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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]

Snoddy 3rd in 60 at ACC meet

  • 11:06 pm Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech sprinter Broderick Snoddy finished third in the 60-meter dash at the ACC championships Saturday as the Yellow Jackets scored their most points at the meet since 2010. Snoddy also plays running back on the Tech football team.

Snoddy finished in 6.77 seconds, off his school-record 6.67 set last year, his first year running track at Tech. Snoddy also took fifth in the 200 in 21.46.

Tech was led by Brandon Lasater, who won the 800 in 1:51.38. It’s his second ACC title, following his outdoor title in the 800 last spring. Teammate Zack Fanelty was fifth in 1:51.98. Nikita Kirilov [More]

8 things to know about Tech baseball

  • 11:31 am Saturday, February 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s baseball team began its season Friday night at its Battle in Midtown tournament with a 6-5 win over Old Dominion. A look at the season ahead.

Heavy on pitchers

There are 20 players on the 34-man roster listed as pitchers first. It’s five more than in 2013 and eight more than in 2012 and, coach Danny Hall said, “more pitchers than we’ve ever had.”

This is perhaps as notable a facet of the roster as there is. After the 2012 season, Hall let go of pitching coach Tom Kinkelaar – Hall’s college roommate – and replaced him with Jason Howell, part [More]

Tech looking to Daniel Miller

  • 10:17 am Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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It remains to be seen what Georgia Tech can accomplish in 13 remaining ACC games, starting tonight against Boston College (9 p.m., ESPNU). The first five games have been something less than a fount of hope.

But I think the answer, or as much as an answer exists at this point, might be center Daniel Miller putting the team on his back from a scoring standpoint. Coach Brian Gregory said as much after Tech’s loss to Miami Saturday. Miller took five shots, tied for fourth most on the team, making three. He and forward Kammeon Holsey were 6-for-10 and the rest [More]

Thomas added to Senior Bowl

  • 6:45 am Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas has another significant opportunity to improve his draft standing.

Thomas was a late addition to the Senior Bowl, which begins practices Monday in preparation for the game Saturday in Mobile, Ala. Thomas was added presumably to fill out the roster following other players deciding not to play either due to injury or to protect draft position.

Thomas’ selection could be a reflection on his performance during East-West Shrine Game practices last week. Thomas will join Tech All-American Jeremiah Attaochu on the South team, which will be coached by the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff.

Tech ’14 schedule under assembly

  • 1:54 pm Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will learn its full schedule for 2014 in coming weeks, but it knows one likely benefit it did not enjoy in 2013.

After getting stuck with a bye week in the second week of the 2013 season, the Yellow Jackets’ two open dates will be timed in a way that will presumably be more beneficial. Tech’s three non-conference games besides the season-ending Georgia game are scheduled for the first three weeks of the season –Wofford Aug. 30, at Tulane Sept. 6 and vs. Georgia Southern Sept. 13.

As a result, with the calendar again falling in such a way that [More]

Jackson, Sims ponder season, future

  • 10:40 am Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura
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Two Mondays ago, Will Jackson was in the Georgia Tech weight room as he was beginning his pre-draft training. The team had a 4 o’clock meeting. Jackson walked the hallway leading to the team meeting room and kept on walking, no longer a member of the team.

“It’s definitely weird,” said Tech’s former offensive lineman. “It’s really a strange feeling, just considering how fast everything went by.”

Jackson is in that middle ground, no longer a college player but awaiting a chance to play professionally. From that spot, Jackson and former B-back David Sims shared their thoughts about the season, their careers, [More]

3 takeaways from Tech-Notre Dame

  • 5:09 pm Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

A little late coming, but bursting with insight as always. My game story here.

1. Corey Heyward showed a little spark. The redshirt freshman gave 12 minutes off the bench. He didn’t score, but had four rebounds and two assists with no turnovers. He defended Eric Atkins, Notre Dame’s point guard, effectively. Being a freshman and also coming off two ACL surgeries, it’s hard to expect him to give this sort of performance on a game-in, game-out basis, but the more he can do it, the more rest it can give Trae Golden.

You may have noticed that Solomon Poole was [More]

Sims, Cummings in all-star game

  • 2:29 pm Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Former Georgia Tech B-back David Sims and defensive tackle Euclid Cummings will play Saturday in the Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, S.C., a pre-draft all-star game.

Sims has been playing tailback, a change from playing almost directly behind the quarterback in Tech’s spread-option offense.

“It’s been fun,” he said. “It’s been neat learning a whole new offense all over again, but it’s something that, going to the next phase of my career, it’s something I’m going to have to end up doing anyway. It was good practice and it was a good thing to show the coaching staff I can actually [More]