Live blog: Georgia Tech vs. Duke

Hello—

Hope you’ll join us for the live blog today from Durham, N.C. It’s a windy day here at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium – right to left on your television – strong enough that it could impact the kicking game. As I write, the American flag at the open end of the stadium is pretty much completely unfurled, if that’s the right word.

And it looks like no threat of rain, which bodes well. Please stay here for observations, updates and conversation.

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GaTechOldTimer
GaTechOldTimer

Once again I ask - where the heck is the grade for COACHING??? Whether it's poor coaching on the fundamentals of blocking and tackling or special teams (oops - I forgot CPJ doesn't believe in special team coaches and I guess we've all seen the result of that logic) - or the intricacies of the offense or the idea that the defense is supposed to stop the other team on occasion - or WHATEVER!!!! Take your pick of any area of this teams performance that this coaching staff should have done a better job in preparation. And then what about the mindset of the players - both prior to game day and after the first quarter when they all tuned from world beaters to a sandlot team with absolutely no discipline. I've been a fan since the early 1950's and I've never been so disgusted with the coaching performance (over the complete year) and the obvious lack of focus, concentration and poor play by most all players that were on the field Saturday. Poor technique, poor angles, miscommunication, poor play selection, poor execution on ALL teams and let's not forget - poor coaching. This isn't something new that just happened last Saturday. This has been going on ALL year long - and even prior to this year. Play a decent half of a game - while struggling to survive the other half. Well coached teams - well conditioned teams - play well the whole game.               

Stan Hawkins
Stan Hawkins

Time for major changes people!!! this is a different era in football!!! you have to have coaches that are 100% all the time... we have to come up with a way to recruit better players!!! I will harp on this for ever!!! 70th and 60th ranked recruiting classes equal losing programs..

David Long
David Long

After watching the game, Bobby Dodd stadium will be filled with red next week

BillHaley
BillHaley

Saw the game live in Durham yesterday and I have to say that it was probably the most disappointing game in the Paul Johnson era. The defense looked like they had zero preparation for what Duke was going to run. The special teams continue to be anything but special. The offense seemed to fold after the first half INT on third down. Additionally, why is every pass play 40 yards down field on third and fourth down??  Just awful to watch. Glad I only paid $9 for the ticket. If that same defense that played Saturday shows up next week, Georgia might score 60!! 

Hookedonshortpasses
Hookedonshortpasses

seems to me that the roofer thought (like me) duke was going to pass.  So he adjusted (cut did also) and duke smashed Tech.


Was there too much #16 in the second half?  

Can one fluke pick destroy a team?

Eric Fidler
Eric Fidler

Thank goodness I did not travel for this one, had it on my Ipad while worked forecast. Got a lot of work accomplished in the 2nd half. Awful football!

CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith
CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith

One play can destroy a team?  One bad play and they fold.  They QUIT!

Defense shown up, offense just offensive and special teams must mean like those 'special ed' kids - no one can play that badly and make it to a college squad.

Except at GT.

I am embarrassed and they should be too.

Perhaps it IS time to end the experiment with Johnson.

There may be an opening at Valdosta State.

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Hundreds of high schools in GA with good kickers and we cant sign one who can kick to the end zone and make a extra point or a 25 yard fg. Again that's on the boob coach

Lloyd Sweetie
Lloyd Sweetie

Stop whining!  I don't care if we lose to every team we play as long as we beat Georgia next week.  If CPJ can beat UGA he should stay.  BTW we lost today because of bad officiating.  Marshall is 10 times better than Fromm.  UGA won't be a problem. 

Tech87alum
Tech87alum

Time for a change at Tech. Someone call Ken Whisenhut and give him what he wants to get the program back to competitiveness. Ted Roof's defense is also due for a change. This offense hurts recruiting more than Tech's academics do.

GTroller
GTroller

@Tech87alum

Ken Whisenhunt wouldn't win 10 games in 3 seasons combined if he took the job---and he smart enough not to try.

Mitch Ginn
Mitch Ginn

Good seats available? Yeah, bought 2 on the 45 from scalpers for $12 each...then watched GT play like they didn’t care. Hard to complain about Tech fans not traveling well when the team can’t beat inferior teams on the road in front of 5000.

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Surprised you had to pay. Figured with a stadium 20% full they'd let you walk in

Andy Epstein
Andy Epstein

I appreciate you being there, Mitch Baby, to cheer on The Brave and Bold, who were neither of these in the 2nd half. $12 tickets is quite the bargain, though...

