Georgia Tech baseball will kick off a critical series tonight when the No. 15 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers come to town for a three-game swing at Russ Chandler Stadium. I'm not entirely sure when this series was scheduled, but I somehow doubt that Mike Bobinski and company were expecting the Chanticleers to be a top-15 team by this time of year. Of course, I could be wrong -- a three-game set with a top-tier out of conference opponent would look great to the selection committee, particularly if the Jackets can manage to sweep or win the series outright. A hideous loss in the second installment of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate has the Jackets sitting in a precarious position, just 13 games above .500 at 27-14 on the year. If Tech hopes to prove anything by the end of the year, it really needs to start this weekend.
Newly-minted Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner is reportedly considering Miller Grove coach Sharman White for his new coaching staff at Tech, writes the AJC. White, one of the most successful high school coaches in the state of Georgia if not the entire country, has won seven of the past eight state championships. He, in my mind, would be an absolutely phenomenal hire for coach Pastner from both a recruiting and strategic standpoint. It could be risky, but risk is clearly something that both Mike Bobinski, the man who hired a coach straight out of hot water, and Josh Pastner, the man who left a buyout worth over $10 million behind, are abundantly comfortable with. I'm all for it.
All was quiet during the pre-draft festivities early yesterday evening up until a video of potential top pick Laremy Tunsil smoking marijuana appeared on his Twitter account. Tunsil, who deleted the Tweet and his entire account, took full ownership of the incident, which appeared to be some type of blackmail by someone. Shortly thereafter, the mysterious poster took to Instagram, where he posted an extremely incriminating series of text messages shared between Tunsil and an Ole Miss staffer who had apparently been arranging payment to Tunsil's family during his time in Oxford.
Tunsil just denied an exchange of money between him and his coach. Then, asked again, said it happened. Then interrupted, ushered off stage.— Joan Niesen (@JoanNiesen) April 29, 2016
It would only go downhill from there, with Tunsil explicitly admitting that he took money from the Ole Miss coaching staff during his college years:
Laremy Tunsil asked if he took money from a coach. "I'd have to say yeah."— Hugh Kellenberger (@HKellenbergerCL) April 29, 2016
In case you're wondering, Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze was in attendance at the draft. I can only imagine what an awkward time he had from that moment on. You can take a look at the text messages below:
Yikes. Dare I suggest that coach Freeze call up a certain UNC basketball coach for advice on how not to take responsibility? Yes. Yes I do.