Ex-Georgia Tech recruit talks with UGA, Florida, UNC (UPDATED)

DE Junior Gnonkonde is looking for a new school after being committed to Georgia Tech for 11 months (AJC)

DE Junior Gnonkonde is looking for a new school after being committed to Georgia Tech for 11 months (AJC)

Here’s the lastest information on Junior Gnonkonde, Georgia Tech’s first commitment for 2012 who was informed last Friday that his scholarship offer was being withdrawn because his test score was too low. (Click here to read both a recap and a heated debate on the message boards).

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end from Lanier County High School had committed to Georgia Tech last February. Here’s the latest from Sunday night from John White, who is Lanier County’s athletics director and Gnonkonde’s legal guardian.

  • New schools? “Central Florida has offered. The University of Florida will be here on  Monday. With Louisana Tech, we’re thinking about flying out on Wednesday for an official visit. North Carolina has called and I think they may make an offer. And I just got off the phone with Air Force Academy.”
  • You said you reached out to UGA assistant Mike Bobo. What is the latest with the Bulldogs? “Bobo did call me back on Sunday and said they are not in a position to do anything right now. He said they are pretty committed with the offers they have out, and he didn’t think he would have anything unless something went wrong on signing day. It looks like they are going to sign all of their outside linebackers and defensive ends. He said they have this kid at Lowndes [Josh Harvey-Clemons] who is not going to tell anyone until Feb. 1. It’s between Georgia and Florida, and we’re hoping he picks Georgia because Junior had a big interest in Florida early on. Early on, it was Georgia, Florida State, Florida and Georgia Tech that were Junior’s big interests. Georgia Tech made an early offer and we decided to take it, based on Paul Johnson’s reputation. By doing that, we could jump off the recruiting process early and not have to go through all of this crazy stuff. But that was my mistake and I take all of the responsibility for all of that. I was trying to keep Junior out of all the hoopla  that surrounds recruiting. It can real wild. I thought Georgia Tech, being three hours away and with their academics, would be a great move for him. As it turned out, now we’re back in the middle of what we were trying to avoid.”
  • What about the other schools? “In the last 24 hours, I’ve found out more about what you’ve got to do to sign a D1 scholarship than I did in 10 months with Georgia Tech. I pulled Junior’s ACT test score and the sliding scale. He does qualify, according to the NCAA Div. I Clearinghouse. Obviously he doesn’t meet the standards of whatever Georgia Tech needed for him to get into school. But with everybody we’ve talked to since, I have sent them a transcript and test score and said ‘Here’s the problem we had with Georgia Tech. You look at this. And the first thing we need to know is: Will Junior be qualified to go to your school?’ Louisana Tech said he would be. Central Florida said we’re probably going to get him to take the test again. The University of Florida said if they did offer at the end of the week, and they have to get Coach Will Muschamp’s approval, they would offer him a scholarship with the understanding that if he doesn’t get his score up high enough, he couldn’t come. That’s all I asked. That’s all I needed to know. I was never given that information from Georgia Tech. But I take responsibility. It’s my fault. I put faith in other people. I should’ve stayed on Georgia Tech. Now we did ask them several times ‘Is he going to be OK?’ They always said ‘Coach, it’s going to be OK.’”

NCAA rules prevent college coaches from commenting on prospective student-athletes. So we did the next best thing: We asked Kelly Quinlan, who is the publisher of Georgia Tech’s Rival’s website (JacketsOnline.com) for his best understanding of the situation. Kelly talks and interviews the coaches on a regular basis while covering Georgia Tech games and practices:

Paul Johnson (AJC photo)

Paul Johnson (AJC photo)

