Radakovich on playoffs, scheduling, realignment

Greetings-

Hopefully you read the story that was posted after the Georgia Tech Caravan event Tuesday night at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. Pretty good information that came out of it. I’ll post some more notes from what Dan Radakovich had to say, including some stuff he told Kelly Quinlan of Rivals and me afterwards, and then get to Paul Johnson, Brian Gregory and MaChelle Joseph Thursday.

1. He said it has been a “good, not great” year for Tech athletics. He said that after the superior 2009-10 year, it’s hard to repeat that level of success. He noted the growth of a number of programs, men’s basketball in particular.

“Certainly, women’s basketball, they were part of the solution, but when you look at the totality – two ACC championships, women’s basketball going to the Sweet 16, I think all in all, it was a good year,” he said.

2. Radakovich took part in the BCS meetings in April. He said that each answer to each question only presented more questions and discussion.

“It’s a very difficult circumstance to work through all of the different issues that come up as you deal with the BCS,” he said.

For instance, if bowls will be used as the semifinal sites for a four-team playoff (assuming the championship is a non-bowl event), how are those two bowls chosen? What happens with the other two BCS bowls (among Fiesta, Rose, Orange and Sugar) the years they’re not hosting a semifinal?

If it’s on campus, what happens if a school with a small stadium like Wake Forest hosts the game?

How will the teams be chosen? How will money be divided?

Radakovich’s preference is for the bowls to be a part of the playoff to keep them as a reward for players. Of the proposal to put semifinals on campus, “that one, I just haven’t been able to wrap my arms around,” he said.

Regarding the criticism of bowls that they’re a money-loser for schools, Radakovich said that, “first of all, it’ll be a lot more money (with a playoff), but I have to tell you that the school may have lost money on that individual event, but because of their conference revenue share, they never lost money.”

As for selecting teams, “I think it’s really hard to move away from the current circumstance of how the BCS is done. I think there needs to be some adjustment to the formula, but as I stand here today, I couldn’t exactly say what those adjustments might be.”

Radakovich has an issue with the influence of preseason rankings on end-of-season rankings, i.e., that a team that starts off at No. 5 or 10 has an easier path to getting to No. 1 than a team that starts off unranked. His suggestion was that if teams must be ranked preseason, then include 25 teams without ranking, just listed alphabetically. I have to say that’s the first time I’ve ever heard that.

3. Radakovich said “it’s going to be very difficult” for Tech to play in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game. The primary obstacle is that when Syracuse and Pitt join the ACC (expected in 2013), league teams will play a nine-game schedule. With Tech committed to playing Georgia annually, Radakovich and coach Paul Johnson don’t want to pick up another BCS conference opponent.

Johnson did bring up something interesting. He apparently had a discussion with an ESPN representative at the league meetings who was curious what fans would think of playing the Georgia-Georgia Tech game early in the season (presumably in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game). He asked those attending the caravan event, and didn’t get much of a reaction.

4. Regarding speculation and reports about ACC schools jumping or trying to jump to the Big 12, Radakovich said that “a lot of folks write things that are on the Internet that may or may not have great qualifications to do so. I found out two days ago that I was in Dallas, and I wasn’t.”

That said, Radakovich said that he and school president G.P.BudPeterson “continue to monitor the situation. We look at it from Georgia Tech’s standpoint and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s standpoint. We do discuss it, look at the landscape.”

He doesn’t foresee change in membership, reiterating the unanimity expressed by league members in support of the league.

He said that expansion “could be” part of the ACC’s future, but noted that the league’s expansion committee is not meeting and wouldn’t unless commissioner John Swofford re-activated the committee. The league probably wouldn’t make any moves at least until the football playoff format is resolved.

“Until there’s a little more clarity as far as that’s concerned, I just think that we need to take a deep breath and say, ‘O.K., let’s see how this one major change is going to work before other things occur.’”

5. Regarding a possible bowl alliance for the ACC champion, Radakovich said that will be a topic of discussion for a conference call of league athletic directors this week. He said that league associate commissioner Michael Kelly has been working on “trying to set something up similar to what you had seen announced last Friday with the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12.”

