BY CHUCK OLIVER
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – OK, what?
I was going to ask, “Do you honor Paul Johnson?,” but that would be silly. When the only three coaches ahead of him on the Wins list are the guy the stadium is named after, the guy the basketball arena was named after and the guy the most prestigious award in sports is named after, yes, you do something.
So, ask me “when” and I’ll simply answer, “Later” and it doesn’t really matter if it’s in two years or five or whatever, maybe you plan something to celebrate the 2014 Orange Bowl team and do what you’re going to then. So, alright, back to the original question: WHAT do you do?
There’s not going to be a Paul Johnson End Zone or Paul Johnson Recruiting Lounge, that’s what people who write checks get their names on. A statue is far too much and the field and the stadium have long-since been claimed, and neither would be a realistic consideration, anyway.
However. Dude coached you 11 seasons, beat Georgia three times, won or tied for the Coastal four times (hush up with your snark), including winning the ACC title his second year, took you to nine bowl games and finished #8 in America after the 2014 season. You honor that, somehow substantive, no debate.
AND a lot of the time it felt unsatisfying, unfulfilling, somehow less than it could have been, despite it factually reading so impressively in black and white. Ya know. Mostly. Now, mind you, don’t dig further than I’ve presented, don’t start looking at details and such. He’s retired, take the wins. Literally.
I don’t know what it all equals, but you do something MORE than have him stand at midfield and wave, that’s not within 100 miles of adequate. I just don’t know what IS.
Chuck Oliver can be heard weekdays on 680 The Fan’s “Chuck & Chernoff” from 3pm – 7pm.