Tech to make football hire soon

Georgia Tech will probably fill its coaching vacancy this week, coach Paul Johnson said.

The coach will replace co-offensive line coach Todd Spencer, who resigned Jan. 27 after violating NCAA rules banning text messages to prospects and their guardians or parents. Johnson would not offer more detail about the hire and did not specify which position he would coach.

“I have not offered anybody the job yet, but I probably will in the next day or two,” he said Tuesday.

Johnson did say that he did not foresee any more changes on the staff. He said he interviewed “three or four” candidates, and that he didn’t have a prior working relationship with all of them.

He laughed at the rumor that former Maryland coach and Tech offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen had been a possibility.

“There wasn’t any truth to that,” he said.

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HighTech

February 29th, 2012
10:38 am

Who has Coach Johnson interviewed?

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
10:42 am

I wish he wouldn’t laugh at the suggestion of Friedgen; I wish he would take it seriously and approach him about the position.

Not Disappointed

February 29th, 2012
10:42 am

Coach Ralph would be refreshing for sure! I am of the opinion Ralph couldn’t recruit that well at Maryland, but with Georgia recruits, he would be a God! Go Jackets!

Not Disappointed

February 29th, 2012
10:45 am

I agree Supersize. The QB’s would learn from one of the best! He does know the option as well.

FL Jacket

February 29th, 2012
10:46 am

Supersize…

Too many egos are not always the best thing. Besides, our extra cash for a big-name Asst Coach is all going towards the Paul Hewitt early-retirement fund…

juvenal

February 29th, 2012
10:51 am

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FL Jacket

February 29th, 2012
10:55 am

I’m guessing this is going to be a young, energetic offensive (probably OL) coach who can bust his tail on the recruiting trail.

Dark horse pick…Joe Hamilton

(Joe would be pretty awesome to have back into our coaching staff, but it probably never would get considered)

juvenal

February 29th, 2012
10:57 am

too wobbly yet-nzaa?-could help wrs too-if he cared what we thought, he’d tweak the O…..

Joe

February 29th, 2012
10:58 am

If the Fridge came in, CPJ and him would get into atleast 3 fist fights a week over the last piece of fired chicken in the bucket. It just wouldnt work and nobody’s stealin CPJ’s last piece of chicken…not even Chuck Norris…

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:00 am

If Friedgen and O’Leary could get along and produce, then I’m sure Friedgen and Johnson could get along too.

FL Jacket

February 29th, 2012
11:04 am

Supersize…

Friedgen and O’Leary had a previous working relationship on Bobby Ross’ staff at Tech and the San Diego Chargers…and when they were both much younger. Bringing in a former HC to coach a position would be pretty unprecidented and maybe not the dip in income that CRF would be comfortable with.

o'keefe

February 29th, 2012
11:14 am

Friedgen can’t and will not coach the triple option.AND Johnson is not about to give it up. idon’t blamehim. He has had a lot of success w/ the triple O.

blazer

February 29th, 2012
11:19 am

Hire the off. cord. from Air Force-he could teach multiple sets that they run.
Same plays from different sets.

Johnson would still call the plays.

Ghost

February 29th, 2012
11:19 am

Didn’t Joe Ham get fired from the staff in 2008 for his dui , marijuana possession thing? Would they bring him back after that. Not a Flame just a question?

ToeMeetsLeather

February 29th, 2012
11:20 am

Would still like to see a special teams emphasis with this hire. We don’t seem to do anything well during that third of the game. I guess it will help moving the kick-off up five yards and placing the touchback at the 25. We still need to see a vast improvement in special teams to better our eight wins from 11′.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:22 am

o’keefe, why would it be unprecedented??? Remember Al Groh? He was head coach at UVA and is now an assistant at Tech. Stranger things have happened, although I don’t expect it to happen now; just wishful thinking. And Friedgen CAN coach the triple option; he operated out of the basic option MANY times at Tech and even on occasion used the wishbone.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:23 am

@ Ghost, fair question, and I would think the answer would be that Joe would not even be considered. But who knows?

gt4ever

February 29th, 2012
11:24 am

I’ll bet he laughed…. Coach Friedgen could save this program from anymore embarrassment… But as we have all learned, Coach Johnson has a bigger EGO than most coaches…. It’s really pretty pathetic…

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:25 am

Most of my 11:22 post should have been directed to FL Jacket, not o’keefe, but there was something there for both of you

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:26 am

gt4ever, we all know you don’t like Johnson, but who knows why he laughed? He didn’t say why, you know. It is possible that he laughed because he didn’t think that Friedgen would ever even consider it.

