Tech secondary leaving Miami game behind

From my colleague Doug Roberson:

Cornerback Rod Sweeting said there’s Georgia Tech’s secondary pre-Miami and there’s Georgia Tech’s secondary post-Miami.

What happened in between has been forgotten. But it’s necessary to recap before this week’s game against Middle Tennessee State, which also likes to throw the ball.

The Yellow Jackets gave up 436 passing yards, starting with a 65-yard touchdown pass on the Hurricanes’ third play. The score was the result of a mis-read assignment, one of the factors that has contributed to the uneven play of the experienced and athletic secondary this year. They have also been hurt by injuries to safety Fred Holton and cornerback Louis Young, who was also suspended for the season opener. And the lack of a consistent pass rush has amped up the pressure on the secondary to cover for as long as necessary.

Their play will be scrutinized the rest of the season with games against prolific passing teams Clemson, North Carolina, Duke and Georgia remaining.

“On Monday we came in and watched the film and saw the mistakes and things we could have done better … that’s when it left us,” Sweeting said.

Before Miami, the Yellow Jackets had one of the ACC’s best pass defenses, giving up an average of 175.7 yards per game. After Miami, the Yellow Jackets’ pass defense has sunk to the lowest in the conference, allowing 240.8 yards per game, with the second-most touchdowns allowed, seven. Assuming the  Yellow Jackets make a bowl game, they are on pace to give up as many touchdown passes (23) as they allowed last year, despite starting a secondary with more than 100 games of experience coming into the season.

Coach Paul Johnson said the secondary has been O.K., which is about as much praise as he gives to anything.

But there are lots of things to clean up, including inconsistencies in fundamentals, assignment recognition and missed tackles.

The Hurricanes stacked the wide receivers on their first touchdown play. One cornerback mis-read his assignment. By the time the safety realized the error, the receiver was down the field.

On another play, the cornerback missed the jam at the line, which allowed the receiver to find a spot in the two-deep zone where the quarterback hit him to sustain momentum. Secondary coach Charles Kelly said they should be able to re-route a receiver with a proper jam.

“There are four or five plays in a game that will affect the outcome of the game,” Kelly said. “You don’t know when those plays will happen. That’s why you have to eliminate the mistakes.”

Lastly, the secondary is missing tackles. Kelly said on Wednesday he couldn’t remember exactly how many yards Hurricanes receivers had after the catch, but “it was a lot.”

The secondary will get a chance to correct its errors against the Blue Raiders, who average 226 passing yards a game. Defensive coordinator Al Groh said Middle Tennessee’s passing game is different than Miami’s in that the Blue Raiders tend toward short passes and like to go sideline to sideline, while the Hurricanes liked to go deep.

It will be a different challenge, but Sweeting said the team is ready. He has already forgotten about the Miami game, and asked Tech’s fans to stay positive.

“We have a lot of games left,” he said.  “Don’t use that one game to say the secondary’s bad. Just stick and hang with us.”

In case you missed it…

Notes: Special teams ‘a mixed bag’

Special teams not great

Looking for a pass rush

Trials challenging Louis Young

Lee, Snoddy angling for playing time

Tech rebounding after Miami loss

Paul Johnson, fount of hope?

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

205 comments Add your comment

Wal-Mart Retards

September 27th, 2012
11:23 pm

Cewbee

September 27th, 2012
11:26 pm

macrotech

September 28th, 2012
12:14 am

Sounds good….Now….let’s get it done!!! GO TECH!!!

gt40pinhd

September 28th, 2012
12:21 am

let’s all remember what sweeting said,”…and asked Tech’s fans to stay positive”. season isn’t over yet. i agree, let’s give them a chance. go tech!

dpj98

September 28th, 2012
12:23 am

Why do players assume that fan frustration comes from just one game? Fans are down on the secondary and the defense because they gave up 30+ pts in the last 5 games last year, getting torched by VT, getting dropped for 31 by Duke, 4 passing TD’s by UGA and blowing a late 4th quarter lead to Utah. Our stomachs turn because of the blown lead against VT again and the abominal game against Miami. It’s the same thing over and over again, blown leads, blown coverages, missed tackles and horrendous, mind boggling penalties that keep drives alive. Fans have been looking for improvement and all we get is the same results. Eventually defensive players are going to have admit they just aren’t that good OR man up and start peforming and quit asking the fans to give them time. Our defense has been subpar for a lot longer than just 1 game and it’s time we put a defense on the field that can make 30 points from our offense stand up.

