Johnson wants home field to be more intimidating

Read Paul Johnson's lips: please intimidate the opponents.

Read Paul Johnson's lips: Please be intimdating.

There’s a lot of optimism about what Georgia Tech can do this season, with the Sporting News even projecting an ACC championship and a top 5 ranking.

So I finally broke down the Yellow Jackets’ schedule game by game Monday night and I determined they will . . . no, you’ll have to wait. It’s for the AJC’s pre-season college football section in a few weeks. But I do believe one thing the Jackets need to do this season is make Bobby Dodd Stadium a more difficult place for opponents to play. Tech plays three home games before mid-October that will go a long way toward determining the ACC race: Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The athletic department’s push to sell more season tickets obviously feeds into this.

When I sat with Paul Johnson in his office the other day — I know; I’m such a name-dropper — I looked outside his office window into the football stadium and asked him, “Are you anxious to get Georgia here at the end of the season?” His response was, “Honesty, that’s so far down the road, I haven’t even thought about it. Have you seen our schedule?”

But he did talk about wanting to improve Tech’s home-field advantage. When Bobby Ross coached on The Flats, his final three teams went 17-2 at Bobby Dodd. Johnson went 6-1 last season (the loss coming to Virginia) but also had the stinker of a performance against Gardner-Webb.

“The Gardner-Webb game, it was like a mausoleum in the stadium,” Johnson said. “I don’t blame the fans because we didn’t show up, either.”

On playing at home, he said: “I hope we can make it a big advantage. Every place else I’ve coached, home field was big. We had a pretty good streak going at Navy. And I think the kids feed off the crowd and the enthusiasm. It can be intimidating for opponents. It should be a hard place for them to play.”

For the record, he said he does not plan to start any bonfires for a pep rally. That would be your job.

173 comments Add your comment

UGASlobberknocker

August 4th, 2009
8:06 am

I like CPJ and believe he is way too good for Tech; but he is kidding himself if he thinks Tech will ever get to the level of support that most SEC teams enjoy. They have a small grad base and that grad base has no real loyalty to the football team. At Tech, the game is something to do if the first 5 things on your Saturday to do list are completed. 1/study 2/ tickle pile in the dorm 3/ pay the 900 phone bill 4//dream of virginity loss and 5/ pop pimples. There is just no time to squeeze in something so juvenile as a foiorball game. plus, they may get mugged on the way to the stadium.

The only way Tech sells out that stadium is to let 10k-20k opposing fans in the door.

Dont worry, PJ..a real football school will probably call you soon.

GT '93

August 4th, 2009
8:15 am

You’re a Bulldog Homer Schultz. Thanks for the dig.

Ask the Georgia Tech players and coaches how intimidating it was to play in Athens last year.

You putz.

MattyB

August 4th, 2009
8:15 am

It’s not rocket science. Create a few secondary violations, self-report them, say you’re sorry, create a few major violations, cover them up like hell, win a conference championship, become a pre-season #1 ranked team. And voila, the seats become full again. 45-42, out!

m

August 4th, 2009
8:31 am

The reason that Tech has not had an intimidating home field advantage is that the fans had to sit through the chan gailey nightmare for 6 long, unnecessary years.

Chan Gailey is the worst coach in the history of the world and you were derelict in your duty by being silent about it for 6 long years.

Paul Johnson is the real deal and when all the fans realize it they will come out of their gailey coma and be there.

Thank God and Greyhound that the worst coach in the history of the world is gone forever. And thank God that the new sheriff in town is Paul Johnson..he is the real deal.

Poindexter

August 4th, 2009
8:32 am

UGA Slobernocker – You are wrong! wrong! wrong! 1st we don’t do the 1-900 thing, waaay too much free stuff on the net, 2nd BEFORE we pop pimples, (that’s before bedtime), we have a big Dungeons & Dragons Tourney! That’s why we aren’t in the stadium. Perhaps if there were a gt dungeons & dragons dice set given to the first 50k he could get the stadium to capcacity.
3pt victories rule!!!

TPO

August 4th, 2009
8:34 am

Tech has the most wins at it’s home football stadium than any other school has at their home stadium in the history of college football. Tennessee is second. We have twice as many of National Titles as your “football school”. Tech was the first team to ever win the “Big 4″ bowl games. We have two of the biggest awards in college football named after two of our coaches (Bobby Dodd and Heisman). Our fight song is known around the world and so are our graduates.

UGA, you need to step up your game if you want to be a real football school like Georgia Tech.

Jacket Fan

August 4th, 2009
8:35 am

If my math skills from my Tech education serve me right, we had a better home record than the preseason #1 ranked team did last year. Now tell me again who needs their home field to be more intimidating ???

