Gregory: ‘I’m excited, but it’s bittersweet’

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.

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Bill Murray

March 28th, 2011
11:49 am

At least he has a since of humor, I guess? Right? Sigh…

D A DoubleU G

March 28th, 2011
11:49 am

I said this on a previous post, but to reiterate my point……

Tech fans,

Keep in mind, this is a big, and celebrated day for Mr. Gregory and his family. He is thrilled to be an ACC coach, and his family will be reading the ajc for the first time today to see what Tech fans think about the good news. A lot of impressions will be made today about your fan base, and it is up to you to portray whatever image you want impressioned on you by this man and his closest family who are about to call you “friends and neighbors”.

There was little excitement when Mark Fox arrived in Athens, and today MANY programs (including Tech) would love to have him.

From a rival Dawg fan, congrats to Coach Gregory, and welcome to the great state of Georgia. We expect you will make your fan base, as well as rival fan bases proud.

Robert

March 28th, 2011
11:49 am

Harvey

March 28th, 2011
11:51 am

Welcome Coach Gregory. I’m looking forward to seeing Tech play next year.

Bill Murray

March 28th, 2011
11:52 am

I agree, D A. While this may not be the flashy hire we (myself included) were all hoping for, I say we at least give it some time. Prove us wrong, Gregory and D-Rad. Let’s go Jackets!

GTPhenom

March 28th, 2011
11:56 am

D A Double, we may not see eye to eye on many things in the past, but you just upped the level of respect I have for you right there. That is entirely the truth, and I have no problem with helping you rip these pathetic “fans” we’ve had on here bashing the decision. We can go through history and pull out situations where the hire that was made didn’t seem “sparkling,” and “sexy.” But they work. Thanks for being a good sport and a very level headed fan.

swatlantadolfan

March 28th, 2011
11:59 am

Good hire,Dayton always was competative and well coached,I wanted Shaka Smart,but he adds a half a mill to his next contract with each tourny win..but give this guy a chance,I like the hire!

Supsalemgr

March 28th, 2011
12:03 pm

Sounds like deja vu as this is what people said when Joel Eaves hired Vince Dooley.

GT65

March 28th, 2011
12:04 pm

Welcome Coach Gregory and Family. Looking forward to a new look basketball program at GT. Can’t wait. Win, win, win

D A DoubleU G…finally agree with you.

gte

March 28th, 2011
12:07 pm

why do the Delberts of the world as well as Jacket2011 and Full MetalJacket constantly on all these AJC blogs guarding all post and condemning all those that oppose them? Why not just make your points and get off and shut up.

No, you 3 cannot because you are cyber bullies. And not one of you could possibly attend any games even if they were in your backyards because you have to be on these blogs 24/7 in case someone says something that doesn’t agree with you people.

Guess this is your new profession. Makes you feel good about yourselves.

Nothing against Gregory even though most of the Dayton people seem estactic he is leaving, but why you 3 would bash Mark Price is beyond me. What did he do to any of you? Sorry bunch of losers

Bluestreak

March 28th, 2011
12:08 pm

I remember when my Dawgs hired Mark Fox. There was a collective ‘HUH?” that resonated from Dawg Nation. He’s turned out to be a lot better than the name recognition was and I think you Bees will feel the same in a couple of years. With a good system and the clout of the ACC and GT, he should be able to get some real recruits in and get you guys back to being one of the better ACC teams. You guys should be third or fourth behind the Dookies, UNC and NC State (according to who they hire).

Give the man a chance.

Salinsa

March 28th, 2011
12:09 pm

Isn’t it a red flag that many Dayton fans are happy he’s leaving? It seems similar to last year when Hewitt was rumored to be going to St. Johns and how happy that would have made the Tech fans

http://eye-on-college-basketball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/26283066/28121660

McPants

March 28th, 2011
12:10 pm

Fellow Tech fans – stop freaking out! This is a solid hire at the least. I’m tired of hearing all these fans whine about this hire. Probably the same ppl who whined about DRad hiring CPJ.

gtfan

March 28th, 2011
12:10 pm

This puts alot of pressure on Gregory and the President..calling it a hire before final approval. Get it done and Welcome Coach.

ucfgt

March 28th, 2011
12:11 pm

Welcome Coach Gregory and family, I look forward to seeing your teams play hard and re-establish our program.

Welcome

March 28th, 2011
12:13 pm

Although i am still shocked by the hire, I wish Coach BG all the best and hope he proves a lot of people wrong.

justafan

March 28th, 2011
12:13 pm

salinsa..Take your RED FLAG and stick it up ……….UYA.

ManUp...

March 28th, 2011
12:17 pm

Can’t be worse than where we’ve been. Welcome to Georgia Tech, Coach Gregory. Please put some shine back in our Old Gold!

Go Jackets!