GT Fan

September 28th, 2012
1:32 am

Their play will be scrutinized the rest of the season with games against prolific passing teams Clemson, North Carolina, Duke and Georgia remaining.
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Ken,
You get this nugget of info free this time …. from now on they’ll cost you 5 cents …

From ESPN:
The ACC’s leader in receiving yards per game does not play for Clemson or Florida State.
The ACC’s leader in passing yards does not play for Clemson or FSU, either.
Surprise: They play for Boston College.
BC receiver Alex Amidon is the league’s leading receiver and ranks fourth in the country in receiving yards per game (122.0 ypg). Quarterback Chase Rettig leads the ACC and ranks 11th among all FBS quarterbacks in passing yards per game (317.0).
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IDK for sure but I’m guessing Clemson, Duke nor UGA are ranked higher than BC.

Miami gave passing teams a blueprint vs. the Jackets. I sure hope PJ’s “abberration” comment turns out to be true.

LA Jacket

September 28th, 2012
1:57 am

The miss tackles are extremely bothersome especially in the 4th quarter. Is it fatigue?? Causing lack of focus?? Its one of the most basic things you have to do in football. However the secondary getting torched in the Miami game is hard to place blame. Defense is a group effort. Any secondary is going to look bad when pressure from the defensive line looks like a 7-on-7 drill. They can only hold coverage for so long before someone works free. Although its possible they can work together meaning good coverage can lead to a coverage sack. But how often do we ever see that?? The secondary has always looked pretty decent when we have a fair amount of pressure. The games that have been lost and large passing yards given up all have this in common, no pressure on the QB. I mean some of those guys could brew ice tea and then decide where they want to throw the ball.

BS Patrol

September 28th, 2012
6:15 am

LA Jacket got it right, but the tackling after the catch was embarrassing.

GT fan Alumni for 56 years

September 28th, 2012
6:26 am

Inferior talent misses tackles. Recruiting recruiting recruiting, Expand majors now. I had rather be more like Stanford than MIT. Georgia Tech University.

BS Patrol

September 28th, 2012
6:39 am

BS Patrol

September 28th, 2012
6:42 am

If you feel that way, might as well be a doggie.

FL Jacket

September 28th, 2012
6:47 am

56 Years…

I’d rather be like Georgia Tech.

The competitiveness of Stanford is a myth. Their success in recent history has been linked to 2 good coaching hires (Tyrone Willingham, Jim Harbaugh)…other than that they have a poor record.

As an alum…I would feel worse if the Institute did anything to cheapen the prestige of my degree than suffer another 10 losses to Miami. There’s bigger things than football.

Jacket Detective

September 28th, 2012
6:52 am

Hiring Groh was supposed to solve (or at least improve) the porous defense we had with Wommack as D coordinator.
Instead firing Wommack has begun to look like another mistake.
At least we could have had him on the hot seat for 2010 instead of Al’s ready made excuses. (He needs three years to install his defense. By then half the fan base is headed for the lake or golf course)
Changing to the 3-4 allowed for the Kansas loss too.
Spliting with a basketball school is like spliting with Duke.

BS Patrol

September 28th, 2012
6:56 am

I don’t believe 56 years is a Tech alumnus anyway. Likely a doggie troll.

BS Patrol

September 28th, 2012
7:00 am

The fact that 56 years refers to himself as an “alumni” is a dead giveaway.

GTpack

September 28th, 2012
7:22 am

Agree with LA Jacket, no pressure on the QB allows their receivers to run around until they get open. Also allows the QB to concentrate on his throw rather than worry about who is going to hit him. The game is won and lost in the trenches, and right now it looks like we don’t know how to pressure the QB.

docsbro

September 28th, 2012
7:34 am

FL Jacket has the telling statement, “there are more important things than football”. You either have to commit to it or don’t, but tech is in limbo. Tech grads get most value for their degrees…well time to put some money into the Program. If you want to be a factor in football then the fans are going to have to commit to it. The fans are going to have to buy tickets and donate to the athletic fund. I am tired of the “old guard” sitting around whining about the color Gold we use or that we have new uniforms (Even Notre Dame realizes you need to tweak uniforms for interest, and THEIR uniforms are WAY more iconic than ours) oh and a casual fan(and YES you NEED casual fans in fact you NEED millions of them like UGA or UNC) aren’t going to buy a piss yellow jersey or hat. It is time for them to buck up and spend money on the program, or STOP bitching. There is not a culture at Tech to commit to the program and until there is then it will continue to be mediocre. Until there is passion for the program it will be mediocre, no more excuses.

