McCollum joins Tech staff — updated

Georgia Tech has hired Andy McCollum as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

Formerly N.C. State’s linebackers coach, McCollum is from Marietta and his father still resides there. The hire still must be approved by Tech.

“We will be happy to have a coach with the experience and knowledge that Andy will bring to our program,” Tech coach Paul Johnson said in a statement given to the media. “I have coached against and recruited against him for a long time, and I am confident he will do an outstanding job here at Tech.”

McCollum, 50, recruited Atlanta for the Wolfpack, where he’s been for the past three seasons. He replaces Giff Smith, who recently accepted a job with the Buffalo Bills.

“I am excited to be a part of a great coaching staff and to work with Coach Johnson,” McCollum said in statement given to the media. “It’s a great opportunity to come back home to Georgia and work at an outstanding school.”

Details of McCollum’s contract weren’t released. He made $176,570 at N.C. State and was eligible to receive a bonus of $47,250. Smith made $189,000.

Before being hired at N.C. State, McCollum was the head coach at Middle Tennessee State from 1999-2005, where he led the Blue Raiders to the Sun Belt Conference title in 2001.

As a recruiter, he brought in the conference’s highest-rated classes in 2002, ‘04 and ‘05.

Before being named MTSU’s coach, he was the linebackers/special teams coordinator at Baylor (1994-98), linebackers, wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator at UTEP (1989-93), and did a variety of coaching jobs at MTSU (1981-88).

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Brian

February 9th, 2010
10:45 am

Doesn't Matter

February 9th, 2010
10:50 am

It doesnt matter who GT hires as their linebacker coach. UGA will run for 300+ yards in November.

UGA 30 – gt 24!!!!

UGA Rushing Yards vs GT in 2009 – 339

Joshua Barlowe

February 9th, 2010
10:57 am

It doesn’t matter what the topic of this blog is – UGAy fans will always show up and make idiots of themselves. I’m so glad they represent themselves so well. They speak volumes for the kind of fans UGAy has.

GO JACKETS!

BobbyGodd

February 9th, 2010
10:58 am

Sounds like a good hire since he already knows Georgia for recruiting purposes and is friends with Johnson to boot. Only major concern is the weakness that was prevalent in the Wolfpack D last year…

PTC Jacket

February 9th, 2010
11:03 am

BobbyGodd: He was head coach at MTSU and did a good job, and was also a defensive coordinator for a BCS school and had one of the best defenses. Why he’s a positions coach now, I have no idea, but he’s good, and NC State’s defense is not a reflection of his coaching.

Flats

February 9th, 2010
11:05 am

Imagine GT is running normal resume check. The guy grew up in Cobb Co. and should be a great addition.

Peadawg

February 9th, 2010
11:07 am

And calling them “UGAy” makes you look better, Joshua Barlowe? LOL!!!

The Real YellowJacket

February 9th, 2010
11:11 am

Doesn’t Matter What was the score and rushing totals in 2008 since you are revisiting history? Must be that last BCS poll on your mind. Oh wait no dawgs anywhere in that poll!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

February 9th, 2010
11:14 am

How does Tech end up getting the coaches they want without getting embarrassed by all the turn downs? Does it have something to do with somebody else a$$ painting a little mascot?

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

February 9th, 2010
11:17 am

Will he make $750,000, too? Does Tech have to pay that much to get somebody? I wish Buzz well next year and I will stay in touch and let him know where I land. I was just a temp. Now I am a temp with a painted a$$ and a bad attitude.

Diamond Dawg's Parole Officer

February 9th, 2010
11:17 am

Even if you do hire McCollum, it still won’t compare to the super staff that CMR, AKA Coach February, has put together in Athens. (IF he goes to GT, great hire)

Don’t try to debate it. UGA has the best HC in the SEC. In the nation. Even though 4 current SEC coaches have won NC’s. Doesn’t matter. They’re “gonna” beat everyone this year. Because Saban is about to leave. UF, despite a great class, is due to be down. And the SEC teams that beat UGA, like UT & UK, will not improve because UGA cherry picked all the good recruits. The ones who want to be dawgs!

You see, we hear the same thing every year about Coach February and his boys. They’re “fixin” to be the greatest team of all time. Only to see the same fan meltdown every year.

Josh

February 9th, 2010
11:18 am

The Dawgies talk crap but a lot of them even mentioned him for their DC job.

Can’t wait for GTI to come here with that premium info to correct Dougs article. The reports actually say he will coach LB’s with Groh.

