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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]

U.S., British opens in offing for Schniederjans

  • 11:20 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

He didn’t win the U.S. Amateur, but it appears that Georgia Tech golfer Ollie Schniederjans left the Atlanta Athletic Club last week with a decent consolation prize– invitations to next year’s U.S. Open and British Open.

Following last week’s U.S. Amateur, Schniederjans held onto his top spot in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The player ranked first after the European and U.S. amateur championships earns spots in the following year’s U.S. and British opens. While no announcement has been made, official rankings that include U.S. Amateur results were updated and released Wednesday morning. (The International European Championship was held earlier [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]

Harrison Butker aiming for perfection

  • 11:56 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

In his sophomore season, Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker has a simple goal for the season.

“Don’t miss any kicks,” he said.

As a freshman, Butker was 10-for-14 on field-goal tries and 53-for-54 on extra points. He had two makes from 49 yards and another from 45. His four misses were from 30, 39, 42 and 43 yards.

“I think my leg’s gotten a lot stronger, but I’m just really confident going into the season,” he said. “I’ve put in a lot of work in the offseason, so no missed kicks, really.”

If Butker can even get in the neighborhood of his ultra-high standards, [More]

VIDEO: Paul Johnson takes ice bucket challenge

  • 10:16 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Prior to practice Monday, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson accepted Army coach Jeff Monken’s nomination for him to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Tech guard Trey Braun and A-back Charles Perkins were quite happy to do the honors.

Not gonna back down from a challenge. Here you go, @CoachJeffMonken!! #ALSIceBucketChallenge— Paul Johnson (@GTPaulJohnson) August 18, 2014

@GTPaulJohnson doesn't waste anytime with a challenge. That's why he's the best. Great job Coach! #BeatNavy! #ALSIceBucketChallenge— Jeff Monken (@CoachJeffMonken) August 19, 2014

Sportsbook sets Tech’s over/under win total at 6.5

  • 4:41 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

An online sportsbook foresees a regular season right around .500 for Georgia Tech. Bovada Sportsbook placed the Yellow Jackets’ over/under win total at 6.5.

The payout odds for those taking the over are -140, meaning a bettor would have to put up $140 to win $100. For someone taking the under, the odds are +110, meaning a wager of $100 with a $110 payout if the bet hits.

The bet does not include wins either in conference championship games or bowl games. In coach Paul Johnson’s six seasons, the Jackets have cleared 6.5 wins in the regular season four times, finishing the [More]

3 improved players from Tech camp

  • 10:35 am Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech defensive back Domonique Noble made good use of the Yellow Jackets’ 2 ½ weeks of camp. Safety Isaiah Johnson singled him out for having made significant improvement as he challenges for playing time in the secondary.

“He’s really impressed everyone on defense, everyone on the team,” Johnson said following the team’s scrimmage Saturday. “He’s coming up and making plays. He’s still got some work to do, but he’s really impressed everyone.”

Noble, a junior, can give defensive coordinator Ted Roof some versatility with the ability to play safety and nickel back and cornerback. With Johnson and Jamal Golden out last [More]

Brian Gregory takes ice bucket challenge

  • 5:17 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory didn’t just take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fund-raiser to benefit the fight against the insidious disease. With typical enthusiasm, Gregory was dumped with four buckets of ice water by his very willing players, posting a video to his Twitter account Saturday afternoon.

The challenge has sped around social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, creating awareness and donations for the ALS Association. In Gregory’s video, the coach accepted the challenge made by a Tech season ticket holder, paying homage to the mother of former Tech player and staff member Jon Babul, who [More]

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