Mike Bobinski has reportedly zeroed in on a potential replacement for Brian Gregory, supposedly preparing to offer Duke assistant Jeff Capel the head job in Atlanta. Capel, who served as the head coach at both VCU and Oklahoma prior to his stint under Coach K at Duke, is thought by many to be the heir apparent in Durham. That alone makes him a very compelling head coaching candidate, although it also means that accepting the Tech job could be nothing more than a step towards replacing Krzyzewski at his Alma mater a few years down the road. Critics point to the struggles undergone by his Sooner teams prior to his firing in Norman, but the bottom line is that a guy good enough to replace the best coach in college basketball history is unarguably good enough to take over at Tech. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but you couldn't fault Bobinski for going in this direction if he chooses to do so.
Regardless of who ends up with the job, rest assured that he will be the candidate best-suited to revitalize a tired, run-down program with some fresh energy and excitement. There is a plethora of potential candidates who fit that bill, but the highest-tier names are starting to evaporate before our eyes. Between receiving extensions or simply removing their names from contention, everyone from Mark Price to USC's Andy Enfield to Xavier's Chris Mack has reaffirmed a commitment to his respective school. That isn't to say that we are in any type of trouble at the moment, just that big names are disappearing rather quickly from the coaching carousel. Hopefully Bobinski elects to move quickly and secure the best-possible candidate before someone else does.
Lost in the chaos of the coaching change is Tech baseball's phenomenal series win versus No. 3 UNC over the weekend up in Chapel Hill. The Jackets claimed two of three from an absurdly talented Carolina team, winning 3-2 in the first game and 6-0 in the rubber match of an Easter-altered weekend series. The team is now 18-5 overall and has won six of seven stretching back to last weekend's sweep of Virginia Tech in Atlanta. If all goes well, the Jackets have a shot at doing some serious damage to the upcoming portion of the schedule -- they play two winnable ACC series with Duke and Pitt along with some midweek games versus Mercer, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, and Georgia before a tough matchup with NC State. The pair of wins allowed Tech to creep into the top 25 of all six NCAA baseball polls for the first time all year.
In football news, Georgia Tech will look to open a new chapter during this year's spring practice, ideally leaving behind the mediocrity of the 2015 season in favor of greater success in 2016. The most frustrating part about the current arrangement of Tech's roster is that the defense and offense are constantly a year out of sync. We saw it when the offense broke NCAA records in 2014 but were forced to rely on a subpar defense and then experienced the inverse last season, when a terribly inept offense prohibited a talented defense from reaching its ceiling. This season figures to be much like 2014 was: all offense with a (hopefully) serviceable defense. I'm not even going to lie, losing the entire secondary from last year is utterly terrifying. That was the strength of the defense for years and really kept Tech afloat versus a talented crop of ACC quarterbacks.
Would you be content with the hiring of Jeff Capel?