Stokan interested in Tech for ‘13 kickoff game

Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan nearly landed Georgia Tech for the 2011 kickoff game. He hopes that he can make it work for the Yellow Jackets to play in 2013.

“We want to get Tech into the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game, particularly when we open the hall, which is ‘13, the first year the hall will be open,” Stokan said Monday, referring to the College Football Hall of Fame that is scheduled to open in downtown Atlanta in 2013.

Stokan said nothing was imminent, but was confident that the Jackets will play in the game, whether in 2013 or beyond. Alabama is already committed to play in 2013 in the Georgia Dome. If Tech agrees to play, it would be in a second game against a different opponent, Stokan said.

“I think (Tech coach) Paul (Johnson) agrees, and (Tech athletic director) Dan (Radakovich) and myself that we want to find a way to get Georgia Tech in, and they definitely want to play in the game,” he said.

Stokan has sought a place for both Tech and Georgia in the game, first played in 2008. His matchmaking of Boise State and Georgia for the kickoff game this September resulted from a failed matchup of Tech and Southern California. Stokan said that USC coach Lane Kiffin was interested, as were Johnson and Radakovich. However, talks died after USC AD Mike Garrett was fired and replaced by Pat Haden, leaving Stokan to scramble to put together the Georgia-Boise State game.

Feel free to comment on Radakovich interview linked here.

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Saban

June 13th, 2011
7:23 pm

Now it can be told that the dawgs were second choice. Nothing new there.

Saban

June 13th, 2011
7:24 pm

Boise State 66 Dawgs 3

Worm

June 13th, 2011
7:35 pm

Saban, when’s cutdown..Almost time for those 96 or so to report.

run & shoot every now & then

June 13th, 2011
7:38 pm

Coach Johnson.
Can we please complete some passes this year ?

RambleOn84

June 13th, 2011
7:41 pm

Tech was also supposed to play in 2010 against UCLA, but UCLA backed out.

Patsy

June 13th, 2011
7:50 pm

If (perhaps when) the dogs lose their first game…will they be sad to start 0/1? Or will they be glad they found out the “old grey mare ain’t what she used to be”? Or just happy to collect all that $$$? (happy big doubtful!)

Is it true that any publicity is good? Even losing on TV?

Worm

June 13th, 2011
8:08 pm

looks like D Rad is spending Tech into oblivion..170 Million in debt.

dawgfan

June 13th, 2011
8:36 pm

Let’s hope Tech puts on a better performance than the last time it played in the Dome. What was it Techies, 38-3 I believe? Oh, and that goes for the Techie fans too. I remember Techies pitching one of their usual crybaby hissy fits and throwing things on the field. Classic Tech football folks.

Thanks.

dawgfan

June 13th, 2011
8:37 pm

Patsy, is it true that the joke of a football program on North Avenue has only beaten UGA once in 10 years? Is that true Patsy?

dog poop

June 13th, 2011
8:39 pm

let’s also hope the ugag dream team wins more than 6 especially if they face ucf in the liberty bowl again…..NOT

Dog Gone Crooks

June 13th, 2011
8:46 pm

Lets hope the Doggie poop team can count to 3…..Sylan Learning Center of Athens is a joke to the STUDENT part of student-athlete.

Dog Gone Crooks

June 13th, 2011
8:48 pm

Is it a joke that the Ugag football team has a collective IQ of 100? If you people had ANY integrity, you’d make everyone be able to READ before they were admitted to that EMBARRASSING football program. Raise NCAA STANDARDS NOW. Washaun “Speak n’ Say” Ealey and his type should NOT be in D-I football!!!!!!

dawgfan

June 13th, 2011
8:48 pm

20101 Preseason AP Top 25 rankings:

Georgia Tech #16

Georgia # 23

But somehow Tech fans have smoked enough crack to convince themselves that their 6-7 season was much better than ours.

Gotta love Tech fans. Dumb as a bag of rocks.

Outside Observer

June 13th, 2011
8:48 pm

dawgfan, Tech fans admitted that they were unprepared and overmatched. One team came ready to play and wanted to win. The other was just happy to be there. You certainly won’t hear any excuses out of me. However, if I wanted an excuse, I just need to talk to any muttlover. Injuries, refs, coaching, blah blah blah. The same old thing every year. Regardless of the outcome, stop the whining. No one wants to hear it.

