5 reasons Paul Johnson isn’t going to Notre Dame

1. He’s a little too much like Charlie Weis. Meaning: He’s blunt, and he can’t be coached in the gentle art of public relations. That works in Atlanta, where there’s one daily newspaper, but might not in South Bend, where the college team is covered by the Chicago papers in addition to the South Bend folks. Notre Dame is going to want a charmer this time around, someone who can schmooze with Regis about the big game. PJ has never heard of Reege, let alone Kelly.

2. Notre Dame isn’t just a program; it’s a TV show. Meaning: Appearances matter. NBC might not be thrilled about the prospects of airing a team that runs the football 83 percent of the time. (Understand: I admire  Johnson’s offense. But I’m not a network programmer.)

3. Notre Dame cares about recruiting rankings. Johnson famously does not. The subway alumni wouldn’t like it if their adopted team didn’t show up in Rivals’ top 10. (Understand: I’m with Johnson on this one, too. Recruiting rankings are overblown — ask Mark Richt — but I don’t contribute to anyone’s program.)

4. He’s happy at Georgia Tech. In two years Johnson has become not just a hero but something approaching a legend. If the final fourth-down gamble against Wake Forest had failed, he wouldn’t have been second-guessed one bit. Because Tech people love PJ, and Dan Radakovich is about to put yet another bumped-up dollar figure on that love. And Johnson doesn’t want to live in South Bend. He’s a Southern guy who has a nice spread in Vinings — “Inside the Perimeter,” he always takes pains to say — and doesn’t even have to take an Interstate to work.

5. Notre Dame once hired a coach from Tech. The perfect union, right? A feisty Irishman coaching the Fighting Irish. It lasted 3 1/2 days. Even Cher and Gregg Allman made it past a week.

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Jason

November 18th, 2009
12:28 am

Dave

November 18th, 2009
12:30 am

Dave

November 18th, 2009
12:31 am

Dammit Jason!

TechDan

November 18th, 2009
12:33 am

GTman

November 18th, 2009
12:34 am

6. He doesn’t need to go to ND to accomplish his goals. He has proven he can get it done at GT.

At least you did not tell him his offense will not work at a place like ND – seems to motivate him to prove people wrong!

Chan Gaily

November 18th, 2009
12:44 am

Well Mark… let’s just all hope you’re right. He is our football team. Could you imagine how bad it could get if he left? And on a different note… Could you imagine how much better Reggie Ball’s collegiate career would’ve been had PJ been here then??? Wow.

William Casey

November 18th, 2009
12:52 am

AMEN Mark Bradley. I’ll add a 6th reason: If COACH Johnson stays at Tech, the Jackets will win a national championship before the Irish do regardless of who the Notre Dame coach is. And I’ll always respect Coach Johnson for what he has done for GT football these past two years regardless of the future. It’s nothing short of a miracle. Finally, thanks and props go to Georgia Southern and Navy for giving him a chance!

kauai dawg

November 18th, 2009
12:54 am

I am a huge DAWG fan but will have to give PJ his due. He is a great football coach who knows how to take advantage of another teams weaknesses. His schemes are unstoppable on a weeks by week basis. LSU proved with a little time and hefty D. tackles some stoppage can take place but for the most part that is it.

If a program is interested in wins, then PJ is a good answer. I doubted at first but will have to give him his due. In all honesty. I hope he goes! Go DAWGS!

Drew

November 18th, 2009
1:12 am

I’m a Navy fan. I love PJ, but this sounds much like what we were saying before he left. He’ll be successful wherever he goes. I wouldn’t want to see him on a team we play every year, but I have a sneaky suspicion ND wants him more than they’ll ever publicly say unless they get him. That being said, I hope he stays long with your program and you all have great success.

macrotech

November 18th, 2009
1:13 am

kauai dawg, you are a noble Dawg! Well stated…. I’d like another shot at those lsu guys, though! Lookin’ forward to OUR game, however!!! Best of luck….AFTER you guys come to the ATL, of course! ;o)

Gravy Train

November 18th, 2009
1:16 am

Notre Dame could come up with say 10 million reasons for him to leave. I would rather he stay though. It will be fun watching the fall out when the honeymoon is over.

