National Signing Day and the controversy that comes from it, may have been two months ago, but Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson still has something to say about the whole topic.
“I don’t think I would want to do business that way as a head coach,” Johnson said to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Coaches leaving after signing day became a hot topic across the nation with some assistant coaches leaving for other jobs after helping to secure the successful recruitment of incoming student-athletes. This caused some bitter feelings by some players and high school coaches that needed to be cooled by head coaches at times, but this has been a part of the game for a while. Johnson has seen it happen and is not fooled.
“You can’t tell me they didn’t know,” Johnson said referring to coaches packing for a new job immediately after signing day. “I’m sure in that situation, they (head coaches told the assistants who were about to leave) ‘OK, you need to stay with me until signing day. Let’s finish this thing up.’ Then that’s the on the individuals, too.”
Johnson went on to share his opinions on that recruiting strategy, and suggested he would not be comfortable employing that tactic with his program at Georgia Tech.