GTBob

March 28th, 2011
12:18 pm

Salinsa, what else are they gonna say? Gregory was in no danger of being fired, has won 22 or more games each of the last 4 seasons and made postseason play each of those 4 years. If they really expected a ton more then that then I don’t know what to say. I’m becoming more and more happy about the Gregory hire the more I read about him.

justafan

March 28th, 2011
12:21 pm

Damn great job..welcome coach BG..
GT just got 100% better in last 3 weeks.
Let dawgs fans and Dayton fans say what they wish but GT is the winner.

Bill Murray

March 28th, 2011
12:23 pm

GTBob- I agree about becoming more and more happy as time goes on. The more I read about the man, the better I feel. Especially about his time under Tom-to-the-Izzo. We’ll be alright, fellas.

GT65

March 28th, 2011
12:26 pm

GT got a Dawn good Coach, just watch and see!

GoJackets!

March 28th, 2011
12:30 pm

I bet he can take next year’s team to better than 5-11 record in ACC plays.

Chris Shorter

March 28th, 2011
12:31 pm

@D A DoubleU G – Not to hate, but we don’t want Mark Fox. BG has the job and deserves a chance — at least a couple of years. I will start going back to games now…

Sideways 77

March 28th, 2011
12:43 pm

Chris Shorter has the bottom line – how many fans will return. I think we need to give BG time to re-establish the GT basketball program back to the glory days. It just seems so long ago. I love his comment about the academics being important to the programs success. Maybe he can recruit players that stay four years, like Coach K.

Go Jackets!

GTJJ

March 28th, 2011
12:45 pm

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.”

Anybody else excited about this comment from Gregory about pulling in former Tech players? Sounds like the best of both worlds to me – an established head coach + Price/Neal or other former players. Who knows, maybe Neal comes here to be the assistant and learn under someone who learned from Izzo.

Jackets 2011

March 28th, 2011
12:46 pm

@gte
I have been a season ticket holder for years and just renewed for football.
I will also renew for basketball.
The cyber-bullying being done this morning was by all the “fans” trashing the new coach.
And since they trashed me, I stayed on and defended myself.
Pot calling the kettle black I’d say.
D A DoubleU G gave a better account of himself than many Tech folks this morning.
What a negative fanbase when the news was first announced.

Innocent Bystander

March 28th, 2011
12:48 pm

Welcome to Tech, CBG! Very glad to have you here. I’ll be purchasing season tickets soon.

Spike

March 28th, 2011
12:53 pm

Who? From where? Dayton? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

Jackets 2011

March 28th, 2011
12:56 pm

A number of Tech fans have mentioned the Chizik video made when he was hired that was very insulting to him.
Due to the number of fans bashing the new hire, I did post a lot more than usual.
At the time, it seemed like I was rescuing someone grabbed by a lynch mob.
I’m glad the folks willing to give the hire a chance have been showing up since then.
Go look at the posts on the blog this morning.
With the situation DRad inherited from Braine, I think he did a good job since he has been here.

bring back glory days

March 28th, 2011
12:59 pm

Thanks GTJJ.I almost missed that remark. If his staff has Price or Neal or both on it then I’m way more upbeat than I first was.

Veteran Fan

March 28th, 2011
1:00 pm

A competitive team is all we ask! We will be buying season tickets and will be at all the games next season!

JM

March 28th, 2011
1:02 pm

Welcome Coach Gregory

Kenny

March 28th, 2011
1:05 pm

As a die-hard Dayton fan, I can attest that we are not too broken up about the news. BG is a good recruiter, but a very poor developer of talent as well as a poor X’s and O’s coach. 20+ wins a season…Yeah, but the majority were non-conference HOME wins over mediocre mid-major teams, etc. UD’s in-conference record under Gregory was consistently mediocre (7-9; 9th place in A10 this past year). In general, he basically held the status quo established by Oliver Purnell. It’s important to note that two Dayton players announced their intent to transfer a couple of weeks ago. He’s also losing Chris Wright, and national top 25 national recruit who only managed 3rd team All A10 under Gregory’s guidance. Things were unraveling for him quick and he was likely looking at a 10-15 win season next year, so it was advantageous for him to leave now while his stock was lukewarm-warm. BG will probably turn things around, but only moderately.

flip-flop

March 28th, 2011
1:06 pm

you nerds sure do change your tune real quick.

Ramblin Man

March 28th, 2011
1:19 pm

I am real interested to see who he hires as assistants. He needs a local guy with ties to GT to keep recruiting going well. Will be interesting to see if Royal stays with this hire and I guess it will be good that he can develop a team next year with no pressure on him at all. I am a show me type of guy and hope this hire turns out well. He has done pretty well at Dayton and had nowhere near the same talent level that will be available at GT now and in the future. Maybe he can keep Hewitt on as his recruiting coordinator.