Tengo El Buzz Bien Grande

February 9th, 2010
11:19 am

Again,

Tech MBA – Top 25
Tech Engineering – Top 5
Tech Football – Top 10
Tech Basketball – Top 20
Tech Baseball – Top 10

It’s Simple, UGA can’t compete

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

February 9th, 2010
11:20 am

I was eager to meet Da’Rick with him being a 5-star and me being just a temp. I was going to have my picture made with him. Now, I guess it won’t happen. Maybe I can have my picture made with one of the new coaches . . . that one from the Northeast. Connecticut? Do they paint little dog’s a$$es up there?

richard cranium

February 9th, 2010
11:23 am

Great addition for the Yellow Jackets!! Andy McCollum is a super coach.

Doug Roberson

February 9th, 2010
11:24 am

josh, you are correct, i’ve updated it.

NOT IMPRESSED

February 9th, 2010
11:25 am

Every time there has been an opening at GT the last 20 years, his name is mentioned but was never hired that ought to say something. He had a four year losing recored at MTSU, could he not had won at least one year? The current MTSU coach is kicking @$$. What has he done at NC ST? nothing..They are losers. A website article says he is a UGA fan and has tried to get hired there for 20 yrs but do not see them hiring him either. NOT IMPRESSED

FullMetalJacket

February 9th, 2010
11:31 am

Groh and Johnson must agree that McCollum is a worthy addition to the coaching staff. That is good enough for me.

Concerned

February 9th, 2010
11:35 am

Diamond Dawg’s Parole Officer are you insane. There are at least three coaches in the SEC that are better than St. Richt. How about Saban, Meyer, Miles, and even Chizik is probably better than Richt.

Diamond Dawg's Parole Officer

February 9th, 2010
11:35 am

Grantham was fired on January 11, 2008 after the 2007 season with the Brown’s defense ranking 25th against the pass, 27th against the run, and 30th in total-yards-against among 32 teams.

But coaches never fail, right?

But he caught on with the Cowboys as a defensive line coach, not DC. Why wasn’t he hired as a DC? Hmmm…. I’m sure that he was holding out for his dream job. In Athens. And that four other people declined the same offer he accepted. All of the stars are in alignment on this one!

RussthePaintedMascot

February 9th, 2010
11:39 am

DD Parole Officer: could you use your connections to arrest the UGA fiends who painted my a$$ before my “Replacement Uga” stint during the Tech game?

wiley

February 9th, 2010
11:39 am

If this happens, it will be very good for GT. Its funny how people bring up his stats as a HC at a school that transitioned during his tenure to FBS football. Any program that switches from FCS to FBS is going to have trouble. The best thing about hiring him is his familiarity with the 3-4 and recruiting ties that he has in the state of Georgia. This is Groh’s defense…McCollum can improve our recruiting.

BigTimeTechFan

February 9th, 2010
11:39 am

NOT IMPRESSED – Kirby Smart was a UGA fan and Grad, UGA didn’t hire him, what does that tell you. Tells you the ones that truly know UGA’s program are not as impressed with how thing are run at UGA as some of UGA fan are.

Diamond Dawg's Parole Officer

February 9th, 2010
11:40 am

Concerned…. Don’t try and argue with any dawg fans on here. Especially using any type of accountability or logic. You’re on the wrong board, sir.

UGA fans like to talk about what they’re about to do, not what they’ve actually accomplished. But give them credit, they do run the state of Georgia. (Which is good enough for last place in mens basketball and a trip to Shreveport)

IMPRESSED

February 9th, 2010
11:45 am

Sorry NOT IMPRESSED, but I was at MTSU Coach Mac he was there, and yes we went 7-5 our 2nd competing in D-IA football, Coach Mac was Tennessee Coach of the year 2 years in a row, then the big boys came, one year we played every SEC school excpet Auburn and S. Carolina, but did beat Vandy all 3 years. Great coach, great recruiter, wish him the best. And yes we have had good years, be in known, alot of that was due to players he had recruited still on our team, but the last ones leave this year. Great coach, great man, great recruiter, wish him the best! Glad he is at GT, not UGA myself!

BigTimeTechFan

February 9th, 2010
11:46 am

Some more news – AJ Green’s not happy at UGA, considering transfer to VOLS, Fl St, USC.

Diamond Dawg's Parole Officer

February 9th, 2010
11:47 am

Russ…. I would dispatch some officers, but they’re busy right now coming up with brilliant statistics that are required to win the SEC and National title. Like the ones listed below:

225 yards rushing per game
6.89 yards per rush
225 passing per game
60% completion ratio
7 diff WR and TE have at least one catch per game
1 turnover per game
14 sacks per game
2 blocked punts per game
1 safety per game
3 ponts allowed per game

IF we can pull of each one of these stats, we should be unbeatable. woofwoofwoofwoofwoofwoof

NoCoach Blewitt

February 9th, 2010
11:48 am

I dont know if a previous person already corrected this but GIFF was the defensive line coach. Brian Jean-Mary was the linebacker coach. Can anyone at your paper do anything right. I mean one week Schultz things Paul Hewitt is the second coming then a week later he writes that he should be embarrassed by his coaching efforts….. Which one is it???

protest

February 9th, 2010
11:48 am

I’m NOT IMPRESSED by your quoting of a ‘website article’.

