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7 notes from Johnson’s presser

  • 11:18 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Some highlights from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s Tuesday news conference.

1. Johnson and Wofford coach Mike Ayers have known each other several years, going back to when Ayers was a defensive coordinator at East Tennessee State and Johnson was just getting started in the mid-80’s at Georgia Southern. Wofford also runs an offense that uses a lot of triple option.

They faced each other annually when Johnson was at Georgia Southern and both were in the Southern Conference. (This is Southern’s first year out of the SoCon).

2. What Johnson is looking for on Saturday:

“I think anytime you have guys who haven’t [More]

Tech’s 5 preseason questions (partially) answered

  • 11:39 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Last month, at the start of Georgia Tech’s camp, I posed five questions for the Yellow Jackets preseason. Here’s the answers, four weeks later. (Spoiler: Not all questions have really been answered completely.)

Q: Who will emerge out of the defensive line group to earn a spot in the rotation?

A: There were no great surprises here. The starting four will be Adam Gotsis and Shawn Green on the inside, Tyler Stargel at strongside defensive end and either Roderick Rook-Chungong or KeShun Freeman at rush defensive end.

The fact that there is uncertainty at that spot would indicate that the two are [More]

Cumberland game ball auction over at $40K

  • 10:22 am Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The auction for what is believed to be the game ball from Georgia Tech’s 222-0 win over Cumblerland in 1916 is over. The ball ultimately went for $40,388, eight times the original bidding price.

The bidding took off in the final hours, ascending from $15,700 Friday morning to $18,997 Friday night, $27,815 Saturday at 6 p.m. and the final price, two bids later, at $40,388. The auction closed to all bidders at 10 p.m. and then continued into the night for those who had already bid. It ended when no bid was made on any item in the entire auction for [More]

VIDEO: 3 questions heading into season opener

  • 1:28 am Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

My interview with CineSport’s Noah Coslove. We talk about Georgia Tech’s up-tempo offense, two players who have to come through for the Yellow Jackets and the always fun “How many wins?” question.

Behind the curtains at the College Football Hall of Fame

  • 8:00 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

You hopefully know that the College Football Hall of Fame opens Saturday in downtown Atlanta. I’ve heard plenty of great things about it and am hoping to pay a visit soon.

This post isn’t terribly related to Georgia Tech – but I’ll get to that in a minute – but I thought you might be interested anyway. Hall curator and historian Kent Stephens was gracious enough to allow me into his office (at the Georgia World Congress Center) in late July and more gracious to let me wander around the space – about the size of a high school classroom – [More]

Auction on Cumberland ball counting down

  • 6:00 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

As of noon Friday, the bidding for what is believed to be the game ball from Georgia Tech’s 222-0 win over Cumberland held at $15,700, almost triple the $5,000 opening bid.

The bidding may skyrocket before the auction ends late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, which, if it hasn’t happened already, could squash Tech’s hopes to secure the historic ball.

The ball was put up for auction Aug. 6 by a southern California auction house. For decades, it had belonged to the LA84 Foundation, a non-profit that funds youth sports in southern California and studies the role of sport [More]

10 not must-read Tech notes

  • 2:17 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A few things left over from my interviews this week. Nothing earth-shattering, but hopefully interesting.

1. Defensive back Domonique Noble has been tried out at a variety of spots – nickel back, both safety spots and “Bronco,” which is the name for one of the linebacker positions in the nickel defense. “I’m just trying to find my place on the field,” he said.

Noble’s favorite uniform is last year’s throwback.

2. Linebackers coach Andy McCollum gives freshman Terrell Lewis a chance to play this season. He said he has a lot of ability and could contribute on special teams, but it’ll depend on [More]

Cremins being considered as Charleston interim

  • 10:46 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Bobby Cremins may be getting back in the game. The Georgia Tech coaching legend is being considered as an interim coach at the College of Charleston after its Aug. 5 firing of coach Doug Wojcik, according to multiple reports.

In a text message Thursday morning, the 67-year-old Cremins declined comment, writing that he would “glad to talk” once a decision is made.

After resigning from Tech in 2000, following a 19-year tenure in which he became the school’s winningest coach and led the Yellow Jackets to three ACC tournament titles, Cremins coached at Charleston 2006-12, but took a medical leave of absence [More]

U.S., British opens in offing for Schniederjans

  • 11:20 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

He didn’t win the U.S. Amateur, but it appears that Georgia Tech golfer Ollie Schniederjans left the Atlanta Athletic Club last week with a decent consolation prize– invitations to next year’s U.S. Open and British Open.

Following last week’s U.S. Amateur, Schniederjans held onto his top spot in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The player ranked first after the European and U.S. amateur championships earns spots in the following year’s U.S. and British opens. While no announcement has been made, official rankings that include U.S. Amateur results were updated and released Wednesday morning. (The International European Championship was held earlier [More]

What do t-shirt sales say about Georgia Tech?

  • 11:02 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

How strong is the Georgia Tech brand, as judged by sales of t-shirts, magnets and other college insignia-festooned merchandise?

It looks like No. 50, according to the Collegiate Licensing Company, an Atlanta-based company that licenses merchandise for colleges, bowl games and conferences, among other things. Earlier this month, the CLC released its annual rankings of top-selling schools based on royalties reported by colleges that the company represents. The rankings covered Aug. 2013-July 2014.

The unsurprising top 10:

1.      Texas

2.      Alabama

3.      Michigan

4.      Georgia

5.      Notre Dame

6.      Florida

7.      LSU

8.     [More]

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