Todd Stansbury understands frustration, saw ‘a lot of positives’ in Georgia Tech loss

Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury described himself as frustrated after the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Northern Illinois on Saturday, but indicated his overall encouragement with the team under coach Geoff Collins’ leadership.

“Obviously, we know this is going to be a process, but I felt like there were a lot of positives (in the game),” Stansbury said Wednesday on his weekly appearance on 680 the Fan. “Obviously dominated them in many, many ways but the way that matters most is ultimately the score on the scoreboard at the end of the game. But when you look at the stat sheet at the end of the game, it’s just a head shaker.”

At the start of Collins’ third year, Stansbury said Wednesday that he felt that the team was ahead of schedule, citing the recruiting successes, culture building and branding. Collins said in the preseason that the Yellow Jackets have a chance to be “really, really good.” But Stansbury also said on the “Chuck and Chernoff Show” that the Jackets also “need to learn how to win.” He acknowledged the frustration that fans felt after the loss to the Huskies at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

“Obviously, going from the Paul Johnson system to any other system, we knew was going to take time,” Stansbury said. “But I get it. I understand why people are frustrated. I guarantee you there’s nobody more frustrated than Geoff Collins, his staff and the young men that were out there on Saturday.”