teams at the top of their league and they got credit. It was almost like the ACC in basketball this year. They all get ranked in the top 15 and then when they beat each other they don’t ever drop. Then you get to the tournament and you don’t do so well and you start thinking maybe they were overhyped.”

Funny how he’s a lot chattier about that when he’s on a good streak, which isn’t that often.

Look, the man deserves some credit for milking the talent he has on hand to great effect, but it’s as if he expects the world to take note of it more loudly than it does.  When that doesn’t happen, the genius steps out.

The bad thing about all this is that I’m almost at the point where I’ll be rooting for Tennessee to win that opener.  GT-UT may not be a meteor game, but it’s certainly a meteor coaching match.  Cheering for Booch doesn’t sit well with me.  Thanks, Paul.

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Whiny Paul Johnson is the best Paul Johnson.

C’mon, you know you’re going to enjoy reading any article in which the genius is grousing like this“The conference tries to screw us every way they can…”

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“… but thank God for Kentucky fans, and we’ll go from there.”

Georgia Tech fans, this is why you can’t have nice things.

The TaxSlayer Bowl attendance was 43,102 for Georgia Tech’s 33-18 victory over Kentucky last Saturday, down from 58,212 for Georgia-Penn State the previous year…

In the case of the TaxSlayer Bowl, ticket sales by Georgia Tech fans and local sales dragged.

Kentucky’s fan base, spurred by their first bowl trip in six years and first Florida bowl game in 18 years, sold out its allotment of 8,000 tickets in three days and were estimated to have purchased 12,000…

But it was still the lowest attendance since 1958 and the two lowest-attended TaxSlayer Bowls, last week and the 2000 Georgia Tech vs. Miami game, have involved the Yellow Jackets.

Catlett said he’s not going to criticize the ACC for slotting Tech to Jacksonville.

At least not in public.

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“We did some dumb stuff.”

I confess that I didn’t watch the TaxSlayer Bowl because I had to wash my hair, but it sounds like Stoops and Johnson did their damnedest to give people a reason to tune in besides watching two mediocre teams play.

Little Game Mike probably gave the Kentucky faithful reason to wonder what the big deal is about bowl eligibility as his team turned in a fairly lackluster performance on the field.  But he did get some yelling in while he was there.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he yelled at the Georgia Tech bench in the first quarter of the TaxSlayer Bowl because someone on the Tech side had said something to him during the game.

“I was upset with somebody saying something to me,” Stoops said. “I have great respect for coach (Paul) Johnson, but nobody else over there is going to say a word to me.”

Stoops was seen shouting at the Tech sideline early in the game as he went on the field to check on an injured Kentucky defensive player. It was widely presumed that Stoops was angry for Tech’s use of cut blocks on Wildcats defensive players, but Stoops clarified that that wasn’t the problem.

Asked to elaborate on what specifically had happened, Stoops declined.

“I will say this,” he said. “I care about my players, and I’m going to check on them. I didn’t accuse anybody of doing anything illegal. I have great respect for coach Johnson.”

While cryptic, Stoops’ comments suggest that perhaps someone on the Tech bench may have issue with Stoops being on the field after the injury.

Welcome to the wonderful world of cut blocking.  Like you didn’t know it was coming, right?

You would think a simple “stay classy, Tech” would have sufficed. but what do I know?

Meanwhile, the genius’ troops contributed to the general merriment by getting called for three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and scuffling throughout the game.  Evidently, that’s what men do.

“We’re 21-, 22-year-old men,” defensive tackle Patrick Gamble said. “You get to pushing and shoving. There’s always going to be some talking.”

Tech’s gonna Tech, in other words.  In that sense, it’s been a great year on the Flats.  I think Paul Johnson deserves a contract extension.

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The most un-Dragon*Con thing ever

Georgia Tech offensive tackle Eason Fromayan is leaving the program with one year of eligibility remaining to start training to earn a spot on a NASCAR pit crew.

I can say without a trace of snark that’s Chantastic.  Okay, maybe a little snark…

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This is what being 0-1 against Georgia Tech gets you.

Kirby Smart, “the guy from Georgia”.

Imagine the level of smugness that will ensue if Smart manages to lose at BDS next year.

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“I’m not going to get into why who left where, who went with Sally.”

I tell you what — whoever Sally is, she sure gets around at Georgia Tech.

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