Radakovich not interested in Tennessee

It shouldn’t come as a great surprise, but Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich said Friday he has no interest in becoming the next athletic director at Tennessee. The opening at Tennessee was one of a number of topics covered in a wide-ranging interview with the AJC that will be published next week.

“I’m really happy here at Georgia Tech,” Radakovich said, adding that he had had no contact with Tennessee.

In light of his previous employment at LSU, Miami and South Carolina and his producitve tenure at Georgia Tech, Radakovich has often been linked to high-profile AD openings.

Tennessee is in search for a replacement to Mike Hamilton, who announced his resignation Tuesday. Tennessee has been charged with major NCAA violations in men’s basketball and football and goes before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions Saturday.

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O'Mally

June 10th, 2011
5:45 pm

Americus Jacket

June 10th, 2011
5:45 pm

I’m glad he’s staying!

Innocent Bystander

June 10th, 2011
5:59 pm

Only a crazy person would be interested in the Tenn AD job. Lots of cleaning up to do.

Jacket Backer

June 10th, 2011
6:07 pm

GTfanForever

June 10th, 2011
6:07 pm

Great to hear!!

5150 UOAD

June 10th, 2011
6:11 pm

The VOLS 3-4 times the money and the problems. Who really want the job? And you have to wear that ugly Orange.

threetrone

June 10th, 2011
6:31 pm

He got the new indoor football practice facility for the old Rose Bowl field- “The Flats”. I would like to see him do something about the art coup that took place at Tech in 1980 when “Buzz” was born. This coup took over the yellow jacket art we enjoyed at Tech in the early 70’s. Now every yj is “Buzz”, whether you like it or not. Nobody had a chance to voice their likes or dislikes about whether to allow “Buzz” to take over by art coup. Why create “Buzz” that has to look like the mascot at games? Why not keep the old yj from when BD was the coach and AD? Maybe Radikovich can bring back the old yj in various forms and see if this art becomes more popular than “Buzz”. When visiting ramblinwreck.com, a t-shirt called “vintage” has “Buzz” on it, not the yj from the BD years. Radikovich also needs to embrace what the head of the alumni association said in the “Tech Topics” alumni newspaper when he said that “black is out” for one of Tech’s colors. That means no black thigh high stockings for the football team to wear AT ALL, no wide black side stripes on football pants irregardless if some tiny bit of gold was included as “art”, no black football “black watch defense” jerseys, but black leather shoes and boots like those worn by Bobby Ross’s teams would be all right to wear since they’re the original football shoes. Some use of black is, of course, expected, in pin striping, but large scale black is out.

Delbert D.

June 10th, 2011
6:43 pm

Knoxville is a special place. I’ve lived there, and it’s just special. Fortunately, there are alternate routes north to civilization these days.

NOVAJacket

June 10th, 2011
6:45 pm

You’re an idiot, threetrone. Don’t bring gratuitous racism into this.

bitter collage football fan

June 10th, 2011
7:19 pm

thats good he is staying—but new recruiting reporter that took chip towers place needs to be flushed out to well grade school where he came from————–read his latest artical on ricky parks going to all-burn

————-he spent all of 15 min writing it and never showed up with any chip towers im here waiting and well he just anounced !!!get it

————————–new guy su———-xxxsss

bitter collage football fan

June 10th, 2011
7:23 pm

ask the ?——why did ricky parks not chose ga or ga tech????—–lame reporting

Stirring the Pot

June 10th, 2011
7:32 pm

To bitter collage(sic) football fan, Parks said that he had a $pecial relationship with the Auburn Coach. I hear there’s lots of money hidden at the Barn.

Tech Fan Since 1950

June 10th, 2011
7:40 pm

Threethrone,I can’t agree with your overall thoughts as expressed above but glad for your continued interest and support of Tech. The overall yj(s), as you say, were all over the place during my youth but Tech lacked a true visual athletic identity. A good bit of work went into the development of “Buzz” with test marketing from students and alumni. Today Buzz is one of the most popular athletic mascots. I do wish Tech could be consistent year to year, like in the old days, wearing the same type of uniform, but i am not opposed to black, blue or gold jerseys from time to time, especially on the road.

