Left for UNC.
College football has changed. Some would argue the strength coach and general manager/recruiting coordinator are the most important staff members after the coordinators/play callersAlways thought this was a Mickey Mouse position. The head coach should be able to manage his own roster and recruiting classes.
UNC football program is in a far greater place than GT football in every aspect. Probably about the same level in underperforming. No sugar coating this loss of a staff member. Not good at all.This is the first staff turnover that’s really concerning to me. The others were taking pretty large strides in their careers, but with how close Suddes and Collins seemingly were, this one seems like a head scratcher. If he would’ve went somewhere like Clemson, Miami, or FSU in the ACC, or a big SEC or B1G program I could see it. But UNC as a division rival who really isn’t all that much different of a position than Tech is? That feels strange. I’m sure there’s a pay bump involved, but how significant could it be? I think at least from the outside Suddes has been pretty significant in our recruiting efforts. We couldn’t match what UNC is going to pay him? Or are things on the inside much worse than what the seem? Do we even have anybody left on our recruiting staff that was here for the 2020 class?
“Far greater” is a definite exaggeration. UNC has been just as, if not more mediocre than GT has since the 90s. I think “a little better” in most aspects is a fair review of both programs. UNC has a larger fanbase and more resources, but honestly not by much. Their football fans are just as fickle and fair weather as Tech’s are. Mack Brown signed an extension through 2027, but he almost assuredly won’t see the end of that period. That would give him 4 years at the end of the 2023 season, which is coincidently the “magic number” needed for recruiting. I’d be willing to bet he calls it quits after that 2023 season, and maybe inks a 2024 recruiting class.UNC football program is in a far greater place than GT football in every aspect. Probably about the same level in underperforming. No sugar coating this loss of a staff member. Not good at all.