Interesting....

June 13th, 2011
8:48 pm

TECHIES choose to make negative comments about Georgia as opposed to discussing the positive possibilities of their own program.

Distant Future

June 13th, 2011
8:52 pm

20101 Preseason AP Top 25???? ha. Numbers are hard.

Lumpkin Bumpkin

June 13th, 2011
8:54 pm

So UGA gets Boise State and GT gets USC or Bama? Can GT get a second tier Top 25 opponent as well?

Irony...

June 13th, 2011
8:58 pm

Define Irony….a poster with the name “dawgfan” calling GT fans “dumb as a bag of rocks” then talking about the 20101 NCAA football season

RambleOn84

June 13th, 2011
9:06 pm

No seriously, you need to define “irony” for dawgfan…he’s not so bright.

football_365

June 13th, 2011
9:19 pm

Save all the uga insults the offer is on the table does big bad paul johnson have the balls to play bama or does he have “bigger fish to fry”?

Outside Observer

June 13th, 2011
9:20 pm

Idiots… “Alabama is already committed to play in 2013 in the Georgia Dome. If Tech agrees to play, it would be in a second game against a different opponent, Stokan said.”

Red&Black

June 13th, 2011
9:21 pm

Difference is that DRad at Tech has attempted to get in the game but nobody wants to have to practice all summer on the Triple Option when they will not face it but once all year. Georgia on the other hand had to be begged to play in the game and would not until they found out it was Boise. We backed out on Oregon…were begged to play against Boise…with Richt as Coach we are more like poodles than Dawgs. Past time him and the AD were both shown the EXIT!!! And I did not even mention the top recruits leaving the state to Bama, Auburn, UF, FSU and even Clemson and South Carolina. Just tired of the rhetoric from him on excuses!!! Shoot am I the only one that watched the game with Colorado? Kentucky? Vandy (he is the only coach to have a top 20 team lose to Vandy in UGA history!!!

RambleOn84

June 13th, 2011
9:22 pm

Johnson hasn’t dodged anyone, nor will he…

b's

June 13th, 2011
9:25 pm

With PJ’s great recruiting skills, by 2013 Ga. State vs Bama would be a more attractive game.

GT 1

June 13th, 2011
9:25 pm

GT has never won in the Chic-Filet Dome—please dont !!! we dont need to start off losing and quit playing Georgia at night—only one win and that was because of Gary Lees kickoof return in 1985

JB

June 13th, 2011
9:30 pm

Make it against a SEC team. Gotta sell the tickets and fill the place up. Tech good for 20K+………..Maybe.

RambleOn84

June 13th, 2011
9:31 pm

I’ll say this much…whether it’s Tech, Georgia State, or whoever else plays Alabama, you can bet that they’ll be wearing all black. UGA sure provided the blueprint on how to intimidate those mean ol’ Crimson Tiders.

JB

June 13th, 2011
9:34 pm

Ramble………..you usually have class…. And by the way……….9 of the last 10. You know it ain’t fair….and we do to…….But it’s history….and we gotta keep playing ya’ll.

GT93

June 13th, 2011
9:36 pm

@Interesting …

“TECHIES choose to make negative comments about Georgia as opposed to discussing the positive possibilities of their own program.”

We have no choice, since the Athens school for the unwashed millions pumps out 45,000 students per year … that’s a lot of dogs barking. And if you’ve ever noticed, every GT blog in the AJC is usually overrun by their childish antics and provocations.

I’m speaking up in this case … but USUALLY, if given the choice between trying to reason with a pack of slobbering, barking, blithering idiots OR remaining silent … I’d choose to remain silent.

Thanks.

Outside Observer

June 13th, 2011
9:37 pm

JB pokes fun at Tech and it’s attendance problems, yet gets offended when Ramble talks about the failed blackout. Typical mutt…

football_365

June 13th, 2011
9:39 pm

Rambleon84 be honest if tech cant beat uga’s worst team in 14yrs how in the world do you expect them to compete with alabama?

