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In which we talk presidents and choking hazards.

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Georgia Tech defensive line coach Mike Pelton, who interviewed for the same position on Bob Stoops' staff at Oklahoma, will continue his career on the Flats as a part of Paul Johnson's staff for at least another season. Pelton was brought on board when Ted Roof was hired as defensive coordinator two seasons ago and has since proven himself to be a great asset to the staff as both a coach and a recruiter -- his unit last season did a fantastic job even in light of the talent lost due to the draft and slew of off-season dismissals. The future for the Tech defensive line is as bright as the past has been solid under Mike Pelton; the unit returns a number of starters and a great recruiting class will bolster it even further.

We've seen Tech collapse all season long in crunch time, especially in ACC play, but the AJC's Ken Sugiura decided to take a closer look at what exactly is going on with the Jackets in the final few minutes of regulation. The results are interesting to say the least -- Tech is actually outscoring the opposition by a narrow margin (419-417) during the first 35 minutes but is being outscored 74-55 in the last 5 minutes of each game. That is just inexplicable for the most part. You could chalk it up to bad luck (which Tech has experienced plenty of this season) or a lack of good coaching down the stretch; it's really just a matter of preference.

Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason may have been snubbed from the NFL Combine, but that doesn't mean that he isn't getting some serious attention from NFL teams. The fact that the official website of the Dallas Cowboys calls Mason the biggest snub of the entire season just goes to show how immeasurably stupid it was to leave him off the invite list to the biggest pre-draft event in all of sports. Shaq has earned the right to play at the next level and deserves the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of the nation. I just can't wrap my head around how you can leave an All-American guard with so much to prove off of the list.

In honor of President's Day, SB Nation did the logical thing and honored all of the presidents by assigning them each a school which best represents them. The results, as you may have guessed, were hilarious. I'm going to go ahead and assign UNC as Sarah Palin simply because neither one is ever going to happen even though people try to persuade me otherwise every single year. I might even call Georgia a JFK type simply because both die every single time before they get to where everyone expected them to go. As for Virginia Tech, I'm going to go with Mitt Romney simply because neither has ever won anything important.

Which president best represents the school of your choice?

Have a great Tuesday!