With the regular season having concluded in a disappointing sweep at the hands of Miami, Tech baseball can now turn its attention towards a first round ACC Tournament matchup against UVA. Weekends don't get much worse than the one Tech had down in Coral Gables -- the Jackets were outscored by a total margin of 42-5 in just three games -- but the team needs to get back on track in a hurry. If getting shut out in the first game and allowing 22 runs in the second game becomes any kind of trend, we are dead before competition even begins. There is no room for error in conference tournament play, especially against a solid team like Virginia.
Kickoff times for Tech's first two football games of the season were released over the weekend. It appears that we finally got another home night game on a Thursday night, but unfortunately it will be the home opener against Alcorn St. of the FCS -- kickoff is set for 7:30. I honestly don't understand why this game is a Thursday night game in the first place, but I'm not one to complain about too much time spent watching football during the week. The other game time which was released is the second game of the year against Tulane, which will begin at 3:30.
News broke last week that Georgia Tech would be the odd man out of the ACC-B1G Challenge, the annual competition between the two conferences for college basketball bragging rights. The reasons for the decision as explained by Ken Sugiura honestly make a lot of sense, even though the Jackets have won two straight versus the Big 10 -- they beat Northwestern last season and Illinois the year before. The good news is that this likely means that Tech will be in the challenge for years down the road, when the program will presumably be in better shape and in a position where strength of schedule actually matters. At this moment, all that matters are wins.
The biggest news that broke over the weekend was that guard Chris Bolden, who had been suspended indefinitely by Brian Gregory during the season, will graduate and transfer for his senior season. This is hardly a surprise -- his Tech career seemed to be over from the time he faced his second suspension as a Yellow Jacket -- but I wish we had known a bit sooner while some more transfers were still on the market. Bolden's departure will also help clear out the logjam at shooting guard generated by the presence of Adam Smith and his own cousin, Tadric Jackson. See the FTRS breakdown here.
What does impact Chris Bolden's decision to transfer have on the upcoming season?
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