Tokyo jacket

September 28th, 2012
7:37 am

@dpj – because they’re 19- and 20-year old kids. The minute a player on my team admits he’s not that good, I don’t want him on my team, ESPECIALLY cornerbacks and quarterbacks. They have to think they’re the best thing on the field. Look at Revis, Ed Reed, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino. Those are positions at which you have to have confidence.

TheTruth

September 28th, 2012
7:40 am

dpj98 is all over it. The ‘Swiss Cheese Defense’ has nothing to do with the game against Miami; this is a trademark of Al Groh’s rotten 3-4. Any team with a pulse can score at will on Tech. Rushing 3 (and yes, we did see that often on Sunday) and playing 10 yards off the other team’s wide receivers means that Tech’s defense is incapable of getting the other team off the field unless the other team makes a mistake (fumble or interception).

TeknocratNOTdemokrat

September 28th, 2012
7:44 am

Giving up the long pass at the beginning of the game was not THAT big a deal…giving up the same thing at the end of the game was a huge deal! No adjustments made at the half to the coverage units or to the D line??? – that’s on the coaching, regardless of what anybody says. This ‘defensive letdown’ thing has happened, w/the exception of CPJ’s first year, every year since. Sick of it. CAG, fix it, or get the hell out…if the kids aren’t paying attention, get some kids off the bench that WILL. Honest effort is better than watching a player with an overblown opinion of himself get skunked again because his head’s not in the game…although I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why ANY of the D players would have a high opinion of themselves (at this point, anyway)….they obviously still have a lot to prove.

Jmonty

September 28th, 2012
8:07 am

Yeah…. Leave the UM game behind?? Just like the VT game got left behind… Do these people NOT learn from mistakes?? Seriously, I give up!!! Until Dumb AZZ Groh is gone… I am not supporting GT anymore. He’s like a poision that consumes the whole team with his loser ways.

LvilleJacket

September 28th, 2012
8:23 am

#6 should want to leave the game behind. It became apparent he was the one being targeted constantly in the fourth quarter. I would rather he not speak on behalf of the defense given his performance against VT and Miami.

old dog

September 28th, 2012
8:24 am

I am a ‘Dawg, Alum, etc. However, I do pull for y’all except against us. Your defense, for lack of a better description, blows one as long as a rail-road track….period! You have to have the hosses before you can go to the 3-4, and you do not have them. You can put points on the board, but any team with a respectable offense can run up and down the field. Recruiting has to get better, and the d-coach HAS TO PLAY WITH WHAT HE HAS until he gets a better tier of recruit (i.e. run a defense his folks can play.) It can happen at Tech; it has before. Y’all have a long and proud tradition, and if you would play a little D it still would. You’re dog-gone (no pun intended) beating folks now without a decent defense.

HighTech

September 28th, 2012
8:34 am

GT fan Alumni for 56 years

September 28th, 2012
6:26 am
Inferior talent misses tackles. Recruiting recruiting recruiting, Expand majors now. I had rather be more like Stanford than MIT. Georgia Tech University.
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Not after last night.

Reebok

September 28th, 2012
8:38 am

They have ‘FORGOTTEN” about the Miami game? That’s amazing, because I was there, and I don’t think I will ever forget it, although I certainly wish I could.

After the next Tech loss, presumably next Saturday against Clemson, they need to write off this year and hand the offense over to Vad Lee. It’s going to be his offense for the next 3 season, might as well let him get some of the growing pains out of the way and get the jump on 2013.

gt4ever

September 28th, 2012
8:42 am

@BS Patrol

Just GO AWAY! This is a football Blog… Opinions are wanted, and appreciated… Even if it doesn’t concur with your narrow minded remarks… Everybody in here is NOT a doggie troll just because you don’t agree… Personally I don’t care if he is a doggy… I mean, they do have a football team that is successful…

crackbaby

September 28th, 2012
9:13 am

@56years – You want to expand majors offered at Tech to improve the football team?

