Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich really likes his football coach:
"At the end of the day, my decision was based on whether the football program is moving forward and our fan base, as a whole, is sufficiently excited and energized by its direction."
Chan Gailey had a record of 44-32 (28-20 in the ACC) over six seasons, with as many bowl appearances. The coach he replaced had a record over the same period of 45-25 (32-16). He too, was fi- no wait, he was hired away by that always-willing-to-settle institution, Notre Dame. It's good to know the line between success and failure is four games in conference.
Also thrilled with his coach? Joe Alleva:
"However, after our annual evaluation of the program, I believe that we need to make a change based on the results we were seeing on the field each week. Over the past several years, we have made the commitment to upgrading our football program and we will continue to do so. Our ultimate goal for football, as with all of our programs, is to pursue and achieve excellence. We are taking the proper steps to see that will happen. We must win in football at Duke, while maintaining our deepest commitment to the educational values of the institution."
And times like this, it's nice to hear from a former coach, who knows how to fire someone gently: