Tech coaches react to Notre Dame joining ACC

Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson and other Tech coaches reacted Wednesday to the addition of Notre Dame to the ACC. Johnson spoke on the weekly ACC coaches teleconference. Statements from Dan Radakovich and other coaches were provided by the Tech sports information office.

Johnson: “I really haven’t had a lot of time to digest exactly all the details and all that. Certainly, Notre Dame is a storied program with a lot of rich history and tradition. I was fortunate at Navy we played them every year and they’re a class outfit, so I think it’ll be a positive for our league.”

On playing Notre Dame annually with Navy

“I think at Navy it was a little different because we played them every year. It was always a big game. Anytime you went into South Bend to play, it was a special deal and then we played our home games in different pro venues. We played them in FedEx (Field) or we played them in New York or different places. It was always a great challenge for our guys.”

On playing them as a non-conference opponent

“Again, when they get all the details worked out and I see what it’s all about, I’m sure it’ll be exciting. You know you’re going to get a (team with) a national reputation and a team that tries to do things the right way.”

Athletic director Dan Radakovich

“This is truly a great day for the Atlantic Coast Conference and for Georgia Tech. We are delighted to be joined by such a prestigious and respected institution such as Notre Dame. From so many angles, this relationship will enhance the rich tradition of our league and provide new and exciting opportunities for Georgia Tech and the ACC. I know Tech fans and sports fans throughout the region look forward to outstanding competition against the Irish for many years to come.”

Baseball coach Danny Hall

“Notre Dame is a great addition to what is already one of the premier conferences in the country for baseball. They have a rich baseball tradition and it will be exciting to have them in the ACC.”

Women’s tennis coach Rodney Harmon

“Notre Dame is a great addition to the ACC. They are a first-class institution and have a great tradition in women’s tennis. They will make conference play that much tougher. The ACC is arguably the deepest women’s tennis conference in the country now.”

Women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph

“With the addition of Notre Dame to the ACC, there is no doubt we have just become the most competitive conference in women’s basketball. The ACC is out front once again in our ability to attract the best academic institutions to our league.”

Men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory

“Notre Dame is a tremendous addition to the ACC, a school of long-standing tradition of athletics, and it matches us perfectly in terms of academic prestige in this conference. This also gets us into another major market – the Chicago market – and the ACC brand will continue to spread.

“This solidifies us as the best and deepest basketball conference in the country with the success that Mike Brey has been able to establish with Notre Dame basketball. They add another power program to our league. He is one of the best and most well-respected coaches in terms of how he runs his program.

“The leadership of the ACC has done it again. I think they hit a home run.”

Golf coach Bruce Heppler

“It’s great to have an association with such a wonderful academic institution.”

Softball coach Sharon Perkins

“From a softball standpoint I am thrilled to bring in another strong team into the ACC. If you look at last year’s NCAA Tournament, seven of the future ACC teams made up the 64-team field. From a sports fan’s perspective adding Notre Dame to the ACC is huge. They fit in with all of our schools as they compete athletically at a high level, while holding the highest academic integrity.”

Cross country/track coach Alan Drosky

“Notre Dame is an outstanding university and we welcome them into the ACC family. Over the years we have competed in South Bend for both cross country and indoor track and they have many times competed on our campus at our outdoor track invitational in May. They have quality programs in our sports and will add a lot to the ACC.”

Notes from the Tech sports information office about Tech’s history with Notre Dame.

Football – Georgia Tech and Notre Dame have a long and storied series history in football… The two teams have met 34 times on the gridiron with the Fighting Irish owning a 27-6-1 series advantage… Tech won the last meeting, 33-3, in 2007 in South Bend… The two teams first met in 1922 and have met every decade since…  In the movie “Rudy,” the Notre Dame walk-on sees his first and only action in a game against Georgia Tech… Running back Dorsey Levens was a standout at Georgia Tech after transferring from Notre Dame.

Men’s basketball – Georgia Tech has won six out of the eight all-time meetings on the hardwood including a streak of four straight wins… the last meeting was a 70-69 Yellow Jacket victory on Nov. 19, 2007 in the Paradise Jam, in the Virgin Islands… the two teams first met on the hardwood in 1941.

Women’s basketball – Tech has played Notre Dame just once previously, a 76-69 loss to the Irish in Atlanta on Nov. 29, 1996.

Baseball – Georgia Tech has won six of the 10 all-time meetings… the two teams haven’t met on the diamond since the Yellow Jackets swept a two-game series in Atlanta in 1996… the Yellow Jackets and Irish have never played previously in South Bend.

Women’s Tennis – Georgia Tech is 5-2 all-time against Notre Dame and will play the Irish twice this spring. The Jackets and Irish have met every year since 2007.

Volleyball – Georgia Tech and Notre Dame have only met twice in history and the all-time series is tied 1-1. The last meeting came on Oct. 13, 1995 when the Yellow Jackets defeated then-No. 8 Notre Dame, 3-2, in Atlanta. The Irish won the teams’ first meeting on Sept. 7, 1994, sweeping Tech 3-0 in South Bend.

