Peterson on Radakovich

Some notes from an interview with Georgia Tech president G.P. “Bud” Peterson regarding the resignation of athletic director Dan Radakovich

1. His reaction – “Mixed reaction. It’s a loss for us, but it’s a great opportunity for him.”

2. Peterson said shortly after the Clemson-Tech game, Clemson president James Barker called him out of courtesy to tell him the school wanted to talk to Radakovich, who called Peterson later to tell him of the interest and his intention to pursue it. Radakovich called again Sunday night to tell him that the Clemson board needed to approve the hiring Monday morning and that he was going to take the job.

3. Radakovich’s last official day is Nov. 30, but his last day on campus will be Nov. 15, after which he’ll take a two-week vacation before starting at Clemson. Until the 15th, Radakovich and senior associate athletic director Paul Griffin will be spending time together working on a transition.

Peterson: “I have a lot of confidence in Paul Griffin. He’s been around for a while and knows what he’s doing. He’s been kind of leading the effort on the construction projects we have. This’ll be an additional task for him, but I have great confidence in Paul and his ability to lead this group.”

Peterson said that “the good news is we’ve got a spectacular staff. The athletics department has some really great people. They’ve worked hard. They’ll continue to work hard and I have every confidence that they’ll be successful.”

Peterson called the job “a great position” and said he’s excited about finding a successor. “We’ll probably interview a couple of search firms, establish a search committee and get started on the process,” he said.

4. On whether he’ll be on the committee: “I haven’t thought through that yet. Certainly, whether I’ll actually be on the committee or ask the committee to make a recommendation to me, I’m not sure exactly how we’ll do that. We haven’t quite formalized the committee structure and who would be on it. It won’t be a large committee, though. It’ll be a fairly small committee. There were five or six people last time when they did the search for Dan. That’s how these things go.”

5. On priorities for the replacement: “We’ve done a lot of construction, so we’ve got some challenges in terms of funding and fundraising. Certainly looking for somebody with absolutely the highest integrity possible.”

6. On if having worked at Tech or being an alumnus is a factor: “I don’t know that it has to be somebody that has been here or is an alum. They have to understand Georgia Tech. This place is a little different than some places. It’s a great institution, but it is a little different. … Our academic requirements are pretty difficult and challenging, so it’s going to take an athletic director that understands Georgia Tech. I think I’ve tried to do that and I’m not a Tech alum, so I’ve got a high degree of confidence we can find somebody. It’d be great if we could find somebody that knew a lot about Georgia Tech, was a Tech alum, had three degrees, four degrees, four kids that went here, but we’ll see what happens.”

7. On Radakovich’s legacy: “Well again when I think you look at the facilities and what we’ve done with facilities, it’s just been a spectacular run. We’ve just had tremendous support from our alumni that has facilitated that growth of facilities. The John and Mary Brock Football Practice Facility, McCamish Pavilion – I think you’ve probably been there – just looks spectacular, the Ken Byers Tennis Center, the new softball field. A real focus on the financial aspects, fundraising. He’s done a great job fundraising. The improvement he’s made to the facilities has really raised our game and our ability to attract coaches, players, staff and will be a great asset in attracting the next athletics director.”

8. On Radakovich being linked to jobs in the past: “Dan has kept me fully apprised. He and I have a great relationship, I’ve never had to wonder. Somebody asked me if I knew he was being considered about a week ago, a week and a half ago, and I said, Yeah, he had told me because they knew somebody that knew somebody. I said yeah he had told me and he’s kept me fully apprised. It doesn’t make much sense for me to go into that.”

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Radakovich leaves Tech for Clemson

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2012
10:14 am

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2012
10:14 am

Save Second Base!

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2012
10:15 am

Just make a Good Hire “BUD”.

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2012
10:19 am

Well Whoever is Hired i hope they will consider getting Roddy Jones a job in the Athletic Department. I think Roddy could make an excellent AD in the future.

juvenal

October 30th, 2012
10:32 am

should have fired him for getting us on probation-that needs to be our standard!

www

October 30th, 2012
10:33 am

orange jackets look terrble on anyone and everyone.

www

October 30th, 2012
10:36 am

agree with juvenal – radakovich is the one individual most responsible for georgia tech losing the 2009 acc title that it won on the field, and being put on probation.

the biggest thing that has happened to tech football in 30 years and the AD manages to get it taken away?

most people would have been fired on the spot for failing so spectacularly.

