I've seen some lines of thinking in various threads that seem self-defeating to me. I thought it would be useful to confront the issue directly. Things ain't what they used to be. Imagining that Tech's success was entirely the result of a deified Bobby Dodd isn't reasonable, and imagining that if only we could hire a mythical coach-hero to return us to greatness will not change anything. Opining that things ain't what they used to be isn't going to make it better either. We must hunger for improvement with a clear eye and a laser focus on what can be improved, but a steadfast commitment to who we are. If we are to win, we will not win as we are, but neither will we win as a poor mimicry of that school in Athens. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings: 1. Widening acceptance standards for athletes has a demonstrated ability to make a difference. The easy and foolish path would be to allow the sort of academic lies that other schools seem to trade in. Rather, believe as we always have in the promise and value of the student athlete. With the right guidance, the only requirement to succeed in a Tech degree is a willingness to work hard. We must loudly and repeatedly make this argument to the Hill: the coaching and tutoring staff is very good at leading their athletes through school, and we can change our admissions requirements without compromising our integrity. This is the most immediate and important change we can make. If you have a voice by virtue of money then use money. If you have a voice by virtue of many throats, then lead those throats. If you have none of these, then shout it as loud as you can. 2. Attendance is what we make it. Imagining that victory is some panacea for a full stadium is probably wishful thinking (ask the Red Sox or, for that matter, the Braves). More than that, it's learned helplessness. Join in the effort to explain and engage international students at Tech on how awesome and culturally relevant GT football is. Support student efforts to increase attendance and create more fans. Ask your friends to go to games. Have a great time. Post pictures on Facebook. Tweet about how awesome the game is. Seats will be filled one at a time, and you yourself can fill two, three, ten seats. Love the Yellow Jackets because we represent a prosperous future for the South, the nation, and the world. Love the Yellow Jackets because we represent integrity and innovation on and off the field. Love the Yellow Jackets because we're the good guys. Pass that love to all good fellows, whether they come from far or near. 3. Culture in high school, like education itself, is not beyond our control either. Go be an assistant coach for your kids' school (or their kids, or your niece). Heck, it doesn't matter if that's as a football coach or a robotics coach. Tutor local kids. Talk to prospects on Twitter. Advocate for technology in education at every level. Be an example of the success that a Tech degree brings. Demonstrate that hard work and perseverance, not innate intellect, pave the path to Georgia Tech. These days with twitter and recruitment fever we can see how single important people in a students' life can swing their choice of school (athlete or not). It is up to us, as Tech fans, to see that students have that perspective in their lives. Sure, the chance that you personally connect with that superstar quarterback may be small. But that quarterback will have people he admires and emulates. And even if you're not lucky, your consolation prize is changing lives. No coach is coming to save us from the march of history. If those trends are to change, it is we who must change them.