Monday is gone and that is all that matters now, so enjoy your daily links from around The Flats and the nation!
Just in case you were too distracted by the wonderful, attendance-based attacks on the fan base over the weekend to notice, you may be interested that some of the top basketball recruits in the state of Georgia are continuing to commit, decommit, and change their loyalties as we draw nearer and nearer to the new season. Georgia Tech has been relatively unaffected by the fickle nature of said recruits (as in no one has left the team before arrival), but there is a possibility that they could benefit-- a number of their top targets are now "free agents" so to speak, although it's a long shot to anticipate any of them joining the Jackets. But hey, what kind of Georgia Tech fans would we be if we gave up hope for our teams... oh, we already have? Moving on then..
One person who no one should ever give up on is Matt Kuchar, who won yet another tournament on Sunday, and in stylish fashion. Kuchar, who erased a four stroke deficit to come back and win the RBC Heritage tournament, defeated Luke Donald by a one stroke margin and took home the equivalent of an average Georgia Tech graduate's annual salary, $1,044,000. (Okay, the real average is $58,000 for a starting level job with a Tech degree and $43,000 with a uga degree [heehee], but you get the point.) Kuchar ultimately won the tournament on a fantastic shot from the bunker at18 to steal the win from Luke Donald, and it is definitely worth your time to check out the shot for yourself via the link above. The win gave KOOOCH his 7th career PGA Tour victory and he finished at -11 for the weekend.
Apparently some sad and confused soul somewhere out there decided that Calvin Johnson was a better prospect at tight end then at wide out because he was too slow coming out of high school. Whoever this scout was should feel terrible about himself right now because duh-- whatever Megatron lacks in speed (he doesn't lack much) he makes up for in sheer strength and general awesomeness. Seriously, doubt Peyton Manning, doubt Tom Brady, doubt anyone but CJ. The article above does have quite a few interesting accounts of seeing prospects-turn-stars through the eyes of a scout and it is certainly a good read, if not for the mention of CJ then for the other good insight into some current prospects (Leonard Fournette, etc.) as well.
Following the resignation of former coach Tonya Johnson, the Georgia Tech volleyball team has begun to rebuild their coaching staff with the additions of Marcela Oliveira and Taylor McColskey as assistant coaches. This is the part where I like to add in some of my personal insight and statistics (I looove statistics), but I honestly am not even going to pretend like I am a credible source for anything volleyball related. The best I can tell you is that the Jackets seemed to have a lot of success under Johnson (50-50 in the ACC, 85-72 overall) and she coached 10 All-ACC selections in her time at Tech. (I was really not trying to sound naive or lazy by saying that, I just know literally nothing about volleyball. If you do, please comment about it!)
Georgia Tech's biggest commitment this off-season undoubtedly came in the form of 4-star shooting guard Tadric Jackson, and he shows us all why in the video below. If you don't get excited seeing a guy who will soon be wearing a Tech uniform win a dunk contest then I don't know what's wrong with you. I sure am thrilled to have him.
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DON'T FORGET: Beesball plays two important games this week against Mercer (today, Tuesday 4/21/14) and versus Kennesaw State tomorrow (Wednesday, 4/22/14). The Mercer game will be played in Macon, so make it if you can, but the KSU game is right here at the Rusty C, so you have no excuse not to be there if you live in Atlanta.
Before I say goodbye, I just want to point out how much I enjoy the back-and-forth talk that goes on in the comment section, so I am going to try to pose a question every day from now on to be our daily topic of debate. Today, you all get to argue about:
What does Brian Gregory need to do this season to keep his job? If he does lose his job, who are the lead candidates to replace him?
Thanks for reading and have a great Tuesday!