Radakovich “entrenched” at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich denied a report that Tennessee was interested in making him their next athletic director.

Volquest.com, a website devoted to Tennessee athletics, reported on Friday that the Volunteers were interested in hiring Radakovich as their athletic director until the NCAA report came out on Thursday in which the Yellow Jackets were stripped of their 2009 ACC championship in football, put on four years of probation and fined $100,000. In the report, the NCAA said that Tech tried to manipulate player interviews with investigators and that Radakovich had improper conversations with football coach Paul Johnson regarding an on-going investigation.

Radakovich’s name has been linked in the past to many openings, including the a.d. job at Miami.

“I don’t know where this comes from,” Radakovich said. “I’ve never spoken to Tennessee. I’ve got enough on my plate here. I wish them well with whatever they are looking to do.”

To eliminate any nuance, Radakovich said that neither he, nor anyone representing him, has spoken to Tennessee, or anyone representing the Vols, about any position in Knoxville.

Radakovich said on Thursday that he is entrenched in Atlanta and hopes to work at the Institute for as long as President G.P. Peterson will allow.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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July 15th, 2011
6:24 pm

I don’t think the report said he “tried to”, it say “They Think”


July 15th, 2011
6:26 pm

OSU was not penalized for the games dez bryant played in before he was ruled ineligible…..


July 15th, 2011
6:30 pm

So someone wants out AD – he wouldn’t be too good if no one did huh? Enough BS already – I’m ready for some football regardless of what has happen the past few day. Full Steam ahead boys.


July 15th, 2011
6:32 pm

Weapons, drugs, academic fraud…now this. It appears the techies need a warden rather than an AD at that pen.

Wes Durham's Gigantic Bottom

July 15th, 2011
6:33 pm

He is entrenched now because he is tainted by the stain of being the cause of his school being on probation. No other school would hire him now. His days at Tech are numbered…..he intentionally disregarded the NCAA’s instructions about communicating about the investigation…….


July 15th, 2011
7:11 pm

Thankfully we can still fill out a backfield.

Steal the clothes next time

July 15th, 2011
7:44 pm

yeah that is too bad about Demaryius Thomas and the $300 gift of clothes. Too bad the Pastor Uncle that became his guardian a few years ago didn’t shop around and receive 6 figures for the first round draft choice to play at the school that came up with the cash. Also too bad, Demaryius didn’t just steal the clothes and if the police came to the door asking about it, all he had to do is just throw the clothes out the window, Then all would be hunky dory today. NCAA wouldn’t have a problem with either.


July 15th, 2011
7:56 pm

I don’t see how these sanctions are going to stand. Reading the NCAA report and talking to people within the athletic department, it just seems like the NCAA is more pissed that they really didn’t find anything and that Tech essentially told them to f off.

The only thing the NCAA has is that D. Thomas did received $312 in clothing that was never worn and still have the tags. They have no definitive evidence on who gave D. Thomas the clothing and have absolutely nothing on M. Burnett. They also have no proof that the players were coached on how to conduct their interviews other than the fact that D. Radakovich told Coach Johnson about the investigation.

If the Jackets value their integrity at all, they would find a way to appeal this with a third party in order to prevent the NCAA from abusing its power.

Mister Clean

July 15th, 2011
8:31 pm

He was also alleged to be in the middle of the baseball player DUI coverup this past season. Looks like he is consistent. A real first class guy. He obviously doesn’t get that Tech is about doing things RIGHT. He is clearly more about winning at all cost then hoping no one knows the real story than winning right. Imagine over substance.


July 15th, 2011
8:46 pm

The NCAA has lost their mind. GT really needs to fight back and not take this one like a wet-noodle.


July 15th, 2011
9:18 pm

Well, he did come from LSU. Big Easy, all that. To be fair though, LSU’s one of only two SEC programs to have no NCAA infractions since the conference expanded to 12 schools. At least, I read that somewhere.


July 15th, 2011
9:29 pm

Embattled AD?



July 15th, 2011
9:44 pm

Rads is still the Man. MJC is right and GT should fight these charges.
Mister clean you are a alleged liar..No cover up and if you can prove otherwise let’s see the proof. Go play with your dawgs.

Tech Guy

July 15th, 2011
9:49 pm

ADRad should go!

Gen Neyland

July 15th, 2011
10:26 pm

‘Radakovich said on Thursday that he is entrenched in Atlanta…’ is AD code-speak for ‘When they slap the buy-out check in my palm, I’m outta here…


July 15th, 2011
10:29 pm

DRAD is a good AD…even though he should have canned Phewitt years ago.


July 15th, 2011
11:08 pm

We appreciate you Mr. Radakovich and we are very pleased with your track record/decisions at GT.