Dan Radakovich has done a terrific job at Tech and I hope he stays for as long as he wants. Tech does need to reach out more to the overall Atlanta community. So far there has not been a magic formula for that except consistent winning. Yes, I know, things change, but some of us recall that Tech games were also consistently number one in attendance in the state and to get to go to a Tech game at all was a privilege. I still feel that way. There is no place greater to be than Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field during football season. The setting, with the skyline of Atlanta, and all the history is just fantastic. Go Jackets!

reebok

June 10th, 2011
7:58 pm

glad he is staying, i think/hope things are moving in the right direction for our athletic programs. it is up to us, the fans and alums, to help create the buzz (sorry) by showing up and supporting the teams. proud to be a jacket!!!

Crazy Robert

June 10th, 2011
8:02 pm

GET RID OF DANNY HALL or move to Knoxville

Stinger 2

June 10th, 2011
8:04 pm

Tech Fan Since 1950: I also go back to the early 1950`s. I think GT has
so much more competition to deal with now. The Falcons, UGA was no
draw like they are now, Atlanta did not have the Braves and Hawks then.
Most folks do not have the money to attend multiple games when the seasons overlap. Actually back then, GT did not have to reach out for fans. They do now and maybe just need to come up with more innovative
marketing ideas.

threetrone said "irregardless"

June 10th, 2011
9:36 pm

DRad Fan 2

June 10th, 2011
9:39 pm

I think DRad is one of the best ADs in the country. As for “Buzz”, that is a reat mascot, and it is recognized everywhere. Why would you want to tamper with that? I was never a fan of using black as the third color either. We have always used navy blue as long as I have been a fan except for that short time with black, and I go back to the Dodd era.

DRad Fan 2

June 10th, 2011
9:40 pm

Should be “great” mascot.

GT GRAD

June 10th, 2011
9:51 pm

Great news……..thanks for everything DRAD!

OldTimer

June 10th, 2011
10:00 pm

Threetrone calm down you’re on the wrong blog. However, a lot of people would like to take a hit off of what your have seriously been smoking.

5150 UOAD

June 10th, 2011
10:06 pm

BUZZ is a cute mascot, but I do agree I like the Real Hornet, Wasp, Yellow Jacket mascot for the Print ads. Buzz only has 2 Legs/ Arms and it is just not Mean enough looking. Cute for stuffed animals for kids but not as the LOGO.
Hell UGA has a good looking Mascot Bulldog that is on the hats and shirts. it is Long legged lean and HEALTHY looking. The Real Ugas are fat, stupid and lazy looking. Keep BUZZ & Uga’s but Keep the LEAN AND MEAN looking LOGO.

Nomobama

June 10th, 2011
10:17 pm

So who actually said TN was interested in him? Nobody…so who cares.

it isn't what it isn't

June 11th, 2011
12:06 am

why would DRAD want to be the AD in that redneck backwoods blank hole? Good luck cleaning up that mess

JacketBacker01

June 11th, 2011
1:07 am

I echo your sentiment NOVAJacket. Threetone…irregardless?? Really??? As far as Radakovich, he seems too smart to leave the situation he has now for a program in shambles like UT, or any other football factory for that matter. At least I hope he is. He is in a position to be very successful where he is and maybe even leave a legacy if he stays the course.

