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In which Georgia Tech falls to Notre Dame in yet another sport.

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech suffered loss number six on the season Wednesday night, falling to Notre Dame by a final score of 72-64 in South Bend. Tech's three point shooting was as cold in this game as it had been hot before; the Jackets shot just a shade over 24% from the arc with many of the makes coming in garbage time. Falling to 1-3 in the ACC is certainly discouraging given the big upset over Virginia, but it is also important to remember that each of the three losses have come on the road to very talented teams. The schedule gets a bit more forgiving from here with a few more home games in the mix.

Georgia Tech has now made the hiring of assistant coach Ron West official. West, a former coach on Larry Fedora's North Carolina staff, should be very familiar with recruiting the Atlanta area. He also has some experience as a special teams coordinator, so seeing him help out with the special teams unit is not out of the question. West's primary responsibility will be improving offensive line alongside coach Mike Sewak, whose unit struggled mightily at times last season. He replaces former special teams coordinator Ray Rychleski, who was fired after two season on The Flats.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was named coach of the year yesterday following the conclusion of his team's phenomenal 14-1, runner-up season. Swinney, likely one of the most underrated coaches in the nation, has built a true national power at Clemson -- the Tigers return nearly every starter plus an exceptional recruiting class for next season. I would truthfully be quite shocked if any team but Clemson found a way to make it out of the ACC in 2016. Florida State should be much improved this year, but I see 2016 Clemson as being on the same level as the 2013 Florida State championship team was. It's going to be a juggernaut minus the crab legs.

What are your thoughts on Georgia Tech latest close loss? Are they piling up as a result of playing mainly on the road or was the Virginia game a fluke?