  • What happened? “From my understanding, and from my sources at Georgia Tech, they were told by Georgia Tech’s admission office that the kid would not be getting into school with his test score. So Coach Johnson, being the nice guy that he is, decided to cut him loose and give him the opportunity to sign elsewhere, somewhere where he might be able to get into school, rather than hold a spot for him and tell him in June or July that he would not be getting admitted like other schools do. So Coach Johnson made the hard phone call, told the kid he couldn’t accept his commitment any longer, and cut him loose.”
  • Why wait until less than two weeks before signing day to withdraw the offer? “Georgia Tech’s coaches were only told in the last few days about it by admissions. As soon as Paul was given a firm ‘no,’ they told the kid immediately to give the kid time to make other arrangements.”
  • Why not leave open the possibility of Junior getting his test score by the summer or sending him off to a prep school next year if he did not? “They really don’t take [football players] from prep schools. There’s a lot of issues there with accepting the credits. [Gnonkonde’s test score] was too far off. Now most colleges will sign a kid in this situation and then when June or July comes, he won’t be able to enroll. There’s not a big deal made out of it then. But in this circumstance, they felt like since the kid was the first commit [for the 2012 recruiting class], they felt like they owed it to him to find him another place to play because he is a good football player. That’s why they made a phone call to Central Florida. I guess [Gnonkonde] could’ve taken the test over and over until he got the number he needed but there was no guarantee of that happening. And if he signs with Georgia Tech and doesn’t get admitted, then he’ll miss another year of college with transferring.”

UPDATE AT 1:30 MONDAY: Florida assistant Brian White stopped by Lanier County on Monday morning to check on Junior and pick up his senior film. “Florida said they had to go back to talk to Coach Muschamp because he’s the only one who can make the offer,” John White said. “But Florida likes Junior, they want him to come visit this weekend. They are checking with their admissions people about his test scores to make sure he’s qualified.”

Junior may visit Florida, North Carolina or Central Florida this weekend – or two of the three on quick trips. “I would say that North Carolina might be a frontrunner right now,” White said. “North Carolina said that Junior is qualified and his test scores were good enough without Junior retaking it. They haven’t offered yet but they are sending a coach to meet with us on Wednesday.”

Wake Forest and Air Force also contacted White on Monday. “We’re getting a bunch of calls right now. We’d much prefer that Junior was going to Georgia Tech but they didn’t give us that option.”

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310 comments Add your comment

Stinger2

January 23rd, 2012
4:31 am

Reading the details above makes me believe CPJ and GT did the right and honorable thing with this young man.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 23rd, 2012
4:32 am

That seems to be the most coherent explanation we have heard yet. The Tech admissions office MIGHT have blown it, but it sure doesn’t sound like anybody in the Athletic Office did, and especially not Coach Johnson. I wish Junior all the best, as long as he doesn’t go to UGA. LOL

Dawg iPhone

January 23rd, 2012
5:01 am

I don’t ever post on here but I can’t hold back this time because it involves WRONGFUL and SHAMEFUL treatment of a kid …. … Paul Johnson still didn’t answer the question. Why did he wait until 10 DAYS BEFORE National signing day to do this? Is anybody in Georgia Tech’s admission’s office AWAKE? This is not how you do business. “Real” colleges check in with committed high school prospects on a monthly or weekly basis. This is BS. The kid got screwed, more by Tech’s admission’s office than CPJ, but he still got screwed. The more I read this, the more I get crunk. If it’s true the kid wasn’t close to making his test score, why wouldn’t somebody at Georgia Tech catch it … MONTHS ago. How many commits did they have to babysit? Around 10 until the last couple of weeks. Unacceptable. Changes need to be in procedure at Georgia Tech. It’s really embarrassing when you “high brows” can’t offer this kid a spot for next year if he qualifies. It makes Nick Saban look noble.

Equity in Action

January 23rd, 2012
5:19 am

Honorable … 2012 NCAA football? Right….Honorable is sticking with your commitment to the kid and telling him he has a problem and he can try to fulfill the requirement. You have the data for 11 months and on the eve of signing GT discovers a problem and you TELL him to take a hike? Honorable?

