Technical Tidbits 4/24

Grant Halverson

Paul Johnson remains happily married (to football of course), spring games will still be played on Friday, Clemson gets sued by an atheist rights group, and more of today's edition of Technical Tidbits.

How could anyone have read that teaser and still not clicked on this article? Seriously, CPJ's marital status AND an insane lawsuit? Isn't that why you are a Georgia Tech fan? What do you mean no?

Even if you don't care about how happily or unhappily Paul Johnson is in his marriage, you probably do want to know how happy he is in his marriage with the football program. When news broke in early 2014 that Johnson wanted out of his contract at Georgia Tech, it brought forth quite a few questions about just how happy the head honcho was with his position and the current situation at the school. He brushed off the allegations immediately after they came up, but the transfer of Vad Lee shortly thereafter only raised even more questions about the state of the program. In the above article, Johnson (accurately) describes the last two seasons as "average" and claims that he has had quite a few different opportunities to get out if he wanted to leave Tech, none of which he has taken (obviously). Whether you love him or loathe him, he is your head coach for at least one more season and most likely for a few seasons after that; although a few of his kids filed for independence (Vad Lee), his marriage is intact for the moment.

Georgia Tech is planning to keep the annual spring game on Friday, or at least for the immediate future. Despite turnouts that were not nearly as large as anticipated the last two years (rain has been an issue both times), the athletics department has decided to stand by its decision and pray for a better forecast in the coming years. The article points out that Georgia Tech has never really drawn well to spring games, and it is simply not accurate to compare attendance to a school like Alabama or Georgia; both Athens and Tuscaloosa are college towns with a lot more students and fans in the area. The notion that attendance has suffered because the game is on a Friday is also bogus on a few different levels and there is just no foundation to support the claim.

After adding PF Abdoulaye Gueye last week, the Jackets could still be looking to fill their final scholarship spot with another prospect sometime before the season begins. With all of the movement of recruits recently there is a very real possibility that the Jackets could land another prospect this off-season, but as Brian Gregory said, "Everything affects your recruitment down the road." Translation? If a prospect who is talented and a good fit for the program wants to play at Tech, the scholarship is theirs to earn. Otherwise, we could see the team play with just twelve scholarship players this season and use the extra on a recruit next year.

Speaking of potential recruits, the number one prospect in the state of Georgia, Jakeenan Gant, might decide to decommit from Missouri following former head coach Frank Haith's strange decision to accept the coaching job at Tulsa. If Gant does in fact ask to be released from his scholarship, Georgia Tech would be a long shot for his services; while the Jackets did actively pursue him before he made his decision, Tech was never really considered to be a viable option for him to play out his collegiate career.

Well, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist rights group, has decided to sue the Clemson football team for prayers and bible study. I must be missing the part where the Clemson football team did anything to threaten atheist rights by praying, but apparently the FFRF saw the infringement clear as day and won't stand for it. I am not sure that I completely understand grounds for the claims being made by the FFRF either, and I would be in disbelief if anything came of the suit. I mean, if they can sue the program for being "interlaced with religion" it seems like there would be grounds to sue Clemson for wearing the color orange and for excessive spelling of "C-L-E-M-S-O-N" at their home games-- it seems to me like religion is a cultural identity for the school and the region as a whole. This is a case that probably should not make it to court (unless others besides the FFRF feel it's justified and worthy of a case) and while I could easily write a few more pages about it, I will save my own opinion for a better suited place*. Feel free to debate in the comments below, however.

Daily Debate: Does the FFRF have any case for suing the Tiger football team? What makes Clemson's habit of praying any different than that of any other team?

Thanks for reading and have a great Thursday!

*My opinions do not reflect the opinions or views of From The Rumble Seat or SB Nation. It may not be necessary to include a disclaimer in this situation, but I wanted to make sure that was clear.

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