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Herrion hire, Dollar promotion made official

  • 12:14 am Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Two changes to the Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach were made official Wednesday – the hiring of assistant coach Tom Herrion and the promotion of assistant coach Chad Dollar to associate head coach. They were previously reported last week.

The hiring of Herrion, particularly considering the timing, is pretty strong, I think. Herrion was fired from his two head coaching jobs. This spring, he was let go at Marshall, where he got the Thundering Herd into the NIT in 2012, the school’s first NIT or NCAA appearance since 1988. Prior to that, in 2006, he was not retained after his fourth [More]

Poole transfers to Florida Atlantic

  • 11:38 pm Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Solomon Poole, Georgia Tech, college basketball

Former Georgia Tech guard Solomon Poole has transferred to Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla. He will sit out the 2014-15 season and be eligible to play in 2015-16. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

After graduating from high school early, Poole came to Tech in Dec. 2012 as a highly-touted prospect out of Jacksonville, Fla., ranked in the top 100 in his class by ESPN. He played 21 games, averaging nine minutes per game and 1.8 points per game. Last season, he played 14 games, starting five, but first was held out in January for medical issues and [More]

Daniel Miller to play in Spain

  • 4:42 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller has signed a contract to play in the Spanish basketball league.

Miller will play the 2014-15 season for the club Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro, according to the team’s website. The club is in the premier Spanish league and is based in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain.

After going undrafted, Miller played with the Washington Wizards in three summer league games in Las Vegas in July. He scored six points in 20 minutes of play with one rebound. Playing in the D-League was another possibility, but Miller ultimately decided on playing in Spain.

In a news [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]

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

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Brian Gregory takes ice bucket challenge

  • 5:17 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory didn’t just take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fund-raiser to benefit the fight against the insidious disease. With typical enthusiasm, Gregory was dumped with four buckets of ice water by his very willing players, posting a video to his Twitter account Saturday afternoon.

The challenge has sped around social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, creating awareness and donations for the ALS Association. In Gregory’s video, the coach accepted the challenge made by a Tech season ticket holder, paying homage to the mother of former Tech player and staff member Jon Babul, who [More]

Notes: A significant honor for Cremins

  • 4:11 pm Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Three notes a little late in coming, but each worth a read, I think.

1. Georgia Tech coaching great Bobby Cremins was named the Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Men’s College Basketball. He was given the award by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Past recipients include Dean Smith, Red Auerbach, John Wooden and Phog Allen, among a slew of other legends of the game.

Cremins coached at Tech for 19 seasons, leading the Yellow Jackets to the 1990 Final Four and three ACC tournament titles. He was also named ACC coach of the year three times and was an assistant coach for the U.S. [More]

Manget, Butler among newest Tech hall inductees

  • 4:13 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s newest hall of fame class includes six of the most decorated athletes to wear the school’s uniforms. They include football players James Butler and Luke Manget, both two-time first-team All-ACC choices, and all-time men’s basketball shot blocker Alvin Jones. The class was released Thursday.

The other three NCAA track champion Michael Johnson, former ACC volleyball player of the year Lynnette Moster and two-time first-team All-ACC catcher Bryan Prince. All competed for Tech between 1997 and 2004.

Butler still holds the school record for most tackles in a season by a defensive back, 119 (in the 2003 season). He later won [More]

11 Tech-related things to know about ACC’s newest member (Louisville)

  • 9:55 am Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Louisville is officially an ACC member today, occupying the spot Maryland left to join the Big Ten.

Aside from bringing a football team that played in the 2013 Sugar Bowl and has averaged nine wins in the past four seasons, a basketball team that has made two Final Four trips in the past three years (winning the title in 2013 in Atlanta) and a baseball team that made the College World Series in 2013, the school will bring in plenty of television sets.

The conference will retain its status as the conference with the most television households (44.4 million) and population (107.4 [More]

Miller to play for Wizards’ summer-league team

  • 7:51 am Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

After going undrafted last Thursday, former Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller has agreed to play on the Washington Wizards’ summer-league team, according to a tweet from Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.

It doesn’t guarantee Miller anything beyond the minimum five games that the summer-league team will play beginning July 12. But, obviously, he’ll have a chance to earn a spot in their preseason camp and play in front of the rest of the NBA. Miller’s cause will be helped by the fact that Washington did not have a first-round pick and traded away their second-round pick for cash.

Miller will likely play [More]