Georgia Tech Basketball: Scathing Student Comments Reflect The State Of The Program

Macon Telegraph writer Coley Harvey put together a very interesting piece Thursday morning about the Georgia Tech students' perception of the Georgia Tech basketball program. In fact, the article was such a piece, that Coley felt he needed to add more to it in his blog later that day which included discussion on other schools that are dealing with student attendance issues.

This season, as the Yellow Jackets have compiled an 11-17 overall record, posted just three conference wins and are mired in 11th place in the 12-team ACC, crowds have been thin. They have been so thin that the Yellow Jackets can’t help but notice the abandoned chairbacks and lonely metal bleachers that have been present more this season than at any other point during head coach Paul Hewitt’s 11-year coaching tenure.

-Coley Harvey, The Macon Telegraph

Many comments by the students within the article use the words "ashamed", "embarrassed" , and "sad"...

But then, when you go to a basketball game and for the team to not score and there’s a 20-0 run (by the opposing team), then it’s not fun. You don’t enjoy it. especially when there’s no one there. When there’s a full stadium, you’re standing up constantly and that helps the atmosphere. You’re always yelling, you’re always into it. you’re not just sitting there.

OR

I remember people used to tell me we were known at one time as a basketball school, not a football school. Right now, I’m ashamed to be considered a basketball school.

The frustrations voiced by the students in this are surely scathing. Does it seem odd? Or does this just continue to further reinforce the need for new blood in the program?It's Coley giving students a voice and they are reverberating what they have concretely demonstrated by not attending games.

This generation of Tech students face something that Bird has developed a theory on that is tied to football. Many alumni from the early and mid-90's do not seem to have season tickets. Why? Because football was not good memories for them? If they didn't enjoy it in college why should they now? It's the sad realization that they have lost never had the appreciation of what Georgia Tech should be. It's the perception of the status of the basketball program. If this perception doesn't change, we are cultivating students into alumni that may not support the basketball program in the future.

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