GT-72

March 28th, 2011
1:19 pm

Good hire – dedicated, proven coach – just what we need. Welcome to Georgia Tech Coach Gregory!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

March 28th, 2011
1:20 pm

SAD…I wish I could say I feel otherwise, but the truth is painful.

I will support our coach, but I really can’t believe the situation we find ourselves in right now. Braineless…still killing us….

AlabamaRamblinwreck

March 28th, 2011
1:24 pm

Coach Gregory: I want the team to have on average more assists than turnovers, defend the 3-ball, be able to in-bounds the ball, shoot 72%+ on FT’s, have a half-court offense with motion AND passing, basically be strong fundamentally and not be a laughing-stock….If you can do that, which isn’t asking much, you will be better than the guy we just got rid of.

It Ain't Rocket Science

March 28th, 2011
1:25 pm

Tech. fans, give this man a chance. He might not be the next coach K but if he can get Tech. players to work as a team on the court, he will be successful. Tech., in my opinion, plays in the best BB conference in the country for the most part, and I will bet he can compete close to the level of UNC and Duke, if he can get some good players, and get them to work as a team. He might be able to make you all quite proud. If his words are true, he would seem to fit in with the higher academic standards you all boast about, and maybe get a team of players that do not try out for the NBA, each time they step onto the court. How do Duke and UNC keep their stars around for a while. They respect their coach and love playing for them. Tech. will have to instill those same values in order to remain competitive in the ACC. Give him a chance Tech. fans. You have to figure you have nowhere else to go but up after this last year.

GTfan

March 28th, 2011
1:26 pm

flip flop..not me DA..

Kenny, thanks for your BS..just wait till Dayton hires Hewittt..then complain..

stinger 4

March 28th, 2011
1:26 pm

Listening to 680, and they have on the Dayton talk host who covered Gregory. He said Gregory was not very popular with Dayton fans, and they are not too disappointed to see him go. Hmmm… I want to be happy. I want to be excited. I want to be optimistic, but this is not the guy. We are trying to hire a “Mark Fox-type” but there may only be one Mark Fox. There is a reason why Gregory was not discussed as a major target and why he has been at Dayton for so many years and remained unpopular. Wasn’t there someone else who wanted to coach here? We are a top 20 basketball program!!!!

Tired of This

March 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

I am not thrilled with this hire? Who are we…UGA? Since when did basketball mediocrity become acceptable? This is almost as embarrassing as most UGA fans wardrobe….

gtfan

March 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

Ramblin-Man..I respect your opinions on GT and Braves but its hard to believe you said keep “Hewitt to recruit.” Thats like keeping Bobby Cox to pick Fredi’s players..team. I’m sure BG has his on plan for recruiting. peace.

gtfan

March 28th, 2011
1:36 pm

stinger 4,5 6 etc…who gives a damn what Dayton fans say.. are UGA fans.

Mr Royal

March 28th, 2011
1:37 pm

Hey what time are u meeting with me and my all world son?

wreckbone

March 28th, 2011
1:47 pm

Oh man here we go again. I guess we are the whiniest bunch of fans around. Who else would you recommend? Not a Mark Fox type? What had Fox done at that level this guy didn’t? I don’t take too much stock in what Dayton fans think. Ohio is a place where the fans expect more from less than we do at Tech. I heard alum raised 5 million to fire Tech in donations. Anyone hear about that or give to that fund? By the way, 680 is gonna bash our hire, they are UGa homers all the way. The blew show, dooley show? And you quote that as a source really? He was the only one to get Dayton to the tourney as an at large, had em ranked, yeah they should have hated him!! I think HEwitt’s problem was that he didn’t really warm up to the players for a while. Hell I think the only point guard he liked was Jack. Not exactly the most people oriented person. I agreed with Schultz’s assessment of Hewitt. So it took a long time for him to “develop” players. But God we already hate the new coach? AJC poll has him down…what were you expecting? Just be happy and support him and hope we retain talent. We got lots in the backcourt. This guy loves to chick it from the chap seats and from how our roster is stacked with shooting guards, this is actually a really good hire. Hs formula works with what we presently have in the cupboard. All I know is 65% winning percentage is much better than hewitt was doing. He also played a lot of tough competition at Dayton so this guy is ready for the big time.

Hal

March 28th, 2011
1:49 pm

I like the idea we are getting a proven coach and not a who’s hot today and struggles tomorrow. We’ve been there and done that.

Brock

March 28th, 2011
1:58 pm

just don’t call timeouts after a momentum building 3 point shot and I’ll be happy.

Seriously- welcome Coach. Hope your family enjoys Atlanta! Look forward to getting back to some games.

Ramblin Man

March 28th, 2011
2:02 pm

Gtfan,
The Hewitt as recruiting coordinator part was meant as a joke.