AW38

June 11th, 2011
1:55 am

Hey Threetrone, about the only black you left out of origiinal comment was the black athlete. You wanna leave him out too. I believe in tradition, but you also have to move forward with the times. I don’t always agree with uniforms, but if you’d research a little bit bit, you’d see D’Rad and PJ had nothing to do with the new uniforms and it’s about money. That is why we have a deal with Russell and not Nike or Reebok which is why it is probably soooo difficult to find any GT gear at WalMart, Target, KMart, TJMaxx, Ross, etc… They don’t have agreements with Russell. Only the local GT bookstore does. I’d rather see them move to Nike or Reebok to help with reruiting and brand awareness for the younger kids growing up. Nothing like marketing, but you stay in your Cocoon looking for the youth of life and GT will continue die with you. Who cares what that wear as long as they win both in the class, on the field and in life? (BTW-I still believe in the Old Gold and White like O’Leary petitioned and was granted) Also, back in the Dodd days, they did wear black shoes, you idiot. White shoes didn’t exist til After Dodd, like maybe Bill Fulcher and then Pepper Rogers. I was born in 69 and atleast I know that. Sounds like you’re older than I but obviously loosing your memory. Try some Namenda & Aricept. Also, GT didn’t exist during the Dodd era as a coach. GT became the logo in 67 after he quit coaching. Keep up the stupid comments. How researching stuff before you comment.

Sorry Dogs

June 11th, 2011
7:10 am

Who gives a rip what color uniforms, shoes, socks they wear or what the mascot looks like. I’m embarrassed you guys call yourselves Tech fans.

There are two important things for the sports programs – win and graduate. Do those, and nothing else matters.

Drad’s job is to see to those two things. He gets it. Glad he’s not going to UT.

kc

June 11th, 2011
7:21 am

Tech’s dark accent color for their uniforms is NAVY BLUE(not black). As i recall, tech hasn’t wore football uniforms with black since he Curry years and the “Black watch” defenses. PJ’s teams have not wore black for their uniform. Fyi-I consider the uniform the pants, jersey,and helmet. They may have worn black socks, but who cares.

kc

June 11th, 2011
7:22 am

since “the” curry years. sorry.

ToeMeetsLeather

June 11th, 2011
8:21 am

This is good to hear, I hope we are able to keep the current leadership in place for quite some time. With DRad, CPJ and Gregory, I feel good about the direction and stability of our major sports programs. After seeing the mess at Ohio State and the likes, I am confident nothing like this would ever happen on DRad’s watch. Can’t wait for football on 9/1 and attending Gregory’s first exibition basketball game.

GOLDNWHITEFORLIFE

June 11th, 2011
8:34 am

Time will tell on Brian Gregory. Will see how good of a coach he is next January. As far PJ, I don’t think people understand how Tech recruits. Tech goes after student-athletes than can compete not just on the football field, but also in the classroom. Tech is tough. My pastor told me once “you don’t go to Georgia Tech, you endure Georgia Tech.” It’s the truth. It won’t change. Yes I know that most of the athletes are not taking engineering, but the school is a challenge. Therefore, the coaches have to recruit kids who can deal with the math and science Tech offers. They will hardly ever get elite talent, but PJ will make the most out of them. Tech is lucky to have him. Go jackets

Buzz Me

June 11th, 2011
9:05 am

glad DRAD is staying…he is a class act and a damn good AD

Coach

June 11th, 2011
9:24 am

Yea you wish Tennessee. However, I hear that Dave Braine is available….

gt

June 11th, 2011
9:55 am

There is something to be said about being one of hundreds of important people in this city. Your kids can go to a good school and not be bothered by who their father is. They can make life time friends and develop interest here you just can’t find other places. Your wife can have a life out of your shadow. Her social life is not all about the athletics or even the campus. You can also learn and make good contacts from these kind of people that give as much as they take from you. Tech is not for everybody, neither is Atlanta, but for a guy that carries himself like DRAD it is a destination job just as it was for Rice. There is a certain dignity these guys brought to the job and the job let them keep it. Good combination.

ToeMeetsLeather

June 11th, 2011
10:13 am

“Gold”, I agree with everything in your post except the comment on Gregory. It will take a lot longer than two months to perform the “exorcism”. We probably want have a real good feel for how good of coach we have until January 2013. But I like what I have seen so far.

collegeballfan

June 11th, 2011
10:33 am

“Only a crazy person would be interested in the Tenn AD job. Lots of cleaning up to do.”