GA Tech Insider

August 4th, 2009
8:39 am

First, let me start out by saying that I don’t see anything wrong with Jeff’s message. I appreciate the fact that he’s taken the time to meet, and speak, with Coach Johnson and share his thoughts with us.

Frankly speaking, just because some of you may not like the words in this blog, that doesn’t mean that Coach Johnson didn’t utter them or didn’t intend them for print. Personally, I agree with the comments and hope that the Yellow Jacket Nation comes out in force this coming Season.

Now for the comments from the other bloggers who are acting like they have nothing better to do than act like five year old children calling each other names and stealing toys, it’s nap time; this is where the adults have conversations; take whatever comment you like that makes you understand that we don’t find your drivel amusing.

In fact, the only person you seem to be be bringing pleasure to with your comments is yourself, and you can please yourselves in private, thank you very much; we prefer to discuss sports.

CMR

August 4th, 2009
8:39 am

YOU’RE RIGHT SLOBBERNOCKER I HOPE CPJ GETS ANOTHER JOB BEFORE NOVEMBER CAUSE HES GOING TO KICK MY A– AGAIN. MAYBE I CAN HIRE HIM TO COACH MY DEFENCE.

Tech fans

August 4th, 2009
8:42 am

When Ross and O’Leary had things going in the right direction we had a definite home field advantage. I would say we had a home field advantage in the dome last year against LSU and that didn’t work too well. That’s the most Tech fan’s that I’ve ever seen in one place minus the 1991 Citrus Bowl for the National Championship.

Coach, Tech fans will support you and this team, just keep on winning. You already jumped big hurdles that the last coach couldn’t and that was beat the state rival and FSU. I bet you will get the home field advantage you are looking for these next couple of years and beyond.

TRUE2THEJACKETS

August 4th, 2009
8:44 am

LOOK UGA FANS TRY THERE HARDEST TO GET THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT WE HAVE HERE AT GEORGIA TECH, LOOK DONT TRY TO BE LIKE US. SET YOUR OWN TEAM GOALS LIKE WEAR YOUR OVERALLS, SIT HIGH UP ON MOUNTAINS, HELL EVEN HAVE SEX WITH YOUR SISTER. YOU KNOW THE REDNECK UGA THING. LOOK WHY WOULD YOU WANNA PLAY FOOTBALL IN THE REDNECK COUNTRY OF ATHENS WHEN YOU CAN PLAY IN THE HEART OF THE CITY WHERE IT IS GREAT.

Mike Jay

August 4th, 2009
8:47 am

This article is full of the funny. That ancient half full stadium will never be intimdating. 1 win this decade and al lthe tech ‘fans’ can’t keep their mouths shut. How sad. iwil lsay that I do really like PJ. Helluva a good hire I just hope they can hang on to him long enough to revive this soo called rivalry, beating Tech used to mean something, perhaps it will again this year.

Burdell

August 4th, 2009
8:48 am

As a fan and season ticket holder, I look forward to doing my part to make it as hard and unpleasant as possible to play at Bobby Dodd Stadium and Grant Field. That being said, I don’t think anything we as fans can do will be nearly as intimidating as knowing that Tech is going to run the ball at you more often than not and STILL being powerless to stop it. The best thing about that kind of intimidation is that it travels well (re: Athens, Georgia, November 2008). To HELL with Georgia!!!

JB

August 4th, 2009
9:05 am

As a Dawg fan, Johnson HAS brought football back to the flats…..There should be NO walk up tickets to see this team. Tech people need to fill that place up……..

god and greyhound

August 4th, 2009
9:08 am

Win on a consistent basis and the fans will come. Never built up too much momentum last year. Always seemed to get ranked and then lose the next week. Reminiscent of gomer in fact. Get ranked, stay there, and beat uga.

god and greyhound

August 4th, 2009
9:21 am

Atlanta’s a front-running bandwagon type of city. Give them something to puff their chests about and Tech will be a hot ticket. Have to win big and consistently. Cart before the horse wont happen here.

William Casey

August 4th, 2009
9:27 am

I’ve been a GT fan since 1960. Never have I been prouder of our team than I was this past season (and that includes the wonderful 1966 and 1990 seasons.) As much as I enjoyed the UGA game, I must admit that my favorite moment of the season was Cooper Taylor’s game-saving monster hit vs. FSU. That was truly “old school” GT football. Bobby Dodd was smiling down from above.

Bulldawg

August 4th, 2009
9:32 am

All y’all tech fans need fer a more intimidating homefield is to where all black for a night game. That’ll really scare the other team a lot. We did it last year and them boys from Alabama was pee’in their pants. Course they might a been more scared of our pre-season #1 ranking. Either way, they was so intimidated they didn’t score a single point in the 3rd quarter against us which is saying something cause y’all scored 26 against us in the 3rd quarter.