Cmon man

January 23rd, 2012
5:50 am

For all of you tech fans who believe cpj handled this situation the right way you are either dumb or you have never been through the recruitment process. I graduated high school in 2000 and I had a few scholarship offers nothing big time a few div 1 school and a lot of div 1aa schools and every school that offered me constantly checked up on my grades and talked to me about my test scores and when a couple of schools felt that I wouldnt make it in or simply wanted to go in a different direction they didnt waste time they told me right away. Yes the kid should have handled his business, and his hs coach could have done more BUT cpj is just as guilty as everybody else!

georgia fan

January 23rd, 2012
6:23 am

Coach Johnson can not be blamed for his grades and test scores. It sounds like some less academic schools may also have a problem with his test scores. Remember that this recruit is a student-athlete NOT an athlete-student and he has to be able to pass his classes. I feel bad for this kid and am sure he is going to find a home in the next week, but his life doesn’t get decided on NSD – he can retake his tests and sign later = no doubt there will be more recruits in his situation that will find out from other coaches this spring that they don’t qualify -( it evens happens at UGA!! )which will open up a spot for him…. best of luck to him

ToeMeetsLeather

January 23rd, 2012
6:28 am

If we had signed this kid, then he didn’t make the scores by the summer and he was told he could not attend TECH it would not have been a big story. That happens all the time at the “Football Factories”. How do you think they regularly take 34 committments for 28 spots. We don’t have the luxury of hiding these kids at a prep school for a year. CPJ did the right thing and let him know so he could find an open spot before signing day. The last time our admisions office pushed the envelope and admitted some student athletes that were boederline back with O’Leary, we lost eight players off the two deep one semester. It’s not fair to the kids to bring them in if they can’t stay in school.

For those of you that like to think TECH and UGA recruit from the same pool of student athletes, look no further than this article to dispell that rumor.

TDone

January 23rd, 2012
6:51 am

It’s interesting to see and hear Muttlanders talk about Admissions standards and practices. You don’t work in an Admissions or Athletic Department. You are not sitting in the chair and have to make the decsion. You folks look at this kid as a tool and resource. Tech looked at him as a young man and tried to set him up for success somewhere else. You folks are being disingenuous and you know it. What should we expect from a group of athletic supporters still searching for a university that the football team could be proud of. You people never cease to amaze me.

Concrete Pete

January 23rd, 2012
7:35 am

Hey Geek, get that TPS report done by 10:00 AM! Signed, the owner of your company, UGA Alum.9 of 10!

Engineer

January 23rd, 2012
7:40 am

he should call georgia first—if you’re good, getting in that school is easy for football players with all the “special” rules they have

FL Jacket

January 23rd, 2012
7:41 am

Apologies are welcome Dawg fans…

The smallest inaccuracy reported about CPJ and y’all run with whatever conventional wisdom (all disproved) you have built up in your collective minds…pathetic.

Johnny Too Good

January 23rd, 2012
7:43 am

I’m curious to know what his test scores are for both tests, ACT & SAT.
Anybody got that info?

CT_Jacket

January 23rd, 2012
8:09 am

I’m wondering how you can have a 3.3+ GPA, and never a C, and not get a GT-qualifying score on the ACT? Are the GA public high schools that bad with grade inflation?

WnE

January 23rd, 2012
8:12 am

According to his HS HC he did take the SAT in the spring, and he sent GT copies of his transcript to GT, the transcript had no problem as he had a 3.235 in his Core courses according to the NCAA.

When the SAT was taken last SPRING, WHY did GT and/or its representatives keep telling this Recruit that he was OK?

If he was borderline way back in the SPRING and didn’t have the test scores then someone from GT should have told this Recruit that you need to :

1) enroll in test-prep courses

2) get computer software and practice for the Test at home

3) get any necessary books that specialize in SAT/ACT Prep

4) take the test as often as possible to get the necessary score

RECRUITING is 70% to 80% of what a BCS-Level HC does in order to be a successful Coach, even though the Recruit didn’t get the necessary scores, GT and its coaching staff handled this Recruit in a lazy-a$$, half-a$$ed manner.

2 or 3 Recruits in any Recruiting class can make a huge difference in your FB Program, when it come to DETAILS like this you leave NOTHING TO CHANCE.

HORRIBLE EXECUTION on behalf of GT ’s coaching Staff.

