I just finished reading the book "Dodd's Luck". Great book but very depressing for me at the end about us getting out of the SEC. The stated reason was that other SEC schools were recruiting lots of players and then cutting them by the end of the season. But Dodd also said this:
"The state universities have all the big advantages. Hell, they can get any boy in the state to their school. The mothers went there, the sisters went there, the girls went there. ....." and "If we had stayed in the conference, hell, all the SEC teams would've been beating us , except Vanderbilt and Tulane. So it wasn't getting out of the SEC that hurt us. It was the quality of football." He knew he couldn't compete in the recruiting wars and he was a football God.
We haven't been able to compete against the good teams consistently since the 50's because we can't recruit like them. Dodd knew the tide had turned. Baswed on recent recruiting and team play, I think we are 80%+ likely to lose to UGAg and Clemson this year. Miami maybe only 65% likely since they lost their QB. VT we should beat this year (should have won last year) since they haven't been recruiting well the last 5 years (Scout 36, 34, 26, 36, 39 from 2014 to 2010).
I agree with everything you posted.
This is way I'm really beginning to believe Tech hiring Johnson was a really bad decision.
I honestly don't think Paul Johnson is the issue here....Winning cures all as they say. I think we have to a better job marketing ourselves and try to stand out in some areas. Us running a so called pro style offense is not a good thing for us (IMO) as that makes us blend right in with the other schools and doesn't help us stand out. When this offense is clicking we really get good press and helps our brand...Some recruits view it as a negative but to be must use it as a excuse as to why they aren't looking at Tech.
We need to see some sustained success.
I do, I'm very concerned, it's really hard to over come peoples perceptions after a period of time especially in Atlanta, ask the Hawks ask the Falcons.
We won in 2009 beat UGA in 2008, it's been a struggle from there, and those four years are like an eternity.
Not to mention he hasn't been the best with the local media in the past.
The bigger issues is the shear amount of negative press.
Matt Chernoff straight called us a joke and laughing stock
Da Kang questions the players talent and the ability to win
Eric Zeir "High School Football"
Beau Bock "Tech forfeited football" direct quote.
The irrelevance in the local paper.
I'm not gonna mention the what SEC crazed fans around Atlanta say. The recruits here this and when they watch Tech on Primetime we embarrass ourselves. LSU whipped us at Home in the GA Dome. UGA "We RUN This State" at Boddy Dobb. Iowa crushed in the Sugar Bowl. VT shuts us down consistently false starts in the white out. UGA Ogletree tosses players around like rag dolls with no response. We can't sit back and wish the perception away when the perception is actually reality. We a mediocre program with a funky one dimensional "non sexy" offense. Vad the savior was supposed to open up the offense a year later and another black eye and now we gonna double down on what we do best as if what we did best was winning the 3 years prior. I can't remember a time when Tech was this irrelevant, not even during the Gailey years were we dismissed entirely not at this level. No I don't feel the program is a laughing stock but that perception is there, deservedly so or not.
I know the records are virtually the same but the perception locally isn't. We had maybe the best player in CFB paired with perhaps a DivII QB & Gailey rode with that until he was fired and people were tired and I understand why he was fired.
But people at least spoke about the program and most of the heat was directed unfortunately at Reggie Ball & Gailey. The radio guys weren't just dismissive of the program like they are now. Hell Beau Bock's son is a Tech graduate. It's not just the media either I speaking about the streets, the people, there is no energy, None.
I'm saying are people even caring enough to boo?
Of course, true fans are always going to be true fans...Just because I am not happy with the results would not mean that I care any less about Georgia Tech. I would be frustrated (boo and demand for change) before I just stopped caring...as I suspect most real fans would.
Remember fan is short for fanatic!