Paul Johnson, fount of hope?

A few quick notes from the Paul Johnson news conference before going out to talk to players and coaches post-practice:

1. Johnson commented on Middle Tennessee State that the Blue Raiders have won two in a row (Florida Atlantic and Memphis) and have scored a lot of points. They play out of a spread on offense and have a returning starter at quarterback (Logan Kilgore). Defensively, MTSU has a new coordinator (Tyrone Nix).

“Our goal is to come back and try to have a great week of practice and come back and play well on Saturday,” he said.

2. On the secondary: “I think that before Saturday, they played fairly well. Saturday was not a great day for anybody. It’s like anything else. When you’re playing coverage back there and you’re matched up and there’s not a lot of pressure, there’s going to be some exposure. I think you have to give the other team some credit. They have pretty good receivers and their quarterback was hot and they made some plays.”

3. Jamal Golden will see more time at punt return after a strong game there against Miami.

4. No lineup changes due to performance from last week. There may be a couple injury-related changes. It’s conceivable cornerback Louis Young may not play. Johnson said that he’ll take the redshirt off of cornerback D.J. White as “we’ve got some injuries and we need him back in the secondary.”

Johnson said that wide receiver Anthony Autry will play more. The other true freshmen besides White, Autry, Adam Gotsis and Ryan Rodwell will likely be redshirted.

Johnson: “We’re trying to do our best to redshirt most of hat class and not waste a year for them to be mop-up guys.”

5. He’s not quite ready to concede anything.

“I don’t think anybody knows about (the possibility of achieving or not achieving) any goals four games into the season. We’ve got teams in our league that haven’t played a conference game. (Yet) we’re already anointing conference champions. You have to play it and see what happens.”

“We’ve still got a ton to play for. We’ve played one-third of our season. Last year was a great example. We got off to a great start and didn’t finish well. This year, we get off to a mediocre start. Maybe we have a great finish.”

“Call me an optimist. I don’t think anybody’s ever considered me a real optimist about things, but I guess I see it a little differently.”

In case you missed it…

Johnson calls loss ‘my fault’

The meaning of Tech giving up 609 yards

After Miami loss, Tech tries to regroup

Mark Bradley: Johnson’s approach hurting Tech

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

239 comments Add your comment

Supersize that order, mutt

September 26th, 2012
3:31 pm

@ slimG…..WHERE ARE THOSE FACTS??? You have not documented a single claim that you made. Until you do, the ARE NOT FACTS !!!!

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September 26th, 2012
3:31 pm

they, not the

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September 26th, 2012
3:32 pm

And I am NOT a liberal, bubba

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September 26th, 2012
3:33 pm

@ slimG…call me so we can talk. 706-828-7400.

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September 26th, 2012
3:33 pm

Give us some documentation to back up your claims. When has Johnson ever blamed a player? What courses do Stanford and Notre Dame athletes take that are even offered at Tech? WHERE ARE THE FACTS???

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September 26th, 2012
3:34 pm

@slimG…..you may be stupid, but I hope you are not stupid enough to call whatever phone number that is that the name thief just posted.

slimG

September 26th, 2012
3:36 pm

It’s the real slimG, hate posers, but what can u do…..How bout management, we have that easy way out…Also seen very attractive females on the flats……How many strip clubs are in South Bend? We have one of the highest percentage of females to males in the country….Try again

HBTD

September 26th, 2012
3:46 pm

The CPJ experiment over on the flats appears to be in shambles judging from the gt fanbase infighting. With remaining home games against mts, bc, byu and duke (talk about awful scheduling) it’s gonna get pretty quiet and ugly over at the old trade school. I’d like to see cpj and his staff stick around forever, but I’ve got a feeling drad may be forced to make a self preservation move at the end of the season. I think it’s pretty obvious what cpj can bring to the table………a competitive, winning team up to a certain level, but his teams are simply not going to be able to compete with the big boys on a CONSISTENT basis. Regardless of what cpj says about hope, the football season is pretty much over for all practical purposes. Sure the team may win some meaningless acc games, but expect a loss to the big dawg and another trip to shreveport. Hang in there. Maybe the basketball team will bring some excitement to the fans this year.

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September 26th, 2012
3:50 pm

@ slimG…..yes, Management is probably Tech’s easiest major, although it still has a calculus requirement. I don’t think any major at either Notre Dame or Stanford requires calculus, and they both have far easier majors than Management.

slimG

September 26th, 2012
3:55 pm

Supersize, making excuses will not help the program. Just as your buddy Obama tries to deflect blame to Bush for the economy. Get a grip hippie.