Crazy talk.

ramblingbuzz

September 28th, 2012
9:16 am

Let’s just hope this week’s game doesn’t go into OT. Some of the responsibility falls on the athlete when it come to individual effort. But the fact that they can’t stop anyone with this wreched 3-4 defense falls squarely on No Groh. As has been pointed repeatedly on these blogs, apparently he’s a one trick pony, 3-4 or nothing defensive man, who either too stubborn or not competent enough to change a defense that’s not working.

crackbaby

September 28th, 2012
9:25 am

Ken – Have you (or anyone else) assessed Stephen Morris’ performance (Miami QB)? I was thoroughly impressed with his showing against Tech. Strong arm. Can make all the throws accurately – post, corner, deep out. Stands tall in the pocket and looks downfield.

Looks like an NFL QB in the making.

That's cute...

September 28th, 2012
9:30 am

You can’t LEAVE until you actually arrived. I never actually saw them show up at Miami so how can they be leaving?

Secondly Sweeting you have no room to talk, you sucked just as bad pre-Miami as you did during Miami.

Sideways 77

September 28th, 2012
9:34 am

I love the comment made by docsbro (7:34) and not surprisingly agree with him.

If GT is to return to a consistently top 10 team we will need resources. It is hard to compete with FSU, Clemson, UGA, etc when we have a less than full stadium for home games. It has a huge affect on recruiting. The best palyers want to play in front of huge crowds. Until we consistently fill up the stadium we will never be a football power. It is not coaching it, is fan support. We can always hire a new coach but it seems like we can not get the fan support. Even worse was the student support for the Miami game. Half the student section in the north endzone was empty most of the game. The student weren’t excited about the game?

The question is how do we get fans that are as excited about GT football as other top teams?

I have had season tickets for about 20 years and the level of support for GT football really hasn’t changed over the years. The only time we can get the stadium filled is when we play UGA, Clemson, FSU, Auburn, etc (ie when the other team brings their fans). I don’t know the answer because I think a majority of Tech graduates really don’t care about GT football.

I am probably a minority fan but I thought Gailey was a good coach given his fan support level and also like the job that PJ is doing. GT football coaches can’t fill the stadium so if you really have a problem with the team, the problem is RAD. It is his job too fill up Bobby Dodd. So far he has failed. I think wehen we fill BD, we will get better recruits.

The other comment I agree with was made by Reebok (8:38). I think it is time to turn over the team to Vad if they lose to Clemson. Let’s starting working on next years team. The only goal left to play for for this years is beating the bulldogs in Athens. THWG!

Go Jackets! I will keep supporting GT football. I just wish others would.

PS. Ken – you do a great job following our team. Keep up the good work.

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September 28th, 2012
9:54 am

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WnE

September 28th, 2012
10:00 am

re:
FL Jacket
This exchange is from another blog of Ken’s (looking for a pass rush)

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BLT, I guess you never heard of Stanford. Higher ranked in Engineering than GT and extremely diverse in Major offerings?and BCS bowls lately, You are part of the problem. I am 63 years old and I have been to more seasons of GT football than you I am sure, I have been in the stands when the nearest fan was twenty yards away on the same row, so I have never been a fair weather fan. Either GT does the necessary things and commits to a top program or I am giving up going to Grant Field and donating. Firing Gailey was what I meant by good coach because it was only partly his fault. I don’t see adding majors as a cheapening of our University. Call it what it is, a University, and we will get more good recruits.
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Absolutely great post!!

DFACS has been under great scrutiny for years for failing Children that it is charged to protect, why can’t GT have ELITE ACADEMICS that includes a Sociology Major up through the Master’s Level.

Broadcast News was revolutionized 2 blocks from campus by Ted Turner, why not add a Communications major, can you imagine Syracuse, NYU, or Columbia being that close to the Media center that is NYC and not having Communications majors?

So why doesn’t GT have a Communications Major?

You can still demand high test scores and high GPAs from the applicant pool even if you do have Sociology or Communications Majors.

Those 2 majors alone would bring more FEMALES and give the campus a more “normal” feeling and make it easier to Recruit to GT without cheapening anyone’s Degree.

Most of the Ivy League Schools have Sociology, Education, Communications and those sorts of Majors and I have never heard an Ivy Leaguer claim their degree has been cheapened.

If you’re majoring in Engr. why would you give D@MN what classes the students in the next bldg. are taking or what they are majoring in?

D-B@gs like BLT and his mindset is what is keeping GT from becoming a better University, a better part of the LOCAL COMMUNITY, and more important part of the State of Ga.’s future, the State needs more than Technical Issues solved.

