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Auction on Cumberland ball counting down

  • 6:00 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

As of noon Friday, the bidding for what is believed to be the game ball from Georgia Tech’s 222-0 win over Cumberland held at $15,700, almost triple the $5,000 opening bid.

The bidding may skyrocket before the auction ends late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, which, if it hasn’t happened already, could squash Tech’s hopes to secure the historic ball.

The ball was put up for auction Aug. 6 by a southern California auction house. For decades, it had belonged to the LA84 Foundation, a non-profit that funds youth sports in southern California and studies the role of sport [More]

10 not must-read Tech notes

  • 2:17 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A few things left over from my interviews this week. Nothing earth-shattering, but hopefully interesting.

1. Defensive back Domonique Noble has been tried out at a variety of spots – nickel back, both safety spots and “Bronco,” which is the name for one of the linebacker positions in the nickel defense. “I’m just trying to find my place on the field,” he said.

Noble’s favorite uniform is last year’s throwback.

2. Linebackers coach Andy McCollum gives freshman Terrell Lewis a chance to play this season. He said he has a lot of ability and could contribute on special teams, but it’ll depend on [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

8.     [More]

Buck Farmer called up to majors

  • 3:37 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The Detroit Tigers, in the thick of a division race but in need of an emergency starter, have turned to former Georgia Tech ace Buck Farmer. The three-time All-ACC pitcher and recent call-up to Detroit’s Double-A team will make his major-league debut Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park.

Farmer was drafted in the fifth round last year by Detroit, spent 2013 with the Tigers’ rookie-league team before making the jump to A ball this year. He was 10-5 for single-A West Michigan in the Midwest League with a 2.60 ERA and a WHIP of 1.109. He was called [More]

Mason named to preseason All-America team

  • 2:50 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

This will fall in the category of “other things that happened to Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason in the last few days.” The All-ACC guard was named to the second team of’s preseason All-America team. The honor arrives five days after Mason became a first-time father. He and his girlfriend Sabrina Gonzalez welcomed Kamrie Maleah Mason to the family Aug. 7.

The honor presumably compensates for Mason being left off the preseason All-ACC team, despite being named to the media’s All-ACC first team last year. Tech will face eight of the players on the 30-member team.

First team

Running back Todd [More]

Johnson explains Days’ B-back tryout

  • 2:27 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Coach Paul Johnson offered explanation Monday about his decision to try A-back Synjyn Days at B-back. Days, who came to Tech from Hillgrove High as a quarterback and switched to A-back as a sophomore, took snaps in Saturday’s scrimmage at B-back, a day after Johnson approached him about testing it out.

Johnson said he had been thinking about it for a long time and was prompted by an injury to B-back C.J. Leggett. The freshman had been receiving a lot of snaps there in camp before an injury last week. (Johnson said he didn’t know when Leggett would return.)

“We needed somebody [More]

Schniederjans at end of stunning summer

  • 9:41 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech golfer Ollie Schniederjans will need to make a move Tuesday morning at the U.S. Amateur championship to advance to the 64-player match play field and keep alive his hopes of earning the national championship.

Schniederjans, one of four players in the field with Tech ties at the tournament at the Atlanta Athletic Club, ended the first day tied for 105th out of the 312-player field at 2-over 73, two shots back of the cut line.

Bo Andrews, who finished his Tech career in June, led the contingent with a 1-under 71, good for a tie for 24th place.

For Schniederjans, on [More]

Sweeting’s high school jersey to be retired

  • 7:30 am Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
Cornerback Rod Sweeting  was an undrafted free agent out of Tech, he was signed by the New Orleans Saints. (Johnny Crawford / AJC File)

For being the first alumnus of his high school to become a professional athlete, former Georgia Tech cornerback Rod Sweeting will have his jersey retired at Luella High School Thursday.

Sweeting will take part in a ceremony at the Henry County school and be presented with his No. 6 jersey. The school, which opened in 2003, also will name the locker room after him.

“It’s a big accomplishment for him and the school, and we wanted to honor him,” Luella coach Nic Vasilchek.

Sweeting beat the odds by making the Saints roster after being signed as an undrafted free agent last April. [More]

Tech weekend review: Women’s basketball closes strong

  • 11:15 pm Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

1. The women’s basketball secured the No. 7 seed in the ACC women’s tournament which begins Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C.

Of the six teams ahead of them, five are ranked in the AP’s top 15 – No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 8 Maryland, No. 10 Duke, No. 13 North Carolina and No. 14 N.C. State. For good measure, the sixth team, Syracuse, is No. 20 in RPI.

Tech will play the Boston College-Virginia winner.

The Jackets have won the past two and six of their past eight. They got a big win Thursday on the road at Florida State, their third win over [More]