6. The department will almost certainly schedule next year’s spring game for Friday, following the success of this year’s experiment. Radakovich said some things will need to be adjusted, but “I think it’s found a home.”

7. Following McCamish Pavilion, the renovation of the tennis facilities and possible work on the golf practice facilities, no more upgrades or builds are planned. The Bobby Dodd Dome will have to wait, apparently. (kidding)

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

113 comments Add your comment

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May 23rd, 2012
11:22 am

the acc should look at making a number of changes, and dropping back to an 8 game schedule to assure an extra home game against a non-acc team each year should be discussed in depth.

Taylor King

May 23rd, 2012
11:24 am

Great stuff Ken. Any idea of which conference ACC will align itself with? Only one left is Big East but you don’t want to align with them. Would putting ACC Champion with 2nd place from SEC or Big 10 concede big time status?

Eon

May 23rd, 2012
11:33 am

@WWW. I think the new contract with ESPN stipulates 9 conference games.

ptcdawg

May 23rd, 2012
11:46 am

I didn’t realize that Wake was the fly in the ointment for a playoff. I’m sure the NCAA would love to have GT and their 54,000seats (40,000 fans) play in a semi-final game. I would be willing to bet four hot dogs and four cokes that GT will not be in the playoffs in the next 10 years. Of course, I’m 64 and my son might have to collect the winnings.

p.s. congrats to GT on having 17,000 fans at their spring game and calling it a success.

www

May 23rd, 2012
11:55 am

how sad that a 64 year old retiree has gotten lost online and thinks he is on a blog for the DWAGS where someone might care what he thinks.

not to worry, ptcdwag, uga doesn’t have to worry about the logistics of a playoff for the next few decades. 1981 was how many years ago?

www

May 23rd, 2012
11:57 am

@ eon, that’s yet another reason toe revisit the new espn contract. also, the increase in money is so backloaded that it amounts to a very small increase with inflation taken into account. the acc offices need lessons in contract negotiations.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
12:05 pm

ptcdwag may be 64 years old, but he has the brains and maturity of a 12 year old child. Wisdom certainly didn’t come with age in his case

89Jacket

May 23rd, 2012
12:22 pm

ptcdawg: Seriously? 64 years old? What a sad statement for the dawg nation. When I’m 64 years old, I’ll be retired and traveling the world. I will not be posting nonsense on a sports forum. I’ll feel a lot better if you come back later and admit that you do not have a college degree. Otherwise, this will be truly distressing.

Jmonty

May 23rd, 2012
12:38 pm

I wonder how many doggie fans troll on this blog versus make good comments on their own blog? It’s easier to tear others down than build your own self up, I guess.

Burdell

May 23rd, 2012
12:49 pm

I really doubt ptcdawg can afford to retire at 64.

Interesting article Ken, thanks. I always like to hear what DRAD has to say.

GT Rich

May 23rd, 2012
12:57 pm

Big 10 vs ACC would be a huge TV draw. There are a ton of Mich, Ohio St, Mich St fans in Atlanta so the match up could be in Ga Dome on New Years Day. Plus, snowbirds like getting out of the cold for a warm getaway. Big revenue maker for both conferences…

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:00 pm

GT Rich, have you been outside on New Years Day in Atlanta? It is not always so warm. But I DO get your point and agree.

FL Jacket

May 23rd, 2012
1:01 pm

In early 2011, the Big 12 was already left for dead once Nebraska and Colordao left. Since then, they’ve lost Texas A&M and Mizzou yet still are going to shake out as being the 2nd richest conference (adding West Virginia and TCU in the process).

GT will likely be a member of either the Big 10 (B1G), Big 12, or SEC if the reward outweighs leaving the ACC…and we really shouldn’t worry.

5 star recruits, 2 star results

May 23rd, 2012
1:01 pm

PTC, how about a win-win situation. Tech makes the playoffs in the first year, and you are not around to see it. Nothing but upside if you ask me.

