Johnson: ‘You want fans that care’

Some of the more interesting answers from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson at his Monday post-practice interview:

On Tech converting most of its takeaways into points:

“It’s possessions, because what happens is every time that you turn the ball over, you lose a chance to score. It’ a possession. We had done a pretty good job of that for most of the year and then Saturday, we turn it over on two plays on a hitch pass, we turn it over on the first play or the second play on an option, you turn it over on the first play of a drive with 8 minutes (left) with a deflection for an interception, and that’s all chances that you don’t have to score. It takes away your chances. So on the flipside, when you get one on defense it gives you another possession, another chance to score. That’s why they were so big in the game. And then we killed our possession in the second half with a penalties to start the second half. End up 2nd and 25.”

On if he had put his finger on an explanation for Tech’s lack of energy Saturday:

“No. If I knew… It’s disappointing and it’s unacceptable and I think our guys know it’s unacceptable. You move forward. Like I said, you’re not going to get anywhere looking backwards. Quit moping, quit pouting, and let’s go play.”

On special-teams play being improved:

“Except fumbling the kick, except getting a penalty, except both times they punted, we take over on the 4 and the 12, but other than that, it was great. But it was the lesser of the evils.”

On the success MTSU had throwing quick outs by blocking cornerbacks:

“We had some guys who were supposed to be buzzing the flats who weren’t buzzing the flats. I think they played good. Should we have lost the game? No, but we did.”

On if he’d received any encouraging e-mails or phone calls from colleagues or friends:

“Not really. Last time I looked, we were 2-3, not 0-97. I would think most people wouldn’t even be thinking about it. But, clearly, you guys are. I get e-mails every week whether we win or lose, and most of them are telling me what I need to do, whether we win or lose.”

On everybody having an opinion:

“But that’s part of it. You want fans that care. If they didn’t care, they wouldn’t be very good fans. We’re disappointed, too. I promise you. Nobody’s more disappointed than I am. But I certainly haven’t given up. It’s not like oh, shoot, the season’s lost. We’ve still got a lot to play.”

On Morgan Bailey’s play in the second half:

“He moved some people around. He’s got great ability. Hopefully, he can stay out and have a good week of practice and we can play him. I’ve said from the jump, the kid’s got great ability. If he can just stay healthy, he’ll really help us.”

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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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October 3rd, 2012
4:56 pm

October 2nd, 2012
7:49 pm

No tech fan wants a U.G.A coach or x should know this by now.T.H.W.G.


That’s nonsense. Blind hate for Georgia is stupid. If you can get a good coach and a key cog from UGA’s recruiting at the same time, only a fool would turn that down.


October 3rd, 2012
8:11 pm

@Demo – you need to check your math. In fall of 2011 less than 67% of enrolled students including graduate students were residents of GA. It’s also fairly common for people to establish or claim residence in order to not pay out of state tuition so the actual number actually from Georgia high schools is probably some percentage lower. The Freshman class was a record size of 2,650 versus more than 5,500 for UGA just by way if comparison. I would also suggest that many GT grads move out of state for their careers. A look at top employers of Tech graduates would give you numbers but it’s a compelling point as to why it’s difficult to count on GT alumni to fill the seats.

It does seem like the default football team to pull for in Georgia is UGA, whether you went to school there or not – especially if you didn’t go there actually – it’s easier to be a Dawg fan, you play in the SEC, have an exciting and successful program, and heck everyone else is a UGA fan so why not! I would ask though, do you believe the seats are filled for UGA games with Alums? Maybe but I don’t think so. It seems like the rudest fans never even went to school there.

I do agree with your point though, a more compelling product on the field for GT would generate more excitement and more fans at the games. The funny thing is, I think it would be easier for someone to really reach a point of permanence and success at GT than at UGA, we’re just not as demanding.

In any case, good luck the rest of the season to everyone, God knows we need it!

Go Jackets!

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