If this offense is the final solution, then how is it that creampuff teams can stop it?
If Johnson cares so little about recruiting rankings, then why does he waste his time trying to lure kids away from Athens?

There used to be this same swooning over CMR, but one sub-par season (by CMR’s standards) and the back-stabbers are out and about.

This team is fun for Tech fans to watch because they are starved for relevance and victories. Not to be bitter, but as a non-fan, Tech games are borderline dreadfully boring. They just can’t harness electricity or pagentry. Tech will suffer because of this inability to market to a national audience.

MauiJacket

November 18th, 2009
1:23 am

Kauai Dawg——Even if I move all the way to Hawaii—I can’t get away from you guys.:>)
I own TS on Kauai—how long you been there?

MauiJacket

November 18th, 2009
1:24 am

Kauai Dawg—I moved all the way to Hawaii and you guys are here too!!!:>)

GT Killa

November 18th, 2009
1:35 am

Hey crazy train: don’t confuse OUR guy with YOUR guy. yeah, an offense that scores 40+ points 80% of the time and goes for it on 4th down 90% of the time and has punted 9 times all year is a real bore. More 20+ yard big plays with this offense than any out there. a big run play is much more entertaining than a big pass play imho, but we’ve got that too! so go suck an egg and get back to reading your playgirl mags…

Willie Martinez

November 18th, 2009
1:44 am

We’re going to stop the nations second best rushing offense once and for all.

CPJ

November 18th, 2009
1:46 am

Willie, I thought you had left. You know we like you.

chris o bomb

November 18th, 2009
1:47 am

gravy train- you are a complete idiot. i will never remark on hatred or dumb bloggers’ responses, but the national audience is on him for the next three weeks.

read and learn before you type on how he recruits.(granted chan has given us some stellar jumiors!!!… ty)

creampuffs?! disregard last season and we played miami on our 3rd game in twelve days.

And, we have always been a winning team… just not an elite team like now.

reply back after our “national audience” games… pick one or both smart guy.

Sick of It

November 18th, 2009
1:56 am

17th and I’m an idiot!

GatorJacket

November 18th, 2009
1:56 am

Gravy train,
Keep hoping and wishing. Just like Urban Meyer, there will always be haters to keep backing out the yardstick.
Won’t work in BCS, too much speed, then
Wont work second time around, then
Won’t be able to recruit, then
Leaves for Notre Dame.

At least come up with a different template for Tech. I mean, this year UF was going down because Harvin left. Now not only is UF going to suck with Tebow, Urban is going to Notre Dame! How are both coaches going to the same school? Unoriginal twats.

matt r

November 18th, 2009
2:01 am

I think he definitely would have been second guessed if we miss on the Wake 4th and 1. That’s the kind of play a team will run when they don’t have much to lose, and we had a lot to lose that day. Namely, a division title.

chris o bomb

November 18th, 2009
2:03 am

18th and not the biggest…
thwg

Gravy Train

November 18th, 2009
2:21 am

Elite team? Come on man, this is what I’m talking about. How can Tech fans be so blind to the perceptions the rest of America has about Tech and the ACC? It hasn’t been just Miami that made Pj’s head explode. But I’ll give you the media argument for the next couple of weeks. It comes by default, not by networks fighting over the right to broadcast your games. You can thank UGA for the night game time slot in two weeks. Then we’ll check the attendance and ratings of the ACC champ game and whatever bowl you make it to. I’ll bet on low numbers in all cases.

Always been a winning team? Seems to me there were a couple of 10-11 loss seasons for y’all back in the 90’s. Plus, in my lifetime Tech has won 0 undisputed championships and they’ve beat Georgia 4 or 5 times out of more than 30. We’ll talk again when your ready to deal with reality.

Whopper Dawg

November 18th, 2009
3:09 am

Mark,

You are usually on the mark (no pun intended), however on this one, your only point with merit is 4. If he is successful there, and he would believe he would be and I do too, then the others take care of themselves and he may become even more beloved (but with shorter shelf life) than he is at Tech. Plus the enormous exposure that you mention as a deficit becomes a positive.

As a UGA fan, I hope he stays, it is good competition for our program and is good for the state.

I am assuming that next is the 5 reasons he goes, which will be overwhelming more convincing than the staying column.

indianman

November 18th, 2009
5:04 am

if they offer hom right money he be a fool to turn to turn down

Guess Who?

