Tech AD Bobinski expects Johnson, staff to return in 2014

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerOctober 17, 2013 

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ALEX GOODLETT/The Daily HeraldBrigham Young head coach Bronco Mendenhall shakes hands with Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson after the game Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. BYU beat Georgia Tech 38-20.

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Atlanta -- Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski told an Atlanta radio station that he expected Paul Johnson and staff to be back for next season.

Speaking on 680-AM "The Fan," Bobinski said, "I don't subscribe to the disposable society theory of today that when the minute something doesn't feel quite right you throw it out and start over."

Bobinski said there will be an evaluation of the program and how the football team can return to a place of prominence in the ACC.

"We all will be focused on how we get better," he said. "That's what it's all about. "

Bobinski said he didn't want to issue a vote of confidence, saying, "I've never been a believer in going down that road."

Tech has lost three straight games and is 1-13 over the last four years against Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech and Georgia, the traditional powers on the schedule. Bobinski said he understands the frustration of fans and has heard from many of them.

"I am as frustrated as anybody about the way things have played out over the last three weeks," Bobinski said. "We've played three pretty darn good football teams, but in each case the frustration lies in the fact that we didn't leave our best football out on the field."

Bobinski also addressed a common complaint among Tech fans that the program isn't getting enough of the state's top recruits. Bobinski said the program's goal is to grow the talent base, but also said, "We have enough talent to play better than we are right now."

Penalties bug Johnson

Penalties are starting to drive Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson a little crazy. Especially annoying are those little five-yard penalties for illegal procedure that have cost the Yellow Jackets yards and opportunities the last two weeks.

"There are some things that players ought to be accountable for," Johnson said. "And going on the snap count might be one of them."

Tech had five motion penalties on Saturday against BYU. While the ESPN crew calling the game debated the legitimacy of a couple of the flags, Johnson didn't blame the officials.

"We shouldn't have any," he said. "We had one on the first play of the game. It's ridiculous. It's the same thing we've done for 30 years."

It didn't help that Tech has been forced to put together a makeshift offensive line. Ray Beno is out with a foot injury and may not play against this week. Morgan Bailey has had his playing time limited all season because of injuries and may miss this week.

Turnover time

Georgia Tech has not forced a turnover in its last two games. This might not be a good week to expect that streak to end, since Syracuse hasn't had a fumble since the second quarter of its season opener against Penn State. That's a period of 416 offensive plays. Syracuse is one of only nine FBS teams that have yet to lose a fumble in 2013.

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