As if this past basketball season wasn't bad enough for Tech fans, the AJC's Ken Sugiura recently published a post detailing how the Jackets could have gotten Notre Dame's two-sport star Pat Connaughton, a star pitcher on the baseball team and a starting guard for the basketball team. As it happens, Danny Hall first found and recruited Connaughton, who wanted to play college basketball as well as baseball. Paul Hewitt, on the other hand, was not too keen on signing yet another shooting guard to his roster which already included Glen Rice, Jr, Jason Morris, and Brandon Reed. None of those three would play full careers for Tech.
Georgia Tech baseball will head up to Louisville this weekend for their fourth ACC series of the young season. The Jackets, who currently stand at 17-7 (5-4 ACC) will play three games against the No. 7 Cardinals (18-7, 8-1 ACC) over the weekend, hopefully stringing together three great offensive performances in a row en route to what would be a great series win. Tech will send its three strongest pitchers to the mound in Jonathan King, Cole Pitts, and Brandon Gold -- solid performances by each of them would be ideal as the Jackets continue to find a replacement for the injured Kel Johnson.
Safety Jamal Golden, one of the most critical pieces to the 2015 Georgia Tech defense, has been spending his offseason finding ways to improve his eyes and footwork in preparation for what will be a grueling schedule. Golden, a prolific kick returner and equally impressive defender, was among the most improved players on the whole team last season; hearing that he is still spending a lot of time further bettering himself is great news. He very well could be an anchor for one of the best defenses in recent Georgia Tech history this season.
It was revealed yesterday that legendary UNC head coach Dean Smith, who passed away just weeks ago, willed $200 to each former player that he coached while with the Tar Heels. It marks one final deed by the all-time great coach and is a testament to his high character and personality as well as to his loyalty to his players. Attached to each check was a note urging the players to "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith". There are thought to be over 180 such letters sent to various players across the country.
What predictions do you have for Georgia Tech's series with Louisville?
Have a great weekend!