ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech athletics director Mike Bobinski told an Atlanta radio station that he expects Paul Johnson and his coaching staff to be back next season.
Speaking on 680-AM The Fan, Bobinski said, I dont subscribe to the disposable society theory of today that when the minute something doesnt 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. Thats what its all about.
Bobinski said he didnt want to issue a vote of confidence, saying, Ive never been a believer in going down that road.
Georgia Tech has lost three straight games and is 1-13 during the past four years against Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech and Georgia, the traditional powers on its yearly 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. Weve played three pretty darn good football teams, but in each case, the frustration lies in the fact that we didnt leave our best football out on the field.
Bobinski also addressed a common complaint among Georgia Tech fans that the program isnt getting enough of the states top recruits. Bobinski said the programs 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 Johnson a little crazy. Especially annoying are the 5-yard penalties for illegal procedure that have cost the Yellow Jackets yards and opportunities the past 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.
Georgia Tech had five motion penalties Saturday against BYU. While the ESPN crew calling the game debated the legitimacy of a couple of the flags, Johnson didnt blame the officials.
We shouldnt have any, he said. We had one on the first play of the game. Its ridiculous. Its the same thing weve done for 30 years.
It didnt help that Georgia Tech has been forced to piece together a makeshift offensive line. Ray Beno is out with a foot injury and might not play against this week against Syracuse. Morgan Bailey has had his playing time limited all season because of injuries and might miss this week.
Georgia Tech has not forced a turnover in its past two games. This might not be a good week to expect that streak to end, since Syracuse hasnt lost a fumble since the second quarter of its season opener against Penn State. Thats a stretch of 416 offensive plays. Syracuse is one of only nine FBS teams to lose only one fumble in 2013.