Once again great post, guys like BLT are the main reason why GT cannot cultivate more sidewalk alums like schools like ND or Michigan do.

GT Lee

September 28th, 2012
10:12 am

“D-B@gs like BLT and his mindset”

so why don’t you show up to a pre-game and say that to our face, WhinEy? If your dried up little raisin sac allows you to, don’t forget the mason jar to put your teeth in.

WnE

September 28th, 2012
10:12 am

re:
FL Jacket
September 28th, 2012
6:47 am

56 Years…

I’d rather be like Georgia Tech.

The competitiveness of Stanford is a myth. Their success in recent history has been linked to 2 good coaching hires (Tyrone Willingham, Jim Harbaugh)…other than that they have a poor record.

As an alum…I would feel worse if the Institute did anything to cheapen the prestige of my degree than suffer another 10 losses to Miami. There’s bigger things than football.

First of all Stanford plays in a much tougher conference than the ACC.

Secondly the crappy Bowl Streak means NEXT TO NOTHING among serious CFB programs.

Stanford has had back-to-back 11-win seasons and back-to-back BCS Bowl Games winning one and losing the other in OT.

Stanford beat USCw for the 4th straight time this yr, that gets noticed NATIONALLY, us beating Clemson or UNC does not.

The truth is, is that we should be more like Stanford, but D-B@GS like you can’t handle that, it is much better to have the higher HIGHS than it is to play in a bunch of meaningless Bowls.

I’d easily trade Stanford’s last 4 yrs. (this year included) for GT’s last 15-yrs of crappy Bowls and losses to our In-State rival.

WnE

September 28th, 2012
10:13 am

My comments start with first of all………….

GT Lee

September 28th, 2012
10:18 am

first of all: Washington 17 Stanford 13

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2012
10:21 am

Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies
Business Administration
Economics
Economics and International Affairs
Global Economics and Modern Languages
History, Technology, and Society
International Affairs
International Affairs and Modern Language
Psychology
Public Policy
Science, Technology, and Culture

All are Bachelor of Science degree programs

FL Jacket

September 28th, 2012
10:29 am

“The truth is, is that we should be more like Stanford, but D-B@GS like you can’t handle that, it is much better to have the higher HIGHS than it is to play in a bunch of meaningless Bowls.

I’d easily trade Stanford’s last 4 yrs. (this year included) for GT’s last 15-yrs of crappy Bowls and losses to our In-State rival.”

WnE…complete lack of class aside (it’s almost to be expected now)…

The truth is you probably can’t name Stanford’s current coach, or know anything about his resume. You probably don’t know the names of the coaches in between Tyrone Willingham and Jim Harbaugh that only won 16 games in 5 seasons. Heck, we’ll probably never find out if Stanford is actually graduating their current players (after all, they are private).

I’ll take perennial competitiveness and ridiculously improved graduation rates over the alternative anytime…

FL Jacket

September 28th, 2012
10:30 am

“The truth is, is that we should be more like Stanford, but D-B@GS like you can’t handle that, it is much better to have the higher HIGHS than it is to play in a bunch of meaningless Bowls.

I’d easily trade Stanford’s last 4 yrs. (this year included) for GT’s last 15-yrs of crappy Bowls and losses to our In-State rival.”

WnE…complete lack of class aside (it’s almost to be expected now)…

The truth is you probably can’t name Stanford’s current coach, or know anything about his resume. You probably don’t know the names of the coaches in between Tyrone Willingham and Jim Harbaugh that only won 16 games in 5 seasons. Heck, we’ll probably never find out if Stanford is actually graduating its current players (after all, they are private).

I’ll take perennial competitiveness and better graduation rates over the alternative anytime…

WnE

September 28th, 2012
10:31 am

re:
Delbert D.
September 28th, 2012
10:21 am

Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies
Business Administration
Economics
Economics and International Affairs
Global Economics and Modern Languages
History, Technology, and Society
International Affairs
International Affairs and Modern Language
Psychology
Public Policy
Science, Technology, and Culture

All are Bachelor of Science degree programs
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At minimum they require EARTH SCIENCE, not the Biology or Chemistry that Enginerring Majors take.

They also require SURVEY of Calculus and Finite Math that are NOT accepted for Credit by Engr. Majors.

Is that all ya’ got?

WnE

September 28th, 2012
10:37 am

re:
FL Jacket
September 28th, 2012
10:30 am

“The truth is, is that we should be more like Stanford, but D-B@GS like you can’t handle that, it is much better to have the higher HIGHS than it is to play in a bunch of meaningless Bowls.

