Tech hires Stansbury, who’s both an alum and a football man

Todd Stansbury will need a new tie. (AP photo)

Todd Stansbury will need a new tie. (AP photo)

Oddly enough (or perhaps not so oddly), Todd Stansbury was the template for a bit of journalism committed by this perpetrator last month. Here, it was suggested, are the sort of questions a football-first athletic director might ask Paul Johnson, who coaches Georgia Tech’s football team.

At 10 a.m. today, Todd Stansbury will be introduced as Georgia Tech’s AD. Fancy that.

About Stansbury: He played at Tech under Bill Curry and the famous defensive coordinator Don Lindsey; worked at Tech in athletic administration; was the AD at Central Florida before George O’Leary’s program began to unravel and has spent the past year at Oregon State. Some among Tech’s Old Guard were furious that the search committee seeking a replacement for Dan Radakovich didn’t pursue Stansbury, opting for Mike Bobinski of non-football Xavier instead. Those alums will feel better now, seeing that Stansbury is himself an alum.

“I’ve always felt a Tech AD should have gold in his blood,” the Atlanta entrepreneur Taz Anderson, who was a co-captain under Bobby Dodd, told me last month. Stansbury fits that bill, and he’s a football guy to boot. Meaning: He shouldn’t be cowed by the force of Johnson’s considerable personality.

Tech plays Clemson tonight. The Yellow Jackets might well up and win. (Johnson’s a good big-game coach.) If that happens and this team goes on to win nine or 10 games, the sting of last season’s 3-9 will be diminished if not quite forgotten. ADs tend to love their football coaches so long as they win big. It’s when they don’t that there’s an issue.

Had the 2014 Jackets not gone 11-3 and won the Orange Bowl after four middling seasons, Bobinski would have had a hard choice to make regarding Johnson. As we know, Bobinski deferred the much easier choice of what to do with basketball coach Brian Gregory from 2015 until this spring. As it was, that AD wound up extending Johnson’s contract through 2020, which seemed a overreaction when it happened.

I can’t imagine that a Tech grad wants to come here and lock horns with an established Tech coach. But I would expect a football man who has known firsthand the rigors of Tech academics to view Johnson in a different light than either Radakovich, who hired the man and saw him win big immediately, or Bobinski, who never seemed to know what to make of him. This could get interesting.

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UpWithTheWhiteAndGold
UpWithTheWhiteAndGold

Mark - The tone of your post suggests Stansbury is here to show Johnson the door. Johnson's overall record and accomplishments stand above his predecessors since Dodd. Some folks don't like the scheme of the offense. The media doesn't like his witty responses to their questions. But his results on the field have been better than most in the position.  Could Tech do better? We had a NFL coach in Chan Gailey. He recruited well, but couldn't coach a game. 


Let's enjoy the moment. As you say this appears to be good hire for the Athletics program. 

GTBob
GTBob

@UpWithTheWhiteAndGold Mark is among many in the media who seem to always think that CPJ is right on the line of being fired, regardless of facts or reason. They just hate him and his offense and can't imagine anyone else thinking differently. Its always fun when CPJ has another great season and shuts them up for a while.

TOJacket
TOJacket

I think everything about the dawgs is delusional...... Some how the Rebs are 7 point favorites but dawgs are ranked higher. Pretenders

TOJacket
TOJacket

Miss. St. In 2014....FSU....2015.....?......you humps do have the Tar Heel signature win. Lol

dawg fan
dawg fan

Delusional Techie comment of the day:  "We beat top 10 teams on a regular basis." LOL.  Flap those gums Techie.  3-9 last year.  3-0 this year with big wins over  1-2 BC, 1-2 Vandy and Mercer.  Yet UGA fans are the ones who hype up their program too much according to Tech fans.  Words simply cannot describe how stupid Tech fans are.  Its really unbelievable.   

TOJacket
TOJacket

36 pre-season NC's and counting stupid.

TOJacket
TOJacket

30 point win over the SEC, SEC!.....tough conference.

GTBob
GTBob

This is a great hire. One that many Tech fans were hoping for but nobody really knew how interested he was. Hopefully he is a step above the last two ADs. We are due for a good one.

