Though there’s still a chance that Georgia Tech can make it back to the ACC championship game, coach Paul Johnson thinks the odds are long.
He said if it doesn’t happen it will be a situation that he’s rarely experienced in 14 years as a coach: a year in which a major goal hasn’t been met.
Johnson led the Yellow Jackets to a tie for the ACC’s Coastal Division title in 2008, and they won the conference championship last season.
To get a chance to defend that title, Tech (5-4, 3-3) must win its remaining two ACC games, starting with Saturday’s matchup against Miami, and then hope for an unlikely combination of events from the rest of its division foes. Tech also needs one more win to reach bowl eligibility for the 14th consecutive season.
Because this is a “new territory”, Johnson said he’s doing his best to make sure that his players know there are still goals to meet.
“If you are competitive and you want to play, you are going to play no matter what,” Johnson said. “That is why you are out there if you are a competitor.”
Before coming to Tech in 2008, Johnson experienced a lot of success in previous head-coaching stops at Navy and Georgia Southern:
“I am not worried about me getting ready to play because I am competitive and I know what it’s about, but I think you have to point out to the guys what you are still playing for,” Johnson said. “You are playing for bowl eligibility, you are playing for a winning season, you are playing for pride.”