Cremins details new role at Tech

The new position created for Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech primarily involves him talking to his former players. For the gabby basketball coach, now into his first autumn of retirement, this will be something less than toil.

“I’ll play the part, because that’s exactly what I want to do,” he said. “And (coach) Brian (Gregory) will do all the work.”

With an invitation from Gregory, the silver-haired coach who led the Yellow Jackets in 19 seasons to three ACC championships and their first Final Four, has officially returned to the Tech fold. Cremins, who ended his 31-year head coaching career in March after a six-year run at the College of Charleston, will lead a project to bring back as many former players, coaches and managers back to the opening game at McCamish Pavilion Nov. 9. Following that, he has Gregory’s welcome to serve in whatever capacity he wishes.

“We’re going to invite everybody,” Cremins said. “It doesn’t matter. Anybody I kicked out of here, I’m going to invite them, too.”

Following an address to nearly the entire Tech athletic department, Cremins spoke Wednesday morning at a news conference at the school’s athletic offices. Dressed in a navy blazer, light blue dress shirt and gold tie, he sat side-by-side with Gregory and repeatedly offered praise for the man running the program he described as “my baby.” He was the Bobby Cremins that Tech fans embraced, spinning yarns and cracking jokes.

Among the roughly 200 former players and managers who have already been contacted is Lee Goza, who played on Cremins’ first team in the 1981-82 season. In a blowout loss that season to North Carolina, Cremins recalled, Goza accidentally scored a basket for the Tar Heels.

“He said, ‘Don’t worry, Coach, my mother’s going to be so excited,” Cremins said. “I said, ‘Why is that?’ He said, ‘She always wanted me to go to North Carolina.’”

Cremins, leading a committee that includes Tech great Roger Kaiser, hope to get in touch with 500 former players, managers and coaches.

The role is voluntary. Following his retirement, he accepted a part-time position at the College of Charleston as an assistant to school president George Benson. For his duties at Tech, he titled himself “a roving ambassador.”

“Now if Brian wins a lot of games, you can throw in assistant coach,” Cremins said.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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August 22nd, 2012
9:43 pm

Thanks Bobby. Class act, every day of the year.

Paul in NH

August 22nd, 2012
9:56 pm

“Dressed in a navy blazer, light blue dress shirt and gold tie”

Glad to see that Bobby still wears the same clothes!


August 22nd, 2012
10:01 pm

Cremins has always been a class act!


August 22nd, 2012
10:15 pm

This just makes me smile. What a great move for the Tech basketball program!


August 22nd, 2012
10:28 pm

Maybe he can get BG to dye his hair white.

William Casey

August 22nd, 2012
10:33 pm

Makes me smile as well. Coach literally raised the GT basketball program from the dead and had fun doing it. Made it fun for all of us. My favorite (of many) CBC moment: vs. UNC Dennis Scott steals in-bounds pass with 3 second to go and drains winning shot. Coach doesn’t realize it’s a game-winner for a couple seconds. Stands there bewildered. Finally gets it and begins to jump wildly like everyone else. Love him! This is SO cool!

Jim 70

August 22nd, 2012
10:40 pm

After watching whack and Duane, Bobby was a gift. Hopefully he can help get us a Point guard.

Great great hire or whatever.

Go tech. (and beat vt)


August 22nd, 2012
10:59 pm

Lee Goza was one CBC’s ‘Twin Towers’. Wonder if Brooke Steppe will come back. Steppe almost single handed beat the dwags at dogtown Bobby’s first year.

The Bamboo Shaft

August 22nd, 2012
11:07 pm

Lee Goza… now that’s a name from the past. I remember him scoring that basket for UNC right at the start of the 2nd half. The only good thing, as I recall him saying, was that he was going to dunk it but stumbled going in and had to lay it up. And as I recall, he also spit on UVA’s Ralph Sampson. haha

The Bamboo Shaft

August 22nd, 2012
11:13 pm

I was at Tech when we hired Cremins, and he singlehandedly brought Tech b-ball back from the dead. I went to his first home game at the Thrillerdome, with about 100 other ppl. And as mentioned in the other Cremins thread, the 1985 ACC champ team was not his best team, it was the best team Tech ever had, including Lethal Weapon 3 and the 2004 national runner-up. So thrilled that Cremins is back at Tech!


