Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson questions school’s commitment to football

Two years ago, Paul Johnson led the Georgia Tech football program to an impressive 11-3 record. That led to some high hopes for the Yellow Jackets, but last year resulted in an awful 3-9 campaign and this year is off to another lackluster start.

While speaking to the media about his team, Johnson questioned Georgia Tech’s commitment to football and even pointed out the university’s deficiencies compared to its rivals.

“Here’s what has to happen, it’s what I tell our team about playing: commitment has to meet expectations,” Johnson said, according to Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “You can’t have expectations with no commitment. It won’t work, no matter what you do.

“You guys look, you don’t have to ask me, do you think we have the same things Clemson does? How can the expectation be to beat them? People have committed, for whatever reasons, the other schools have committed to it. They are committed to having a good program.”

Johnson is in his ninth-year with the program and his triple-option offense is growing stale. Perhaps the limitations of his offense could also contribute to Georgia Tech losing out on recruits on that side of the ball.

It will be interesting to see if anyone at the university responds to Johnson’s comments or what comes next, but if the Yellow Jackets don’t improve by the end of the year Johnson could be on the outs.

Then Georgia Tech’s commitment to football will be someone else’s concern.

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