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Technical Tidbits 5/21

In which the Jackets say goodbye to the Demon Deacons and Austin Peay says goodbye to about a fifth of its football field.

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Former Georgia Tech OLB Jerry Attaochu (RIP Jeremiah) signed a four year contract with the San Diego Chargers worth an estimated 4-5 million dollars. Attaochu was selected with the 50th overall pick of the draft by the Chargers back in early May and is expected to compete for a starting job (or at least a large number of snaps) in training camp. He attended the Charger's rookie mini camp last week where he wore #97 for his new team.

The Jackets won their play in game versus the Wake Forest Demon Deacons yesterday, clinching a spot in Pool A of the ACC Tournament. The Jackets rode a five-run second inning to a 5-3 victory over the Deacs, finalized by a long save from Dusty Isaacs. The win punches the Jackets' ticket to a meeting with the Miami Hurricanes today. The Canes are one of the hottest teams in the entire NCAA right now, wrapping up the season with 28 wins and just 3 losses since their series loss against the Cavaliers in late March. The Jackets went 2-1 versus the Canes in the regular season with a series win down in Coral Gables.

massive sinkhole opened up on the football field at Austin Peay yesterday, taking out an area that looked like it spanned from the end zone to about the ten yard line on the right side of the field. The cause is thought to be a gradual buildup of groundwater underneath the field, and the university should have the hole filled in plenty of time for the start of the season. This is what I imagined when I first heard the story, but thankfully no one was injured. Kudos to APSU for having sinkhole remediation built into their budget. I hope Tech has some sort of insurance like that in place for when The Walking Dead happens down here in Atlanta.

They call him John Swofford, trailblazer. The ACC will begin to experiment with a 30-second shot clock during their exhibition games beginning this season to see how a shortened shot clock would impact the tempo of games. The NCAA has come under some criticism lately for not looking into a shortened shot clock in order to increase both fan interest and scoring. The current shot clock format makes it very hard for a team without an electric offense to mount any type of comeback like you would see in the NBA within the final few minutes, and it also apparently forces teams like Tech to have stagnant offenses. Yeah, let's make the shot clock the new scapegoat for our offensive woes, shall we?

Daily Debate: How should the NCAA shot clock be configured? Stick with the current 35 second version or cut it down to 30? Maybe even 24? What type of impact would a change have on the current offense and defense being run by Brian Gregory?