FL Jacket

May 23rd, 2012
1:07 pm

If I were DRad, I would be talking about setting up a bowl game where the runner-up from the Conference title game matches up against the Conference runner up from either the Pac12 or B1G.

HighTech

May 23rd, 2012
1:08 pm

With Tech committed to playing Georgia annually, Radakovich and coach Paul Johnson don’t want to pick up another BCS conference opponent.
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Lame. Schedule opponents that will help fill BDS. I would rather see Tech vs Auburn than Tech vs Presbyterian. Scheduling cupcakes is a disservice to the fans. Tech vs Tennessee or USCe would be huge, too.

BigTimeTECHFan

May 23rd, 2012
1:11 pm

They should set up rivalry week as ACC vs SEC every year
All ACC team play SEC teams same weekend

GT vs Ga
Clemson vs USC
Fl vs FSU
Vandy vs Wake
etc

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:14 pm

HT, I agree with you, but remember the Pres game was a special kind of thing, because of the Monday night game at VT. But any of the teams you mentioned would be better than MTSU and BYU; we need to fill the stands, and although an SEC team would bring lots of fans, more Tech fans would show up for those games too.

why?

May 23rd, 2012
1:14 pm

let’s not be harsh to ptcdawg since this might be his only escape from reality.

HighTech

May 23rd, 2012
1:22 pm

That’s what I’m saying, Supersize. I know Presbyterian is a special case, but Western Carolina or South Carolina State could be used as well. MTSU and BYU don’t bother me as bad as the reluctance to schedule more interesting opponents.

I’ll go one step further. Scheduling cupcakes is a disservice to the players. Champions want to play against the best. Remember the excitement and buzz prior to the Clemson game? Contrast that with Insert_Cupcake_Name_Here.

HighTech

May 23rd, 2012
1:26 pm

ptc is Paid To Click, an online business model where a consumer is paid to view an advertisement. ptcdawg is paid to troll the internet. I wonder how much he makes?

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:30 pm

HT, if we want to fill the stands, we need to be scheduling teams of local interest. I don’t really look forward to playing Ga Southern, but at least that makes more sense than SC State or W Carolina. A game with Ga Southern will draw a lot of interest. But I’d still rather play Auburn, Tenn, Bama, or LSU, because of long time ties with all of them. I don’t really want to start playing USCe again, though…..at least not while Spurrier’s there.

old dog

May 23rd, 2012
1:41 pm

@ Supersize…..
Ga. Sothern would actually be a good game for y’all…..they bring a crew when they come to our place and y’all run sort of the same offense, so their defense would be used to it. Any of the other four teams you mentioned (Auburn, Tenn., LSU, BAMA) would bring a good crowd….I pull for y’all when you ain’t playing us, but I do wonder why y’all can’t “fill ‘er up”!

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:44 pm

@ old dog…..I would hope if we won an average of 9 games a year, the stand would start filling up more consistently, but generally speaking, there just isn’t much interest in most of the other ACC teams……Clemson, FSU, and VT are the only ones that pull in the fans…..plus they all have sizable traveling fan-bases.

HighTech

May 23rd, 2012
1:50 pm

Supersize…I enjoy the conference games, even Duke. But Western Carolina? Presbyterian? Old Dog’s question is valid, but the Bulldogs have their own problems filling their stadium when they play Coastal Carolina et al. I think Tech should play Auburn every year and UGA should play Clemson every year, in addition to Clean Old Fashioned Hate.

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
1:51 pm

@ HT…..I like that idea too. We should never have dropped Auburn when we left the SEC.

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
2:02 pm

Ken…..any word on Trey Braun? How is his broken leg healing? Will he be ready by Fall?

HighTech

May 23rd, 2012
2:04 pm

Supersize…Tech played Auburn every year even after we left the SEC. I was at Grant Field in 1987 when they played for the last time annually. Tech and Auburn have played each other in 2003 and 2005 since then. Why can’t that continue?