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September 26th, 2012
3:56 pm

@ HBTD……you probably do not remember the years of 1987, 1988, and 1989. Ross’s first three years at Tech offered none to little hope for the future (1987: 2-9; 1988: 3-8; 1989: 7-4), and many Tech fans were sick of him and the lack of promise for the future. Then SUDDENLY, 1990 came along and look what happened. Do you think we Tech fans were expecting that? I can tell you since I was there…..NO!!!! It was a total shock to all of us, and certainly one of the most amazing turn-arounds probably in the history of college football. CPJ has brought plenty to the table, and most Tech fans (TRUE Tech fans) see an awful lot of hope, and a glimmer of what might yet be. There is no “shambles” at Tech, except in the minds of the trolls and the haters. Personally, I think the future is very very bright.

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September 26th, 2012
3:57 pm

I might also add that Johnson’s first few years as HC at Ga Southern did not appear all that promising either, and then……WHAM !!!! The man knows what he is doing, and he doesn’t need fools like us to “correct” him.

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September 26th, 2012
3:58 pm

@ slimG…..I am assuming from the post attributed to you at 3:36, that there are two of you on here now, so I don’t know which is which. But whoever thinks I am an Obama supporter is FOS.

slimG

September 26th, 2012
4:03 pm

Real slimG…Supersize I don’t know if you follow politics but your ‘wait till next year’ , ‘its not CPJ fault we are bad’, badmouthing other teams, and in general acting like an emotional fool sounds like a left wing loon to me, bubba.

HBTD

September 26th, 2012
4:09 pm

@Supersize…….glad you’re happy with cpj, and like I said, I hope he and his staff are at tech for years to come.

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September 26th, 2012
4:12 pm

It appears that the real and the fake slimG are equally opinionated, rude, and generally ignorant.

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September 26th, 2012
4:12 pm

@HBTD, we are closer to winning a championship than your beloved dwags. Book it, bubba.

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September 26th, 2012
4:14 pm

Fake Supersize at 4:12PM

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September 26th, 2012
4:18 pm

@ HBTD, if Vince Dooley, when he retired, had not shafted Erk Russell, who ended up mentoring CPJ at Ga Southern, then CPJ would probably be head coach at UGA now, since Russell specifically went after CPJ as an assistant at Ga Southern (first as a defensive coordinator and then as his offensive coordinator)

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September 26th, 2012
4:19 pm

I’m calling Ken.

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September 26th, 2012
4:20 pm

Fake Supersize @ 4:18

HBTD

September 26th, 2012
4:21 pm

@ Supersize………….Thank goodness!! While cpj runs a nice little program that’s perfect for an acc school like tech, he’s definitely not a fit for UGA and the big dawgs of the SEC.

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September 26th, 2012
4:24 pm

@ HBTD…..I hope you can differentiate the real me from the faker; I cannot keep posting that such and such a post is fake. BUT, I can guarantee you if CPJ was at UGA, you guys would LOVE him.

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September 26th, 2012
4:25 pm

And to the faker using my name, Ken has already been notified. Your time here is limited.

slimG

September 26th, 2012
4:26 pm

Supersize, you embrace excuses. Big time programs embrace results.

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September 26th, 2012
4:27 pm

@ HBTD…..remember, it is much easier to recruit for an SEC school, especially a UNIVERSITY, where there are sufficient majors that any athlete can get by in. CPJ’s biggest problem is attracting top-level talent to an ACC school in this particular region and to a school that does not offer “easy” majors. Don’t get me wrong; I am not putting down UGA’s academics. But as a true UNIVERSITY, UGA simply has more courses of study to offer than Tech does.

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September 26th, 2012
4:28 pm

Fake Supersize @ 4:25. I have know way of contacting Ken. @slimG, shut up. You are stupid and petty. @HBTD, our little program beat your “bigtime” program just a few years back.

GState Ben

September 26th, 2012
4:30 pm

Supersize, you beat UGA, like 5 years ago. That is not a standard you should be proud of.

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September 26th, 2012
4:31 pm

Comparing the course requirements at Tech to those at a UNIVERSITY is NOT an excuse; it is a fact. Dodd struggled with the same problems, as did Ross and O’Leary. It was much easier for Dodd, because he could always use the “prep school” route to qualify his recruits. But it took time for both Ross and O’Leary to build good teams; it didn’t happen overnight. The same is true for CPJ. Now eill there come a time when the wait has to come to an end? Who knows? But whoever comes in next will have the same problems and have to start all over from ground zero.

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September 26th, 2012
4:32 pm

@ GState Ben….I know there is no way for you to know which is real and which is fake, but the post at 4:28, to which I guess you are responding was made by the faker.

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September 26th, 2012
4:34 pm

One way you can tell the fake Supersize from the real one (me) is that the fake one cannot spell. I definitely know the difference between “no” and “know.” He obviously does not.

