What he said.
I suppose my frustration is that I KNOW Paul is a fantastic head coach. I've seen it with my own two eyes before he was even a thought at a place like Georgia Tech. Anyone who reshapes Navy from an 0-10 team to what they've become obviously has coaching chops. He's won everywhere he's been over a long period of time across different schools and different circumstances and things have sort of flat-lined here. So the questions becomes, how much of that is attributable to him? How much is attributable to the school? I don't buy people's explanation that he isn't a tech man, etc. I don't think Paul suddenly forgot how to be a winner and I don't think Paul is simply cashing pay checks. He's too competitive to do that. Further, I don't think he's failed to embrace the Tech mission. His APR scores have been great in that regard.
If you look back at the past thirty years, we're a 7-5 team regardless of who the coach is. I'm not saying that we have to let in any idiot with a 600 on the SAT as long as he can run a 4.5, but I read about how hard Paul has to fight to get exceptions and how difficult it is to keep them eligible and I wonder what the school does to help these kids. I wonder what the school does to help the football program. I read about how hard Paul has to fight to get a modicum of the recruiting staff that has become the standard elsewhere and I wonder how we're ever going to compete with the big boys. I don't know the inner-workings of the hill. I realize Georgia Tech is a lot bigger than a football program, but if we're going to play, we ought to try to be the best. What frustrates me about being a Tech fan is the sort of willingness on the part of our fan base to throw up our hands in the air and point the finger at the symptoms of our mediocrity rather than the root cause. Coaching changes are not magic elixirs. Things will revert to the mean the longer they go on.
Places like Oklahoma, FSU, Alabama, Oregon, USC, Ohio State, and Notre Dame are good because most of all they care, their school and athletic programs are unified in trying to make the program successful and there's a lot of money that gets pumped into it.