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New Coach Selection Process

This is a discussion on New Coach Selection Process within the Georgia Tech Football forums, part of the Georgia Tech Sports Message Boards category; Relax, this isn't another diatribe about firing Paul Johnson. I think we should examine the methodology (if there is one) ...

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    New Coach Selection Process

    Relax, this isn't another diatribe about firing Paul Johnson. I think we should examine the methodology (if there is one) of how we pick our coaches. For the better part of Tech's first century of football we enjoyed the luxury of having only three pretty good coaches, with apparently seamless transitionways from Heisman, to Alexander to Dodd. Then all hell broke loose, and we really haven't gotten it right yet. In hindsight--and this is iffy because the process is always shrouded in secrecy---there have been some real dumbass moves in the hiring process. How can it be made better? Rumor has it that Johnny Majors was an eyelash away from being hired when Bud Carson got the job. I thought Carson was a great coach, but a more terrible fit could not have existed for those times. Fulcher--nobody would take the job it seemed. Pepper? Holy cow, a silly idea from the start. Curry--zero experience, his only qualification was he was "Tech" through and through--then left for the dark side. Ross fell into our lap, and got antsy and left. Lewis--oh please. O'Leary was damage control and a stab at rekindling 1990. And on and on. Our upper management has an unenviable record of terrible coaching hires. I know it is a crapshoot, and a very difficult task whenever it is necessary. But jeez Louweeeeeez, how can we/they improve the selection process?
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    You are correct. Based on experience, we don't have a process for hiring a coach.

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    For a school that's suppose to be smart, we sure do some dumb-ass things.

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    It seems at times we are so smart - we are stupid.

    If my count is correct, we have had 9 FB HC since Dodd. 6 of those had previous connections to GT and 3 did not. IMO, 2 of the 3 most successful had no previous connection to GT (ROSS, Johnson and O'L - George having had a previous connection to GT).

    The worst hires were those "Tech men". It hurt us on the field and in the public eye. Those choosing were not good stewards of our history.

    I believe Dodd was traveling to Tenn to hire Doug Dickey when stopped by the powers that be and told we had to hire Carson coz of his GT connection - idiotic.

    I may be wrong but I believe the next hire was when we could have had Majors when again the "brain trust " said we had to hire a "Tech man" - Fulcher. Disaster. When we hired Pepper it was big. Getting the coach away from UCLA who had beaten Nebraska . Problem was Pepper of 1974 was not the Pepper of 1952.

    Curry? Biggest disgrace of all. INEXCUSABLE! We could have hired SPURRIER. Nuff said.

    And it appears in some ways many want to keep, perhaps, making the same mistakes.

    If CPJ & CBG need to be replaced MANY put forward the names of Roof & Price. That is fine in and of itself - but their main reason for suggesting such is that they are "Tech men"

    And the Hill and our opponents will continue to rejoice in our foolishness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clapper gold View Post
    If CPJ & CBG need to be replaced MANY put forward the names of Roof & Price. That is fine in and of itself - but their main reason for suggesting such is that they are "Tech men"

    And the Hill and our opponents will continue to rejoice in our foolishness.
    I agree...it scares me.

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    Hard to believe that after so many yrs at Tech the HILL would not listen to the wishes of The Grey Fox........but they did not! We are lucky Ross was hires along with GOL but do not be surprised to see some strange moves if PJ leaves.We don't have that many Tech men to coach us any more.Don't think Goose or others would leave the way we are set up now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack View Post
    Hard to believe that after so many yrs at Tech the HILL would not listen to the wishes of The Grey Fox........but they did not! We are lucky Ross was hires along with GOL but do not be surprised to see some strange moves if PJ leaves.We don't have that many Tech men to coach us any more.Don't think Goose or others would leave the way we are set up now.
    At this moment, Goose or Glenn Spencer are the only 2 I would consider. But first things first, CPJ probably has 2 more years.

    And when in Heavens name will we ever get "Tech Men" that will again tell the Hill that this is our school as well? And get those idiots to understand how much Athletics has ENHANCED, NOT HURT, THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY !
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    Quote Originally Posted by clapper gold View Post
    At this moment, Goose or Glenn Spencer are the only 2 I would consider. But first things first, CPJ probably has 2 more years.

    And when in Heavens name will we ever get "Tech Men" that will again tell the Hill that this is our school as well? And get those idiots to understand how much Athletics has ENHANCED, NOT HURT, THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY !
    Fights with the Hill are not new as all of us know but I still remember a Sports Illustrated article in 57 stating that after a 9-1 (tipped pass by Tenn) and bowl victory the Hill...........wanted to curtail resources to football.......now if they would do that when we were fat and successful .......well you guess the rest of the story.I would throw in Ken Wishenhut as possible coach if he wanted to step down from NFL...Like you said we have PJ for awhile and the turmoil will continue but we should (Hill) be ready for logical approach to a selection process for a new HC if we make the change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clapper gold View Post
    At this moment, Goose or Glenn Spencer are the only 2 I would consider. But first things first, CPJ probably has 2 more years.

    And when in Heavens name will we ever get "Tech Men" that will again tell the Hill that this is our school as well? And get those idiots to understand how much Athletics has ENHANCED, NOT HURT, THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY !
    Well, I have come to the conclusion that it is as simple as this: We want to be an excellent academic endeavor regardless of our athletic standing, and we are not going to compromise the educational aspect to improve our athletics. Many schools have, we won't. And, at my core, I suppose I agree with that policy. I just think we can do better athletically, especially with football, than we are doing presently. And I certain agree with you, that athletics are important and valuable in the totality of what is THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clapper gold View Post
    At this moment, Goose or Glenn Spencer are the only 2 I would consider. But first things first, CPJ probably has 2 more years.

    And when in Heavens name will we ever get "Tech Men" that will again tell the Hill that this is our school as well? And get those idiots to understand how much Athletics has ENHANCED, NOT HURT, THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY !
    I think the only folks the Hill would even considering listening to are those successful grads with money who have also have GT athletic experience particularly football. Those who worked hard in the classroom while competing on the field and made successful careers for themselves after graduating. And those are becoming few and far between.
    Get off my lawn.

 

 
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