So ‘member that, all black jerseys at night. Very intimidating and scary.

MyWhiskeyClear

August 4th, 2009
9:34 am

For what it’s worth the stadium just got a new video board twice the size of the old one and a louder sound system…

They said that they wanted the gameday experience to be more exciting for everyone, and that should get at least a couple more fans on their feet. I’m confident that no losses at home would make a strong foundation for future support. Also, recruiting from around Atlanta (something we’re in year 3 of doing now) will add a few hundred more families into the mix that will definitely be there making noise. Several local communities with highschools that we recruit from will feel as if they have more buy-in and probably want to show up. We can climb back to the “hometown team” that we used to be.

All this is contingent upon CPJ completing that very wise goal of his: stay undefeated at home!

Here’s hoping they pull that off this year! GO JACKETS!

MyWhiskeyClear

August 4th, 2009
9:38 am

By the way, if you’re a Tech fan, student or alumnus. Don’t talk unless you plan to do your part. Get your hindparts in that stadium (I personally haven’t missed a home game in 5 years), wear your gold (unless it’s a white out – there will be one versus Clemson), and get an energy drink so you can sing, chant, yell, kick and scream for 4 quarters. All I ask is that you do NOT participate in key-jangling…that might be the most annoying football tradition ever (i’m looking at YOU, VT).

Buzz Belle

August 4th, 2009
9:39 am

I cannot wait until the first kickoff! The fans will come when the wins are consistent and this year will show that. The new recruits PJ is getting and the respect from all of college football will have everybody looking at Tech this year and hate to play us next year. Next year will be hard to find tickets to the games. William, your right about Dodd, he is itching to watch this year from above! THWG and let the games begin!

Up with the white and gold

August 4th, 2009
9:42 am

BD will sell out again. Glad I have my season tickets but frankly I don’t like this pre-season hype one bit. Let’s take one game a time, I’m with PJ on that one.
Jeff you might want to blog about Urban staying a tad longer at FL and let the howling begin…lol

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 4th, 2009
9:43 am

<————– NUFF SAID!!!!!

GTinNashville

August 4th, 2009
9:45 am

Putting the results of the game aside for a moment, nobody can disagree that we had a definite home field advantage in the Peach Bowl Last year. I was there and frankly was surprised how few LSU fans showed up. The dome seats what, 70k? At least 50k of those were GT fans. If we can get that kind of support for a hometown New Years Eve bowl, I have no doubt that BDS can be sold out to GT fans and alumni.

Most fans are right, apathy set in over the past few years. Outside of Calvin Johnson there wasn’t much to be excited about. Even in 2006 losing to UGA, ACCCG, and the Gator bowl took away any positive thoughts from that season and gave the team nothing to build on for the future.

The other issue at GT is the schedule. If our home schedule is primarily Wake Forest, Duke, and Samford then you won’t sell many season tickets. I think with GT already having one strong out of conference opponent (UGA), it’s tough to schedule additional big time programs. Still, if things continue on this path where GT returns to national prominence, I would love to see Auburn and Tennessee return to the schedule. There are 12 games – 8 ACC, 1 UGA, that leaves 3 spots. 2 for mid-majors and one big name opponent.

BankerDawg

August 4th, 2009
9:45 am

Not only winning, but doing it consistently.

It seems that most Tech fans I know are always waiting for the other shoe to drop….they want to get excited, but they also have a level a apprehension. They followed up their national title year in 1990 with a relative 8-5 clunker (I think), then a year later, Bobby Ross was gone.

During O’Leary’s tenure, they were good, but never consistently what I would consider a great team (although the ‘98 team was really, really good). Then, he was gone, and we all know who showed up after that.

I think once Tech has some sustained success again, selling out BDS@HGF will not be a problem, even given the great competition they face in Atlanta for consumer’s entertainment dollars.

GO DAWGS!

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 4th, 2009
9:48 am

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August 4th, 2009
9:49 am

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kay

August 4th, 2009
9:49 am

Bring it on!!!!!
Are ya ready for some FOOTBALL?????
HELL YES!!!!!!!!
Gooooooooo Jackets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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August 4th, 2009
9:50 am

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Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 4th, 2009
9:50 am

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Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 4th, 2009
9:51 am

***** Free Tech football ticket with valid police report of being mugged within 4 blocks of Tech campus!!! ***** SELL OUT!!!!!

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 4th, 2009
9:53 am

Why doesn’t tech give SINGLES NIGHT a try……. of wait…… thats been every game in the history of Bobby Dudd Crackerbox……

oscar meyer

August 4th, 2009
9:59 am

throw free weinies on the field.keep the bun for later.

