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Draftee Spingola will return to Tech

  • 4:56 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Tech center fielder Daniel Spingola will put off professional baseball and return for his senior season. Spingola, who led the Yellow Jackets in batting average (.319), runs (45), hits (82), slugging percentage (.451) and stolen bases (15 in 16 attempts), was drafted in the 24th round by the Chicago Cubs in the major league baseball draft.

Friday is the deadline for teams to sign draftees. Spingola is Tech’s only underclassman taken in the draft who will return. Pitchers Sam Clay (Minnesota Twins), Josh Heddinger (Detroit Tigers) and Matthew Grimes (Baltimore Orioles) all signed contracts.

With the return of Spingola, who came to [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]

Manget, Butler among newest Tech hall inductees

  • 4:13 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech’s newest hall of fame class includes six of the most decorated athletes to wear the school’s uniforms. They include football players James Butler and Luke Manget, both two-time first-team All-ACC choices, and all-time men’s basketball shot blocker Alvin Jones. The class was released Thursday.

The other three NCAA track champion Michael Johnson, former ACC volleyball player of the year Lynnette Moster and two-time first-team All-ACC catcher Bryan Prince. All competed for Tech between 1997 and 2004.

Butler still holds the school record for most tackles in a season by a defensive back, 119 (in the 2003 season). He later won [More]

Free on-field movie screening at Bobby Dodd

  • 3:42 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech will host its second “Dodd After Dark” movie screening Friday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Fans are invited to throw down a blanket on the Grant Field turf and watch on the stadium video board.

The series (“Muppets Most Wanted” was shown last week) was part of an attempt to add value to season tickets to spur sales and renewals. The ticket office has also included bonuses like a scrimmage open only to season ticket holders.

A fireworks display will follow the movie.

The movie begins at 8 p.m. Season ticket holders can be admitted at 7 p.m., followed by the [More]

Tech opponent preview: Georgia Southern

  • 3:11 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

This is the third in a series of previews of Georgia Tech’s opponents, courtesy of writers covering those teams. Next up is Georgia Southern, which Tech will play Sept. 13 (my sister’s birthday) at Bobby Dodd Stadium at noon.

We are indebted to Statesboro Herald sports editor Matt Yogus for his analysis. You can read the Herald’s Georgia Southern coverage here and follow Matt on Twitter here.

Georgia Southern

Record in 2013: 7-4

Conference: Sun Belt (moved up from FCS and Southern Conference this summer)

Sagarin rating in 2013: 148

Semi-interesting fact: Coach Paul Johnson’s connection to Georgia Southern is well-known. There are other [More]

Kuchar leads Tech contingent at British Open

  • 9:15 pm Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Six former Georgia Tech golfers will compete for the British Open Championship beginning Thursday. It’s a record total for the program.

Former Yellow Jackets in the field at Royal Liverpool Golf Club:

Roberto Castro is playing in his first Open. He made it into the field by finishing last season in the top 30 of the FedEx Cup standings.

Stewart Cink is playing in his 17th Open. Cink, the 2009 champion, is in by virtue of an exemption granted to all past winners 60 or under.

David Duval, playing in his 18th Open. Duval, the 2001 champion, is also in through the past champions [More]

Tech opponent preview: Tulane

  • 5:53 pm Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The second in a series of blog posts taking a look at Georgia Tech’s opponents this season, courtesy of writers covering those teams. We’ll put the Tulane Green Wave under the microscope today. The teams will play Sept. 6 in New Orleans. Analysis is provided by Tammy Nunez, Tulane beat writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and NOLA.com. You can read her stuff here and follow her on Twitter here. Many thanks to Tammy.

Tulane

Record in 2013: 7-6

Conference: American Athletic (Tulane left Conference USA this summer)

Sagarin rating in 2013: 91

Semi-interesting fact: Tulane’s men’s basketball team was the first opponent [More]

Tech opponent preview: Wofford

  • 5:33 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The first in a series of previews of the teams on Georgia Tech’s 2014 schedules, with analysis provided by writers who cover each of the teams. We’ll start with Wofford, courtesy of Myron Hosea, who covers the team for the Greenville News. You can read his stuff here and follow him on Twitter here.

Wofford

Record in 2013: 5-6

Conference: Southern

Sagarin rating in 2013: 176

Semi-interesting fact: Wofford is one of at least four colleges nicknamed the Terriers. The other three: Boston University, Hiram College, Saint Francis College.

Recent games against FBS teams: 69-3 loss to Baylor last year, 24-7 loss to South [More]

Tech’s Lynch won’t be outworked

  • 11:06 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

Clinton Lynch, a last-minute addition to Georgia Tech’s signing class, will begin his freshman season with one unusual asset – having played for a former Tech football player.

Lynch played wide receiver at Norcross High, where his position coach was Jeremy Muyres, a four-year starter at safety for the Yellow Jackets 1999-2002 and a three-time All-ACC selection. He also oversees the Blue Devils’ weight program.

“He helped me out a lot, especially in the weight room, just getting stronger, getting faster, getting me bigger,” Lynch said of Muyres. “I really felt like it was a college weight-room program. He wanted to really [More]

Tech 25/1 to win the ACC

  • 9:34 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Ken Sugiura

The good news for Georgia Tech fans is that an online sportsbook thought enough of the Yellow Jackets’ chances to win the national championship this season to give them betting odds. The bad news is that those odds are 500/1, the same as Boise State, Boston College, South Florida and Central Florida, among others.

Bovada Online Sportsbook also gave Tech 25/1 odds to win the ACC, the eighth lowest (i.e., best) in the conference.

To win the Coastal Division, the odds for Tech are 15/2, tied with Duke. Miami (3/2), North Carolina (7/4) and Virginia Tech (6/1) are ahead of the [More]

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