Softball – Tech is 0-3 all-time vs. Notre Dame. The last meeting was on Feb. 29, 2004 in Columbus, Ga. at the NFCA Leadoff Classic when the Irish defeated Tech, 2-1. Both teams finished the 2012 season receiving votes in the Softball poll and Notre Dame was also receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll.

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Michael Veli a.k.a. Jim Donnan's financial adviser

September 12th, 2012
12:39 pm

Would be nice to pound the Irish!

GT Dude

September 12th, 2012
12:44 pm

Back in the 70s we had some real wars with the Irish
BTW Rudy was off sides


September 12th, 2012
12:51 pm

so are the St. Lawrence river & the great lakes an extension of the Atlantic?


September 12th, 2012
1:19 pm

No way will Notre Dame’s storied football program unite with the ACC. They will allow the lesser sports to join so they can revenue share in the ACC’s basketball revenue. They will not tarnish the brand image of the Notre Dame football brand by joining the ACC (or any other league for that matter).

They will remain independent in football for a long, long time. This is a good deal all the way around for Notre Dame…not so much for the ACC.

Notre Dame alone can put 55,000 in Bobby Dodd Stadium, so at least GT will sell out 2 games per year (when GT is on Notre Dame’s schedule).


September 12th, 2012
1:21 pm

More so than the Pacific, juvenal. ;)

Jacket Man

September 12th, 2012
1:23 pm

Since the Irish have agreed to play five games against ACC opponents per season, more than likely (but not confirmed) rotating between teams and locations, GA Tech will have a chance to renew their rivalry with Notre Dame and play them with guarantee of consistency they haven’t had in the past.

In the event Notre Dame starts to see they are being shut out of the National Championship Playoffs because they are football indepenants, then it will be a natural for them to make that next step to become a full member.


September 12th, 2012
1:26 pm

so do we have a shot at Purdue or Northwestern?(Stanford would be a nice pick-up, via the Panama Canal)


September 12th, 2012
1:33 pm

Okay, so the Irish join the ACC – if they let another team in does that mean that they can let GT OUT!!! Geez, I hate the ACC…still think it’s one of the worst things we ever did…outside of hiring Dave Braine.

ssi jacket fan

September 12th, 2012
1:33 pm

Really do not understand why the ACC would accept ND without football.

Seems like a nice negotiation for ND but may make the ACC look foolish.


September 12th, 2012
1:40 pm

@juvenal; juvie you must have the Tech blog #1 on your favorites list. Unfortunately, like “a”- holes everybody has an opinion…..However few if any ever amount to a grain of salt.


September 12th, 2012
1:45 pm

This leads way to ND being part of the ACC. To guarantee 5 games a year with ACC football means they are 3-4 short of competing in conference. ND still has enough pull to be an independent. What ND has aligned itself in case it loses its pull to jump right into ACC Football play. Plus with the current additions to the Big East I don’t blame them.

ND wasn’t going to join any conference. At least not until the money from NBC stops. It will be that way until the money stops flowing and then they will be forced to join the conference fully or go somewhere else.

Wise move by Swofford. Plays well because it gives leverage to renegociate TV rights. I think it is a win win for both ND and the ACC especially if Brian Kelly does turn them around.

Go Jackets!


September 12th, 2012
2:06 pm

“I was fortunate at Navy we played them every year and they’re a class outfit, so I think it’ll be a positive for our league.”

lol at this statement.


Notre Dame = class outfit

UGA = no class outfit


September 12th, 2012
2:08 pm

wow, Super i got bad pub! & about geography, of all things! in my experience, in this country, opinions are like armpits-folks usually have 2 opinions at the same time on each side of an issue, & they both smell…it’s actually #10 on the list…..hmmmmm….any reason i might be on more this time of year? God Bless you, stumpie…never passed a grain of salt from there, maybe you need a colonoscopy…


September 12th, 2012
2:15 pm

Notre Dame will join the ACC in football after existing contractual arrangements expire. This will elevate the ACC into premier national status and further relegate the SEC into its status as a “regional” conference with sub-par academic standards. I can easily foresee the ACC championship game on the National Stage in Atlanta which would, of course, require moving the SEC championship to a lesser venue.


September 12th, 2012
2:31 pm

Wake up irishman you are dreaming! ND is a lower tier football team. That’s why they are a perfect fit for the ACC.


September 12th, 2012
2:32 pm

I don’t like the football aspect at all. I think this will be a problem down the road. The ACC might as well have brought Texas into the conference. All this does is give Notre Dame a safety net while they continue to make money with their football NBC television contract. Most ACC schools won’t get a home football game against ND for 6 years. I don’t understand why Dan Radakovich is so giddy about this. We’ve got enough basketball teams already and now we have to split basketball money with ND.


September 12th, 2012
2:33 pm

so does that mean the ACC gets extra TV $ from NBC?