This Recruit should have never been told “you’re OK” by GT’s Coaching Staff, instead he should have been told “you’re BORDERLINE and you have a lot of work to do” and then GT Staff should have told him to do the 4 things I outlined above.

GT is guilty of LAZY RECRUITING in this case, and all those GT Fans that are theorizing that the HC is lying are in denial.

Even IF Admissions is to blame, CPJ has to put PRESSURE on the Admissions folks to give him answers quicker so he can let Recruits know what BAR they have to get over to get in.

Bad execution all the way around by GT on multiple levels!

Not one of CPJ ’s “defenders” can explain WHY this Recruit was not told he was BORDERLINE last spring when he sent GT his test scores.

chas jacket

January 23rd, 2012
8:15 am

Tech and cpj look a lot better now. If UF needs a waiver to get junior in, that really says something. In the ajc report 3 years ago, Florida had one of the lowest ratings for player sat scores.

CT_Jacket

January 23rd, 2012
8:20 am

WnE: Yesterday, the HS coach was quoted as saying “For the last four months, they said, ‘Coach, I think we’re going to be OK, I think we’re going to be OK.’

They never said, as you posted, you’re OK.

This may be the problem:

2011 Freshman Class Profile*
Mid-50% GPA: 3.76 – 4.07
Mid-50% SAT: 1940 – 2160
Mid-50% ACT: 28-32

*The mid-50% ranges are the 25th-75th percentile of GPA, SAT, and ACT for our most recent entering class. These should be considered our competitive ranges.

chas jacket

January 23rd, 2012
8:21 am

Don’t think tech is totally blameless, but when you look at the coaches comments about learning a lot in 24 hrs about d1 requirements – that speaks volumes about where a lot of the problem was.

CT_Jacket

January 23rd, 2012
8:26 am

GT should create their version of the NCAA sliding scale, or at least let them know the minimum scores, for the HS coaches to use. I had heard years ago that Tech uses a HS difficulty factor to balance out GPAs. Don’t know if that was true or not.

WnE

January 23rd, 2012
8:27 am

re
CT_Jacket
January 23rd, 2012
8:20 am
WnE: Yesterday, the HS coach was quoted as saying “For the last four months, they said, ‘Coach, I think we’re going to be OK, I think we’re going to be OK.’

They never said, as you posted, you’re OK.

This may be the problem:

2011 Freshman Class Profile*
Mid-50% GPA: 3.76 – 4.07
Mid-50% SAT: 1940 – 2160
Mid-50% ACT: 28-32

*The mid-50% ranges are the 25th-75th percentile of GPA, SAT, and ACT for our most recent entering class. These should be considered our competitive ranges.
__________________

Those numbers you pulled out don’t mean jack-s4!+!

The GTAA has a much DIFFERENT and MUCH LOWER STANDARD for FB Recruits that generate Revenue for the Athl. Dept.!

You must live under a rock to pull out those Stats when talking about RECRUITED FB Players for GT’s Program.

You can split hairs between “you’re OK” and we THINK you’re OK”, but you still never addressed WHY no one from GT told this Recruit he was borderline way back in the SPRING when he sent GT his test scores.

WnE

January 23rd, 2012
8:36 am

re:
chas jacket
January 23rd, 2012
8:21 am
Don’t think tech is totally blameless, but when you look at the coaches comments about learning a lot in 24 hrs about d1 requirements – that speaks volumes about where a lot of the problem was.
__________________

In recruiting you have to sometimes OUTWORK the competition and EDUCATE people along the way!

It is GT’s burden to leave NOTHING TO CHANCE!

I wonder how many Recruits have fallen through the cracks and gone to other schools during CPJ’s Tenure with this kind of snafu or lack of attention to detail.

Recruiting is your lifeline when you make $2.5 mil per yr., you sweat every little detail and you don’t let any Recruit fall through the cracks if you think he can help you win AND stay eligible/graduate from your school.

