The onslaught of good news for Georgia Tech athletics continues this week with Daniel Spingola's decision to stay with the Tech baseball team for his senior season, foregoing a professional contract for one more year. His decision to return to the Flats makes him the only drafted Yellow Jacket not to pursue a professional career immediately; underclassmen Josh Heddinger, Sam Clay, and Matthew Grimes all signed minor league contracts. It probably made the most sense for Spingola to return to Tech from a baseball perspective -- the Cubs have an influx of talented hitters in the minor league, many of whom are outfielders, that would create a logjam for Spingola to navigate. Not to mention that the Cubs are just so... Cubs. They haven't made too many good decisions lately themselves as far as talent goes.
With summer league winding down it would appear that former Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller will need to find an overseas gig before landing on an NBA roster any time soon. Miller, who appeared in just 3 games, averaged 2.0 points, .3 rebounds, and .3 assists in 7.0 minutes per game for the Wizards -- hardly a fair sample size for a guy with tremendous upside like Miller. I guess being a premier center in the ACC doesn't get you as far as it used to. Speaking of summer league, former Yellow Jacket (disgraced Yellow Jacket?) Glen Rice, Jr. is leading the entire field in scoring at 25.2 points per game. At least that proves he's spent more time shooting basketballs instead of guns.
As you may have heard, the ACC Kickoff went down recently in Greensboro. Your 2014 Georgia Tech representatives were Quayshawn Nealy, Shaq Mason, and CPJ, who each spent some time answering questions for the media and spreading the word about Yellow Jacket football for the upcoming season. Check out the video below for some players' insight on the season:
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And let it be known that I'm not alone in mixing up Isaiah Johnson and Isaiah Thomas (it has happened). If even his teammate does it, I get infinite free passes. Also feel free to check out this hilarious tweet that pretty much sums up the not-at-all-bandwagon SEC fans:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/acckickoff?src=hash">#acckickoff</a>, where a few misguided bama fans are hoping for a glimpse of nick saban.</p>— Ken Sugiura (@ksugiuraajc) <a href="https://twitter.com/ksugiuraajc/statuses/490930604247351296">July 20, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Oooh, look! Some discussion about autonomy in the NCAA! I feel like the NCAA is becoming more and more like country each day. They have their not-so-happy members, all separate entities trying to exist under one governing body and each threatening to go ahead and balkanize. All I'm saying is that there was a point at which everyone forgot that all this arguing is over throwing a ball at a college; it shouldn't be this complicated and everyone shouldn't be this demanding.
Should the autonomy vote pass or not? What would be benefits/downfalls to the concept of autonomy among the conferences.
Note: Thanks a lot to Grant for filling in for me while I was on a mission tr-- I mean community service trip. I will probably do a fanpost at some point about it because we did some pretty cool stuff down in Aly-bama.