Why do #GeorgiaTech fans keep complaining about this man? Paul Johnson has steered Tech to another winning season. It’s the 8th time in his 9 years at the school. The Jackets just beat rival Georgia for the 3rd time in last 5 games. All 3 wins have been in Athens!
And look at this info from the Ga Tech FB website
• In his first two seasons at Tech, Johnson was named the ACC Coach of the Year and added his third award in 2014.
• In 2008, he was named National Coach of the Year by CBS Sports.
• Tech has played in three ACC Championship Games in his eight years.
• The Yellow Jackets have finished first or second in the ACC Coastal Division in six of Johnson’s eight seasons.
• Seven of the 10-best seasons of total offense in school history have come under Johnson.
• Tech posted its ninth 10-win season in 2014 and fifth 11-win season.
• Under Johnson, Tech’s Academic Progress Report (APR) scores have risen every year with the most recent scores among the top 10% in the nation.
• Tech led the nation in rushing in both 2010 and 2014, and finished second in 2011.
• In 63 of Johnson’s 105 games at Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets produced more than 400 yards of total offense.
• Under Johnson, Tech produced five single-season 1,000-yard rushers — Jonathan Dwyer in 2008, Dwyer and Joshua Nesbitt in 2009, Anthony Allen in 2010, and Justin Thomas in 2014.
• Johnson has seen 15 of his players earn first-team All-ACC honors.
• Tech has produced three first-team All-Americans under Johnson — Michael Johnson in 2008, Derrick Morgan in 2009, and Shaquille Mason in 2014.
• Since Johnson’s arrival, a Tech player has been named ACC Offensive Player of the Year (Dwyer in 2008) and ACC Defensive Player of the Year (Morgan in 2009).
• Johnson is 14-8 at Tech in games decided by five points or less.
• Tech has scored more than 30 points in a game 52 times under Johnson and has a 43-9 record in those contests.
• In 2009, Tech won in Tallahassee (Fla.) for the first time in school history, beat a top-five ranked team at home (Virginia Tech) for the first time since 1962, won on the road in Charlottesville (Va.) for the first time since 1990 and earned its highest national ranking (7th) since 1999.
• In Johnson’s eight seasons, Tech has scored 26 non-offensive touchdowns (including school-record six defensive touchdowns in 2014).
• Johnson is 8-2 in home games against top-25 opponents.
These stats don’t include this years big win on the road against 2016 Coastal champion Va Tech which was ranked 17th in the polls at the time.
People talk about the offense being boring, high school like. Well based on the info above it sure seems to do well vs major college opponents. They say getting good recruits is a problem because of the offense. Well in college football all you need is one marquee player to make your team a championship contender. You see that in Louisville this year with their QB Lamar Jackson. Maybe some of the problem is the fan base itself. Are all the home games sold out? Does the team travel well? Are Tech fans and boosters ‘pumping up the volume’ with support and cheers, or complaints and jeers behind the scene? Do the fans have unrealistic expectations?
The stark reality is that Tech’s last National title in football was a shared one in 1990. Before that it won in 1952. Even rival Georgia with it’s history of top athletes, playing in the powerful SEC conference hasn’t won it since 1981. The athletic facilities for football aren’t on par with many of the major programs in college football.
So, with all that being said… Maybe it’s time for real fans of Georgia Tech to take a look at the man in the mirror. Or in the words of Pogo “We have found the enemy and he is us” Stay calm Tech fans. Paul Johnson is your Head Coach, one of the best you ever had
By: Jonathan Simmons
Real Talk Sports