2005/09/03 Georgia Tech 23 – Auburn 14 W
2003/09/06 Georgia Tech 17 – Auburn 3 W
1987/10/17 Georgia Tech 10 – Auburn 20 L
1986/10/18 Georgia Tech 10 – Auburn 31 L
1985/10/19 Georgia Tech 14 – Auburn 17 L
1984/10/20 Georgia Tech 34 – Auburn 48 L
1983/10/15 Georgia Tech 13 – Auburn 31 L
1982/10/16 Georgia Tech 0 – Auburn 24 L
1981/10/17 Georgia Tech 7 – Auburn 31 L
1980/10/18 Georgia Tech 14 – Auburn 17 L
1979/10/20 Georgia Tech 14 – Auburn 38 L
1978/10/21 Georgia Tech 24 – Auburn 10 W
1977/10/15 Georgia Tech 38 – Auburn 21 W
1976/10/16 Georgia Tech 28 – Auburn 10 W
1975/10/18 Georgia Tech 27 – Auburn 31 L
1974/10/19 Georgia Tech 22 – Auburn 31 L
1973/10/20 Georgia Tech 10 – Auburn 24 L
1972/10/21 Georgia Tech 14 – Auburn 24 L
1971/10/16 Georgia Tech 14 – Auburn 31 L
1970/10/17 Georgia Tech 7 – Auburn 31 L
1969/10/18 Georgia Tech 14 – Auburn 17 L
1968/10/19 Georgia Tech 21 – Auburn 20 W
1967/10/21 Georgia Tech 10 – Auburn 28 L
1966/10/15 Georgia Tech 17 – Auburn 3 W
1965/10/16 Georgia Tech 23 – Auburn 14 W
1964/10/17 Georgia Tech 7 – Auburn 3 W

FL Jacket

May 23rd, 2012
2:05 pm

Have you guys seen the news from the Caravan?

If Synjyn Days doesn’t win the QB competition in the Fall he will be moved to another position that will help get him on the field…people are speculating this could be A-Back, Safety, or WR. Plus, Dennis Andrews is moving to A-Back (at his request) and will Redshirt.

HighTech

May 23rd, 2012
2:08 pm

Dennis Andrews is moving to A-Back (at his request) and will Redshirt
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?. That’s a development.

GT Lee

May 23rd, 2012
2:10 pm

if anyone hasn’t seen/heard…..GT 5-4 over no 1 ranked FSU in ACC tourney opener

old dog

May 23rd, 2012
2:11 pm

@Supersize:
Maybe some of y’alls “no-shows” could come over to our side to try out for our o-line! (I am certain many of them could do as well as our line has!) lol I really do wish Tech still was an SEC team…it makes for a bigger rivalry! Look at Auburn/Alabama Ole Miss/Miss State Tennessee/Vandy(sort of.) All in the same state, all big rivalries! Plus, the ACC is thought of as more of a roundball conference…..

Supersize that order, mutt

May 23rd, 2012
2:15 pm

@ old dog……you can blame Dooley for the fact that Tech did not get back in the SEC. When that move was in the works back in the late 70s or early 80s, he essentially blocked it by abstaining, when he could have and should have been backing the effort. I’m sure he could have convinced the western schools to accept us, but he chose not to.

GT man

May 23rd, 2012
2:22 pm

I’d rather play Georgia at the beginning instead of the end game. Most of UGA’s team is suspended then and we may have a chance, because PJ cant beat em in the last game.

old dog

May 23rd, 2012
2:27 pm

@GT man,
I’d love to come back with a smart-#ss answer if you were not telling the truth! At this rate, by next season we will have the punter and field goal kicker starting the first three games and playing both ways…….(but if we get an o-line they will even look good!)

old dog

May 23rd, 2012
2:28 pm

@Supersize,
Shouldn’t have left tostart with………………………..

