Josh Pastner reaches out to Geoff Collins, calls for CFP berth

Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner sent football coach Geoff Collins a congratulatory text message after his hire Friday. Pastner said he told him that there weren’t two better people to work for than athletic director Todd Stansbury and school president G.P. “Bud” Peterson.

“I obviously don’t know him, but what I hear, just high energy, just a really good guy, going to do a great job in recruiting,” said Pastner, echoing words that were ascribed to him upon his arrival from Memphis in April 2016.

Pastner then proceeded to serve up a nice plate of high expectations for his new colleague.

“Let’s be one of those four (College Football Playoff) teams next year,” he said. “And I believe coach Collins will get us to that.”

Pastner then seemed to recognize that Collins may offer his own encouragement in return.

“Now I know, he’ll probably say, ‘Hey, just get to the (NCAA) tournament,’” said Pastner, who is trying to get the Yellow Jackets in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010. “’Why don’t you just get to the NCAA tournament, or just win a road game.’”

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