Full Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2012
10:39 am

Good for DRad. Good for Clemson. Most importantly, Good for Tech.

www

October 30th, 2012
10:39 am

*20 years, not 30.

GT Colors

October 30th, 2012
10:40 am

While on the subject of change for the Jackets… I think we should bring back the BLACK (or charcoal gray) accent to White and Gold. Check out the new bball pavilion… it looks awesome and it’s all Gold and Black/Gray. IMO it’s a more marketable color especially to the younger generation which will be a focus of the new AD. Thoughts?

juvenal

October 30th, 2012
10:41 am

anyone else gets us on probation, i’m gone-3rd strike…… “highest integrity” in a new AD will be an upgrade……

Full Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2012
10:41 am

DRad built up the facilities, got the financial ship in order after Brane, and now we need to find a good steward for the next decade who can manage the status quo in everything except football, which does need major overhaul.

Skeptic

October 30th, 2012
10:43 am

Why does Tech have such a problem with funding? Every Tech alum I know about is pretty flush (except me, maybe). Are we just tightwads, or what?

Full Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2012
10:44 am

I’m all about white and old gold. The black or navy accents are great as accents, but it’s up with the white and gold. Black is a bit passe in so many ways.

George P Burdell, NE

October 30th, 2012
10:46 am

I wish Dan well, but I view it as a “great opportunity” for Tech as well.

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2012
10:49 am

Skeptic….Unlike the Crazy Alums at some schools throwing money every time they are upset I think Tech fans are more fiscally responsible with their money. My dad doesn’t give as much to the GTAA as he does the Academic Scholarship programs. Education is what Colleges are about not Sports. A Football player is not as likely to develop a new business that helps the US economy for most people. Athletes make money for themselves in the PROs but Students hopefully get jobs.

www

October 30th, 2012
10:49 am

skeptic, i think there are just a LOT fewer alums compared to the large state flagship schools in the area, especially when talking about the number of alums who are currently in georgia.

South GA Jacket

October 30th, 2012
10:51 am

It is interesting that the institution gets left with the NCAA sanctions and not the AD or coaches. Whatever sanctions are in place when they resign should follow them. DRad should take reduced scholarships, etc. with him to Clemson. That should be part of the package.

Full Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2012
10:51 am

S
keptic: it’s just numbes and PR. We are pretty small compared to most state universities, and we have not had the popular non-alumni support of the Dodd years. One problem I have with CPJ (and previously with Hewitt) is that he hasn’t the personality or desire to reach out to the larger audience and represent the Institute to the public. It’s not bragging, “just fact” that GT Alumni rank very high nationally in both the percentage and amount per capita of financial support. We ridicule all the UGA fans who never went to school there, but we used to get those kinds of fans in the ’50s, and their money and loyalty is just as good as alma mater’s young’uns.

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2012
10:51 am

I really HATE the new Helmets and Uniforms.
How many games have we won with the White and honeycomb helmets?

Full Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2012
10:55 am

While I agree with you 5150 on the importance of supporting academics, and the priority Tech alums place on academics, this is a discussion about athletics on a sports blog.

Wilson dunkit

October 30th, 2012
10:56 am

While I agree with you 5150 on the importance of supporting academics, and the priority Tech alums place on academics, this is a discussion about athletics on a sports blog.

Full Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2012
10:56 am

Hey, I just said that.

Full Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2012
10:58 am

While I am all about white and old gold, I could care less if we wore pink plaid as long as we win games.

Full Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2012
10:59 am

While I am all about white an old gold, we could wear neon pink and green as long as we are winning.

Full Metal Jacket

October 30th, 2012
11:01 am

The losing and looking bad doing it what is wearing thin. Infinitely unstylish.

Skeptic

October 30th, 2012
11:03 am

I believe messing with uniforms is another way a foundation tries to raise money. In my day, if you had a white jersey, you were set as far as fan gear. Now, they trot out all this other stuff so you feel pressured to buy a different jersey.

Wes Mantooth

October 30th, 2012
11:05 am

Damon Evans is available.

SansWorld

October 30th, 2012
11:06 am

DR did a good job on development and facilites. Development is ongoing, hopefully the facilites we need for the next decade are in place.

The nuts in bolts of running winning programs are lacking though. He need to hire someone that can hire talented coaches, and not botch NCAA investigations.

