This terrible losing streak which has all but claimed the 2014 season for Georgia Tech basketball may just have claimed the job of head coach Brian Gregory as well. Gregory, who is currently in his fourth season on the Flats, has struggled to put a consistent team on the court ever since his hiring at Tech and is starting to feel pressure from Mike Bobinski and the Georgia Tech fanbase. While it is not our place to decide whether or not CBG is a lame duck head coach right now, the signs are beginning to point to yes in terms of an early exit from Georgia Tech -- the Jackets are off to a historically bad 0-7 start in the ACC and it only figures to get uglier from here.
While the season may be over in terms of a possible postseason berth, the Jackets will still have a great opportunity to play spoiler for a number of very good teams in the conference over the course of the next few weeks. The first team that Tech will look to upset is No. 23 Miami -- the Jackets and Hurricanes will face off tonight in Coral Gables for what should be an interesting evening of basketball. If you recall, the last time Tech traveled to Miami was when Brian Gregory picked up his biggest win ever as the coach at Georgia Tech -- his team upset the then sixth-ranked Hurricanes on a buzzer-beating tip in by Marcus Georges-Hunt. Maybe some of that magic will carry over for the Jackets as they seek their first conference win of the season.
Georgia Tech's defensive line play in 2014 left a lot to be desired for a lot of fans. The Jackets were ripped apart by dual-threat quarterbacks (Marquise Williams, *shudders*), and struggled to generate pressure and stop the run. To call it the one position that needs improvement is a vast understatement -- the unit was a weak point of what was an otherwise fantastic team. That said, I'm completely confident in the DL's ability to bounce back in 2015, even to the point that it could be a strength of the team. Jabari Hunt-Days should be back along with Adam Gotsis and the pass-rush should be much improved with Kenderius Whitehead and KeShun Freeman.
Everyone knows that Paul Johnson's teams constantly exceed expectations, but now there are some cold, hard facts to support that assertion -- CPJ's teams over the last 10 seasons have overachieved more than the teams of all but 18 other coaches in the entire nation. It is interesting that current Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof has the second-to-worst number over the past 10 seasons at -1.14 average difference per season. It is also worth noting that Paul Johnson and Frank Beamer are the only two coaches in the Coastal with positive numbers.
Is Brian Gregory a lame duck coach? Will Georgia Tech's defensive line bounce back?
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