The Dayton Daily News beat writer Doug Harris just talked to departing Dayton coach Brian Gregory, who is taking the Georgia Tech job and will be at a news conference on the Tech campus around 5 p.m. today.
Gregory won’t be having a final Dayton news conference. He was scheduled to meet the ACC school’s president later today and then have the media session after that in the Edge Center.
“I’m excited, but it’s a bittersweet deal,” Gregory said. “It’s the toughest decision I’ve ever made in my life. It’s been eight great years. I love this place. People have been great to us. I can’t express how much I appreciate all the support and all the great times we had.
“We’ve built up a lot of relationships. As my wife [Yvett] said, it’s not a job or an occupation. It’s our life. It’s been our basketball life for eight years, and it’s tough to say good-bye to that.
“But the academic part of the school really fits the type of school I want to be associated with. That’s really important. At Georgia Tech, you can recruit the highest quality player without compromising the important character components necessary for success. They have great tradition there. I’m excited about re-establishing that tradition and re-energizing the program — and getting the former players back, like we did here, and becoming engaged in the community, like we did here.”
Gregory said, technically, he still isn’t the official new Georgia Tech coach. The president has to give his final OK.
“If I throw up on him, I may not get the job,” Gregory said.