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Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Because bat boys just don't get the job done anymore.

Robert Carter is drawing more and more interest from prospective colleges-- dozens have inquired about his services since he announced his transfer from Tech a few weeks ago. From the looks of it, Carter could very well end up at a school besides those that seemed likely early on (Maryland, St. John's, South Carolina), some of which are projected to be serious competitors in the NCAA Tournament in the coming years. I personally would be surprised if Carter decided to transfer to a powerhouse school like Kansas, only because they have such stockpiles of talent that even a player of Carter's caliber would not be guaranteed a starting role-- a middle-tier team seems most likely to me. It would give him playing time and a chance to win more than he did at Tech.

You know it's been a slow news day when the only other Georgia Tech link I can find is about golf. Tech golf fell in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals to the Oklahoma State Cowboys (a team we should play in football and basketball) on Tuesday, prematurely ending the Jackets' season one round shy of a championship appearance. Had Tech won the championshp, it would have marked the seventh tournament victory by the Jackets under coach Bruce Heppler and the first NCAA Championship in school history.

The results are in, and NC State's Carlos Rodon is your 2014 most abused pitcher in the ACC. Rodon, who is considered to be one of the top pitchers in the upcoming MLB Draft, averaged 113 pitches per start this season, tops in the ACC, and finished the season with a 6-7 record despite finishing with a 2.01 ERA and 117 strikeouts. To put that into perspective, Matt Grimes finished with an ERA of 4.02 and still finished the season  with a 5-3 record. That's just Braves-esque lack of run support. (Julio Teheran has a 1.77 ERA and a 4-3 record? Get it together, ATL!)

Just in case you didn't get to watch the ACC Tournament last weekend, take a look at this video of perhaps the greatest idea ever-- bat dogs. Who needs a little kid running to pick up the bats every time when you can have a black lab named LouLou Gehrig do it instead? Hey, look! The dog in that video looks more comfortable with a bat than BJ Upton! (feel free to say "OOOOH" in the comments) It is only a matter of time before Red Lightning is replaced with a poodle.

Daily Debate: Who was the most "abused" pitcher on the Georgia Tech staff this season?

How long do I have before Joey replaced me with this guy? I bet he sends much fewer interrogatory emails and would probably fare better in a 1-on-1 debate with Packerman than I do.

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