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

Good hire!! Go Jackets and beat Clemson tonight!!

dawg fan
dawg fan

Fish Fry a good big-game coach?  Huh?  I would consider the Dawgs a pretty big game for the nerds Bradley.  Fish Fry:  2-6 vs. the Dawgs.  We own him.  I don't get all the optimism about Tech's chances tonight.  The Dawgs are 3-0 but if you suggest they might win another game you are immediately branded delusional because we are "awful" (That word has been thrown around quite a bit on these blogs) and overrated.  The Techies are 3-0 against nobodies but its okay to think they're going to beat a Top 5 team that played for a national title last year.  Somehow that's not delusional at all.  I'm a little mystified by this double standard.  I was considering rooting for Tech tonight but I've changed my mind.  As ever, I hope they get pounded 10 feet into the turf and I think there's a good chance they will.  Peace.   

Laura
Laura

@dawg fan Hey dawg fan, I'm heading to Oxford Saturday hoping for exactly the same thing for your beloved Dawgs... pounded 10 feet into the turf.  Your undefeated season, played out against nobodies yourself (Remember Nicholls?  Missouri by 1 point in the final minute?), ends Saturday.

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@gradyguy21 @dawg fan Old Miss will boat race the dogs...I think there is a chance the leghumpers lose by 28 points.. woof, woof.

Who is Nicholls State again??lol 

dawg fan
dawg fan

@gradyguy21 I make no predictions about the Dawgs.  We've got issues for sure.  I'm just always flabbergasted by the painful stupidity of Tech fans.  You are some of the dumbest people I have ever encountered.  You criticize UGA fans for having unrealistic expectations of their team but 90% of you are gearing up for a big win over a Top 5 team tonight.  It makes me wonder if you can chew gum and walk at the same time.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@LOGS1973 Nicholls State is an FCS team that put on a far better showing against that Dawgs than our in state rival usually does.  Thanks for asking. 

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@dawg fan @LOGS1973 Wait... I thought the big dawgs showed only two field goals better than GT as recently as last year!! By the way,

Nicholls is a school that should have been beaten by 40 points by any SEC team.. Much less a RANKED (?) dawg squad..

GTBob
GTBob

@dawg fan I haven't talked to a single Tech fan that really thinks we will win tonight. It will be our toughest game of the year by far. Its not crazy to think we have a chance though after Clemson struggled against bad teams like Auburn and Troy.

LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@dawg fan @gradyguy21 As a GT fan we are only happy not to have to play a strong, strong team like Nicholls State... Beating a #3 ranked team that was recently playing for the NC should be easier..


LOGS1973
LOGS1973

@GTBob @dawg fan Thanks goodness Clemson didn't have to face that Nicholls State squad, right GTBob?

dawg fan
dawg fan

@Tommy Trojan Number of Tech wins over UGA since Bill Clinton was President:  TWO.  Georgia Tech=JOKE. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

We beat top 10 teams on a regular basis. You mutts beat Nicholls St. .....disco...disco dawgs. CPJ is 2-6 against a team who is top 10 recruiting. Thanks for pointing that out

TOJacket
TOJacket

The game has been decided by 6 the last 3 years. Other than "The 5 yards away" season... They have all been competitive...dawgphlem is an idiot.

Tommy Trojan
Tommy Trojan

@dawg fan National Championships won since UGA football was relevant:


GT - 1

Miami - 5

Alabama - 5

FSU - 3

Auburn - 1

Florida - 2

Tennessee - 1

Clemson - 1

LSU - 1

Penn State - 2

BYU - 1

Oklahoma - 2

Notre Dame - 1

Washington -1

Nebraska - 3

Michigan - 1

Ohio State -2

USC - 2

Texas - 1


dawg fan
dawg fan

@GTBob I've heard from plenty of big mouthed Techies who think you've got a real shot tonight.  Maybe you do.  That's not my point.  My point is you are a total joke for claiming UGA fans are delusional for having optimism about their football team.  Tech fans are hypocrites and a disgrace to themselves.  That's all. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

God you're pathetic dawgphlem.

GTBob
GTBob

@dawg fan We make fun of the delusion that UGA fans have about being serious National Title contenders every year when you have never had any results to show for it. Thats slightly different than thinking you have a chance in one game.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@LOGS1973 Yes, instead you play Mercer and celebrate like you won a championship afterward because you've got a joke bush league football program.  I saw the pictures of your players celebrating with fans in the seats after that one.  LOL.  What a chump move.  Georgia Tech=JOKE. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

Read the post above yours. Last time you guys were taken seriously Jimmy Carter was President! .....BwaaaaavHaaaaaa!!!

4452
4452

@Tommy Trojan @dawg fan I assume you are using 1980 as the "relevant" year for UGA.  If so, Florida has 3 national championships - 1 under Spurrier and 2 under Urban Meyer.