Credit to Georgia Tech for going after the right choice in Stansbury

Georgia Tech has hired former Oregon State athletic director Todd Stansbury, a former Tech football player and assistant athletic director, as their new AD. (AP photo)

Georgia Tech has hired former Oregon State athletic director Todd Stansbury, a former Tech football player and assistant athletic director, as their new AD. (AP photo)

The search was fast. The search was quiet. The search was conducted with far more efficiency than many things at Georgia Tech have been in recent years.

Todd Stansbury will be the new athletic director at Georgia Tech. He checks all the boxes.

He played football at Georgia Tech for Bill Curry. He learned under the wise old athletic director, Homer Rice. He climbed the ladder in various athletic departments around the country, spending several years as an assistant as an assistant athletic director at Tech, then moving on to Houston, East Tennessee State and Oregon State.

When Central Florida was hit with NCAA scandal in 2012, it was Stansbury they hired to clean up the mess. He did such an impressive job over three years in fundraising and overseeing the school’s move from Conference USA to the  American Athletic Conference that he was offered a job at a Power 5 Conference school: Oregon State.

Central Florida president John Hitt couldn’t be upset, just thankful: “Oregon State hired a winner in every sense of the word. Todd fostered a culture of academic and athletic success at UCF. He has done a marvelous job and the UCF family appreciates all he and Karen have done for the Knights. He will be missed.”

That was only last summer.

How badly did Georgia Tech want to bring Todd Stansbury back home? He was only one year into a five-year contract at Oregon State that paid him $500,000 per year plus incentives. Logic says this had to have cost Tech something. Maybe seven figures. With nearly four full years (or $2 million in salary) still left on the contract, there’s an assumption that Stansbury (read: Georgia Tech) had to satisfy Oregon State to some degree with a buyout.

So credit to Tech president Bud Peterson and members of the search committee for going to the wall to make this hire. Stansbury should be a significant improvement over his predecessor, Mike Bobinski, who left Georgia Tech for Purdue only six weeks ago.

Stansbury touched on all of the right talking points at his introductory news conference this morning.  He said the Tech position is “more than just another A.D. job,” to him and he went on to credit Curry and Rice for impacting his life. “I’d like to thank Bill Curry for showing me what the Tech way was. For the last 20 years away from the Flats I’ve done everything to bring the Tech way there.

“I was a freshman (during Rice’s) first year here. My whole career, everything I’ve done, every program I’ve led, the DNA can be found here on The Flats.”

Peterson said he “didn’t have to twist his arm,” when he asked Stansbury if he wanted the job.”

Stansbury, responding to a question about keeping pace with facilities with institutions like Clemson and Georgia, said it’s important to identify what an athletic program needs but added, “You don’t need a waterfall in your locker room.”

As someone who just came from Oregon State, my guess is that was a veiled shot at Oregon, which has a waterfall in its football facility.

Stansbury has small shoes to fill.

Bobinski probably didn’t fully understand what he was getting into when he was hired to replace Dan Radakovich (who went to Clemson) and he certainly wasn’t prepared to either handle the budgetary issues in athletics or run a major athletic department with a football program.

Morale among Tech employees was at an all-time low. Some were fired. Others left. Bobinski’s uncommunicative management style was a contrast to Radakovich’s, leaving coaches uncertain about where they stood and what was expected.

One Tech insider told me, ““People in the department referred to him as ‘Sasquatch’ because we never saw him.”

Tech has lacked leadership and direction. But Stansbury’s hire could be the first step toward fixing a lot of problems.

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TideDawg
TideDawg

The new AD at Tech........what can he do for the football program? The basketball program may be fixed......maybe! The AD has inherited a football coach that must already be grandfathered as Tech's HC. I understand that he has 3 more years on his contract and Tech will never spend the money to get rid of him. One of you Techies can correct that if you know actually what it is.

TideDawg
TideDawg

I'm not a PJ fan, which means something only to me. Half of our golf group are Tech fans or alumni. Most are football savvy but not the blowhard type. They know the problem at Tech and they know they are stuck with it. You don't mention a game like the Clemson game because it's not fun joking about it anymore like it would be if Tech was a good team. That game was not even as close as the score would indicate. Watson missed 5 wide open receivers and 3 would have been touchdowns. We'll see what the new AD can do about it. Maybe he's not a basketball man. Tech could go 7-5 and I guess that would appease most of the fan base. Clemson has Louisville coming up next and I guess that's why they didn't open it up against Tech.

DawgNole
DawgNole

The undefeated hometown team is hosting the undefeated No. 5 team in the nation and the hometown metropolitan newspaper offers no live game blog???

Disgusting.

kman81
kman81

He is stuck with CPJ and his anemic offense for at least 3 more years so he won't have too much success. He better hope that Pastner can turn things around

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

TOJ's leader of the band in that category. A shocking obsession with all things scatological.

OH:IO
OH:IO

I must admit, I read Chip's local interest on the dog's bedtimes. 


He referenced getting back to Athens in time for their "girlfriends".


That is offensive to the dog LGBT and Q community and dog partners. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

Congrats to GT on what appears to be an excellent hire.