Here come the red and black helicopters

October 30th, 2012
11:07 am

Next to getting Obama out of office, our next priority should be rebuilding the football program. We haven’t had a good college football head coach since O’Leary. Gailey was not as bad as portrayed, but like Johnson, he had some serious PR, relating-to-kids, and communication issues.

Here come the red and black helicopters

October 30th, 2012
11:11 am

Hire a good caretaker who can get us a great football coach in here, and that will help considerably with revenues and support. Say what you will, but Radakovich did not leave us in bad shape. The NCAA mess is the worst of it, but we have manageable debt and good facilities for awhile. We’ll never again be on par with a Bama or even a UGA in football, because the current state of the NCAA and athletics doesn’t allow it. (You can be an elite academic school or an elite football school, but not CONSISTENTLY both, not in the last 30 years.)

Here come the red and black helicopters

October 30th, 2012
11:14 am

Skeptic: I think it is not so much about raising money as it is appealing to recruits and players. Most coaches could care less, and would really rather go traditional. But everyone says the players love it and most of the new uniforms are provided free by the manufacturers who get revenue and publicity from selling a wider range of merchandise.

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2012
11:14 am

GTgrad71
October 30th, 2012
9:55 am

Someone at the highest levels of Georgia State Government needs to look at what GT has become. Does the State keep funding (at least 200 million dollars/yr) GT’s limited Majors with the current 50% level of Georgia students and with UGA now having Engineering Programs? Should GT be private?
If the State keeps funding GT, why not require GT to serve Georgia students; after all GT is a Georgia University, why not serve Georgia. UGA is 90% Georgia Students.
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GTgrad71…………The problem is the Government School System. They are not educating the students of Georgia in the Math and Sciences enough to get in TECH. The Regents are Screwing TECH because it is filled with MUTTS ie. Don Leebern aka S. Yoculan’s PIMP DADDY and Huge UGa donor. The Regents is trying to DUMB DOWN the Engineering programs by allowing Ga Sou & UGa have engineering. the regents also GAVE UGa more medical degrees trying to Kill the Medical College of Georgia(or whatever it is now called)

Bobby Cremins

October 30th, 2012
11:15 am

Tech seems to keep a pretty tight lid on things like this and the NCAA investigation that hit the news in July 2011. I first heard news of Radokovich’s interest in the Clemson job Sunday night and the next day he’s their new AD.

old dog

October 30th, 2012
11:16 am

@Here come,
“Moobs” as ya’ll sometimes call him has recruiting issues as well…..ain’t done so well playing with the recruits he has, ‘coz many kids will not come to a system like that (especially a top-notch QB!!!) Ya’ll need to quit crying, and get Tech back on the map as the proud program it was, and can be. No academic excuses, etc. For example, you think if Spurrier was there you’d be in the hunt? Yes, you would. I know he is not coming, but maybe the new AD can bring in a top-notch guy who will bring Tech to where it ought to be. Sorry, guys, but it ain’t what you got now.

tech fan

October 30th, 2012
11:22 am

Tech new uniforms are not good! Dont like the white helmets. The traditional ones are beter.

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2012
11:23 am

Prof Tech

October 30th, 2012
11:25 am

5150: Some of what you say is true, but actually Ga. Tech has always worked on about a 55/45 ration of in-state to out-of-state students, which lets us get the best in our chosen majors. As an INSTITUTE of Technology, even though we enjoy university status, we remain a top-tier academic institution because we focus more on Science, Engineering, and Technology. We have GSU (two of them actually, haha), UGA, and numerous smaller general universities supported by taxpayers. You can’t just change a state school to a private school, nor would we want to. Ga. Tech is one of the best State schools in the USA, where most of the top schools are usually private. The state of Georgia benefits tremendously from the out of state and foreign graduates who stay here after graduation and who pay a lot more of their tuition than our instate students. That being said, let’s talk about FOOTBALL dangit.

HJacket

October 30th, 2012
11:31 am

An AD that never played athletics in any sport has used us and moving on. Good riddance! My vote is for one of our own kind, Todd Stansbury. He’s put on the pads, taught classes and tutored athletes. In other words “lead from the front”. A novel concept in this day and age but one that is appreciated by Tech Alumni who have historically done the same while serving as professionals in the careers they choose.