NoCoach Blewitt

February 9th, 2010
11:48 am

David

February 9th, 2010
12:01 pm

It’s a done deal

NoCoach Blewitt

February 9th, 2010
12:01 pm

I see now….my apologies but not to Schultz

Blewitt must go

collegeballfan

February 9th, 2010
12:03 pm

Hey NC State still shows him as a coach. He is not here and may never be here. And hey, the guy can recruit if he can do nothing else.

"Sideways" the Dog

February 9th, 2010
12:10 pm

juvenal

February 9th, 2010
12:13 pm

GTI, wut-up?

Hey Dogtards

February 9th, 2010
12:21 pm

I can read the writing on the wall. McCollum will be the next DC at GT in 3-5 years, after Al Groh retires.

BitDawgBarking

February 9th, 2010
12:21 pm

This is funny as hell. Paul Johnson just hired his version of Willie Martinez. Oh well, buds are buds, right?

BitDawgBarking

February 9th, 2010
12:24 pm

PTC Jacket “are you that stupid”. I guess UGA’s defense wasn’t a product of Willie M’s coaching either. Oh well, I guess if a dud gets hired at GT he’s automatically not a dud anymore, huh PTC Jacket.

ZamBonE

February 9th, 2010
12:25 pm

GTI said McCollum got the job yesterday, but that it was unofficial.

As long as he can recruit the state of Georgia in and out, he will fit in nicely with the current staff.

Go Jackets…is it September 4th yet?

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 9th, 2010
12:25 pm

how about doubling the salary to coach our Basketball team?

BitDawgBarking

February 9th, 2010
12:27 pm

BigTimeTechFan

February 9th, 2010
11:46 am

Some more news – AJ Green’s not happy at UGA, considering transfer to VOLS, Fl St, USC.

And Paul Johnson just agreed in principle to become Chan Gailey’s OC in Buffalo.

BitDawgBarking

February 9th, 2010
12:29 pm

iamond Dawg’s Parole Officer

February 9th, 2010
11:40 am

Concerned…. Don’t try and argue with any dawg fans on here. Especially using any type of accountability or logic. You’re on the wrong board, sir.

UGA fans like to talk about what they’re about to do, not what they’ve actually accomplished. But give them credit, they do run the state of Georgia. (Which is good enough for last place in mens basketball and a trip to Shreveport)

That speaks volumes as to where GT stands in the football pecking order doesn’t it?

Sweet Home Alabama

February 9th, 2010
12:35 pm

Its good to BE a Bama fan.we dont recruit coaches they call us.do you understand what its like to be at the top of the mountain.
we call it MT.SABAN.

ROLL TIDE ROLL……..

LongTimeTechFan

February 9th, 2010
12:40 pm

OK we get two losers from weak ACC schools for defensive coaches. I have to ask if CPJ is going to raid other ACC schools why not go after TOP ACC school coaches like VT, UNC,FSU, etc,???

UGA SUCKS!!

February 9th, 2010
12:44 pm

All i got to say is 1980 and 38th schedule ranking

BIG BEE

February 9th, 2010
12:50 pm

Diamond Dawgs Parole Officer: I have said many times “never get into a braying contest with a bunch of jackasses”.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

February 9th, 2010
12:50 pm

Sweet Home: that is “Mount saTan”. Check out your coach’s ancestors working for the Prince of Darkness in Job 1:15. Also, the man was born on October 31!! LOL Bottom Line: MERCENARY

Josh

February 9th, 2010
12:58 pm

ZamBonE, GTI said that because it was posted on the premium boards. That’s where all his stuff comes from. He always brings info over here after its posted there and tries to make it like its his info and that he actually works at GT as a coach or in the AA. He’s BS’ing everyone.

No one who actually works as a coach or in the AA would bother coming to the AJC blogs to spew out info. They could careless.

BitDawgBarking

February 9th, 2010
1:12 pm

LongTimeTechFan

February 9th, 2010
12:40 pm

OK we get two losers from weak ACC schools for defensive coaches. I have to ask if CPJ is going to raid other ACC schools why not go after TOP ACC school coaches like VT, UNC,FSU, etc,???

That ones real easy. Tech can’t pay coaches of that caliber. You can bet if UVA wasn’t paying Groh he wouldn’t be at GT.

Yellow Fuzz

February 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

Doesn’t Matter

February 9th, 2010
10:50 am
It doesnt matter who GT hires as their linebacker coach. UGA will run for 300+ yards in November.
UGA 30 – gt 24!!!!
UGA Rushing Yards vs GT in 2009 – 339

Doesn’t Matter:
I’ll tell you something that is more funny than that
Tech rushing yards vs georgia the year before that = 408
Hahahaha. You can look it up.