I’d easily trade Stanford’s last 4 yrs. (this year included) for GT’s last 15-yrs of crappy Bowls and losses to our In-State rival.”

WnE…complete lack of class aside (it’s almost to be expected now)…

The truth is you probably can’t name Stanford’s current coach, or know anything about his resume. You probably don’t know the names of the coaches in between Tyrone Willingham and Jim Harbaugh that only won 16 games in 5 seasons. Heck, we’ll probably never find out if Stanford is actually graduating its current players (after all, they are private).

I’ll take perennial competitiveness and better graduation rates over the alternative anytime…
__________________

Do you know what perennial competitiveness is?

We are 14-12 the last 2 seasons vs. the 69th & 76th toughest schedules in D1-A that has 120+ teams.

We are 3-15 vs. the big-4 that define GT FB to the rest of the country:

1-4 vs. VT
1-4 vs. Miami
1-3 vs. UGA
0-4 vs. Bowl Games

Please extrapolate perennial competitiveness from those numbers above ?

WnE

September 28th, 2012
10:42 am

re:
GT Lee
September 28th, 2012
10:18 am

first of all: Washington 17 Stanford 13
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D you think that GT with our secondary and lack of a pass rush would beat Stanford if we played?

For a school with a “better” Academic Reputation than GT to do what they have done over the last 4 yrs. is worthy of respect.

GT fans that trash Stanford come across as sore losers.

Our own Lou Young got wait-listed (for an Athlete) or was DENIED admission to Stanford and GT got him in school in a NY-minute, so think about that the next time you take cheap shots at Stanford’s Academics.

Have you ever heard a Stanford Athlete sound like Bay-Bay or Nesbitt when being Interviewed?

For all my fellow GT alums in the Glass House with me please don’t throw Rocks at Stanford!

FL Jacket

September 28th, 2012
10:48 am

“Please extrapolate perennial competitiveness from those numbers above ?”

WnE…once again

Cherry-picking losses (15 out of 21 over 4+ seasons) that amount nothing more to the following incredibly enlightening analysis on your part…

“If we’d only won the games we’ve lost we’d be a better program”

Not impressed. 14-12 (once again, you cherry-picked a down year) still implies winning more than you lost…or another way of saying COMPETITIVENESS. You can’t magically control strength of schedule…because when we scheduled Kansas in advance they were a better program when they were coached by Mark Mangino and had Todd Reesing at QB.

docsbro

September 28th, 2012
10:52 am

AGAIN, missing the point it’s NOT the Majors, it is the funding. Everyone knows we kept Gailey at least two years longer than we wanted because we could not afford to buy him out and don’t get started on Hewitt(and yes they where bad contracts but BIG TIME programs don’t have that problem).

It is ALSO the branding. We are not getting the casual fans because we aren’t reaching them. We aren’t selling games out, so lets donate tickets to local Elementary schools. Let there FIRST football experience be at Bobby Dodd!! Give tickets to families to experience the Tech campus. What better way to get kids and the Tech message of academics and athletics. We HAVE to get casual fans they SUSTAIN programs. Otherwise we will continue the up and down cycle we are in currently.

Scrod

September 28th, 2012
10:58 am

Ironic that #6 offered comments. He is the primary target to get picked on by any team that has a passing attack. Same as last year. Just as fans want to see Vad get some reps to start preparing for the future, I would also love to see a younger player get some fame experience in the secondary. Surely we have someone who can step up and fill the current void.

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2012
11:14 am

If that list of majors doesn’t fit a potential recruit, then Clemson, Georgia, Auburn or Whoever University can provide their specialty degree programs.

www

September 28th, 2012
11:18 am

WNE got it right for the first time i’ve ever seen on this blog – georgia tech should absolutely create a communications degree.

www

September 28th, 2012
11:19 am

and docsbro is right – the georgia tech progrom should do a much better job getting locals in the seats. d-rad needs to make some changes in the marketing department asap.

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2012
11:27 am

A graduate in Parks and Recreation Management from Clemson can become a damn fine U.S. Forest Service employee. After the recruiting is all done, and the recruits have enrolled at a school, the athletic department academic advisor should provide them with with the information that there is less than a 3 percent chance that any given recruit will make it to the NFL. This will enable the student to choose wisely on a degree choice, regardless of what the coaching staff wants them to pursue.