November 18th, 2009
5:27 am

Look here Tonto, you need to learn how to spell!

dcjacket61

November 18th, 2009
5:44 am

CPJ turned down bigger contracts to come to GT in the first place. He also supposedly has already been offer significant money to leave GT last year and he turned it down. It would have enabled him and provided greater flexibility in recruiting and some of the advantages some tout and reason why successful coaches would eventually leave GT. In addition, unlike Notre Dame it would have allowed him to stay in the south. One of the two reasons why he took the GT job in the first place.

Mark, I think besides CPJ being happy in Atlanta is the following:

a. CPJ is an environment at GT that while not perfect is starting to position itself for repetitive success on the national stage. After year two with a team that is very young outside a core of 5-6 outstanding players, they have accomplished a great deal in short order. Very good if not excellent players not only in the South but nationally are starting take notice which could and is leading to a steady pipeline of tremendous athletes to GT. Just take a look at the class for next year and the interest from 2011 prospects.

b. Dan Radakovich-CPJ has a tremendous relationship with DRad, which should not be discounted. CPJ knows the value of a great relationship with your AD, especially someone who does a great job like DRad. People forget that while a great deal of credit is due to CPJ for the football program’s success. IMO, much is due to DRad to help foster that success by creating the right environment and support to make it happen. Right now on the flats there exists the perfect storm – DRad & CPJ. It is never a guarantee that you will have the same type of situation at other places.

c. This can not be understated. CPJ came to GT to be back in the South and closer to home. Something very important to him and his family, especially being in Atlanta.

D. Notre Dame today is not the program it once was and hasn’t been since probably the Lou Holtz days. Yes, they have a loyal national following and deep pockets. However, in the past they could almost guarantee getting a player or coach that they were interested in. These days they can not guarantee to pluck players out of areas that were historically strongholds in Chicago, Philadelphia or even NJ.

falcon 71

November 18th, 2009
5:44 am

he is definitely not a fool so he wouldnt leave for ND. Tech can and has won national championships most noteably in the last 20 years. not many schools can say that inc big bad GA

J

November 18th, 2009
5:45 am

He can stay here and play Dukes and Weak Forrests each week.

willie martinez

November 18th, 2009
5:59 am

a scoop for you Mark. many, many tech people have asked me to consider taking over for PJ when he does leave for Notre Dame. keep that to yourself. best, willie

willie martinez

November 18th, 2009
6:03 am

again, this is very much OFF the record.

MR

November 18th, 2009
6:17 am

I did not know that ND had an opening for coach. Last I heard CW was still the HC. I guess Mark knows something the rest of the world doesn’t. Nothing like tabloid mentality for the AJC. Write an article where there is no story. The AJC sports team has become nothing but bloggers. Now that Mr. Bisher is gone there is not one journalist in the bunch.

Georgiadawg70

November 18th, 2009
6:18 am

He might not be going to South Bend, and I don’t blame him. I have been to the Big Bend and it’s a pest hole. But make no mistake about it, he is going somewhere. He is big time bound. Michigan? He is probably the best coach in the country to be ranked in the top ten with players none of the top tier schools would have. He ain’t staying a a school that can’t even sell out a 55,000 seat stadium. You can’t buy happyness, ask the AD at Florida who thought he could bribe Spurrier

secondguesser

November 18th, 2009
6:20 am

Please, somebody get a biscuit and mop up that gravy train and get him outta here! He’s removing all doubt about being a fool!

Jeff2u

November 18th, 2009
6:22 am

Come on man, show some love. Leave the Allman Brothers out of this!
GOOOO DAWGS Sic EM
HBTD

"Chef" Tim Dix

November 18th, 2009
6:23 am

John Gruden just re-signed with ESPN, so he probably is headed to South Bend.

Isn’t that the way business is done nowadays?

MR

November 18th, 2009
6:27 am

Georgiadawg70, you are just another clueless puppy. All you can talk about is the size of the stadium and the number of fans. Does this make you feel better about your program. I guess having greater number viewing your games makes you a better program. Give it up. How can he go to a big time program with his high school offense? This gimmick stuff will not work in the big time. Hell it is about to run its course at Tech. Surely by the 3rd year everyone will have it figured out and Tech will be back where they belong. You can’t have it both ways. You really make your school proud with idiotic blogs. Is 70 the year you graduated, flunked out, or your IQ.

