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Travin Henry staying in school for degree

  • 11:39 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

An interesting post script to the three dismissals from the football team last week – defensive end Travin Henry is planning to stay at Georgia Tech to complete his degree, according to senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford.

Athletes in this position typically leave school to continue their athletic careers, but Henry, dismissed from the team for repeated violations of the athletic association student-athlete code of conduct, has at least temporarily suspended his playing career. He will have to pay his own way to complete his degree work. He is a business administration major.

“I applaud him,” Bamford said. “I hope he’s [More]

Johnson at ESPN headquarters Monday

  • 10:46 am Monday, July 28th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A little late to post, but you can get your fill of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson today across the panoply of ESPN channels. He and six other ACC coaches are in Bristol, Conn., for what’s known as the “car wash” – one-day appearances at ESPN headquarters where guests are paraded through a string of interviews.

Johnson’s schedule:

10:00 a.m. — RecruitingNation
10:30 a.m. — ESPNU
10:45 a.m. — ESPNU podcast
11:00 a.m. — interview
11:40 a.m. — Roundtable
12:15 p.m. — ESPN Images
12:30 p.m. — ESPN Digital Media
12:55 p.m. — LIVE chat
1:10 p.m. — College Football Insider Brett McMurphy
1:40 p.m. — CFB Live
2:00 p.m. [More]

Whitehead will ‘shock a lot of people’

  • 10:52 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

At the ACC Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., impending transfer Kenderius Whitehead received a solid endorsement from a former teammate.

N.C. State defensive end Art Norman, a senior from Stone Mountain, spoke well of Whitehead, who trained alongside Norman for the 2012 season before leaving school.

“When he came in, he was just one of those guys that just wanted to get so much extra work in, just one of those hard workers,” Norman said. “I think that’s good for him that he’s at Georgia Tech. He’s one of those guys that should have stayed probably close to home. It’s going to be [More]

What do dismissals mean for Tech?

  • 2:07 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s three dismissals Tuesday sent another undeniable message that rules are rules, and coach Paul Johnson (and the student-athlete conduct code) demands that his players abide by them.

It also, however, whittled the Yellow Jackets’ roster down even more. By my count, assuming there are no more changes to the roster, Tech will begin preesason camp with 77 scholarship players, meaning they’ll be eight light of the maximum. It’s a result of players transferring, being dismissed, declared academically ineligible or medically disqualified, particularly doing so after signing day, when there is little chance to re-stock the roster. (Johnson did well [More]

Questions surround Tech defensive line

  • 9:55 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

It may turn out that Georgia Tech’s defensive line will be a solid, dependable unit.

Defensive tackle Adam Gotsis returns as a starter. Gotsis was disruptive with 14.5 tackles for loss (second on the team behind Jeremiah Attaochu) and 5.5 sacks (also second behind Attaochu). Defensive tackle Shawn Green received glowing reviews from linebacker Quayshawn Nealy for his work in offseason conditioning, and coach Paul Johnson holds out hope for him.

“I think if he’s healthy, he can have a good year,” Johnson said of Green at the ACC Kickoff Monday.

Early-enrollee freshman KeShun Freeman made a significant impression in spring practice and [More]

Tech picked to finish fifth in Coastal

  • 1:16 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech was picked to finish fifth in the Coastal Division in the ACC preseason media poll, released Monday. It is the lowest projection for the Yellow Jackets going at least back to 2005, when the ACC split into two divisions. The conference expanded to 14 teams last season.

The projected order of finish for the division is Miami, Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Virginia. Defending Coastal champ Duke had never been picked higher than fifth prior to this year’s poll.

To no one’s surprise, Florida State was picked as the Atlantic Division and league champion. The Seminoles [More]

ACC Kickoff: Shaquille Mason soundbites

  • 6:47 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

From the ACC Kickoff interview session with Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.:

1. Like teammate Quayshawn Nealy, Mason mentioned the emphasis on finishing in the offseason.

“That’s really been the motto of this offseason, finish, because we’ve been in every game, but we just came up short by not being able to finish, and that’s a hard pill to swallow,” Mason said.

For Mason, that has meant pushing himself to win every spring and be first in every drill. Others have caught the spirit, he said.

“Most definitely,” he said. “Say we’re running sprints and stuff. They’ll even start suggesting [More]

ACC Kickoff: Quayshawn Nealy soundbites

  • 6:41 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

From the interview session with linebacker Quayshawn Nealy at the ACC media days event in Greensboro, N.C.:

1. The three-year starter was effusive in his praise for the team’s work in summer strength and conditioning workouts.

“We’ve just been working on trying to finish this summer, because as a whole we realized that in all our games that we missed out on big opportunities because we just didn’t finish plays or finish the game,” Nealy said.

Three games most unsettling to Nealy in that regard were losses to Virginia Tech, Miami and Georgia. Nealy said he has seen the improved effort in sprints, [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]

Golden high on Butker, special teams

  • 10:25 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech safety and return specialist Jamal Golden loves what he sees out of his fellow specialists.

“We have dynamic special teams,” Golden said this week. “I’m sure Coach Ray (Rychleski) is going to take that up another notch just with his experience, with his game planning. He’s a smart guy, and I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”

Golden missed most of last season with a shoulder injury after a standout 2012 season in which he ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns and was sixth in the country in punt return average at 14.6 yards. While leaving the decision up [More]