The burden is on GT to be the NCAA experts and make things as easy as possible for Recruits/Parents/Coaches.

we run this state

January 23rd, 2012
8:46 am

Another Techy problem lol, never heard of the DAWGS having this problem. Ya’ll are never gonna win anything as long as you play in a conference that doesn’t allow over signing and requires “certain” test scores and grades! Get yourself a DC that’ll cuss at opposing players and fight for his players rights to taunt opposing coaches……..
Heck, your AD can’t even PARTYYYY! losers!

chas jacket

January 23rd, 2012
8:47 am

Not sure where the problem was and since cpj and gt can’t officially comment, we will probably never know. But with JG’s gpa, he should have been able to get the test scores needed – something doesn’t add up there. I imagine gt thought the first score was just a bad test and he would be able to bring it up. Regardless this is the first issue i have heard of with cpj recruiting and i certainly wouldnt believe a troll like weenie on any others. gotta head to work, cheers!

WNE is a dumba$$

January 23rd, 2012
8:50 am

Everyone knows Tech has higher academic standards, ever anouncer that covers games, ever Tech player that doesn’t return because of his job with Microsoft, even the uga players that Tech never recruited because there was never a chance they could make it at a school that cares more about academics than football.
Just because this fact makes you feel inferior doesn’t mean it’s not true, grow up and deal with it (IQ transplants aren’t available, now say something dumb and prove my point).

Ramblin Man

January 23rd, 2012
8:50 am

I guess WnE will never answer my question. All of you are assuming Junior and his coach were told nothing. The coach never looked into what needed to be done for requirements and that is his fault. The admissions office should have moved quicker, but for all we know he was told to test again. CPJ nor GT can comment so all we have to go by are the coaches word that apparently had no idea what D1 requirements were. That speaks volumes right there. Would all of you prefer that GT let the kid sign then tell him in June like a lot of kids are going be told “hey sorry but we can’t take you”? Carvell I hope you are going to do a big story in June of all the players that don’t get to sign with the school they commited to. I hear Bama will have 2 or 3.

Ramblin Man

January 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

WnE are you ever going to answer my question about this topic?
How does this coach not know the D1 requirements, and how does he not know that GT has higher requirements than the NCAA minimum? That speaks volumes. We will never know the full story on this and if admissions dropped the ball somebody needs to be disciplined, but I find it hard to believe this was NEVER an issue. Would some of you prefer GT signed the kid then told him later. Speaking of which I hope all the kids that get told in June and July they can’t attend the school they commited to get this much press.

Wow is all I can say

January 23rd, 2012
9:36 am

WnE obsessing over high school athletes, their grades, and other details? Never! It really would depend on when the kid took the ACT / SAT. I remember as a SR in high school, I didn’t take the tests until the fall, and then the testing boards release them to the schools end of Dec / beginning of January. When I was recruited to play D-I baseball, it was up to my school (and my family) to make sure the schools recruiting me were aware of my grades and test scores, not the other way around.

Bobcat

January 23rd, 2012
9:37 am

Thank you GT for having standards and enforcing them.

And yes GT_Jacket Georgia public schools are that bad. I deal with students coming into college on a regular bases and I see this far too often. Just a few years ago I had a student that graduated HS with honors and was in the remedial courses because he could not read above a third grade level.

bananajacket

January 23rd, 2012
9:37 am

Think we can solve all of college football’s problems (and especially Tech’s) . We appoint Wne president of NCAA and Ga. Tech; head of Academics and recruiting; Athletic Director and Head Football, basketball and baseball coach. Really not trying to be mean but most of his posts (and some others) really astound me. I feel relatively sure mine strike him/others the same way—–particularly my comments regarding civility when attacking kids and coaches. And, NO, this is NOT an attack, simply an observation opinion. Peace and goodwill to all!

From a D-1 SA

January 23rd, 2012
9:40 am

@Ramblin Man, I saw this happen with other guys on my team. They wouldn’t be 100% honest about their situation with the people recruiting them. You are granted admission to the school based on a contingent test score; you are able to keep taking tests over the summer going into the fall. The one caveat is that if you don’t obtain the minimum needed to meet admissions standards, you can be granted a release, but must wait out a year per NCAA rules for SAs. The way I read this is CPJ told the kid, hey if you don’t have the scores by now, you’re better off trying to go somewhere else so you can play immediately and have tuition paid for.

