There may not be a parade of cheerleaders on the Ramblin’ Wreck to celebrate the departure of Athletic Director Dan Radakovich. But maybe there should be.
Radakovich, who had been at the school since 2006, said he is leaving the Yellow Jackets nation to go to Clemson.
Yeah, that’s right. He plans to camp right down the road in your backyard Yellow Jackets and lead other teams against you in your division.
For those muttering curse words silently right now, take solace in something many Tech fans feel.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets basketball team has gone downhill since Radakovich got there. Maybe with him going to Clemson, the Jackets can get back to recruiting NBA caliber point guards and competing in the ACC.
Take this as evidence.
In the 2004-05 season, the year before Radakovich took over, the Yellow Jackets were 20-12 and went on to lose in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
At that time the basketball team was well thought of. The year before the team had gone to the tournament finals and had a 28-10 record.
Oh how thing have changed. Can you remember the last time the Jackets were in the Big Dance?
And last year the slide continued with Tech in the basement of the ACC, with an 11-20 record,
Yellow Jackets coaches had nice words for Radakovich after he announced his resignation.
“I’m appreciative for all that Dan has done for me personally and for our program. I’m thankful that he honored me with the opportunity to re-build this great program. He has a great understanding of the steps needed to be successful in this process. I’m also thankful for his tremendous vision in getting the new McCamish Pavilion built and for helping provide us with a tremendous home court in which to play,” said Brian Gregory, head basketball coach.
Paul Johnson, the head football coach, also had kind words for Radakovich even though the same argument about decline can be placed firmly on the football team.
“Dan did a lot of good things for Georgia Tech athletics over the past six-and-a-half years. I appreciate everything he has done for me and my family, and I wish him and his family the best,” Johnson said.
Radakovich hired both Johnson and Gregory, the biggest moves he made since his time at Tech.
And these new hires have overseen a steep decline.
And sadly it seems, Radakovich will not stay around to see if the decline can be turned around.