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Georgia Tech fires Geoff Collins after 1-3 start to fourth season, AD also ousted amid upheaval

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Georgia Tech coach Jeff Collins and athletic director Todd Stansbury were just two days after a 27-10 road loss to UCF saw the Yellow Vests lose 1-3 in Collins’ fourth season, as announced school on Monday. Current offensive line coach and former Georgia Tech player Brent Pry will take over as coach of the Yellow Vests after Collins is fired. Collins is expected to receive an $11.3 million ransom. ESPN.

“I am grateful to Coach Collins for his hard work and dedication to our student athletes,” said Georgia Tech President Angel Cabrera. “Unfortunately, the results of our football program do not meet the expectations and expectations of our dedicated community, fans and athletes. We are looking to rebuild the program and changing coaches is a necessary first step in that process.”

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The loss left Collins 10-28 (7-19 ACC) in GT and the program struggled to show any improvement during his tenure. Stansbury has been AD at Georgia Tech since 2016 after previous work at Oregon State and UCF. Frank Neville, chief of staff and senior vice president of strategic initiatives, will serve as interim athletic director until a permanent replacement is found.

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“Todd is and always will be a respected and respected member of our community. His dedication to the success of our student athletes and his love for Georgia Tech are admirable,” Cabrera said. “The challenges that the sports program has faced in recent years have grown to the point where we need to try a new approach and that requires new leadership.”

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After Collins was hired from Temple, he faced the difficult task of deflecting the Georgia Tech attack from the option-based attack that Paul Johnson had set up during his 11 years with the program. This gave Collins some leeway; however, the Jackets never finished higher than 10th in the ACC in total offense, winning just three games in each of his first three campaigns, and they struggled to start the 2022 season.

This past off-season has seen a flurry of transfer action on the portal, with Georgia Tech losing several key players, including star Jamir Gibbs to Alabama running back, and bringing in members who have helped shore up Collins’ roster in a season that Collins needs to improve. However, in three games against FBS opponents (Clemson, Ole Miss, UCF), Georgia Tech lost 110–20.

Collins is the third Power Five coach to be fired in the first month of the 2022 season after Nebraska disposed of Scott Frost and Arizona State parted ways with Herm Edwards. Both Frost and Edwards were fifth-year students in their respective programs.

Failed strategy

When Collins came to Georgia Tech, he saw that recruits leaving the city of Atlanta were perhaps the most existential problem facing the program. He spruced up the program by bringing the city to the fore and incorporating Atlanta staples such as the 404 area code and the Waffle House. This brought some success as 30 of the 53 recruits he signed were from Georgia.

Unfortunately, only a few of his players have reached their potential under his leadership. In 2021, the Yellow Vests received just two All-ACC players. Both left when Gibbs moved on and Kes Jackson graduated. Tech ranks second in the ACC in offense, defense, offensive scoring, defensive scoring, and even field goals. The attempt to secure a few wins along the recruiting path was good, but the program hit rock bottom under Collins.

Will investments come?

One of the biggest benefits of the Johnson options era is that it allowed Georgia Tech to take a back seat in the hiring process. Particularly in the turbulent Southeast, the Jackets’ lack of investment is like a sore thumb. Georgia Tech spent $27.2 million on football-related expenses in the 2019-20 school year. sports. This ranked the Jackets 40th among public institutions, behind Kansas State, and sixth out of eight public schools in the ACC. By comparison, rival Georgia spends $48.5 million a year on football.

Collins failed to turn a sizzle into a steak during his four years at Georgia Tech. The administration must decide how it wants its football program to be long-term and how much it is willing to invest in the program to make it happen, especially in an age where every non-Big Ten and SEC Power Five team is existentially on the brink of survival. cutting block.

The coaching carousel keeps spinning

There have been many questions about how the early signing period and the transfer portal will change the training cycle. Two years later, the ride is spinning faster than ever. In just four weeks of the season, changes have already been made to the three Power Five programs. Last year, LSU and USC fired coaches until October, as did UConn and Georgia Southern. Surprisingly, Georgia Southern and Texas Tech fired coaches and hired outside replacements before the season ended.

Players only have four years of eligibility to make their mark on college football, but programs are waving the white flag in seasons earlier than ever. It will be interesting to see if all this movement eventually leads to some fencing to undermine the limited college careers of countless college football players.


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