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Is Miami game the most important of Tech’s season?

  • 11:35 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech special-teams coordinator Ray Rychleski had the meaning of the Yellow Jackets’ win over Virginia Tech pegged last week.

“The only thing the Virginia Tech game did was make the Miami game more important,” he said. “That’s all it did. Nothing else.”

Georgia Tech will face Miami with indeed plenty on the line – early control of the Coastal Division.

Georgia Tech
1-0

Pittsburgh
1-0

Virginia
1-0

Miami
1-1

Duke
0-1

Virginia Tech
0-1

North Carolina
0-1

All but Miami have seven games left to play, and only four of the seven (Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Miami and Duke) have played division games. And I’m not big on touting things as “best” or “most.” (Or, for [More]

Tech’s Shaquille Mason playing at career-best level

  • 9:29 am Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

As a junior last season, Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason played at an All-ACC level. In his first four games this season, he has considerably exceeded that standard.

I asked running back Synjyn Days if he had noticed how well Mason was playing and he responded with a laugh, as though I might have well asked if he’d noticed Waffle House serves waffles.

“Yes, sir, definitely,” he said. “The coaches point it out. If the players are pointing it out, you know the coaches are noticing.”

What Days said he has seen from Mason, probably the team’s best offensive lineman since his sophomore [More]

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]

New odds for Tech national championship

  • 10:37 am Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

After Georgia Tech’s 4-0 start, Las Vegas believes in the Yellow Jackets.

Believes more, at any rate.

(And, technically, not Las Vegas, but an online bookmaking site with a license from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission in Kahnawake, Canada.)

The latest odds from online sportsbook Bovada,  give the Jackets 300/1 odds to win the inaugural College Football Playoff. Not exactly a vote of confidence, but the odds were shortened from 500/1 at the beginning of the season.

Also at 300/1 – Cincinnati, Louisville, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Oregon State.

Breaking down D.J. White’s fourth-quarter interception

  • 10:21 am Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

After Georgia Tech had tied the score at 24 with 2:03 to play in the fourth quarter, Virginia Tech began its drive to re-take the lead and potentially win the game at its 25-yard game. However, depending on one’s perspective, the Hokies made another critical error or the Yellow Jackets produced another clutch play, as cornerback D.J. White intercepted quarterback Michael Brewer at the 40-yard line to return the ball to the Jackets.

9 Tech notes and a Paul Johnson story

  • 5:05 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Notes from an interview with Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson before his speech at the Touchdown Club of Atlanta luncheon Monday in Buckhead.

1. Johnson didn’t do much to celebrate the win over Virginia Tech – after getting home Saturday evening, he watched the Clemson-Florida State and Miami-Nebraska games and went to bed.

“The wins are never as high as the losses are low,” he said. “So by the time I woke up Sunday morning, it was over. It’s gone. You have to break down the film and then you start on the next game.”

2. Johnson was among the coaches who voted [More]

Tech by the numbers

  • 10:49 am Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

presented in no particular order

33, T33 – where Georgia Tech ranks in the USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press poll, respectively. It’s the first time this season that the Jackets have received votes.

(The last time Tech was in the top 25 was in the Nov. 20, 2011 poll, which preceded the Georgia game. I’m guessing there won’t be enough movement ahead of Tech this week to get in. There’s only game between ranked teams – No. 11 UCLA and No. 15 Arizona State – and No. 20 BYU and No. 23 East Carolina are also idle, as is [More]

5 takeaways from Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech

  • 6:06 am Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

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1. The thing that perhaps strikes me most at this point is that Georgia Tech is now 4-0 without having played particularly well. Saturday, Tech could have capsized itself with quarterback Justin Thomas’ third-quarter turnover inside the Yellow Jackets’ red zone, with a botched fourth-and-2 pass play to Darren Waller that would have gone for a touchdown had it been blocked better, with ineffective defensive play in the first half, with a missed field goal in the third quarter, with eight penalties or with kickoff returns that again were substandard.

It followed, of course, Tech’s haywire second half against Georgia [More]

John Davis named ACC legend

  • 5:03 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech All-American John Davis, one of the greatest offensive linemen in the school’s history, has been named to the 2014 class of ACC Legends. Davis will be honored at the ACC championship game Dec. 6 in Charlotte.

Davis was a four-year starter for the Jackets between 1983-86, moving from offensive tackle as a freshman to center as a sophomore, back to tackle as a junior and then again to center as a senior. Playing for coach Bill Curry, he earned All-America honors as a junior and senior. He is perhaps best remembered for his performance against Clemson All-American William [More]