September 12th, 2012
2:53 pm

I can see GT opening the season with Notre Dame in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic.

yeller bug

September 12th, 2012
2:58 pm

It seems all the conferences have sold their soul for the almighty dollar. ND is a great school but it’s not Atlantic Coast unless we’re claiming the St Lawrence seaway and the Great Lakes. LOL @ juvenal–go after Stanford via the Panama Canal. PSU and UConn would have been better and yes I know about the stain on PSU. Guess I’m too traditional & think conferences should be regional and thus we finally get to NCAA championships from each regional rep. Besides the non-commit on football mucks up the conference—it seems the ACC is betting on the come that down the road ND will come into the football conference—think that’s a sucker bet.


September 12th, 2012
3:26 pm


What part of the Southeast does Missouri fall into? Give it a rest!


September 12th, 2012
3:29 pm

Don’t see the Men’s Lacrosse coach’s comment…oops we don’t have a team. Think of the lacrosse conference with ND, Syracuse, UVA, UNC, MD and Duke. Holy Cow!


September 12th, 2012
3:40 pm

my Daddy was from Gideon, in the bootheel of Missoura-his folks all fought for the South….just wondering if brand that important you can’t spend a few $ for a name change(it could be a contest!)-many have tried for years to get me to stop being a smart-aleck…


September 12th, 2012
3:40 pm

How will Tech match up with ND hockey wise?


September 12th, 2012
4:12 pm

I’m your Huckleberry!


September 12th, 2012
5:04 pm

The full football schedule will come, probably in 2016 when the Irish’s current NBC contract runs out. Then the ACC will add UConn or maybe Louisville to get to 16 teams. Think long term and big picture, guys…because if you don’t, you become the Big East.

5150 UOAD

September 12th, 2012
6:27 pm

Get Penn State now too. They need a fresh start and will be good soon enough in football.


September 12th, 2012
6:56 pm

Reebok…….finally a response that has some thought into it. The Big Picture seems to have eluded this bunch of posters.

Stunt Man GT

September 12th, 2012
7:10 pm

Haha GT Man Rudy was offsides! I remember being on espn gameday with that sign in ‘06. If anything we will get a shot at knocking off a top 5 team. Not because they deserve it just because they are up there with the USC’s FSU’s and Ohio State’s that are always over ranked..

Stunt Man GT

September 12th, 2012
7:12 pm

Its going to be awhile before Penn State recovers. Not as bad as SMU but maybe half as much… Ten years or so


September 12th, 2012
7:15 pm

okiedawg, your a dumb ass that thinks he knows everything. Go pound sand. No one cares what you think because your nothing but negative about Ga. Tech. Remember the story about the boy who cried wolf.That’s you. Go live in your dawg fantasy world.

Bring back Jim Donnan

September 12th, 2012
7:23 pm

Juvenal – When I asked an Indiana native coworker today about the beach in South Bend, he educated me that the St. Joseph river in South Bend flows to Lake Michigan, then to the St. Lawrence River, then to the Atlantic. So like Pittsburgh (in PA) that has to go down the Delaware River to the Atlantic, I guess ND qualifies, just a little longer trip.


September 12th, 2012
8:06 pm

You are dead right about Penn State being the next play and ND to the ACC is the only way they would move out of the B1G. If Swafford could arrange a ND-PSU as permanent home and home partners every year that might move PSU into the ACC.
UConn is another basketball school with no place to go.
When ND’s contract with NBC runs out in2015-16? they will have to be much improved or face being forced to move.
First SuperConference to 16, best BB conference hands down with a big step up in FB.


September 12th, 2012
8:31 pm

Ken, you’re working too hard. Thanks for everything that you do for the GT fans.


September 12th, 2012
10:42 pm

Remember it was not the B12 talking to ND, it was Texas….remember that in a few years.

Glad to have ND on board, I trust the ACC powers have set it up as a positive and ND only adds to the ACC…opens TV markets, great all-round sports, quality education. Long term this is a good move even without football.


September 13th, 2012
9:25 am

Can’t speak for all Irish fans, but I am really excited to be in the ACC. Not for just sports either. The whole package of sports and excellent educational institutions just makes so much sense for ND. But I must admit from a football standpoint, I am excited as hell to finally be able to play VA Tech. ND has never played them, don’t know why but don’t care now. Being an independent in football. I understand the difficulty scheduling non-conference games, but ND has always tried to schedule games around the country. I think all Irish fans will be excited to see rarely played schools like Clemson, NC St, VA, MD, Duke and of course VA Tech. Also renewing rivalries like BC, Pitt, GA Tech, FSU and Miami. Excluding football, I think the other sports are also excited since some of the best teams in the country in basketball, soccer, baseball and lacrosse reside in the ACC. Maybe this will help us keep the best athletes in the ACC in the future. I know there’s alot of anti-ND sentiment out there for whatever reason, but I think this is a good day for college sports, especially the ACC.


September 13th, 2012
10:39 am

I wish Navy had joined the ACC instead of the Big East for football. It is a better fit for us re the academic standards in the SEC. I suspect the ACC asn’t that intrested in us and the Big East was.

Sour Old Man

September 14th, 2012
1:07 pm

With Syracuse, Pitt, and ND all joining the ACC, I’m predicting the addition of one more big brand before long. Sorry, Jim – it won’t be Navy. Not good enough. Tech beat them, 70 to 7, the last time they met.