“Certainly, I’ll talk to our team that that’s not something that I think has any part of the game,” Johnson said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “It doesn’t do any good to tear somebody’s hedges down. If you win the game, go celebrate with your fans and celebrate in the locker room. The same thing when they come here when they go in the middle of the field and rip up the turf and the sod and plant a flag in the middle of the field. Kids will be kids, but it’s kind of been tit for tat, I think.”
The tradition is believed to have begun when Tech beat Georgia in 1984 in Athens and Yellow Jackets quarterback John Dewberry (a transfer from Georgia) broke off a piece of the hedge. Tech players have continued the practice in Johnson’s tenure, in wins in 2008, 2014 and 2016.