BigTimeTechFan

January 23rd, 2012
9:41 am

Hate to lose Junior Gnonkonde, he had a lot of potential to be a real good player for Tech.

What CPJ did was help the kid, he did not want him to end up like Kent Turene at UGA last year. He committed to UGA, then signed LOI, then UGA told him you can’t play for us, and now he can’t play for any Div 1 school. CPJ really wanted him to play for Tech but Tech’s admissions would not clear it.

Also my hats off to Gnonkonde for honoring his verbal commitment, he seem like honorable kid and I wish him well.

The Truth

January 23rd, 2012
9:43 am

Academics more important than football? WHAT????????!!!!!!!!!!!

hind tit

January 23rd, 2012
9:52 am

If his grades were no problem way back when,why are they a problem now or could it be they got the guy from down under and had to chose between the two. If so the coach is a hypocrite. The kid cut off all visits when he was offered and accepted and i believe this is the Johnson rule which the kid followed to a tee. So i guess what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander. Get a coach with some character.

Omnipotent One

January 23rd, 2012
9:59 am

Kudos to CPJ and GT for letting the kid know ahead of time about his low test scores…this gives the kid every opportunity to sign elsewhere.

DawginLex

January 23rd, 2012
10:03 am

At least he has other offers and now has time to find a school

JD

January 23rd, 2012
10:03 am

Discussing what CPJ did or didn’t do is just guesswork since he can’t comment on recruits. Suffice it to say that the story from his hs coach has some holes. The kid will not qualify for UCF as it stands and if Florida offers, it will have to come from Muschamp and I guarantee that he will end up in prep school for a year to get his scores up. It happens occasionally at UGA and all on here know it. Tech does not have a prep school path, so they gave him 9 months to look instead of 2 or 3 by waiting to July. Hope he finds a place, but it won’t be UGA either unless they have a scholarship left over after signing day and don’t mind sending him to prep school next fall. A 3.2 gpa tells you that either he has a problem taking tests or the teachers and his coach have been helping him along to his detriment. Grades are always a problem until you get the test score required. They just thought he would pull it off just like every school does. If he had what was required, he would not have taken the test again last fall.

Kerryb

January 23rd, 2012
10:04 am

Sounds like he couldn’t get in anywhere. I’m a UGA fan but I applaud CPJ for not stringing this kid along until this summer and his only alternative would be the JUCO or Prep school route. That’s probably going to end up happening to him anyway. Good luck to him.

Kerryb

January 23rd, 2012
10:06 am

My only question would be that if UF was giving him a chance to take the test over and he’s been committed to Tech for 11 months, why didn’t Tech make sure he got another shot at the test?

The Truth

January 23rd, 2012
10:08 am

LOLOLOLOLing at hind tit. The kid’s test scores aren’t even good enough to get into UCF and it sounds like he would need special exceptions to even get into Florida. I wonder what “sliding scale” his dad is looking at, because it’s broke.

It’s on the family / incoming recruit to keep the coach and school advised of their current test scores and academic progress, not the other way around numb nuts (aka Wrex n Effex).

JD

January 23rd, 2012
10:10 am

Kerryb, don’t know what minimum Fl requires, but Tech obviously felt that the gap between his test scores last fall and those needed for admission probably weren’t going to be reached. Didn’t want to wait until July and then cut him loose.

Jacket Man

January 23rd, 2012
10:14 am

This is a bald-faced lie. The high school coach and player knew right up front what the requirements were to be admitted to GA Tech as far as GPA and SAT/ACT scores. The GA Tech coaches visited with, and spoke with, the recruit, and his coach, on a regular basis, checking in with him on his progress.

GA Tech held a scholarship for him for 11 months with the hope HE WOULD qualify, thereby NOT OFFERING another prospect in his stead, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

At the end of the day, when it became apparent Junior was NOT going to clear GA Tech’s requirements, two weeks before signing day, once Junior and his coach FINALLY TOLD THE JACKET COACHES HE, ONCE AGAIN, FAILED TO MEET THEIR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS, they had no choice but to tell him he needed to find another program, and actually HELPED HIM LOCATE SEVERAL THAT WOULD OFFER HIM SCHOLARSHIPS.

