Posted: 5:17 pm Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Inside Tech’s decision to postpone game 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech made the decision to play its Jan. 29 game against North Carolina in wintry conditions. However, the continuing winter storm and the icy roads made Tech’s decision making different Wednesday for its game against Boston College. The school, in consultation with the ACC and Boston College, postponed it until Thursday.

“Once we figured out that it would be really hard for us to get our essential people there, like (scoring) table staff and medical staff and security and stuff like that, we didn’t want to produce a game that wasn’t going to have all of those professional people there,” senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said.

ACC policy dictates that if both teams and game officials can make it to the arena safely, the game should be played. While Boston College arrived at its Midtown hotel Tuesday, game officials were staying by Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

“They couldn’t get to MARTA because there’s no cabs,” Bamford said. “They didn’t feel great about driving. While they were here (in Atlanta), it was still a situation where we’re going to put them in harm’s way, as well. All those things added up. We decided it’s probably not worth it.”

The athletic department issued a news release Tuesday stating that the game was expected to be played as scheduled, but the icy roads Wednesday morning and the forecasts for continued precipitation changed the thinking. That was one difference between Wednesday’s game and the North Carolina game, as the storm had passed by the time of that game and roads were not as treacherous.

From early Wednesday morning on, Bamford was in communication with officials from the ACC and Boston College, as well as Tech’s athletic department and the Institute, before presenting the school’s recommendation to postpone.

Scheduling-wise, the postponement worked out about as well as could be hoped. Tech will not play its next game until next Tuesday. Boston College’s next game is Sunday at home against Notre Dame. The Eagles can still have two days to prepare for that game, not an unusual turnaround time. They arrived earlier than scheduled Tuesday to beat the storm to Atlanta and practiced Tuesday and Wednesday at McCamish.

The hope is that temperatures will rise enough Thursday to melt the ice and make roads passable.

It is the first Tech game to be postponed due to weather since a road game at Clemson January 2011. A home game against Fordham in December 2010 was cancelled due to the Fordham’s not being able to leave New York due to weather conditions.

18 comments
GGee
GGee

What a last 30 secs for MGH. Good things happen when he gets aggressive. That pump fake on the drive was beautifully done... Lets see more of that.

jackeee
jackeee

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES, GO JACKETS START POSTPONING ALL THE GAMES BY A DAY

jackeee
jackeee

Marcus Georges-Hunt  YOU THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jambee33
jambee33

Ken- just curious if you have any insights as to what is going on with Stacy Poole.  I thought it was ridicules  the other day how "Little Man" kept putting in a walk-on while the game was on the line and then put Poole in for one minute of garbage time after the game was decided.  There must be something going on behind the scenes there that we do not see.  But I would expect the coach to be  a bigger man than to hold a grudge like that.  Particularly when Poole might have been able to do some things to help the team win.  What's more important, playing to win or showing your power over a kid?

rallo
rallo

I hope the ACC picks-up the extra night's hotel bill for BC. It should.

KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

but you'd think, regardless, they would have thought to get a hotel closer to the arena or someone might have suggested it.

KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

i don't think it was just the refs. i think the people who would normally be at the scoring table - shot clock and game clock operators in particular - were important also. you wouldn't want a rookie doing either job. not to mention medical staff.

58Supersports
58Supersports

Good call by GT... Todays game would also put lives in danger.

Go Jackets!!!!!!!!




RoadScholar
RoadScholar

And they think that a few hours above freezing will make the secondary roads more passable? Yeah, right! So take MARTA...you still have to get to the MARTA station near your home. Bring skis for the trek down 10th Street! Oh and the walk back should be interesting, esp after the temps dip below freezing.


Maybe the GOV and Mayor can provide national guard transportation for all, not just the refs!

ToeMeetsLeather
ToeMeetsLeather

Does not surprise me that the ACC officials made a "bad call" on where to stay. They would have been next door for Duke. 

Oldschooldog
Oldschooldog

Cancellation fine. But due to refs being at Hartsfield hotel and unable to make trek? Lame.

FBYJ
FBYJ

I couldn't make the UNC game because of the road conditions.  Here's hoping for better transportation Thursday night.  No way I could have made it tonight.

GTBee
GTBee

I'd postpone (cancel) the rest of the season!

POAD2013
POAD2013

Just a wise move.  It will not be bad to move the game one day.