July 15th, 2011
11:21 pm

Oh damn, I’m a UGA fan and I hate this happening to tech so much I just can’t quit reading more and more, Keep those cards and letters coming……


July 16th, 2011
12:02 am

I think both Peterson & D-Rad are probably entrenched for a while, but if they don’t appeal they should be fired. I know we don’t have a lot of $, but I would spare no expense in hiring the top lawyer to appeal. I have a serious problem for the NCAA nailing us for not sitting them, when I believe the week of the UGA game last yr, the NCAA recommended that AU sit Scam, but AU told them to F off. Their punishment is a MNC.

ramblin man

July 16th, 2011
1:36 am

DRad is our AD, and a heck of an AD too if you ask my opinion. He made a mistake here, and he admitted it. However, the bigger mistake was made by the NCAA when they made their punishment for tech so darn heavy.
Anyway, bottom line: It’d be a shame if Radakovich left. I don’t care what has happened, because he is one heck of an AD and the right guy for the job.


July 16th, 2011
5:54 am

I hope gt keeps Radakovich.

I like the direction gt is heading under his leadership.


Stinger 2

July 16th, 2011
5:58 am

sam: you sound like a typical UGA fan…a trash talker deluxe. Can you really read at all?
The headline “embattled” seems to be totally misused here.
DRad is going nowhere.


July 16th, 2011
6:56 am

sam, nzaa still so funny if they try to hammer y’all for a illegal photo-op & accidental text? they are still pondering cam, what if they sit crowell for that picture.the nzaa is a bigger enemy than any other school…..


July 16th, 2011
8:04 am

DRAD not talking to the Vols??? Good one, guys! I believe it’s the other way around!


July 16th, 2011
8:22 am

I feel bad for Tech fans today. You were made an example of by the NCAA and got popped for lying about what was a pretty silly recruiting infraction for a program that struggles to even make an effective recruiting class. Now, you face the realization that you’re stuck with an AD that doesn’t want you, but can’t get another job. Sad.

[...] Embattled Georgia Tech athletic director says he has not talked to Tennessee [...]


July 16th, 2011
9:15 am

If he’s denied talking with Tenn…that really means he has. He’s a lyer.

A comparison

July 16th, 2011
9:25 am

MARTA and the Atlanta public school system and Georgia Tech sports all have common traits. All 3 believe that their product is fabulous, when the test scores, bottom $ line w/l record show otherwise.

All 3 will do or say ANYTHING to advance their cause.

All 3 are poor to mediocre at best.

All 3 are laughing stocks across the USA.

All 3 are in total denial.

All 3 desperately need Obama to cheer them on.


July 16th, 2011
9:25 am

Lying & Cheating: Proud GT traditions that are sure to continue with DRAD at the helm.


July 16th, 2011
9:40 am

Puppydawg I would be real careful throwing those rocks if I were you.

I am still waiting for the NCAA to wake up on the APS cheating deal. Seems to me that every college including Tech that has athletes on their roster from APS have altered grades, a NCAA violation. How many of those athletes could qualify without their grades being altered? While you are worrying about a, one time event,300 dollar gift, never taken by the receiver, you may have 200 or more ineligible players all over the country playing college football.


July 16th, 2011
9:47 am

Maybe Rad should quit the AD at Tech and run the NCAA, we would all be better off. He is our man and we support him. His body of work at Tech has been historic.

Harvey D. Pooka

July 16th, 2011
9:55 am

No one person is responsible for the troubles and no one person can oversee the entire program. The program and the AD are only as good as the support staff allows it to be. Somebody needs to step in and step up and make sure we are in compliance.

St. Richt

July 16th, 2011
10:19 am

Pleased with his decisions at Tech? Outside of hiring Paul Johnson, what has he done other than get us on 4 years probation and raise ticket prices?? And don’t congratulate him for firing Paul Hewitt as that was done 2 years too late after our basketball team had become a national non-factor like it is today.

Why would Tennessee want to talk to him? Fresh off the NCAA scandal? Don’t think they of all people could afford that…

St. Richt

July 16th, 2011
10:20 am

Sorry, guys, but based on my read of the NCAA sanctions it would appear that D Rad IS THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE. Mistake 1 was telling CPJ and the gigantic mistake 2 was not telling him that he couldn’t talk to the players in question. Sounds to me like this one is squarely on D Rad.

St. Richt

July 16th, 2011
10:21 am

The Vols would be a good fit, though, since they don’t seem to care what the NCAA thinks.


July 16th, 2011
10:39 am

GT, if/when we’re affected by the APS scandal, we’ll deal with it as necessary. Until then, you and those of your ilk should be prepared for more rocks coming your way. This is just beginning and will likely get worse before it gets better. You guys jump at every opportunity to bash UGA and now, you have the nerve to tell me that I should not reciprocate. You take hypocrisy to a whole new level.

Good job

July 16th, 2011
11:01 am

Man, you guys were all over this Ga. Tech story. When did you learn about it, after the sanctions were announced?

Now, now ............look at CPJ's record

July 16th, 2011
11:03 am

CPJ has won no ACC Championship and his bowl record is horrific. He has lost to UGA two times in an era in which UGA is historically awful ..09, 2010. He recruits no big name kids and his wishbone O is a thing of the past. Athletic teams like LSU or Iowa or UGA, Miami or VaTech, FSU or others can defeat is 8 out of 10 times. Yes, lately, FSU has also been bad for their historical standards.

