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07:38 AM ET 01.03 | So long, Vad Lee. [Lee] has had enough of Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech and plans to transfer. The ramifications of this go beyond one player deciding he'd be better off elsewhere. That Lee, on whose arrival as the No. 1 quarterback Tech fans had waited with barely bated breath, is leaving after one season as a starter and three years in the program constitutes jaw-dropping news. ... And now he's on his way out, having told ESPN's Joe Schad, "The triple option was never really my thing." We wonder now if, in the wake of Tech's inability to run the ball against Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl, the Jackets' brand of the option is anyone's thing except its creator's. We wonder if Lee's departure represents the beginning of the end for Johnson, who has worked six seasons at Tech.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Paul Johnson, Icon Sports Paul Johnson, Icon Sports
January 3, 2014  08:33 AM ET

Hiya, DC.

January 3, 2014  09:19 AM ET

Preparing for Tech's option is a lot easier when you have a month instead of a week.

January 3, 2014  09:20 AM ET

I seem to recall similar "beginning of the end for Johnson" stories from the AJC. Why does this writer or writers, want him gone?

January 3, 2014  09:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I seem to recall similar "beginning of the end for Johnson" stories from the AJC. Why does this writer or writers, want him gone?

Actually, he's had more consistent success than a number of his predecessors. His triple option isn't "in style," and his post-season success has been minimal. To whit
2008 9-3, lost the Peach Bowl to LSU, 3-38
2009 10-2, won the ACC CCG (vacated), lost the Orange Bowl to Iowa, 14-24
2010 6-6, lost the Independence Bowl to USAFA, 7-14
2011 8-4, lost the Sun Bowl to Utah, 27-30
2012 7-5, lost the ACC CCG, won the Sun Bowl (infamous USCw no mas), 21-7
2013 7-5, lost the Music City Bowl to Ol' Miss, 17-25

January 3, 2014  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Actually, he's had more consistent success than a number of his predecessors. His triple option isn't "in style," and his post-season success has been minimal. To whit2008 9-3, lost the Peach Bowl to LSU, 3-38 2009 10-2, won the ACC CCG (vacated), lost the Orange Bowl to Iowa, 14-24 2010 6-6, lost the Independence Bowl to USAFA, 7-14 2011 8-4, lost the Sun Bowl to Utah, 27-30 2012 7-5, lost the ACC CCG, won the Sun Bowl (infamous USCw no mas), 21-72013 7-5, lost the Music City Bowl to Ol' Miss, 17-25

So, comment number two is spot on. Then criticism of Johnson should focus on not being able to install enough wrinkles in his offense to exploit defensive adjustments.

January 3, 2014  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I seem to recall similar "beginning of the end for Johnson" stories from the AJC. Why does this writer or writers, want him gone?

Another factor is the recent coaching hires by other ACC programs. Looking ahead, Johnson's detractors see less success in recruiting and results in competition with strengthening competitors.

January 3, 2014  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

So, comment number two is spot on. Then criticism of Johnson should focus on not being able to install enough wrinkles in his offense to exploit defensive adjustments.

Johnson's had difficulty recruiting QBs and receivers who can effectively add that wrinkle. In Johnson's schemes, WRs have to block effectively down field play after play, and then have the route skills and hands to haul in the rare pass and make yards after the catch.

We should note that GT's academic standards eliminate some candidates willing and able to do just that.

January 3, 2014  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Another factor is the recent coaching hires by other ACC programs. Looking ahead, Johnson's detractors see less success in recruiting and results in competition with strengthening competitors.

Thanks, TinMan. I don't follow ACC that much, just thought I'd remembered similar stories from the AJC.

January 3, 2014  10:05 AM ET

In Johnson's schemes, the QB gets a lot of carries into traffic and then is called upon to make a few accurate throws during the game. It's not the read option of Auburn. GT QBs take a pounding that Nick Marshall (from Pineview, GA) does not. If you're a HS QB (many playing spread option), and you meet the academic standards of GT, where would you rather go? What system would you rather be a part of in college?

