March 28, 2016 Atlanta: Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson during the first day of Spring football practice Monday March 28, 2016. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM
Photo: Brant Sanderlin
Photo: Brant Sanderlin

Paul Johnson’s response to Adidas agreement

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson responded to the news of the school’s aligning with Adidas as its new apparel provider in an unsurprising manner. He wasn’t going to gush with false enthusiasm.

“I know that we’ve been with Russell (Athletic) for a long time, and a lot of people have wanted to change, so I’m sure there are a lot of excited people,” he said.

Asked if he thought the move away from Russell Athletic will help recruiting, as has been postulated frequently, Johnson said, “We’ll see.”

Johnson called it a factor, but said he didn’t think it would be a deciding factor.

“The kind of kids that it’ll be a deciding factor for probably aren’t going to get in school here,” Johnson said. “But it certainly can’t hurt. It’s got to help.”

Johnson was more hopeful about the amount of gear that players will receive. The non-practice apparel that players received – T-shirts, hoodies and the like – was found lacking.

“It’s like any kid – they want to have more stuff to wear to class and around the school, and maybe to give a shirt to their brother, or to have those things,” he said. “The more they get, the happier they’re going to be, for sure.”

Asked about the possibility of wearing alternate uniforms along the lines of what trendsetters such as Oregon and Maryland have worn, Johnson passed.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m worried about the Tennessee game. It’s the only game I’ve thought about.”

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