You’ve got to feel for Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner, whose first ever ACC game — a matchup with a top-10 UNC team at McCamish Pavilion — tips off exactly one hour after Tech’s bowl game against Kentucky. North Carolina’s pedigree will draw a fair number of fans, but I fear that the vast majority of them will be of the Tar Heel variety — unless Pastner’s team can rattle off a few big wins in the coming weeks, of course. It’s unfortunate that the game is locked into its spot given that quite a few more Tech fans would likely be able to watch if it were later, but it is what it is. Time to see how the fan base prioritizes!
Among the many storylines for Tech’s upcoming road trip to Florida is the fact that a game in Jacksonville is a homecoming experience for many of Tech’s best players. That northern Florida pipeline has been very fruitful for Tech over the past few years, yielding the likes of Antonio Simmons, Step Durham, and others, with the promise of more to come. Hopefully Tech will give each of them a very generous ticket allotment to play with — I’m sure there are plenty of folks lined up to see their hometown products play. That AJC article also talks about ticket prices, which I’ll get to momentarily...
If you are looking for tickets to the game, you can purchase them from one of many sources on the primary and secondary markets. Here’s a look at the cheapest options from each:
- $57 each from the TaxSlayer Bowl itself
- $37 each from StubHub
- $85 from Georgia Tech (including a $40 deal for students)
- $36 from VividSeats
Ticket prices on the secondary market have dropped significantly from about $50 prior to the announcement, but that’s nothing compared to what has happened to Cotton Bowl tickets for Wisconsin’s matchup with Western Michigan: you can currently get in for just $6. Yikes.
Former Georgia Tech cornerback Lou Young has quietly been one of the most successful members of the class of 2013, holding down a spot on the Carolina Panthers’ roster following a rash of injuries this season. Originally an undrafted free agent signing of the Broncos, Young was released by Denver back in 2014 before signing with the practice squad of the Baltimore Ravens and then the Jacksonville Jaguars. That gig also ended relatively quickly, and Young made his way to Charlotte, signing with the Panthers for the first of seven times over the last two years. That’s right, Lou Young has been cut or released and resigned by Carolina seven times so far. Congratulations to him on showing such perseverance and especially for embracing his newest job — becoming a father.