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September 26th, 2012
4:38 pm

Fake again at 4:34. Your days here are numbered, bubba.

slimG

September 26th, 2012
4:39 pm

SS, your points are well documented, your love for CPJ is hard to figure. With players he has recruited, how many D1 wins? Not many. How can you support this mediocre and classless behavior. Did you also smirk when he called the timeout? Guess he needed more camera time. He is very selfish and immature.

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September 26th, 2012
4:40 pm

@ the faker…..you must live a sad, lonely, pathetic life to get your kicks out of posing as someone else on a blog. I’m sure your parents are really proud of the offspring they have spawned. You probably need to see a psychiatrist.

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September 26th, 2012
4:41 pm

@ slimG……what classless behavior on CPJ’s part???

slimG

September 26th, 2012
4:43 pm

Calling the timeout when VAtech was kneeling going into the half. What did that do?

superDawg

September 26th, 2012
4:44 pm

ss if cpj was at UGA he would have been run way out of town by now or pinched in the nose about 92.742 times.

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September 26th, 2012
4:44 pm

I go to the games; I don’t watch them on TV. So I don’t know if he is given any camera time or not. I would doubt, however, that the TV networks would focus the camera on him during a timeout. If they didn’t go to commercial, then I am pretty sure they could find better things to use the cameras for than focusing them on the coach—-any coach.

slimG

September 26th, 2012
4:45 pm

Obviously you thought the same about the timeout. Bush league……..

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September 26th, 2012
4:46 pm

@ slimG…..to be honest, I don’t remember that timeout, so I can’t address your claim. However, basing my thought solely on what you say, I would say that the timeout might have been unnecessary, but I don’t see how it could have been considered classless.

GState Ben

September 26th, 2012
4:46 pm

At least you guys have a team you can be somewhat proud of. We had less than 10k fans at the last game. Panther Pride? Yeah right.

sting_em

September 26th, 2012
4:47 pm

If Tech wins out, the best possible bowl they could get is the Chick-Fil-A bowl that assumes FSU goes to the BCS championship and either Miami or VT get another BCS bid. After the CFA bowl, everything else is just another toilet bowl to me. I would like to see Vad get some more experience this weekend. Also, I would like to see CPJ with a cheat sheet in front of him or someone holding it. It couldn’t hurt.

slimG

September 26th, 2012
4:47 pm

Let me explain. I’m surrendering and you decide to fire another shot.

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September 26th, 2012
4:47 pm

@ GState Ben…..thanks to the fickleness of too many Tech fans, we might not have many more than that this week against MTSU

slimG

September 26th, 2012
4:50 pm

It’s not fickleness it’s lack of an enjoyable product.

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September 26th, 2012
4:51 pm

sting_em……I spent a few hours this morning who is extremely knowledgeable about the way CPJ does things. You will NEVER see him with a “cheat sheet” in his hands. He has every thing in his head; he has always operated like that, even while winning those NC’s at Ga Southern. He KNOWS what is going on, and he knows how to respond to it. We fans may not always like the way he responds, but he does what he, as an experienced coach who designed the offense he runs, thinks is best.

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September 26th, 2012
4:52 pm

@ slimG…..then why does a school like Kentucky fill up their stadium every week. They sure don’t have an enjoyable product.

Highly Respected Southern Troll

September 26th, 2012
4:52 pm

@Supersize – Paul Johnson isn’t Bobby Ross. Ross inherited a team essentially left in shambles by Bill Curry and won a national championship four years later.

As far as your comments about Johnson initially struggling at Georgia Southern – NOT true at all. He won the Southern Conference championship every year he was there, went 14-0 his SECOND year (only to lose to UMass in the championship game), won the national championship in years three and four, and took the Eagles back to the playoffs in his final year only to lose in the (I believe) semi-finals. Johnson was 62-10 at Southern.

Really?

September 26th, 2012
4:55 pm

4 games into the season and all the texties have given up hope. Even their pipe dreams of beating Georgia come across as hollow and weak. Lucky for all the trade school fans their campus provides great access to lots of crack dealers so filling those pipes will be easy…..well unless they get robbed before they make it to the dope man.

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September 26th, 2012
5:01 pm

@ Highly….I stand corrected on CPJ’s Ga Southern tenure. I thought I remembered that his first couple of years were less than stellar. My bad. Regarding Ross, however, there were plenty of Tech fans who wanted him gone after year 3. Probably more than want CPJ gone now. However, Ross showed no promise and then delivered big time. I think CPJ has shown (and is still showing) promise but has not yet delivered. I for one am not ready to give up on him, nor do I see any real reason to do so.