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ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech moved quickly to land a new athletic director, appointing former Yellow Jackets football player Todd Stansbury on Thursday to take over a program that has struggled to make its mark in the crowded Atlanta market. Alec Martinez Jersey .Stansbury served for the past year as Oregon States athletic director, and he previously ran programs at Central Florida and East Tennessee State.But Georgia Tech is where hes always wanted to be. Some two decades after he left the school where he played linebacker in the early 1980s, graduated with a degree in industrial management and served for seven years as an assistant AD under Homer Rice, Stansbury finally fulfilled that dream.The 55-year-old replaces Mike Bobinski, who was appointed Purdues athletic director last month. Paul Griffin will continue to serve as interim AD until Stansbury arrives in late November or early December, and also will assist with the transition.This is home, said Stansbury, a native of Oakville, Canada. This is where I found who I was.He takes over an athletic program that has faced budget and attendance issues; has a new mens basketball coach, Josh Pastner; and is coming off a dismal 3-9 year in football, though the Yellow Jackets did win their first three games this season heading into Thursday nights contest showdown with No. 5 Clemson.One of Stansburys most pressing concerns will be an increasingly competitive landscape when it comes to athletic facilities. Clemson recently opened a lavish new football training facility, while Georgia is building a state-of-the-art indoor practice structure.They happen to be two of Georgia Techs biggest rivals.Its important that your facilities are in sync with facilities at your competitors, but its also important that youre true to yourself and who you are, Stansbury said. Whats important is understanding who you are, what fits for you and make sure youre providing the best facilities for your coaches and student-athletes to be successful. That doesnt necessarily mean you need a waterfall in your locker room.He said his experience at Oregon State and Central Florida, both overshadowed in their own states by better-funded athletic programs, would help him deal with the challenges of competing with not only other college teams but the abundance of professional sports options in Atlanta.Stansbury said he will also work to enhance the Total Sports Program that Rice developed at Georgia Tech with the goal of ensuring that student-athletes were prepared for life beyond the field or court. The new AD came up with the Everyday Champions initiative in his previous jobs, though he quipped that I have a feeling its going to revert back to the Total Person Program.Stansbury said he will work to set up corporate partnerships that not only bring in much-needed revenue to the athletic program but allow executives to work with student-athletes, teaching them the skills theyll need for the business world and identifying those who might be worthy of bringing on board after they graduate.I think that will work well in Atlanta, just looking at the skyline, Stansbury said. I think there will be partners who are interested in the talent were producing.His ties to Georgia Tech actually go back to when he was 10 years old. On a vacation trip to Florida, Stansburys parents stopped by the school and let their son watch football practice. Even though he was Canadian largely focused on hockey, he knew right away thats what he wanted to do.When reports surfaced that Bobinski was leaving for Purdue, having served less than 3 1/2 years as Georgia Techs athletic director, Stansbury began getting early morning calls on the West Coast.Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson made it clear that Stansbury was the top candidate all along.I believe that this is one of those rare golden moments in life where opportunity meets ambition, Peterson said. We welcome Todd Stansbury home.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at . His work can be found at .---AP College Football website: Drew Doughty Jersey . "We have always prided ourselves on the way we play defence. Having two big pieces back is going to be a key for us moving forward for years to come," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. Alex Iafallo Jersey . Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak. . Schenn scored the game-winning goal and added two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. Dale Earnhardt Jr.?will miss the rest of the 2016 Sprint Cup season as he recovers from concussion symptoms, it was announced Friday.Earnhardt has missed the past six races because of a concussion his doctors believe was suffered in a June 12 crash at Michigan International Speedway. He has been undergoing regular evaluations at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program and is being treated for issues related to balance and focusing on objects that are at a distance while moving his head.I wish I could return to the No. 88 team this season, Earnhardt, who has not been medically cleared to compete, said in a statement. To say Im disappointed doesnt begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career. Im 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me. Theyre seeing good progress in my test results, and Im feeling that progress physically. I plan to be healthy and ready to compete at Daytona in February. Im working toward that.The support from both inside and outside the race team has been overwhelming. Everyone has been so encouraging and positive, from my teammates and sponsors to my family, friends and fans. Its motivating and humbling at the same time.Hendrick Motorsports said Jeff Gordon, who is again driving for Earnhardt this weekend at Darlington, and Alex Bowman will continue to fill in for the remaining 12 races on the Sprint Cup schedule.I know how hard Dale has worked and how frustrating this is for him, team owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement. He wants to be back, and we want him back, but we want it to be for the long haul. Weve had incredible support from everyone involved with the team, including all of our sponsors. Theyve put Dales health first every step of the way.From a competition standpoint, missing the remainder of the season should not hurt Earnhardt. The only way he would have made the Chase for the Sprint Cup is if he came back next week at Richmond and won the race. The NASCAR car specifications also will change for 2017, meaning the cars will drive differently next season than they will the remainder of this year.I look up to him for what hes doing. I know how hard that is to look out and want to be inside that racecar, Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano said. Your life and your health is not worth risking for the sport.Speaking Aug. 5 at Watkins Glen, Earnhardt stressed he wanted to continue racing. His contract with Hendrick runs through 2017.As soon as I can get healthy and get confident in how I feel and feel like I can drive a car and be great driving it, thenn I want to drive, said Earnhardt, who missed two races in 2012 after suffering two concussions in six weeks. Dustin Brown Jersey. I want to race. I miss the competition. I miss being here.I miss the people and, as Rick [Hendrick] likes to say, Weve got unfinished business. Im not ready to stop racing. Im not ready to quit. Its a slower process. I wish it wasnt.Earnhardt crew chief Greg Ives said he talked to each of his team members Friday. He said the fact Earnhardt has been interacting with the team -- coming to the shop as well as the appearance at Watkins Glen -- has had a calming effect and keeps them from constantly speculating about Earnhardts long-term status.Theyre disappointed that Dale is not going to be in the car, but they also know what is best, Ives said. Time is best to heal this situation. Nobody wanted to rush things just to get into a race car just to try to prove something. Were going to go forward. We know that the way to recovery is to put your best foot forward, to have positive thoughts and to have fast race cars.In addition to Sundays race, Gordon will be behind the wheel of the No. 88 for races at Richmond (Sept. 10), Dover (Oct. 2) and Martinsville (Oct. 30). Bowman will drive at Chicagoland (Sept. 18), New Hampshire (Sept. 25), Charlotte (Oct. 8), Kansas (Oct. 16), Talladega (Oct. 23), Texas (Nov. 6), Phoenix (Nov. 13) and the series finale at Homestead (Nov. 20).Earnhardt, who turns 42 in October, has 26 victories -- including two Daytona 500 wins -- in 595 career Sprint Cup starts. He has finished in the top-10 in 42 percent of his races.The son of seven-time Sprint Cup champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, Earnhardt Jr. has never won a Cup title, with a best finish in the season standings of third in 2003. After missing the Chase for two consecutive seasons, he has enjoyed a career resurgence with five consecutive Chase appearances from 2011 to 2015.Its sad to see that hes not going to be able to get back in the car in 2016 because, as a race-car driver, thats where you want to be, said Elliott Sadler, who drives for Earnhardt in the Xfinity Series. You want to be in your race car competing week in and week out. Its tough not to be able to see him in his famed No. 88 car the rest of the year.On the flip side to that ... (Im) proud of him to take a step back, make sure he gets everything in line that he needs to get in-line from a medical side or feeling side to be 100 percent when the 2107 season starts.ESPN Staff Writer Bob Pockrass contributed to this report. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Jerseys White Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL T-shirts From China ' ' '