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Ken Sugiura does another great job for Georgia Tech........
Notes: Bobinski's plans to raise Tech's profile | www.ajc.com
Bobinski has certainly said all the right things since he was hired. What I like about him is he sounds aggressive about getting the GT name and capitalizing on our academic reputation and leveraging that for our athletic programs. It's exactly what Stanford is doing. This little bit caught my eye:
A good portion GT fans have said that for a while, and CPJ recently said it in an interview...it's time we expand our recruiting areas to where our name is an asset and not synonymous with average ACC football. If it means we go more national, then so be it. I don't think we get guys like Donovan Wilson, Ricky Jeune, Darious Commissiong, Kevin Robbins, Damon Mitchell, etc. if they grew up in the South. If you read all their commit interviews, all of them cited GT being one of the best schools, or "top notch education" as one of the big reasons they committed. It's a big reason why Francis Kallon's parents essentially shut down recruiting for all schools not named Georgia Tech...it's a name that carries weight. Not that there's not kids in the South that don't think like that (ala Shamire Devine and Beau Hankins...who pretty much begged the staff for a scholly), but those kids are few and far between just because of the environment in the South.3. As noted in the story, the search committee drilled Bobinski hard on the football matter and came away satisfied. Search committee chair Steve Zelnak mentioned one answer in an interview that he found insightful.
“He talked about working with coaches, trying to help the coaches, be it football and other (sports) to really focus in on a plan that takes you to the next level,” he said. “Kinds of things (such as), where do you recruit geographically? Where does Georgia Tech have the best reputation?”
Zelnak said that Tech may have a better reputation athletically and academically outside of the state and region than it does inside, not to mention face less competition from SEC schools. Bobinski mentioned Friday he’ll help coaches seek competitive advantages from his first day.
“You get outside (the Southeast), you find that Georgia Tech is very well-known,” Zelnak said.
Hopefully GT can have the best of both worlds one day like Stanford. It all starts with winning....
Sounds like a great hire. We all know Tech struggles in the Marketing and Public Image department. Hopefully, Bobinski can turn us around.
Check the comments section. Our good buddy Wrecky is at it again. He got flamed by a bunch of people for being a bunghole! Ha ha, great entertainment.
Go JACKETS! THWG!
Why might it be that there are no GT people? Well, GT does not produce the types of Business Administrators, Creative Directors, etc. to fill these positions. I bolded "Creative Directors" because those are the kinds of people who are responsible for our image & PR. People who study graphic design, public relations, industrial design, video production, marketing, in other words, ARTSY people. Georgia Tech produced none of these types of people until very recently, and even now, the focus is very small.
Our branding and public image sucks because Georgia Tech does not home grow the kinds of people that can affect that in a positive manner. We have to hire outside help, which is always worse. So, we have people trying to solve a problem that they don't understand, which ends up being impossible.
Now, Tech has started offering more of these art-focused majors, but due to the caliber of our school, most of our students want to go work for a private company, where they will inevitably make more money.
Last edited by pckl300; 01-22-2013 at 05:30 PM.
I would add: The GTAA probably doesn't have many home-grown Atlantans, either. Because, as we know, Atlanta harbors Southerners from all over. How are people that aren't from Atlanta supposed to craft a solution for us?