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Where Tech’s transfers ended up

  • 2:48 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The story of Georgia Tech’s offseason – the seemingly unending departure of players from the program, voluntary or otherwise – comes to an official close this weekend, as the Yellow Jackets who have stayed will play their first game Saturday against Wofford. It will close, too, for those who left. They have gone as far west as Oregon, as far north as … Oregon (and also Ohio) and as far east as South Carolina. (For those interested in completely nerding out, read further: I was trying to determine which school is farther east, James Madison or Coastal Carolina. It turns [More]

Ramblin’ Wreck (and driver) ‘so in’ ESPN ad

  • 1:54 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Before even driving the Ramblin’ Wreck over a single blade of Grant Field grass, Raj Desai has already achieved the sort of lasting fame that only being in an ESPN commercial can bring.

Desai, a Georgia Tech fifth-year senior from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., is the driver for the Ramblin’ Wreck this season. He shares the screen with the Wreck (also known as the Reck) and Tech cheerleaders in a commercial promoting the start of the College Football Playoff.

“It’s funny, because I’ll be watching something on ESPN2 or ESPN, and I’ll think, Oh, that’s me on TV,” he said. “It’s cool. [More]

10 mildly must-read Tech notes

  • 6:00 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Just one more day till kickoff. Till then, some tidbits collected in interviews and elsewhere that didn’t quite or haven’t yet made it into other stories or blog posts.

1. With Freddie Burden and Thomas O’Reilly ahead of him on the depth chart, freshman center Andrew Marshall appeared headed for a redshirt season. But he impressed offensive line coach Mike Sewak enough in the preseason to merit a promotion. He’s expected to play this season, likely one of two incoming freshman offensive linemen who won’t be redshirted, along with tackle Trey Klock.

Sewak likes his athletic ability and has particularly been taken [More]

With season tickets down, Tech pushing group sales

  • 2:03 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A variety of factors, including a so-so home schedule and the team’s lackluster performance last season, have dropped Georgia Tech’s season-ticket sales beneath projections.

As of earlier this week, sales had surpassed 21,000, under the 22,100 projected in the athletic association’s 2014-15 budget. The total was 23,008 in 2013 and 23,319 in 2012. The latter figure included 1,200 packages sold for $99.

Slumping season-ticket sales are a trend across major college and professional sports, as teams compete with the improvement of the home-viewing experience and fans’ unwillingness to commit to a season’s worth of tickets.

Sales in even years are typically lower for [More]

Tech Throwback Thursday

  • 10:07 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

This is the first in a weekly series of blog posts featuring Georgia Tech items in the possession of the College Football Hall of Fame, which opened last Saturday in downtown Atlanta. (None of the items in the series are actually on display, but kept in storage by curator Kent Stephens. When you see some of them, you won’t need an explanation as to why.)

We’ll start with a jersey worn by Tech great Greg Gathers, who finished his career as the Yellow Jackets’ all-time sack leader at 31, a record that held for 11 years until Jeremiah Attaochu broke it [More]

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]