BobbyGodd

May 23rd, 2012
2:30 pm

The 64 year old Dwag fan is simply still angry at Tech! He actually was out of High School and at that time GT was winning the overall series against Ugag. It has been a very rough half century on the Jackets and winning this crucial match up. Hard to believe the role of the NFL in ending one of the greatest programs up to that point. Same thing would happen in Bama if the NFL enters Birmingham. Side walk fans can only support one team with their paychecks.

old dog

May 23rd, 2012
2:34 pm

How did the NFL do that, BG?

Ken Sugiura

May 23rd, 2012
2:53 pm

Taylor – i don’t know. Radakovich’s mentioning of it last night was the first I’d heard. the SEC and the Big Ten were the two conferences he’d mentioned. My colleague Mark Bradley says some sort of agreement with Notre Dame would be the ideal.

one piece of hope for fans hoping for better non-conference scheduling is in the new structure for the playoffs. if teams are rewarded somehow for strength of schedule, teams will start scheduling tougher teams.
in the meantime, as i’ve said, i understand fans’ preference for a tougher schedule. i think if a coach knew he wouldn’t be held liable for losing 50 percent (or more) of those games, he’d likely be willing to do it. would your opinion of paul johnson be any different if tech had gone 7-6 last year instead of 8-5 but played a big ten team instead of western carolina? i’d bet for at least some portion of the fan base, it would.
not saying i agree with the thinking; that’s just what it is.

gt4ever

May 23rd, 2012
3:12 pm

@GT man, very funny but true…..
@Super, We belong in the SEC. I say keep trying until it happens… Just my two cents…

old dog

May 23rd, 2012
3:17 pm

@gt4ever,
I’d welcome y’all in….the ACC (whether folks like it or not) is not and WILL not be a football conference……..

Eb

May 23rd, 2012
3:25 pm

Mr Radakovitch should focus more energy on making his programs relevant again; not on the BCS shortcomings and how the TV pie is shared. GT football currently has no identity and is stuck in the land of mediocrity. The basketball program is even worse having no shot at competing for the ACC or either of the March invitational tourneys. The new arena opening to half capacity crowds will be a complete embarrassment.

HighTech

May 23rd, 2012
3:27 pm

i’d bet for at least some portion of the fan base, it would.
not saying i agree with the thinking; that’s just what it is.
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“It is what it is.” Too funny.

Just a neutral observer

May 23rd, 2012
3:31 pm

I see where Dan Rad thinks it would be a good idea for the ACC coaches to be seen more on ESPN. Boy, that Paul Johnson is a laff-a-minute guy who would do wonders for the conference on Sportsnation oir some such shoutfest.

HighTech

May 23rd, 2012
3:32 pm

would your opinion of paul johnson be any different if tech had gone 7-6 last year instead of 8-5 but played a big ten team instead of western carolina?
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Why would a stronger OOC schedule necessarily mean more losses? With our new special teams coach, we now have someone who can recruit in Ohio. How cool would it be and how attractive would it be to recruits to have a home-and-home at BDS and the ’shoe at “The” Ohio State?

gt4ever

May 23rd, 2012
3:33 pm

@Ken

CPJ went 8-5 and didn’t beat ONE good team! Why would the fan base think him to be anything but a failure?

HighTech

May 23rd, 2012
3:34 pm

neutral observer…I would rather see Paul Johnson for football talk and Dabo Swinney for comedy.

HighTech

May 23rd, 2012
3:36 pm

gt4ever…8 wins was 2 more than what most so-called experts thought would be the 2011 season.

gt4ever

May 23rd, 2012
3:38 pm

HT,

My point is…. We didn’t beat anybody…. Hey, if you schedule MTSU’s and Duke every game, why should we consider this to be a success…. I mean, really….

HighTech

May 23rd, 2012
3:47 pm

I understand what you are saying, gt4ever. However, the team outperformed what most impartial observers expected. Granted about MTSU, but Duke is a conference foe. I remember Duke ruining our homecoming when Spurrier coached there. Maybe it is not “success”, but it is an improvement over the previous season. I expect (hope for?) better this season. I will hold on to the piece of hope Ken offered earlier regarding a better OOC schedule.