These facts are far more important than what DRad has or has not done.

This same time next year ……………….GT will be saying” we had better win 5 or 6 or CPJ will be gone.”



July 16th, 2011
11:21 am

The biggest lesson to be learned from this is that it absolutely sucks to be a Georgia Tech fan. They play ineligible players and STILL can’t beat Georgia. They can’t win a bowl game. They win one crummy little All Crap Conference title and even that gets taken away from them. I say its time for Tech to cut its losses and shut down the football program.


July 16th, 2011
11:32 am

Meanwhile, tech is “entrenched” in lies, cheating, and decades of losing in football. Say it ain’t so, nerds!

Golden White

July 16th, 2011
11:41 am

I for one am very disappointed in Dan Radakovich . Sure , I like him better then our last AD who settled for just being ” mediocre ” and told us that we should be happy winning 7 games on any given year . But Dan Radakovich certainly bungled this investigation and I hold him responsible for the penalties that the NCAA handed down to the football
program . Which part of ” Don’t tell anybody about this ” did he not understand ?
What he did was make a bad decision and it makes me wonder if the timing [ UGA game, ACC Championship game & Orange Bowl ] had any weight in that decision making process . Anyway it was just plain stupid for something this small to get all blowed up out of proportion like it did .
Should Dan Radakovich be allowed to remain at the helm of GT Athletic’s ?
For me it would mean that the $100,000 penalty would come out of his pocket and also
freezing his wages for the duration of the probation period . And I am being compassionate here . Likewise , I made a stupid decision one time in my job and it cost me my job . My mistake did not bring embarrassment to the company I worked for or cost them in any financial manner . But I did learn my lesson .
I as a GT fan and all Alum’s should be embarrassed about this revelation that our program is not conducting business above reproach .

Golden White

July 16th, 2011
11:45 am

Good Job @ 11:01

I agree . This story came out of nowhere .

Old Blind Dawg

July 16th, 2011
12:04 pm

@MJC you are trying to apply logic – something the NCAA doesn’t exercise. The pattern is well established. The NCAA plays favorites based on the money the program brings in.

Proof is in the pudding. AJ Green breaks a pretty meaningless rule. UGA self reports and suspends AJ until the NCAA can clear him. The NCAA smacks AJ with a four game suspension. OSU admits 5 starters broke numerous rules (some major) and rules they can serve their punishment when it is convenient for OSU. Follow the money…………………..

The NCAA is corrupt and sucks – no way around it.


July 16th, 2011
12:24 pm

Please with his body of work??? Are you Fin kidding me? I am COMPLETELY embarrassed by what this idiot let happen on his watch. I have great pride in my school. I sacrificed alot in my life getting a degree from Georgia Tech & always prided the school has haveing the highest integrity. Now this. He hires an arrogant coach with an ancient system that NO worthy recruit wants to play in. Fails to can Blewitt until he totally wrecked the BB program. Wow, I’m impressed.

Big E

July 16th, 2011
12:54 pm

This really shouldn’t come as that big of a surpise. I mean, Radakovich did come from an SEC school (LSU) prior to GT. So he was learned in the art of deception and hiding. It’s a prerequisite for being an SEC AD/Asst. AD (except for Vandy). Really, what SEC school hasn’tdone this as well recently, minus Vandy??

Here's a guy who failed math class...

July 16th, 2011
1:03 pm

Now, now …………look at CPJ’s record

July 16th, 2011
11:03 am
….. Athletic teams like LSU or Iowa or UGA, Miami or VaTech, FSU or others can defeat is 8 out of 10 times….
CPJ’s records against these teams
LSU 0-1 Iowa 0-1 UGA 1-2 Miami 2-1 VT 1-2 FSU 2-0
Overall 6-7
I guess Clemson aren’t an athletic team, even though they are loaded with NFL prospects every year – CPJ is 3-1 versus them


July 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

If DRad leaves, maybe we can hire the red panty waving, breathalyzer failing, cop bribing former AD at UGA.


July 16th, 2011
1:38 pm

jeff, nobody says CPJ knew anything-chan’s guys are the target, the type of guys some folks say we need more of, 1st rounders, though these kids become huge targets for the greedy.when the wagons are circled, you with the indians?

Dr. Love

July 16th, 2011
2:03 pm

These are tough times to be a Jacket. If we could actually win some games instead of having to surrender titles, it might not be so tough. My friend in the AD says that there HAVE been contacts from another school to DR, and that we are putting out feelers of our own to make a change, if it is necessary.

GT CE 80

July 16th, 2011
2:15 pm

Looking at the glass half full, this may actually be good in that it may keep DRAD at GT. I couldn’t have blamed him for taking a job like UT, given the difference in budgets. But even with this, I still don’t think there could be a better AD for GT than DRAD. Go Jackets!