Michael B Thomas
Michael B Thomas

2nd terrible season in 3 yrs. Coaches really need to beat UGA to prevent ugliness.

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There is 0% chance gt wins next week so why even make such a dumb comment.  It;s already ugly. 3 wins 2015. 5 this year. Gailey never had worse than a 6 win season. I'd prefer that and at least to be competitive than to lose to garbage teams

buzzgolf14
buzzgolf14

Gailey list to Duke when Roof was head coach there. Something like 41-17. He wasn’t better.

CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith
CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith

@buzzgolf14 Cherry pick all you want.  This stuff has to stop or we should up the academics, stop sports and become MIT or Cal Tech.  There's lucrative money in research grants without all the angst of expectations never being met.

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BDS will be at least 60% red next week. Watch how many gt fans sell tickets to uga fans.  That will be the sign they are sick of the lousy coach

GTroller
GTroller

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What quality coach wants to come coach at a program with academic standards that make it impossible to recruit competitively against other regional FBS colleges?

What quality coach wants to coach at school with apathetic fans and alumni (ask Dan Radakovich)?

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@GTroller @ads1172 How about the UCF coach! Or USF. Anything is better than this garbage 3 wins 2015 and 5 this year. 

GTroller
GTroller

@ads1172 @GTroller

The UCF and USF coaches have MUCH better talent than they will at GT.  What makes you think they will win?


The 8 coaches before Johnson didn't.

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@GTroller @ads1172 You're basing on the stupid star system.  It's meaningless. Best player gt ever had was under Gailey.  Ga is 4th best state for recruiting. So enough excuses. Time to go back to a nfl system. This one is broken. The past 3 seasons have proven that with 3 and 5 win seasons

GTroller
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@ads1172 @GTroller

You speak some truth.  We had many more players actually making NFL rosters under O'Leary and Gailey than PJ.

But Chan Gailey needed to be fired.  He was the only coach capable of only scoring 6 points against WF with Calvin Johnson on his team.

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@GTroller @ads1172 Do you know how many td's julio jones has this year? Look it up. It's less than 2. LOL

Pam Cook
Pam Cook

We defiantly need some big changes! Oh heaven help us next week!

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If Johnson cared so much about the fans desire to play a game at night, he sure didn't show it today. Cause with gt getting blown out by awful duke, there is no chance the game is night. Enjoy tailgating at 9 am. lol

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This is bill lewis bad

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Worst 2 losses this century. Today and middle tenn state. Both under CPJ.  Gailey made bowls every season with 11 game seasons. You morons praising this garbage don't know a dammmmm thing about football.

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Paul was successful early on because Fsu clem and miami were down. What's happened since? Dismal failure and missed bowls. Pathetic when a gt program can't win 6 games.

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Enjoy the noon kickoff next week.

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Ill say it again. Coach Gailey NEVER missed a bowl. This is 2 out of 3 years for Coach J. 

And Gailey had to do it with just an 11 game season for most of his tenure.

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Time to clean house and get rid of this garbage staff

GTroller
GTroller

@ads1172

You must be a youngster.

Go study the history of GT football and how well we have done from 1965-2017.

Paul Johnson is by far the most successful HC on The Flats modern era.

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@GTroller @ads1172 You must be a moron who can't do simple math. 3 win season 2015. 5 win season 2017. Two seasons without a bowl. Previous coach never missed a bowl. Seems pretty obvious to me who's been a failure

GTroller
GTroller

@ads1172 @GTroller

How many times did Gailey beat UGA?  How many times did Gailey win the ACC?

GT is not a football factory.  Never has been, never will be.

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@GTroller @ads1172 Uga had good teams when gailey was the coach doofus.. They had one good team 2012 when johnson was the coach. And clem fsu and miami were all down when pj started too. How has he done against clem and miami over the past 5 years? LOL The uga steak will start tomorrow now that kirby has brought them back. At least Gailey could beat top 20 teams. See miami and auburn. 

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@GTroller @ads1172 Football factory. LOL. How about just competing against crap teams. Duke lost 6 in a row before blowing out this garbage team. Nice offense today. 0 second half points. Wow awesome! Blame just the defense. Idiot

CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith
CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith

@GTroller @ads1172 The real truth is GT hasn't been that good since black kids started being recruited and successful in college sports.   And the majority didn't and still don't go to STEM-only institutes like Georgia Tech - at least not for sports.  College sports have become, for many, simply a minor league system for pro sports teams.   And many black kids NEED the system do make a living.