August 23rd, 2012
6:16 am

I met Bobby in the Greenville, SC Hilton in his prime at GT. He was then and always afterward the epitome of class and always generous with his time. I don’t think I can recall a coach more adored and liked by players, fans and even opponents…always dignified in defeat.

Just knowing he’s back at GT–in any capacity–where he belongs already makes GT Basketball more interesting for me.

A Dawg fan


August 23rd, 2012
7:20 am

Lee Goza use to torment the best center in college basketball Ralph Sampson of Virginia to the point he was in Sampson’s head every game for the years they played against each other. After Goza had run out of eligibility and Sampson had another year, UVA was playing in Atlanta. Ralph was upbeat because he wouldn’t have to play against Goza who split on him close up and in general just beat him up, pulled on this pants… Somehow Goza ,that year after he graduated, got on the floor and lined up in uniform for warm up drills before the game to the delirious cheers of the Tech student body who loved and missed this guy. Sampson was in a panic until Goza was made to leave the court. Bobby of course was still in the dressing room before the game acting like he was clueless.

4th and Long Gone

August 23rd, 2012
7:38 am

Good job Brian Gregory! This is something CPH never would have done.


August 23rd, 2012
8:18 am

I was at Tech when Bobby started. He personally visited almost every organization on campus to ask for their support for the team. I know it galvanized my little group and we rallied for the man, showing up for every game from then on. What a great leader.


August 23rd, 2012
8:33 am

Amen to your post 4th &LG. CPH would have never made this move. What coach Gregory is doing, I think, is to try to re-establish the legacy of Georgia Tech basketball. If we can just get it in fans’ minds that GT basketball was once on a high level and that it is possible to return to that status again, then, I believe that we can do that. There can be no better ambassodor (sp?) for GT than Bobby Cremmins- he loves Georgia Tech. How bout Bobby Ross for football? Just an idea.


August 23rd, 2012
8:48 am

…Bobby Ross does NOT love GT at all, much less the way that Bobby does…now maybe Pepper Rodgers…


August 23rd, 2012
8:54 am

Cremins is the Man!


August 23rd, 2012
9:17 am

long distance calls to Shanghi?


August 23rd, 2012
9:25 am

Cremins will be coaching the rent-a-guards, full-time, right? That’s the legacy of GT basketball, right? The guys like Starbury, that never attend a class?


August 23rd, 2012
9:38 am

Sitting here looking at my 1990 basketball signed by the coach himself,welcome home Mr. Cremins.


August 23rd, 2012
10:43 am

Bobby returning probably even made Coach K smile. Welcome back Bobby.

USC Jimi

August 23rd, 2012
11:00 am

Bobby is a class act, no doubt. He learned from the master, Frank McGuire. He also played on a team that went 14-0 in the ACC regular season. Not the most talented played, but a gamer and scraper!!


August 23rd, 2012
11:02 am

William Casey, that was a great moment, and the best part about it was that Scott realized he needed three, and backed up to get outside the three point arc before he shot. I think that was the first time in the game we had the lead.


August 23rd, 2012
11:04 am

Having Bobby back as a part of Tech feels great. @Willaim Casey, That was my favorite Tech basketball moment too. I was at that game as a student. It was senior night for Tommy Hammonds’ and we finally got to play UNC at the Thriller Dome and not the Omni. (Bobby fought for that). I ended up down on the floor cheering and hugging players. At one point I was standing on the press table courtside. I have never been to a more exciting sporting event in my life.


August 23rd, 2012
11:13 am

Welcome home bobby!!!

Lee Goza…funny guy…played Little League baseball with Lee @ Belevedere Park….he was huge @ 12 years old, the other team would change pitchers and lee would be in the dugout yelling “fresh meat, fresh meat”

1 4 GT

August 23rd, 2012
1:31 pm

I haven’t been to a GT round ball game since the Yunkus days, but I watched them on TV when I could. I made extra efforts to watch when Coach Cremins got GT into the big time. I saw CBC on the news last night. His words, paraphrased. “I am doing this voluntarily. I love GT. I will do this until I die. I will not be telling Coach how to do his job”. Pure class. And what a huge grin splitting his face. Just trying to help raise GT round ball back to the top anyway he can.

Bobo is Not the Problem

August 23rd, 2012
1:35 pm

Always liked Bobby. Always with a smile, good quip, personable, a winner. Wish he could’ve coached my team.


