If you had told me at the beginning of the season that Paul Johnson would be in serious contention for ACC Coach of the Year two days after Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate, I'd have called you crazy. As fate would have it, however, our very own CPJ is in contention for the prestigious award along with Florida State's Jimbo Fisher; both coaches are more than deserving of the honor, but Paul Johnson does more with what he has than anyone. The results will already be out before the ACCCG, but a Georgia Tech win will all but cement Johnson's status as Coach of the Year. It would be the third time Paul Johnson has won the award since arriving at Tech in 2008, the most among all ACC Coaches in that time period and the most by any Tech head coach.
Just in case you aren't familiar with her work, Andrea Adelson is our new-ish ACC writer for ESPN, having stepped in for Dinich following her promotion/disappearance off the face of the earth. Regardless of how you feel about Adelson or ESPN in general, please give this post a read if you want to see an ESPN employee rip the nation for SEC bias. It is really a persuasive article and couldn't be more on-point in terms of SEC/ACC tensions. The most remarkable part to me is that she is able to write so in favor of the ACC despite graduating from Florida. It's a great article for sure.
The Georgia Tech ticket office has officially sold out of their allotted tickets for the ACC Championship against Florida State this Saturday. This is fantastic news and hopefully indicates that there will be a great turnout of Yellow Jackets for the game. It would be especially big for the program considering how tragic the ticket sales to the 2012 ACCCG game were -- bad turnouts like that ruin the public image of the entire fanbase. There have even been whispers in the comments about an FTRS tailgate somewhere, so book a hotel, buy a ticket, and make the short drive up to Charlotte to support Tech.
Georgia Tech was only able to move up four spots in the most recent AP Poll, coming in at No. 12 in the nation. Because you know, it totally makes sense for Tech to be better than the former No. 8 team and still not get into the top 10. Whatever. At least the AP Poll doesn't even matter now. The CFP polls will be released tonight, with the big playoff reveal coming this Sunday.
Who is your ACC Coach of the Year?
Have a great Tuesday!