Hopefully he can elevate your football program--and Smart can lift ours--to the point that our games Thanksgiving weekend every year are major players on the national stage. 

OH:IO
OH:IO

@DawgNole


Delusional thinking - as usual. 


63-10....well ok, 63-20.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

So you don't think your new AD is an excellent hire--like I do?

So you don't hope that your new AD can elevate your football program--like I do?

What a small-minded fan.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

So you don't agree that GT's new AD appears to be an excellent hire?

You and TOJ--two tur*s in a toilet.


DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

You have gas again? Is that what you're trying to communicate to us?

TexGT
TexGT

@DawgNole @TOJacket This TOJ guy is a moron.  Bobinski was not good--nothing in new ADs resume I don't like.  No complaints here.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TexGT: "This TOJ guy is a moron."

________________

BINGO!

Both he and his butt buddy Ohio.

You nailed it!

Big Wally
Big Wally

Maybe he can light a fire under the fan base.  It will be hard to get Mohammed and Jugdish out of their dorm rooms and learning how to make IED's for ISIS and to actually show up for some football games, but who knows.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@Big Wally Big Wally...  As a combat vet that served in that area.  Let me say this.  Go jump off a bridge.  Do the world a favor and just quit breathing.   Small minded idiots like you is what the world needs less of.  Have you EVER had to deal with any of those items listed?  I'll answer for you. No...  Most are crudely made and buried in dirt, moron.   There are some very good people in that region.  For every Jihadist, I can give you a KKK dunce cap wearing southern baptist.  Quit drinking the media Kool-Aid.  You should drink some Jim Jones Kool-Aid.  

Big Wally
Big Wally

Like all of the other Tech AD's, he is just using this job to get to greener pastures.  You'll be looking for another AD in 3 years. Your program is just a stepping stone. 

TexGT
TexGT

@Big Wally Thanks, Big Wally.  Likewise, each one of your comments are simply your stepping stone to a more ignorant one (see your classless comment above re GT students).

Stinger2
Stinger2

Looks like the right choice. He certainly has the credentials to make the athletic program (emphasis on football) into what the Institute

was under Rice/Dodd.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@Stinger2 Is he Marty McFly and going to take you back to 1955?  Hello, McFly!

YellowJacket7879
YellowJacket7879

I like the Homer Rice connection.  Now I'd like to hear a proclamation that Tech can be as good or better than any football program at a Baptist/Christian school in Texas or a highly regarded academic school in Northern Calif. 


I've been in our locker room and it's nothing to be ashamed of but it is a decade or so out of date.  We got the indoor practice facility, now we can move on from there.  BTW, he should go have a look at McEachern High School.  WOW.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Not just a Tech grad.......but a football player also. Great hire!

Big Wally
Big Wally

@Jmonty @Big Wally @TOJacket got you right where I want you.  Having to comment on every one of my comments.  I'm right between your ears.  Like the itch you can't scratch.

Kane337
Kane337

Fantastic hire. #GoJackets

Big Wally
Big Wally

No comments from any Tech fans? You folks are jokes, probably one of the worse fan bases in college sports.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@Big Wally

The Tech fans are probably tailgating over at Bobby Dodd ,preparing for the big game tonight.

TOJacket
TOJacket

We will after you leave Loserboy.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@Big Wally  Our biggest concern is that we are now a 7 1/2 point dog to Ole Miss, not the lack of GT fan participation.

Stinger2
Stinger2

@Big Wally No Wally, we just have some of the worst jokers like you who invade our blogs. 

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH:IO @Big Wally Never complained about Tech folks on UGA blogs.  Blowhio State fans and moronic Bama fans, yes.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH:IO

Bucky , which Buckeyes Blog are you on , so I can go troll it like you troll the Dog's Blogs?

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@TOJacket

Has the sea of Orange started to invade the tailgating areas at Bobby Dodd yet.I enjoy watching the Thursday night games on ESPN ,but it must be a pain for fans attending the games.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Hypocrite???

Sez the ol' lying hypocrite himself.

And it's not a GT blog; it's a Schulz blog. BIG difference.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@OH:IO @Big Wally He's interested in GT sport.  That or he's too chicken to post on the UGA page, where people can see who he is. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Then how about getting on one and staying there?

You'll feel much more loved--IF you can bring yourself to stop talking about them Dawgs.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Liar???

Did I say the Dawgs don't claim it all the time?

Well?! Did I?!

DUH!

Reading incomprehension, dishonesty, hypocrisy--and those are your finest qualities.

That's a pretty sorry life.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@DawgNole


I've been told countless times to get off their "dog blogs". 


You argued it's a Schultz blog. I argued that the Cox shareholders "owned" the blog, recall?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

It IS a Schultz blog--he wrote/posted it. 

Stinger claimed it was "our" blog. He was wrong. I pointed that out. Has ZERO to do with Dawgs telling you to get off their blogs. I told NO ONE to get off "my" blog. Has ZERO to do with Cox shareholders. Just more of your deflecting to the irrelevant. 

You lose yet another argument. Perhaps you should shut your yap for awhile. That's your only hope.