… was making me feel sympathy for Georgia Tech.
And, no, I’m not being snarky when I say that. I’ve seen a lot of bad Georgia Tech teams over the years, but I’ve never seen a Tech coach concede a game the way Collins did yesterday. It was late in the first half. Tech had just forced a rare three-and-out and had the ball near midfield with about a minute to play. Take a shot and try to force the action, maybe? (It’s not like Collins had anything to lose there.)
Nope. This, instead.
I turned to my brother (thanks for the seats, bro!) and said, “you guys just surrendered”. Back at the post game tailgate, my brother’s friend said the same. So did Jeff Schultz ($$).
It was 24-0 when Georgia was forced to punt for the first time in the game and the Jackets got the ball in good field position at their own 42 with 1:33 left in the half and three timeouts. What do they do? They ran the ball twice for 3 yards each, sandwiched around an incompletion. That’s what waving the white flag looks like.
I may not have cared much for the genius, but I never saw him do anything as craven as that. If you’re a Tech fan, what do you do when your coach essentially quits on his team? And if you’re a Tech player? Well, I give Tre Swilling credit for keeping his dignity here:
He’s a better man than I probably would have been under the circumstances. I can’t help but feel for him a little.
Collins currently has a good recruiting class coming in, by Tech standards, anyway. I can’t imagine what he’s saying to recruits about his program, though.