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Senior Bowl review for Attaochu, Thomas

  • 9:16 am Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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Former Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu wasn’t able to take advantage of his Senior Bowl practices. Former Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas held his ground as he followed up a strong effort at the East-West Shrine game. So said Steve Muench, an ESPN analyst who was in Mobile, Ala., last week for the Senior Bowl and in St. Petersburg, Fla., the week before for the Shrine game.

“I would say he didn’t have the best week,” Muench said of Attaochu.

Muench tempered his comments about Attaochu by noting that the week of practices weren’t necessarily set up for him to excel. [More]

6 takeaways from Tech-UNC

  • 12:59 pm Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Thoughts and observations from Georgia Tech’s 78-65 loss to North Carolina Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion. Game story here. game story here. (For a limited time, stories are being offered free of charge as a courtesy to readers.)

1. There wasn’t a lot of mystery Wednesday. North Carolina has a better, deeper team than Georgia Tech and it was readily evident.

North Carolina has six players on the roster who were either McDonald’s All-Americans or who have played on a U.S. national team. Tech has none of either.

“I think their three’s, four’s and five’s, I think they’re pretty [More]

ESPN: No influence on nine-game schedule

  • 11:04 am Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

ESPN has no influence on the ACC’s debate for a possible nine-game conference schedule, according an executive at the network.

“Those are decisions that the conferences make for themselves. The conference and the members make that for themselves,” said Ilan Ben-Hanan, ESPN’s vice president for programming and acquisitions. “ESPN is fine either way.”

Ben-Hanan took issue with an AJC blog post in which Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski said that ESPN would likely want more “inventory” if the network were to create an ACC channel, thus making a nine-game schedule a likelihood. Inventory to satisfy television has often been cited as [More]

Late night for North Carolina

  • 11:22 am Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The North Carolina basketball team experienced firsthand the gridlock caused by the wintry conditions.

The Tar Heels, in town to play Georgia Tech Wednesday night, landed in Atlanta around 11 p.m. Tuesday. Rather than try to travel by bus on the gridlocked interstate, the team took MARTA to the team hotel, with the last member of the traveling party arriving at 1:45 a.m., according to the team’s Twitter account.

The game was still on as of 10:45 a.m. ACC policy dictates that a game will be played so long as both teams and officials can reach the arena safely.

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: Tech-UNC will be played, no TV

  • 6:48 pm Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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Wednesday night’s ACC game between Georgia Tech and North Carolina will be played.

Conference policy dictates that, so long as both teams and game officials can safely make it to the arena, the game will be played. The game is scheduled for  7 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion. The game is at or near sellout status, but the school is encouraging ticket holders not within walking distance to stay home.

“Given the incredibly unforeseen and unique set of circumstances over the last 24 hours in Atlanta, playing this game was a hard decision and one not arrived at without great thought,” Tech director [More]

ACC (and ESPN) could be headed for nine-game schedule

  • 11:37 am Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

If a nine-game ACC schedule comes to pass, it may not happen for reasons of schedule balance or to satiate fans’ desire to see more cross-divisional teams. Naturally, the impetus could be ESPN.

At the board of trustees meeting for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association last Thursday, athletic director Mike Bobinski shared an update about scheduling discussions among officials at the ACC member schools and brought up ESPN’s possible influence.

At the conference’s meetings this week, the conference and ESPN are expected to have an update on where things stand in regards to a possible ACC channel. Should it go forward, Bobinski [More]

Tech NCAA penalty: 12 minutes of practice

  • 10:28 am Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

NCAA compliance is a strange world, and two self-reported minor violations by Georgia Tech point it out yet again.

You may remember that the football team produced a web series prior to the season, titled “The Process.” You may also remember some of the episodes spotlighting the team’s summer workouts. It turns out that a video promoting Tech ended up capturing a violation.

In it, strength coach John Sisk was shown talking to the team prior to a workout and, according to the violation report submitted to the ACC, threatened consequences for players who were late.

The problem was that the summer workouts [More]

7 takeaways from Tech-N.C. State

  • 6:00 am Monday, January 27th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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Thoughts and observations from Tech’s 80-78 overtime loss to N.C. State Sunday in Raleigh, N.C. Game story here. Subscription version here.

Photos: Georgia Tech at North Carolina State

1. On its face, an 80-78 overtime road loss to N.C. State is not the worst thing. Tech brought an undermanned team to Raleigh, N.C., and was one play from winning the game.

Tech did give up an 11-point lead, but battled the Wolfpack down the stretch and came up with a series of big baskets and rebounds. The Jackets re-claimed the lead three different times in the final seven minutes after [More]

6 observations from the ACC schedule

  • 4:31 pm Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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What can we learn from the ACC schedule? At least six things.

1. Georgia Tech will be only one of two ACC teams to play all of its games on Saturday, as 12 of the 14 teams will take part in one or more of ESPN’s weeknight games – one on Labor Day, five on Thursday and three on Friday. N.C. State, which went winless in ACC play for the first time since 1959, was the other. Senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said that he was told that Tech was a candidate for a road game – the school requested [More]

5 takeaways from Tech-Boston College

  • 1:26 pm Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Some thoughts from Georgia Tech’s 68-60 win over Boston College Tuesday night.

1. For the sake of morale if nothing else, it was an important and critical win, but also another example of difficulty that the Yellow Jackets have a) finishing off opponents; b) scoring against zone defenses.

Tech was smoking at the start, making 14 out of its 15 baskets and taking a 34-15 lead. The Jackets were up 42-27 at the half, which was as many points as they scored in 40 minutes in the loss to Miami Saturday. In eight 3-point attempts, Tech had made more (six) than it [More]