Georgia Tech baseball absolutely crushed and destroyed in-state rival Georgia Southern on Tuesday night by a final score of 22-6 at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Jackets had by far their best offensive performance of the season and perhaps their best in recent memory, hitting 3 homeruns and compiling 20 hits against a very solid Eagles team. After jumping out to an early 1-0 lead in the first, Georgia Southern apparently got way too comfortable because they would go on to be outscored 22-5 for the rest of the game. The Jackets, who came just 6 runs shy of tying the point total from the basketball team's loss to UVA, improve to 12-4 on the season and completed a season sweep of the Eagles for the first time since 2010.
Although the general consensus is that Brian Gregory's time at Georgia Tech has come to an end, there is still a small faction of the fanbase which sees some benefits to retaining the would be fifth-year coach for another season. The vast majority of the arguments brought forth in the article stem from a financial perspective as opposed to any real feeling that Gregory deserves another shot, but they are valid points nonetheless. It is totally understandable that Mike Bobinski wouldn't want to pay three coaches at one time (Paul Hewitt, Brian Gregory, and a new coach), but it's hard to argue that the program is going in the right direction right now. Every season spent in the bottom of the standings is a season with less revenue and a less energized fanbase. The time to make a change is now.
The AJC's Ken Sugiura has three takeaways from Georgia Tech's season-ending loss at the hands of Boston College on Tuesday to deepen your understanding of how a basketball team can choke so hard. Ken's first thought is on just how quickly Tech managed to blow a 6-point lead with only 90 seconds to go. That, I must admit, was an amazing feat to say the least. The beauty of college basketball is that there usually isn't enough time to blow that kind of cushion that quickly. It speaks volumes about either luck or coaching, but I still can't decide which one I'd prefer.
I'll leave you today with this interesting piece on Atlanta Hawks organist Foster Carson, better known as Sir Foster. I know that this isn't relevant to college sports at all, but anyone who has ever watched a Hawks game and wondered who was killing it on the organ should definitely give it a read. Foster's stardom has grown so quickly all across social media that I'm confident in saying that he, an in-stadium organist, is more recognizable to many fans both inside and outside of Atlanta than certain depth players for the team itself. He does a great job every night and it's a pleasure to hear him come up with creative songs to play for different players.
Would there be any upside to keeping Brian Gregory around aside from financial reasons?
Have a great Thursday!