Patsy

June 13th, 2011
9:48 pm

Dogfan, you just might wish you had called me…on you long ride back to Clarke county. But, your dogs might win and then all dogs will be barking barking barking!

JB

June 13th, 2011
9:51 pm

All kidding aside. I eat lunch with a Tech grad everyday. The downgrade in talent in Paul’s first three classes is alarming. Yes, there is a plum or two, but overall, It;s downgraded from Gailey. Yes, coaching is up, but going into year 4, most new hires would hopefully have a program on the up tick. Tech is not. Spin all you want to, call me an mutt, all the usual stuff you’re taught with your first rat hat. You know it true. The National press knows it’s true. Real Tech fans with a mind over heart knows it’s true.

RambleOn84

June 13th, 2011
9:52 pm

football_365,
You be honest. UGA needed a missed extra point to beat Tech’s worst team in 14 years. How do you expect UGA to compete with ANYONE?

I think both teams will continue to play our respective schedules. Fair with you?

maybe....

June 13th, 2011
9:52 pm

maybe GT stands a chance against UGA or an SEC team in 20101

George Stein

June 13th, 2011
9:54 pm

Thanks for the comments, JB. I think we’ll take our chances this year.

Tech’s problems last year were the result (primarily) of learning a new system they were not equipped to run and bad luck (fumbles) on offense. I expect them to be much improved this year.

I would love to play Auburn or South Carolina in the Dome in 2013.

RambleOn84

June 13th, 2011
9:54 pm

JB,
You can say all you want that PJ’s recruiting is down, but the numbers don’t agree with you. Someone with far more time on their hands than myself compiled the numbers…check ‘em out.

The AJC won’t let me post the links, but you can Google it: coaches by the numbers paul johnson

Somewhere over the Dwayne Bowe

June 13th, 2011
9:55 pm

Well, if the national press says it’s true, then it must be!

RambleOn84

June 13th, 2011
9:56 pm

But basically, you can go look at the recruiting sites and compare Johnson’s classes to those of Gailey. Outside of the ONE class Gailey brought in in 2007, his classes were all worse than Johnson’s worst year. But people remember the one good year Gailey had.

JB

June 13th, 2011
9:58 pm

With seven pre season mags out, Tech is averaging mid forties in the top 120 div 1 list. 3rd in their ACC division. I guess they are all wrong about Tech?

George Stein

June 13th, 2011
9:58 pm

Don’t confuse people with facts, Ramble!

?Mysterion?

June 13th, 2011
10:00 pm

Should bring in Notre Dame. GT/Notre Dame is always a good sell.

RambleOn84

June 13th, 2011
10:00 pm

JB,
In 2008 Tech was picked 12th out of 12 teams by SI and not much better by any other publications. UGA was picked #1 in the nation by many publications. So yeah, sure, preseason mags know all.

JB

June 13th, 2011
10:00 pm

I would use this year getting that kid from North Carolina on the field and ready for 2012. You have a coach for life. please tell me you are not starting , Is his name Washington……..Gads.

RambleOn84

June 13th, 2011
10:01 pm

The truth is just so hard to digest, George…

#1

June 13th, 2011
10:01 pm

Hey – you guys remember what happened that year that UGA was picked by national media to finish #1????

George Stein

June 13th, 2011
10:01 pm

Uh, UGA is typically ranked in the preseason Top 25, JB. I’m pretty sure they were wrong about them the past two seasons.

I have no idea whether they are wrong. No one does. I think they are but time will tell.

JB

June 13th, 2011
10:02 pm

Ramble………I’m talking Tech…………….We’ve got our own problems in Athens………But I do think our D will be much improved. I hope so. I don’t know if we can score….LOL

RambleOn84

June 13th, 2011
10:03 pm

That was nice how you completely switched topics when you realized how wrong your argument was, JB…you might have a promising career in politics.

Somewhere over the Dwayne Bowe

June 13th, 2011
10:04 pm

Using JB’s logic, we shouldn’t even play the games. Just ask Phil Steele what he thinks (dark horse for the national championship, anyone?).