In the meantime, now GA Tech has been left scrambling trying to find another recruit to fill HIS spot. So if there was a “bad guy” in this process, I can assure you it WASN”T Paul Johnson and GA Tech.

The Truth

January 23rd, 2012
10:19 am

@Jacket Man you hit the nail on the head. It’s up to the HS, family, and HS coach to make sure the kid keeps the college aware of the scores. You can take the SAT / ACT and NOT have the scores released to the school, which looks like that’s what happened here.

Again, not sure what “sliding scale” his dad has been looking at…

Someone asked why not let him keep taking the test. If he doesn’t have the scores by now, what makes you think in 3 months he’s going to have them? It works out best for both parties to let him go now as he can still play this fall, and GT still has the scholarship to use elsewhere if they can find another player.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

January 23rd, 2012
10:21 am

Wait a minute, did we just read that the Air Force talked to him, he can’t make it to gt, but the Air Force?! The US Air Force? Something’s not right here people.

JD

January 23rd, 2012
10:24 am

Did anyone say that the Air Force Academy offered him a scholarship? Maybe it was the recruiter.

George Stein

January 23rd, 2012
10:29 am

The problem WnE has is that he can’t explain why Johnson or anyone at Tech would lie to the kid. All you have to do is think this through and you’ll come to the conclusion that there is absolutely no reason to be dishonest.

gt4ever

January 23rd, 2012
10:46 am

There is NO defending this. Complete INCOMPETENCE! Period… GT is absolutely on a downward spiral…. Where will it end…. Time will tell…

chas jacket

January 23rd, 2012
10:50 am

Wne has never been interested in rationale or facts, just in trying to discourage true tech fans, alums and most importantly, potential recruits. The worst kind of troll.

George Stein

January 23rd, 2012
10:50 am

Yes! Georgia Tech may never recover… The whole school should just be blown up, gt4ever… How many more sentences can I end in ellipses… Where will it end… Time will tell…

Supersize that order, mutt

January 23rd, 2012
10:53 am

@hind tit……did you even bother to read what MC wrote??? You typed: “If his grades were no problem way back when,why are they a problem now” WHERE in what MC wrote does it say his GRADES were a problem, then or now??? It was NOT his GRADES, bubba, it was his TEST SCORES, and they were apparently NEVER high enough to qualify, but Tech, as all schools do, gave him a chance (multiple chances) to get them up. He had not as of the last reporting of those test scores, so Johnson did what he had to do and released him from his scholarship. Tech could have told him to keep trying, but, as others have already said, what if he did keep trying and never got them up? Then where would he be. CPJ did the right and honorable thing in not only releasing him but pointing him in the direction of other schools whose lower test score requirements might allow him to sign immediately. And yet some of you still criticize and slam and ignore the truth, trying to say in your own LITTLE MINDS that Johnson “cheated.” GET A CLUE, you dolts. I think it’s interesting that the first school in whose direction Johnson steered him also couldn’t or wouldn’t sign him because of the test scores. It would appear that even UCF has higher standards than many colleges. Who’d a thunk it?

gt4ever

January 23rd, 2012
10:54 am

Funny George…. Not the whole school… Spoken like a true lawyer…. Clouding the real issue. But hey, you keep drinking the fruit juice… Just in case you need some help…. Just drop the football program. Football has become a JOKE at GT… Is this clear enough for your limited legal mind… Good day!

Supersize that order, mutt

January 23rd, 2012
10:56 am

gt4ever, I have tried to give you the benefit of the doubt many times over the past year, thinking perhaps that you were actually a true Tech fan who just found some things to dislike about Johnson as a coach. Certainly you have a right to that opinion. But for you to post what you just did tells me that whether you consider yourself a Tech fan or not, you are no better and have no more common sense than the worst of the mutts. I, for one, am OFFENDED that someone claiming to be a Tech fan would post such absurd drivel.