CW

August 4th, 2009
10:16 am

This may take the cake as funniest article yet. Georgia Tech, Bobby Dodd Stadium, and intimidating should never be mentioned in the same article. LOL!!!!!!

And by the way, you’re campus is very intimdating. Students walk around fearing for their life on a daily basis.

Try Selling out a 55,000 seat stadium.....

August 4th, 2009
10:19 am

The 30,000 people in attendance usually stay after a night game until sunrise due to fear of walking home.

Mike

August 4th, 2009
10:23 am

I’d love to take my toddler to a game or two. I’m not a Tech grad (my alma matter sadly bailed out of football on homecoming weekend my senior year), but they’ve been my local team to support since I was small myself. Still $50 a seat for a single game ticket is too much, and I’m not willing to commit to season tickets I won’t be able to use. If they want a sellout, there are still plenty of us in town who’d love to make a day of a game, and Tech might just develop a fan or two for life. As it is now, I’m waiting for GSU to start up in 2010.

Chris

August 4th, 2009
10:27 am

Beat UGA a couple of times combined with year in year out 8-9 wins, it will start filling up. The in state recruiting is also big. Gaily football was so mind numbing for so long there was just no excitement around the program. That does not mean excitement has never existed. I remember one year when Hamilton was playing, I had an extra ticket to the Clemson game. I could have scalped it for as much as I wanted on game day. It was a tough ticket that day. Winning will cure all ills over time.

Try to make myself feel better about us 80,000 fans witnessing 409 rushing yards put on my Dawgs

August 4th, 2009
10:27 am

Sad Sad life I lead…..

Go Dawgs

juvenal

August 4th, 2009
10:30 am

the mean stuff is the same boring drivel-the fact is that the UVA loss was the low point of last year, win that & we play BC for a BCS bowl

Try not letting all 80k Dawg Fans see this sadness

August 4th, 2009
10:33 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXzW-oP2mq4

Are we praying while they’re dancing?

In front of our fans???!?!?

JB

August 4th, 2009
10:35 am

Called the Tech ticket office last year for availability of two tickets for the game that Saturday
( Duke or Gardner Webb or one of those pee in your pants opponents)I said” what time does the game start”……..(Yea, and oldie but a goodie)…..They ask “what time can you get here”…….
baboom…….never gets old……..

GT fan ...

August 4th, 2009
10:37 am

Buy more season tix … i.e. make the COMMITTMENT to be at all the home games. And while you are there get off your arses and YELL some for boys in Gold & White!!

I can’t tell you how many time last year I watched GT fans all around me just sitting on their hands. So many times when the D had the opposing O in 3rd down situations, and there they were just sitting there. Get up and get loud people. Like PJ said, “the kids feed off of the crowd and enthusiam.” So get up and MAKE SOME NOISE in ‘09 Tech fans!

Great home schedule this season, so there are no excuses (as if there ever should be).

To any/all GT fans that don’t have plans on attending any game(s) this season ….

GET YOUR BUTTS DOWN TO GRANT FIELD AND MAKE SOME NOISE!

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August 4th, 2009
10:40 am

92,746 > 80,000 > 55,000

ContactBuzz

August 4th, 2009
10:41 am

Athens, GA – Where only the coeds meet preseason expectations.

reebok

August 4th, 2009
10:46 am

I was at 4 games last year, and will be at 3 or 4 this year, but to be honest, the tailgating and gameday experience are sadly lacking compared to many places I’ve been, including (here comes the venom from Tech fans) Athens. I’m not sure what to do about it, just an observation…

One other thing, in a city the size of Atlanta, not being able to put 55,000 butts in seats every gameday is embarrassing. Tech fans need to get to the stadium!

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August 4th, 2009
10:50 am

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GT fan ...

August 4th, 2009
10:51 am

Mike (from 10:23am post)…Sorry if this post is harsh, but ………………. you are kidding right? Can’t commit to tix you won’t be able to use, but will somehow find Saturday freedom once GSU starts playing???. And don’t forget that Thursday PM game on Tech’s schedule every season too.

Just make sure you don’t take seat(s) to any Tech games from more deserving, diehard Jacket fans this season. Save your $, and make the committment to GSU in 2010; no “ho-hum” Jacket fans are wanted.

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 4th, 2009
10:51 am

Tech “fans” are absoluteley pathetic. reebok even admits Athens fans are superior. Thanks nerd!!!

Jefferson

August 4th, 2009
10:53 am

Hell of a 3rd quarter before a sold out stadium and it quiet too.

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 4th, 2009
10:54 am

GT fan……. What the ____ are you worried about Mike “taking seats from more deserving, diehard Jacket fans this season”….. I could walk up in the 2nd quarter and wake up the ticket booth attendant and buy a ticket to ANY game you losers put together.