Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Wayne Clough Speaks

GT president Wayne Clough had the following to say about a future football coach:

"I've liked Chan Gailey as a person enormously," Clough said. "But he wasn't
ringing the bell of our constituency."
There was this strange non-specific quote about academics at Tech:

"Another challenge, he's going to have to work within the academic
environment," said Clough, himself a specialist in seismic engineering. "It's
not as easy as it looks. And its going to get harder, I promise you."

In terms of what he's looking for in a coach:

"We're looking for a coach who plays an exciting game," Clough said. "But I'm just an engineer. That's the ADs job."

We all know Chan Gailey is a class act and his keeping a committment to a prior speaking engagement that happened to be on his calendar one hour after he was fired speaks volumes. Here's a great story about it.

Also, let's not forget that while Coach Gailey might not have been a quote machine to the media, the guy was genuine and he loved his players. He preached character, heart and overcoming adversity. A perfect example of the passion of Chan Gailey is his post-game speech after beating Miami on the road last season: