Georgia Tech basketball improved to 8-3 on the season yesterday with a 75-62 victory over Southeastern Louisiana at McCamish Pavilion. Charles Mitchell, who saw his production tank during Tech's ugly loss to Georgia last week, got back to his usual consistent production, adding in 14 points and 15 rebounds. Graduate transfer guard Adam Smith was able to carry over his hot shooting from last game, contributing 16 points, while James White had a double-double of his own. A win over SELA is nothing to write home about -- the Lions came into the game at 2-9 -- but the fact that Tech is yet to give up on the season is encouraging. Wins are about to be hard to come by and beating the SELAs of the world is the only way to make something of the season.
A number of former Yellow Jackets great showing for their respective NFL teams this weekend, headlined by Demaryius Thomas' two-score performance for the Broncos and Jeremiah Attaochu's sack for the Chargers. Attaochu's game in particular is one of the most notable -- the 2013 Tech alumnus made eight tackles and sacked Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in what was likely the final NFL game in San Diego. Reports are now indicating that Attaochu's Chargers will be moving to Los Angeles after the season ends, effectively ending the Los Angeles-San Diego-St. Louis debate which has plagued the league all season.
This has been a huge offseason in terms of coaching changes, particularly in the ACC. The sun has set on the eras of Frank Beamer and others while the days of Richt and Mendenhall are just beginning. In fact, I'd venture to say that each of the hires made within the ACC have been exceptional, at least on paper, and the folks over at CBS Sports agree. The four newest additions to the ACC coaching family -- Mark Richt, Bronco Mendenhall, Justin Fuente, and Gino Babers -- all received exceptionally high marks from the author. Miami and Virginia Tech were actually the only two coaches on the list to receive "A+" scores, a great indication of the sky-high expectations at those schools.
This is the time of year that we are accustomed to talking about Georgia Tech's upcoming bowl game and the fact that there isn't one this season is honesty just distressing to me. Instead of wallowing in sorrow, let's just watch last year's Orange Bowl highlights again. This year's Clemson vs. Oklahoma matchup won't hold a candle to it!