There have been a number of stories over the years about the final wishes of a person revolving around their favorite sports team or school. From everything to where the ashes are to be sprinkled, to former and current players acting as pallbearers. But one late Georgia Tech fan’s final wish was a bit more specific.
Robley Henson Tatum, affectionately known by those who loved him as “Daddy Scum”, was a big Yellow Jacket fan whose final wish involved the current head football coach.
“He didn’t get his final wish for Tech, which to see (football coach) Paul Johnson get fired, but hey, there’s still time.”
I guess that’s truly carrying a grudge to the end.
Beyond the ill-wishes for Johnson, the rest of Tatum’s obit was fairly normal and warm:
“He loved his family, his neighbors, Georgia Tech, the Atlanta Braves, bowling (he was a great bowler), the Atlanta Journal/Constitution (where his dad had worked), Waffle House, Hickory House and the Picadilly Cafeteria, and Little Debbie.”
Johnson had been rumored to have wanted a buy-out of his contract earlier this month, but that scuttlebutt was quickly squashed by the coach himself, who is heading into his seventh season as head coach on the Flats.
Tatum’s family might be sad to hear that the chances of Johnson being terminated before his contract is up in 2016 are very slim indeed. It would take $7.5 million to send Johnson out to pasture, and the school is still paying a nice chunk of change to have Paul Hewitt not coach the men’s basketball team. To take on another buy-out at this point wouldn’t be in the budget.
Maybe the Yellow Jackets can honor what was undoubtedly one of Tatum’s other wishes, and that would be an ACC Championship and national ranking in 2014.