Alabama Jack

November 18th, 2009
6:28 am

‘Tis more fun to beat Duke and Wake Forest and Clemson than to lose to Tennessee and Florida and Alabama and LSU and usually Auburn…

60 yards and a cloud of dust. Bore me some more with that high school offense. It is amazing how many plays we don’t score on.

Georgiadawg70

November 18th, 2009
6:33 am

MR. The Georgia program sucks. Offense, defense, special teams, and the cheerleaders. The food at the concession stands sucks also. Now that has nothing to do with what I said about PJ and the Tech program. What I said about both school is true.

jsmuga

November 18th, 2009
6:35 am

Main reason is ND does not want him…………..

waiting moderation

November 18th, 2009
6:36 am

Paul Johnson will leave because he will get tired of the Tech arrogance and Constant Bobby Dodd Crap. I betTech is an awful place to work. He is just waiting on the right SEC team to come and get him. Sorry Tech, the only answer for you, that I have, is that your a bunch of miserable out of work nerds who could not get laid even if you had money( Your just physicall ugly people)(check your add out). Tech is really only a trainning facility and a sleeper cell for an international fraternity of Terrorists. ( Where do you think Iran got the technology for there nuclear program, your right Tech)(Thats what paid for the band uniforms) Tech needs to be closed and given to the Atlanta Housing Authority for Storage or Turned into a Magic Johnson Movie theater, Just a Thought. Oh yeah, Tech sux!!! Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

Darrell

November 18th, 2009
6:37 am

J- “He can stay here and play the Dukes and Weak Forrests each week”.

Good point J. Not to mention he can stay here and play the Georgia’s.

mowreck

November 18th, 2009
6:39 am

If CPJ were to go to ND, I would just go and get the Navy coach, who was tutored under CPJ. But, I don’t foresee him even considering the ND job. Hell, tell ND to get Lou Holtz, he talks like they are still undefeated this year. lol

Larry

November 18th, 2009
6:45 am

Mark,

Please find something interesting to write about! To speculate about this with your “reasons” is just short of “National Inquirer” reporting and unless Paul Johnson flat out says he is staying at Georgia Tech and will not take the Notre Dame or any other job no one has any idea what he will or will not do. We won’t here this from him because this would be the worst thing one could do to reduce the offer Georgia Tech will make…unless this were Nick Saban!

Frankly, if he does renege on a contract, betray the fans, and bolt for more money or prestige like Bill Curry and Tubby Smith did then I will not lose one moment of sleep and will look forward to the next coach that is excited to be Georgia Tech’s coach.

Why worry about anyone that abandons this city, the fans, and his players?

MR

November 18th, 2009
6:46 am

Georgiadawg70, I don’t know if what you are saying about UGA is true or not because I do not waist my time thinking about them. I do know that what you said about the Tech program is only true in your mind. CPJ will be at Tech long after CMR is gone.

Brad in Jasper

November 18th, 2009
6:49 am

I love PJ, and I’m a UGA alum. His style reminds me of Waylon Jennings – he doesn’t give a damn if you don’t like him or believe in his method(s). I hope he stays – good for the state and good for the rivalry. My only fear is given enough time Tech will only get better (and 10-1 ain’t bad). Mark could learn a little from Paul and let his inner a-hole light shine. Cheers to all. Go Dawgs!

Big Time?

November 18th, 2009
6:51 am

Hey Waiting – ever had an original thought? Or do you just type the same sh*# you and your little frat bros type every frickin day?

Now go finish your Sociology 101 paper, your can’t afford another F.

MR

November 18th, 2009
6:52 am

waiting moderation, sorry about your condition man. I am sure the nurse will be in with your medication shortly. I don’t think you will be getting out anytime soon.

MR

November 18th, 2009
6:54 am

ND has a HC. Unless he was fired last night and the AJC missed the scoop.

dd

November 18th, 2009
6:56 am

5 reasons he will $ $ $ $ $

Trembling chihuahua

November 18th, 2009
6:58 am

Gravy Train – so, your idea of an exciting offense is to watch your guy drop back and chunk it right into the hands of the defense, or have 4th & 6 and punt? Very Boring!