Sunday, March 4, 2012

Georgia Tech Football Assistant Mentioned For Georgia State Coordinator Opening

Georgia Tech's football neighbor Georgia State is looking for a defensive coordinator after theirs (John Thompson) left for the same position at Arkansas State.

One of the names being mentioned is Yellow Jacket defensive line/recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum
Andy McCollum – Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Georgia Tech – This pick would likely spark the conversation of head coach in waiting as McCollum, who is currently on Paul Johnson’s staff at Georgia Tech, guided Middle Tennessee State from FCS to FBS. A huge factor is McCollum is the recruiting coordinator for Georgia Tech which would help with relationships in the 2013 recruiting class. I believe this may be a long shot but makes sense from what we want to do long term.
McCollum previously has head coaching experience at Middle Tennessee State where he led the Blue Raiders in their transition from Division I-AA to I-A.

Although they are entering just their third season of football, Georgia State is already exploring a possible move to FBS (formerly I-A) down the road.

Personally, I don't see McCollum leaving for this opportunity. Position Coach + Recruiting Coordinator at the FBS level in a BCS conference to Defensive Coordinator at the FCS level is a step down. Georgia Tech has not sent any indications they are not happy with McCollum either even with a disappointing defensive line the last two seasons (and I don't think McCollum is necessarily to blame for this).

I think McCollum's next move is a few years away and could be to defensive coordinator for Tech when Al Groh decides to move on.

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