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ESPN: Waffle House, Morpheus, and the awakening of Georgia Tech - georgia_tech_swagger - 05-11-2019 11:46 AM

Quote:ATLANTA -- Twenty years ago, the idea began to take root in Geoff Collins' mind.

He'd look around at the city of Atlanta, the campus of Georgia Tech and the recruiting territory within its grasp, and imagine the possibilities. Unfazed by the reality of being a 28-year-old former Division I-AA linebacker-turned-grad assistant, he would work under coach George O'Leary by day, study for a secondary degree in psychology at night and dream of what he would do if eventually he were the one in charge.

He grew up a determined sort in nearby Conyers, unafraid to think outside the box. He even had the gall to tell others his plans. Brent Key, an offensive lineman at the time, remembers those conversations well. He was struck by the fact that even though Collins didn't go to Tech as a student or play for the football team, he felt like one of them.

There was no if about it when Collins spoke. He didn't want just any program. He had his sights on this exact one.

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Others might have seen a middling ACC program with cumbersome academic standards, or a Frankenstein roster built entirely for the purposes of running the antiquated triple-option, or how powerhouses like Clemson, Georgia and Alabama were a bit too close for comfort. But Collins only saw the possibilities. Located in what is essentially the capital of college football, surrounded by a talent base that rivals any in the country, why couldn't it become the Georgia Tech of his dreams?

"I've always had a clear vision of what this place can be and should be," he said.

And what is that?

Hold onto your seats, folks.

"To be the elite of college football."


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In early April, Antonneous Clayton, the former No. 10 overall recruit in the Class of 2016, raised eyebrows when he committed to transferring to Tech from Florida. The most recent ESPN class rankings have the Yellow Jackets at No. 19 -- a far cry from 61st, 53rd and 42nd finishes of the past three classes.

It's a start. Recruiting victories have to turn into actual victories for this to get off the ground.

The good news is that while there's a lot of work to do, there's a coach who has had a lot of time to think about how he'd like to do it.

"When I was here before, we were on College GameDay, we were a top-10 program, Bobby Dodd was filled, every game had implications in the league, every game had implications nationally," he said. "That's how I know this place, and that's how I want this place to be. And I know it can be because I've lived it and I've breathed it.

"We're going to go forward under those parameters."

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/26706900/waffle-house-morpheus-awakening-georgia-tech






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RE: ESPN: Waffle House, Morpheus, and the awakening of Georgia Tech - XLance - 05-12-2019 08:49 AM

The ACC needs Georgia Tech to have a strong athletic program.
There is a lot to be excited about with Collins and the football program in Atlanta.
Stansbury now needs to do something about the long term disaster on the hardwood.


RE: ESPN: Waffle House, Morpheus, and the awakening of Georgia Tech - Hokie Mark - 05-12-2019 03:13 PM

(05-12-2019 08:49 AM)XLance Wrote:  The ACC needs Georgia Tech to have a strong athletic program.
There is a lot to be excited about with Collins and the football program in Atlanta.
Stansbury now needs to do something about the long term disaster on the hardwood.

+1.


RE: ESPN: Waffle House, Morpheus, and the awakening of Georgia Tech - georgia_tech_swagger - 05-12-2019 06:33 PM

(05-12-2019 03:13 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  
(05-12-2019 08:49 AM)XLance Wrote:  The ACC needs Georgia Tech to have a strong athletic program.
There is a lot to be excited about with Collins and the football program in Atlanta.
Stansbury now needs to do something about the long term disaster on the hardwood.

+1.

By moving the 3-point line back the NCAA is certainly raising the stakes this season on whether or not Pastner can fix the worst-in-the-P5 3-pt shooting figures. Hard to get close looks if nobody respects you from deep.