Georgia Tech baseball will make the trip up to Durham for their first series of the ACC season away from Russ Chandler Stadium when they take on Duke this weekend. The Jackets (12-4) and Blue Devils (13-3) last met for a series almost a year ago when Tech got the three game sweep in Atlanta. Tech will hopefully have some good offensive momentum still in tact from their 22-run explosion against Georgia Southern on Tuesday night, but the offense overall has been a bit streaky for Tech -- the Jackets have scored 10 or more runs in 5 games but have also scored 4 or fewer on 5 occasions as well.
The 2014 basketball season was an unmitigated disaster for Georgia Tech. At this point, saying so accomplishes nothing more than giving us all something to talk about. I doubt that many people had high expectations for this team at the beginning of the season, but I have equally high doubts about people anticipating this much of a disaster. That said, could there have been warning signs during the season that would've forewarned us of the coming carnage? For me, the biggest red flag this season was the loss to USC Upstate; it marked a turning point in the season and the beginning of a slump that Tech would never overcome. I think that we all downplayed the embarrassment of this loss, in part because it was such an obscure opponent and in part because Michigan lost to NJIT on the same day. The simple truth, though, is that I lost a lot of faith after Tech fell to the Spartans. It was the first truly ugly loss for a season which would hold so many.
Sporting News writer Matt Hayes is a part of a growing faction of college football fans who believe that the prestigious Heisman Trophy should be awarded at the end of the season, including the playoffs, rather than at the end of just the regular season. Ideally, this would give players a better opportunity to prove that they are the best in the nation -- a 12-game regular season is a small sample size, especially with injuries factored in. Adding in another bowl game or a playoff run would obviously not have a big impact on this, but it would still provide players with more opportunity to prove their worth. I'm personally not in favor of this because guys like Ezekiel Elliott who have non-Heisman worthy regular seasons and fantastic postseasons would get way too much hype and recognition. The Heisman Trophy needs to go to the best player, not the best player on the best team, and awarding it at the end of the playoff would change that too much.
I'll leave you today with the story of St. Francis College in Brooklyn, one of only five schools to never make an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Terriers were just three heartbreaking points away from making school history this season, but couldn't pull out a win against Robert Morris in their conference championship. The drought will stay alive for St. Francis, at least for another season.
Should the Heisman Trophy be awarded at the end of the playoff?
Have a great weekend!