After attending Paul Johnson's press conference on Thursday morning, Georgia Tech's athletes left Todd Stansbury campus to catch a flight.…
After attending Paul Johnson’s press conference on Thursday morning, Georgia Tech’s athletes left Todd Stansbury campus to catch a flight. He said he headed to Grapevine, Texas, to join the College Football Playoff Selection Board as it gathered to determine the playoff field.
The group will be busy watching conference championships starting Friday night and then deciding the four playoff participants and Top 25 Sunday Morning.
“I think it could be a positive thing to allow things to regulate a bit,” Stansbury told AJC. “Right now my phone is blowing and everyone is calling with either advice or they know a guy.”
It can start earlier than that. Los Angeles Chargers Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, a technical graduate and a teammate of Stansbury, will meet with Stansbury this weekend according to a twitter thursday night from ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter.
Stansbury also has at least two candidates who hope to talk to him about the opening. Clemson Co-Offensive Coordinator Tony Elliott and Alabama Offensive Line Coach Brent Key are believed to be interested in joining Johnson.
Elliott has ruled Tiger’s crimes for the past four seasons, helping Clemson win the last three ACC Championships and play for a fourth in a row on Saturday. He won the Frank Broyles Award in 201
7 as the country’s top assistant coach and is seen as a warm up-and-comer.
Key, a four-year offensive line starting at Tech during George, Leary, has coached the Crimson Tide line since 2016 after 11 seasons in Central Florida, the last one he served as an offensive coordinator. Stansbury was UCF’s AD three of these years.
Both are young (Elliott is 39, Key is 40), has experience in power projects and has reputation as excellent recruiter. They do not have experience as coaches.
They are among many names that have been thrown around, because Johnson’s news broke on Wednesday, including Templer’s coach Geoff Collins (former technical assistant and player staff manager), Army coach Jeff Monken and Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon, both of whom were longtime Johnson assistants.
Stansbury said he had not had any conversations with any candidates at the time conference.
Stansbury did not provide a scheduled timeline, but preferably he would have a successor in place before the start of the early signing period of 19 December to give Techs 15 commitments and the new coach a chance to learn each other and make a decision on whether to sign a letter of intent. Stansbury said that Johnson and his staff will continue to recruit and hold official weekend visits.
“I think the better the better, because it gives rise to clarity and everyone will know what’s happening,” Stansbury said. “But I would not want to sacrifice it to get the right person.”
Stansbury is not linked to a particular system, namely versions of Johnson’s propagation breach. He said he wants an innovator, someone who understands Tech is another kind of school “and has a plan on, OK, how should you take what you’ve done before and strategically implement it in a way that can be successful here. “
On factors such as coaching, banding with Tech or a particular schedule, he said that” because there are so many things that become a good coach, I think you have to watch everything. “
Stansbury repeated his faith that Tech can compete for the ACC championship and thereby to a place in the College Football Playoff.
“At the end of the day I just want to win games,” he said.