Thursday, July 28, 2011

Paul Johnson Makes More Friends at ACC Media Days!

One of the big stories at the ACC Media Days in Pinehurst, NC was the penalties recently handed down to Georgia Tech following a NCAA investigation into preferential treatment given to Demaryius Thomas during the 2009 season and Tech's subsequent lack of cooperation in that investigation..

When Yellow Jacket head coach Paul Johnson was surrounded by reporters looking for a comment on the sanctions, Johnson had these comments according to Megan Walsh of the Greensboro News & Record:

While [Butch] Davis spent a considerable amount of time discussing the violations, Johnson quickly grew dismissive of questions that steered away from his team's physical play.

"We don't have any sanctions as far as this team moving forward or scholarships or anything of that, so it's not going to affect us moving forward," Johnson said. "That's what were going to do. Put it behind us and move forward."

As the questions continued, so did Johnson's frustration.

"I've never been involved in the process before," he said. "I hope I'm never involved in another one. Really, honestly, I wasn't involved in this one, hardly. This had nothing to do with the coaching staff or any one those things. It was really basically administrative."

The questioning continued, and a reporter asked about details in the report.

"You'd have to look at the report," Johnson said.

"You didn't look at the report?" the reporter asked.

"No, I said you'd have to look at the report," Johnson said.

Asked whether he learned anything about dealing with players from the violations, Johnson said, "Apparently not."

When the same reporter followed up, Johnson's response was simple.

"Next question."

These reporters apparently did not know that Paul Johnson only cares about four things

Or they did not listen to this 'conversation' Johnson had with an Atlanta radio show host earlier this year about the "no visit policy".

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