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Technical Tidbits 12/30: A Belk Bowl to remember and new uniforms for all

Tech is going gold for tomorrow’s game against Kentucky.

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Mississippi State vs Georgia Tech Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech will continue its trend of breaking out new uniform combinations for bowl games, as the school has decided to roll out the solid gold jerseys for tomorrow’s matchup with Kentucky. Good for this year’s senior class for voting in a non-honeycomb uniform for their final game; the 2014 guys also got it right with the navy blue jerseys, but various other decisions have been suspect at best. If we’re lucky, Justin Thomas will feel just as good in the solid gold this season as he did in those navy tops versus Mississippi State a couple of years back. I could use a few broken ankles this weekend.

There are idiots and then there’s Arkansas tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, whose college career was cut short over the weekend when he shoplifted over $250 worth of clothing and accessories from Belk during his team’s $450 shopping spree provided by the Belk Bowl. He could have had every single one of the items he stole for free if he’d just payed using his gift card! It’s that simple! Instead, he was banned from postseason play and will likely see a hit to his draft stock after an unquestionably stupid decision. Sprinkle is currently the No. 7 tight end prospect by ESPN and the No. 11 prospect by CBS, projected to go anywhere from the third to fifth round. Despite that impending payday, he elected to steal from a Belk. It’s just mind-boggling.

It just doesn’t get any better than that. Or any worse, depending on your perspective and/or status as the head coach of the University of Arkansas.

Rooting for the Hokies is generally not a fun experience, but they did the conference proud yesterday night by defeating those Belk-robbing Razorbacks by a final score of 35-24 up in Charlotte. The truly amazing part is that Virginia Tech won by two scores after trailing 24-0 at halftime. For those of you keeping track at home, that’s an absurd 35 unanswered points in the second half against one of the better teams in the SEC this season. It’s hardly the first time we’ve seen Arkansas blow a lead — they lost a 24-7 advantage versus Missouri a few weeks back — but come on now. Yesterday was not the best day for Jerry Jones.