John

February 29th, 2012
11:35 am

I miss the Fridge at Tech. Wish he could have been the one.

gt4ever

February 29th, 2012
11:35 am

Your right Super…. Whatever the reason he laughed, Johnson would NEVER admit he has FAILED…. I guess the fact that winning in big league football has escaped this man… A head coach is there to put the right people in place to give your team the best chance to win. Al Groh at DC is OK… Ralph at OC running a competent offense would help the whole team with its recruiting… It would change the complexion of GT football immediately…. Jeez, we might even beat someone good more than once a season… Hell, we may even beat UGA once in 5, instead of the pathetic record we have now… But this is all Hyperbole, and we still have MORONS like Okeefe that think this coach has been successful with the Triple O…. I mean Good Grief….

HighTech

February 29th, 2012
11:36 am

I take it he was laughing at the way rumors spread.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:38 am

gt4ever, not that I am in the least bit satisfied with it, but Johnson has already beat UGA once in 4. He at least has done more than Gailey did in that regard.

GT07

February 29th, 2012
11:38 am

I don’t see Friedgen coming to be a possible co-offensive line coach, unless CPJ changed it to co-offensive coordinator. I don’t see that, as no one touches CPJ’s option, not even Chuck Norris.

HighTech

February 29th, 2012
11:39 am

CPJ is 1-3 vs UGA.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:41 am

Didn’t O’Leary hire Tenuta, or did Gailey make that hire. IF O’Leary hired him, then that alone would show that an arrogant, stubborn coach can and will do what’s best for the team. Johnson may be arrogant and stubborn (nobody would argue that), but I DO think he wants what’s best for the team.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:42 am

Actually, I think Gailey hired Tenuta, so my previous argument is moot, but I still think Johnson wants what’s best for the team, no matter how stubborn and arrogant he is.

gt4ever

February 29th, 2012
11:43 am

Aaahh, the eternal optimist, Super… I really hope your right, but I will respectfully disagree with your assessment of our football program…. Here is hoping we can beat a couple of good teams next year, and maybe win a bowl game… :)

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:45 am

gt4ever, we disagree on a lot of things, but I have come to believe that you want the best also. I personally think we are going to see some big improvement this year. IF I am right, I just wish I knew you personally so I could make you eat humble pie. LOL

gt4ever

February 29th, 2012
11:47 am

I will be the first to admit I am wrong… Promise! LOL

4th and Long Gone

February 29th, 2012
11:47 am

I vote for Ron Zook. Put him in charge of recruiting and help out on defense.

ToeMeetsLeather

February 29th, 2012
11:48 am

Could easily be 3-1 HighTech (or 0-4 for that matter). Due to Washington’s poor play, this past year was the only year we didn’t compete with the “nadlickers” and I fully expect that to change with Lee’s emergence.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:49 am

I’m just not sure how it would take for you to come to that conclusion. I don’t look for an undefeated record next year, so what would it take? A win over UGA? (We DO tend to play them better in Athens for some reason) An ACC championship? (I think Clemson will be our biggest hurdle there) A bowl win? (We both desperately want that)

Tokyo jacket

February 29th, 2012
11:52 am

I’m convinced Johnson wants what’s best for the team, no doubt. What’s best for the team is winning and getting kids in class, and that’s what Johnson is all about. Why wouldn’t he want that?

