• Georgia Tech Athletic Director Not Buying Academic Excuse

    Was up at Tech Family Weekend (think I'm finally dry), and they had Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski speak at one of the Seminars they held. He seems like a really personable guy. He spoke for a solid 50 minutes, and then took questions. Here are some of his thoughts/comments:

    Felt when he first got here, that each Team was a disconnected entity. No feelings of comradery between the teams or coaches. He wants to mirror the EXCELLENCE (in the Athletic Dept) that he sees around the rest of campus. Felt GT had lost their Athletic Identity. He feels like we need to be seen, heard, and be out there on social media. Felt like we were behind the curve. Mentioned that HE personally is trying hard to change this and that he has not even ONE SINGLE TIME turned down an offer to speak to any group. (Any local Alumni Group want him to speak? Good chance he'll do it!)

    Seemed Athletic Dept was just in Survival Mode; feels now he's got it to an energized dept where people are excited & where they can see the programs gaining momentum.

    Has Ambitious Goals - specifically said "NOT middle of the pack goals."

    Absolutely believes the ACC is the right place for us, 3 main reasons:
    1. Said all the Presidents got together & committed to each other they would not pull out on each other for the next 13 years (yes, that's what he said).
    2. Schools most academically similar for D 1 schools.
    3. Geographics

    Was asked what new sports he'd like to bring to GT. Mentioned that it's hard here, not only bc of Title 9, and money, he said we really don't have the ROOM for another sport. No fields for games or practices. But if he had no restrictions, #1 is WOMEN'S Soccer. Somewhat embarrassed that of the 16 schools in the ACC, the other 15 have women's soccer. Then Men's AND Women's Lacrosse (sport that is gaining in popularity in the high schools), and then he mentioned Crew. Crew is a sport you can easily bring on bc the space limitation isn't there; you have to go off campus to a large body of water.

    Question on FB recruiting lead to the following comments:

    Feels the mindset that our Academics is the reason we don't get better athletes is absolutely an urban legend that has been repeated so often it has now taken on a life of it's own. Agreed GT is not the place for everyone, and that's good because we're not recruiting everyone.

    Said the next class is going to be between 21 -22, and there are PLENTY of good athletes out there that we can get our 21 - 22. Compared us to Stanford, ND & Northwestern. Said with good "focus & effort we can clearly recruit" excellent athletes. He did agree that GT had "no place to hide," and reiterated the Calculus & Lab classes that are required of every major. BUT one thing he did confirm is that Admissions DOES make exceptions in the admission requirements, with the following 3 criteria: Proven good character traits, a "reasonable" chance of academic success, and a proven willingness to work hard.

    Great talk. Seems like he really loves Tech & wants to make changes that will bring improvement to the programs.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Mike Bobinski comments I personally heard Friday 9/20/13 started by L. Biviano View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. crackbaby's Avatar
      crackbaby -
      @Boomergump +1

      I, too am grateful for DRad. He inherited a mess and started a process to bring GT athletics (not just football) to the forefront. It pains me to see the sniping by Tech folks after he left.

      I like that Bobinski wants the GTAA to be more supportive as a family. Success in one sport would more likely bring winning to others.
    1. dressedcheeseside's Avatar
      dressedcheeseside -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hart View Post
      How many of you actually believe this?

      Cheese, are you convinced now?
      All I can say is what do you expect him to say? Would he have taken the job if he thought it was impossible to compete? Of course not. I hope this means he has some creative solutions because that's what we need. What we don't need is for someone to bury his head in the sand and pretend the very real and unique challenges we face do not exist.

      I agree with Stonewall and Liberty in this thread.
    1. Lexjacket's Avatar
      Lexjacket -
      Quote Originally Posted by dressedcheeseside View Post
      All I can say is what do you expect him to say? Would he have taken the job if he thought it was impossible to compete? Of course not. I hope this means he has some creative solutions because that's what we need. What we don't need is for someone to bury his head in the sand and pretend the very real and unique challenges we face do not exist.

      I agree with Stonewall and Liberty in this thread.
      I think you guys are focusing too much on the hot button he pushed (academics and recruiting). There is a lot more to getting Georgia Tech back to more than just an afterthought in the State of Georgia and Sports media. As an outsider (non-alumni) my perception is that the GTAA has kind of drawn themselves into a calcified shell and at times a small closed club of 'elites'. They need to be more egalitarian in their approach to the world (Atlanta and Georgia) around them. I think that some of the moves Bobinski has made, such as escaping 790 the zone and reaching out to 680 the fan is already paying off. Today on my way into work I was amazed to hear very positive talk and comments about Georgia Tech football and the way Coach Johnson dealt with the 'APU protest' by Vad Lee and others. I think it's the Georgia Tech academic cliques, and GTAA bureaucracies that have had their head in the sand. If you want to fill BDS and have media and people talking about the electric atmosphere at the Flats, which will result in easier recruiting you need sidewalk fans. I believe Bobinski is on the right track and I can already see positive results. He also seems to understand and value tradition, and Georgia Tech has a load of that.
    1. mack's Avatar
      mack -
      Good points all........I agree though we have to focus our recruiting to guys who can handle large academic courses in math etc and they may not be in GA.I say lets go in nation wide and see what we can get...Yeah I know no money and probably other excuses but they are some smart kids out there who would like to live for a time or longer in Atlanta...go get them.
    1. mack's Avatar
      mack -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lexjacket View Post
      I think you guys are focusing too much on the hot button he pushed (academics and recruiting). There is a lot more to getting Georgia Tech back to more than just an afterthought in the State of Georgia and Sports media. As an outsider (non-alumni) my perception is that the GTAA has kind of drawn themselves into a calcified shell and at times a small closed club of 'elites'. They need to be more egalitarian in their approach to the world (Atlanta and Georgia) around them. I think that some of the moves Bobinski has made, such as escaping 790 the zone and reaching out to 680 the fan is already paying off. Today on my way into work I was amazed to hear very positive talk and comments about Georgia Tech football and the way Coach Johnson dealt with the 'APU protest' by Vad Lee and others. I think it's the Georgia Tech academic cliques, and GTAA bureaucracies that have had their head in the sand. If you want to fill BDS and have media and people talking about the electric atmosphere at the Flats, which will result in easier recruiting you need sidewalk fans. I believe Bobinski is on the right track and I can already see positive results. He also seems to understand and value tradition, and Georgia Tech has a load of that.
      Lexy is spot on.if you are in rural georgie forget about the tech hats etc that others can readily buy in Atlanta...no jerseys etc..Yet every swinging richard knows dog this and dog that and one big reason is marketing..Now this is not new in the fifties and early sixties nobody seemed to carry any tech gear outside of the big cities ,mainly Atlanta and every store in ga has red and black in it...we have lost the advertizing war for now and need to start over.It caan be done but it will take time.Paul Johnson for his strengths and thoughts is a legend at Statesboro and rural georgie..Folks remember him with the eagles and championships.why not market in the small areas and be done with it........this idea of trademark etc and stuff staying in the big cities aint going to cut it.Do something nowl
    1. mack's Avatar
      mack -
      Quote Originally Posted by GT Nuke View Post
      Is this an indirect jab at Dan Radakovich? Was Danny boy not doing Tech any favors? I wonder. he sure could build stuff though!

      Go JACKETS! THWG!
      Liked Danny r but wonder why he bolted so quicklly to Clemins..........just wonder if he knew something we didnt know etc.He did a good job and we do have good facilites.Hell Danny didnt even give notice