Georgia Tech baseball will play a huge series this weekend when they make their way up to Blacksburg for a three game set with the Hokies. The Jackets currently stand at 19-10 on the season but own an underwhelming 5-7 conference record so far, largely as a result of inconsistent offense. They have lost 4 straight ACC games and 5 of 6 after a hot start to the conference slates, winning their first couple of series. On the other side of the diamond, Virginia Tech hasn't quite been a model of consistency themselves -- the Hokies stand at 16-14 (6-6 ACC), having swept No. 1 Virginia but lost 6 of 9 of their other conference games.
Former Georgia Tech B-Backs Zach Laskey and Synjyn Days, two of the most productive rushers ever under Paul Johnson, could be great fits for the offense of the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick is a firm and non-apologetic user of the platoon system when it comes to running backs, and it has obviously worked out for him so far. He has become a magician of sorts, taking little-known backs and making them into productive and efficient pieces of his offense. Both Days and Laskey, each renowned for great work ethic and toughness, seem to be great fits. While it isn't likely that both will be Patriots this time next season, I wouldn't doubt at least one of them getting a shot up in New England or elsewhere -- each are more than deserving of the opportunity.
ESPN recently caught up with coach Paul Johnson for a quick interview about the spring and his expectations for the season. He is always good for a great interview, but what he has to say is especially interesting when he obviously thinks that a questions is utterly stupid. I really love his quote about the defense when asked about what can be expected from it this season.
I don't think anybody will mistake them for the Steel Curtain.
You do you, CPJ. Just keepin' it real.
CBS Sports recently ranked the Top 25 coaches in all of college football, and the list featured four ACC coaches. None of these coaches, as it would happen, are Paul Johnson, the leader of the 11-3 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Instead, they decided that Dabo Swinney, Bobby Petrino, Frank Beamer, and Jimbo Fisher were all better than CPJ at coaching. Some notable snubs in my mind (besides Paul Johnson) include Marshall's Doc Holliday and UNC's Larry Fedora. I mean, come on. Fedora has led UNC to four straight preseason ACC Championships. What more could you want?
Is Paul Johnson a top 25 coach? On a scale of 1 to 10, how little does Paul Johnson care about his ranking on this list? Negative infinity is also an acceptable answer.
Have a great weekend!