That is the exact reason to take the job – the challenge.

run & shoot every now & then

June 11th, 2011
11:26 am

Coach Paul Johnson
must develop a productive passing game for the GT offense.

GaStinger2005

June 11th, 2011
12:00 pm

Glad to hear DRad is staying. Why do AJC columnists throw every GT folks to other jobs so quickly?
THWGA

Jacket Fan

June 11th, 2011
12:46 pm

Can we get some baseball superregional scores?

dt4c

June 11th, 2011
1:53 pm

Funniest thing I have read in a headline in a loooong time! WTH would TN even want Rad? What exactly has the done at GT that would give TN thought? Hired a high school football coach. Stuck with a losing basketball coach too long. Keeps a baseball coach that consistently underachieves. Seriously, do you really thing TN would have him on a short list? Seriously?

mwh6767

June 11th, 2011
2:04 pm

D-Rad staying is big for Tech. He has managed to consolidate Tech’s debt and make it managable and upgrade the facilities at the same time. Trust me, being able to take recruits to the brand new indoor football field is a big plus. But also look at what is being done to the other facilities under his watch and its no suprise Tech’s spring sports are getting very good. I think his true legacy will be the hires of CPJ and CBG. I believe both coaches will have the two major money earning sports competitive and competing for championships for a very long time. My only knock on D-Rad is that he has kept tech in a uniform and clothing contract with Russell Athletic. Its time to take the next step D-Rad and increase Tech’s visiblity and sign with Nike or Addidas. Russell just can’t compete with prodution output and outlets that the big boys distribute to. I don’t care what colors they wear. I do like the white jerseys at home because only tech and lsu do it. But by going with a Nike or Addidas we have more opertunity for special uniforms, throwbacks etc. and the players love wearing them and recruits love it to. And face it thats what its all about.

Tech Guy

June 11th, 2011
2:31 pm

ADRad will leave when the first SEC offer comes along. He knows the debt he’s taking on for Tech will be bad news for the Jackets longer term.

mwh6767

June 11th, 2011
3:38 pm

Tech guy, how will the debt Tech took on be bad in the long term? That was the whole point of the restructure of the debt when they built the indoor football and remoldel of AMC? The amount of debt gets less and less with each passing year. If anything DRAD should leave in the next two or three years, after that it becomes a much better job for him wiht each passing year with more room to do things with each passing year.

Buzz Me

June 11th, 2011
4:56 pm

Hey tech guy..Tennessee is in the SEC and he left an SEC school where the job was his you moron

black & blue Buzz

June 11th, 2011
5:23 pm

Man I get mugged every day here on this ghetto GT campus.I’m out of here good luck to all and to hell with gt!

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 11th, 2011
5:54 pm

I don’t blame the AD at tech. for sticking with tech. That idiot coach they had managed to rack up over a dozen major violations in his short tenture there. There are challenges and then there are challenges, and for the next couple of years, UT is going to be a challenge for any AD that takes the job there. Couple that with the basketball violations, not to mention, the baseball ones, and you would have to spend too much time doing damage control to be able to run the dept. the way it needs to be run.

HBTD

June 11th, 2011
5:59 pm

Thanks goodness!

Tech Bum

June 11th, 2011
7:10 pm

Dan said he has not had any contact with UT and is happy at Tech. How the helll do you get he is not interested in the UT job from that?

Tech Bum

June 11th, 2011
7:15 pm

When someone says I’m really happy at Tech but doesn’t say I’m not interested they are usually really interested.

gmcinva

June 11th, 2011
7:28 pm

I can certainly understand why anyone would be concerned about the situation at UT. However, I am at a loss to understand exactly what causes anyone to be highly supportive of what Radakovich
is doing at Tech. The athletic teams have not exactly been decimating the competition, the graduation rate is not superb and attendance at events is mediocre by major college standards. At some point we have to either quit making excuses due to Tech’s academic rigor, or understand that it is not up to major college competitive standards. If the AD is doing anything to change that, it is not easy to see.