January 3, 2014  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Thanks, TinMan. I don't follow ACC that much, just thought I'd remembered similar stories from the AJC.

When I was a middle school kid living in metro Atlanta, going to a Georgia Tech game was something else. Ride the bus into town, get chili dogs, onion rings, and an orange soda at the Varsity, walk down to the stadium and, if I had any money left, get a souvenir, find my seat, watch the game, cheer like crazy, and try to groove with the college kids (If I was very lucky, get a kiss from a coed, or, better yet, get my face pulled into her bosom with a hug). Back then, my parents and those of my friends would let 2 or more of us make the trek to a GT game without a chaperone. Very cool.

January 3, 2014  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

When I was a middle school kid living in metro Atlanta, going to a Georgia Tech game was something else. Ride the bus into town, get chili dogs, onion rings, and an orange soda at the Varsity, walk down to the stadium and, if I had any money left, get a souvenir, find my seat, watch the game, cheer like crazy, and try to groove with the college kids (If I was very lucky, get a kiss from a coed, or, better yet, get my face pulled into her bosom with a hug). Back then, my parents and those of my friends would let 2 or more of us make the trek to a GT game without a chaperone. Very cool.

Nowadays you wouldn't want to leave the campus in that area.

They should get rid of CPJ but I doubt they will and I'm ok with that.

January 3, 2014  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Nowadays you wouldn't want to leave the campus in that area.

Sad but true.

January 3, 2014  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Hiya, DC.

Mornin' man who jumps out of perfectly good airplanes.

January 3, 2014  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

When I was a middle school kid living in metro Atlanta, going to a Georgia Tech game was something else. Ride the bus into town, get chili dogs, onion rings, and an orange soda at the Varsity, walk down to the stadium and, if I had any money left, get a souvenir, find my seat, watch the game, cheer like crazy, and try to groove with the college kids (If I was very lucky, get a kiss from a coed, or, better yet, get my face pulled into her bosom with a hug). Back then, my parents and those of my friends would let 2 or more of us make the trek to a GT game without a chaperone. Very cool.

This was when Dodd and Carson were coaching GT.

January 3, 2014  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

When I was a middle school kid living in metro Atlanta, going to a Georgia Tech game was something else. Ride the bus into town, get chili dogs, onion rings, and an orange soda at the Varsity, walk down to the stadium and, if I had any money left, get a souvenir, find my seat, watch the game, cheer like crazy, and try to groove with the college kids (If I was very lucky, get a kiss from a coed, or, better yet, get my face pulled into her bosom with a hug). Back then, my parents and those of my friends would let 2 or more of us make the trek to a GT game without a chaperone. Very cool.

I saw Georgia Tech play, and beat, my Spartans in East Lansing. I think it was 1971 or '72. In those days, the first game of the CFB season was before the students returned from summer break. The schools would fill the empty seats by inviting high school bands to Band Day. We'd bus to the campus in the morning, have a rehearsal with bands from all over the state (block formations), attend the game and perform the half-time show. I performed on the field at Spartan Stadium, the Big House and EMU's Ryersson Field. Good times.

January 3, 2014  10:37 AM ET

Lee said "the triple option was really never my thing". Why did you sign there? It's the only offense Johnson has ever run.

January 3, 2014  10:50 AM ET

Took Lee three years to figure iyt that GT runs Triple Option? How'd he get into Tech?

Two ways to win - be better than others, or be different.

With their admission requirements-academic standards, GT isn't going to be able to recruit to be better.

Nobody is going to do better than PJ in Atlanta.

January 3, 2014  11:24 AM ET

Another case of a good coach at a school with high academic standards who wins, but not enough?
I respect these guys, they do an excellent job with difficult recruiting standards.

January 3, 2014  11:48 AM ET

But, really, what do you expect, it is only the ACC you know, Va Tech + Miami and the others.

 
January 3, 2014  02:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Lee said "the triple option was really never my thing". Why did you sign there? It's the only offense Johnson has ever run.

Good point.

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