As far as Joe Ham goes, he could fit into the system as someone who can teach how to throw the long ball, read the option (as he did), and connect the program to “glory years.” That said, I don’t think he’ll be offered. But, I’d say that he’s served his pennance and is not necessarily off the table.

gt4ever

February 29th, 2012
11:52 am

@toemeetsleather

UGA could have scored 100 points on us this year…… BTW, it is NEVER just one player. To Washington’s defense, the kid is in way over his head, but he plays his heart out every time he hits the field… That’s really all anybody can ask…. I really wish it was as simple as replacing the QB…

Technically Correct

February 29th, 2012
11:53 am

“From the Rumble Seat” editor says in today’s edition that the Tech coaching staff expects Vad Lee to be the QB come this fall.

You guys amaze me...

February 29th, 2012
11:53 am

…when you even DREAM about Ralph coming back to coach a triple option offense – he has no clue about what those things consist of, and as many here have pointed out, CPJ is not about to share any success with another coach on his staff – at least supesize admits that Johnson is arrogant and stubborn…

hashbrown joe

February 29th, 2012
11:56 am

so a uga girl is now adding to uga’s infamous vye for the fuller cup this year.

she put hash brown in her pants? what no banana? next go will be cucumber cause it has more girth.

she could teach the football players at uga a thing or too i bet.

Smyrna Gold

February 29th, 2012
11:56 am

gt4ever
we’re looking at 6 – 6 in 2012, at best. IMO

Now why,Ttechnically correct...

February 29th, 2012
11:56 am

…would ANY coaching staff verbalize during the off-season that they “expect” someone oother than a returning incumbent QB to be the starter next year? That, sir, is really bad reporting if, indeed, the story you quote is true…

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:56 am

gt4ever, I agree with your assessment of Washington, but I DO think a good QB will make a helleva lot of difference. We are all putting our hopes in Vad Lee, and it would seem that he is a good passer, but nobody has asked the question yet as to whether he can run the offense, and in particular the option. The freshman we signed looks to offer more overall hope in those two areas, plus he can pass too. But I look for him to be redshirted this year.

HighTech

February 29th, 2012
11:56 am

ToeMeetsLeather

February 29th, 2012
11:48 am
Could easily be 3-1 HighTech (or 0-4 for that matter). Due to Washington’s poor play, this past year was the only year we didn’t compete with the “nadlickers” and I fully expect that to change with Lee’s emergence.
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Or 4-0. Last year’s game was close until we iced our own kicker. It was all downhill from there. The scores in Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate have been close more times than not. Any UGA fan who calls GT a cupcake or patsy on their schedule is being disingenuous.

CPJ to make hire this week

February 29th, 2012
11:57 am

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I see...

February 29th, 2012
11:58 am

…Tech going 8-4 next year, with losses to VT, Clemson, UGA, and either UVA or UM…

Supersize that order, mutt

February 29th, 2012
11:58 am

@ “….amaze….” you don’t know much about Friedgen, do you. He had probably run just about every kind of offensive set there is in his coaching career. Like I said earlier, there were even a few times while he was at Tech, that he used the wishbone. If he can coach a wishbone, he can also coach the triple option.

biggest ego i have seen on this block

February 29th, 2012
11:59 am

is in a tie between WnE and gt4ever.

hey gt i think it is time for you to jump ship and start rooting for the dawgs if you think our coach is so pathetic.

Tokyo jacket

February 29th, 2012
12:00 pm

gt4ver, why do you hate CPJ so much? He’s much better than his predecessor and I personally saw a lot of improvement last year. Unless you’re Nick Saban and cutting underperforming players every year, who wouldn’t take a dive after losing 4 players early to the NFL? And not just 4 players, but 3 players who have all played in the playoffs, 2 who have been in the Super Bowl, 1 who has a ring, and a first round pick!

Uh, supersize...

February 29th, 2012
12:00 pm

…the wishbone IS a triple option offense – DUH…

FL Jacket

February 29th, 2012
12:02 pm

Supersize…

Justin Thomas and Dennis Andrews will be redshirted and they’ll probably duke it out for the #2 spot next spring, and then the one that doesn’t make it will be moved to A-back. I think the quality of QB recruits will only get better (like Juwaan Williams from Tucker in 2013).

The QB makes this offense go, and having the same line with an additional year of experience and weight training will help.