Prof Tech

October 30th, 2012
11:34 am

Stereotypes aside, Paul Johnson, like Paul Hewitt, apparently does not have the desire or else the ability to attract and recruit the kind of student-athletes we need to build successful programs. One would think that Tech would be able to get excellent quarterback prospects with the right coach and the right system, and that we should be able to compete with Duke, UNC, Vandy and other schools for intelligent basketball players. I am not saying we are ready to systemically challenge Duke and UNC on the court yet, but Cremins proved we could get comparable talent at some positions on a consistent basis. And Ross, O’Leary, and Gailey all got excellent talent here on the gridiron. It is a real challenge, but it can be done. CPJ may narrow our potential field of recruits too much further by his system and his personality, when we are already limited by our academic requirements and limitations.

Prof Tech

October 30th, 2012
11:37 am

I also want to say that I know Coach Johnson and he is a good man and a good coach. I’m just not sure if he is the right man in the right position at the right school. And we all know that winning cures all ills, and losing aggravates them. Going 3-11 over the last 14 games is going to aggravate a lot of symptoms.

Prof Tech

October 30th, 2012
11:40 am

We could get a Six Sigma Lean / Best Practices kind of guy in here as AD, but I really think we just need a good caretaker with a strong grasp of sports, marketing, and personnel. I know it would be pay cut, but is John Dewberry interested, or maybe Wayne Hogan? No objections to a former player (obviously) as long as they have the business chops.

Jacket Man

October 30th, 2012
11:57 am

5150 UOAD is correct in that our school systems do not stress math and science which is needed to gain entry into GA Tech whereas it isn’t at most other major Universities that compete at our level, so their player requirements aren’t as stringent (GA Tech doesn’t have any “easy” majors/classes).

This means before anything can even happen on the field of play, first Tech has to recruit players who qualify scholastically as well as those who are interested in the majors that GA Tech offers. This is a very small pool in-State on a year-to-year basis. This oftentimes requires the coaches to expand their recruiting searches on a more regional, even national scope, which ultimately affects their annual budget.

I would also suggest that just because these players fit GA Tech’s profiles, that doesn’t mean they won’t fit other teams’ profiles as well, such as Stanford, and even teams that may not dictate the player choose to go in a route that stresses a more “academic” based institute but a “football factory,” assuming they have the interest generated by them. This means GA Tech’s pool of potential recruits is shrunk even more.

Because of these factors, to be competitive on the football field, GA Tech must find a coach who can provide some sort of a “competitive advantage” by bringing in a special offense and football “mind,” so to speak (Leach, Grobe, June Jones, Urban Meyer, Paul Johnson, etc). These guys are few, and far, between. Finding a great defense to go along with these innovative offenses is a luxury and a great way to bring a championship on campus.

DRad cleaned up a huge mess left by Dave Braine and has left the Athletic program in a much better position than he found it, and he should be wished well in his new endeavor. It’s time to get behind the programs and coaches and look forward to the new AD, and then get behind whoever is chosen to fill the opening. That’s what the Jacket Nation has always done.

5150 UOAD

October 30th, 2012
12:12 pm

Supersize that order, mutt
October 30th, 2012
11:54 am

So there’s still hope that Rad could fire Coach Paul Johnson so they can both take a November vacation?
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Fake Super grow-up!

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

October 30th, 2012
12:15 pm

Barney Frank for A.D.! He did absolute financial wonders with Fannnie May & Freddie Mac, he was behind the Dodd-Frank deal(pun intended), and he could help coach tight ends!

Skeptic

October 30th, 2012
12:17 pm

I don’t want anyone as AD that refers to Tech as a “brand.” Or, to fundraising as “selling a brand”. That’s the silliest, most plastic trend I’ve ever seen. Protect copyrights, but don’t chase the trick-or-treater dressed as Buzz down the street with a cease-and-desist order.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 30th, 2012
12:23 pm

Name thief at 11:54. That guy must live a sad, lonely life if he gets his thrills out of posting under other people’s names. WHAT A LOSER !!!!

old dog

October 30th, 2012
12:24 pm

@Michael Veli…
“Now thats funny right there, I don’t care who you are………”

Supersize that order, mutt

October 30th, 2012
12:25 pm

LOL @ Michael Veli

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

October 30th, 2012
12:39 pm

Thanks old dog, i blame it on the medication! I don’t want us to get back to where we once were(there’s no future in the past) but to rise above that and become a national power and i have no doubt that is possible. In fact, the only thing that would make me happier is if Ken S. became the chief editor at AJC! We all know the first Super Size was a second stringer, the real Super Size is much more eloquent.