Dawg Fan


August 23rd, 2012
1:51 pm

Welcome back Bobby!!!



August 23rd, 2012
3:04 pm

Welcome back, Bobby.
After Bobby came to Tech, I both hated it and loved it. I remember that for years I could to to the home games and sit on the first row directly behind the Tech bench – what wonderful seats. But that ended after Bobby came — along with assigned seating, having to get season tickets, etc. But that was the result of winning seasons, packed houses, NCAA bids and national prominence. So even though I missed the wonderful seats I used to have, I have to say I’d do that trade all over again. (Of course, the first year I had to buy season tickets, I think it cost me something like $30, if memory serves.)


August 23rd, 2012
3:07 pm

P.S. And I’ll never forget Goza spitting on an opposing player.


August 23rd, 2012
3:42 pm

Glad to hear Coach Cremins is back where he belongs. He is and always was a class act and symbolizes Georgia Tech basketball. Welcome back Coach Cremins.


August 23rd, 2012
4:38 pm

I get as big a glow as anyone, just seeing Bobby Cremins name mentioned in the same sentence with Georgia Tech baskerball. I do feel a little less than comfortable, though, when just ten days before football season opens at Va Tech, there are two stories re Cremins and basketball and nothing re football in the AJC mail.


August 23rd, 2012
4:49 pm

got a feeling Cremins will do more at some point

tech fan too

August 23rd, 2012
5:08 pm

Couldn’t we show as much class as Bobby and leave off on dissin CPH every opportunity we get?


August 23rd, 2012
7:27 pm

tech fan too, you can go right ahead and do that. But not me. Blewitt single handedly drove GT B-Ball back to the days before Cremins himself in his final few seasons. He was arrogant, nonchalant, and no fun for any fans. Oh, and he did whatever he could to bleed just a little extra money from the Institute. Remind me again why I shouldn’t be “dissin” Blewitt?


August 23rd, 2012
7:59 pm

GTPhenom, it’s because this news eclipses Hewitt. Hate CPH all you want but let’s celebrate CBC coming back home. This is historical and a big lift for CBG, the current team and future teams to come. Imagine some of those former players courtside with Cremins…it will be incredible!
Go Jackets!


August 23rd, 2012
8:00 pm

Cremins is a legend!


August 23rd, 2012
9:15 pm

it will be good to see cremins back at GT in some/any capacity.


August 24th, 2012
1:03 am

I love Coach Cremins. Far as I’m concerned he never left the fold. Super glad he I back in a highly visible role. Kudos to Coach Gregory, he has this program runningbin the right direction.

4 Jacks

August 24th, 2012
8:55 am

@ Larry. Thanks for being so classy. Tells me that you “get it” as opposed to 80% of your nation. Thanks again and good luck to you except for a couple of games this year, and thanks for being a cool fan of another team.

4 Jacks

August 24th, 2012
9:02 am

Sorry, CPH ruined everything that Cremins built here, and if he was any kind of decent man he would have taken a lesser payout to help the school. Yes, Obama and Hewitt the biggest losers ever known to man, but you can’t tell them that…they know everything, just ask them.

UGA = Yawn

August 24th, 2012
11:34 am

This is great but if the 500 of them take up 500 seats that could go to us, I would suggest limiting the number or possibly spreading the 500 out throughout the season.


August 24th, 2012
11:35 am

I met bobby once on a MARTA train from the airport. He had just got back from a recruiting trip and I had returned from a business trip. He was a total class act then too. One thing I took away from our conversation was that this man genuinely loved his players. You could see it in his eyes when he talked about them. I remember he was very excited about a former player coming back and getting his degree.


August 25th, 2012
7:57 am

This is a very smart move and it gives recoginition to the coach and the players that put GT Basketball on the map.

I see no downside here…

If you are a Tech Alumn or fan – you should be pleased with this.


August 25th, 2012
10:55 am

“Now if Brian wins a lot of games, you can throw in assistant coach,” Cremins said

:) Welcome back, Bobby

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

August 25th, 2012
1:28 pm

I love you Bobby Cremins! Welcome back. Makes me want to be there for the home opener.

Jacket Detective

August 26th, 2012
12:53 pm

Watch for Jason Morris to play better in addition to Royal.