Georgia Tech's coaching search has shirfted from the Midwest to the West Coast as Mike Bobinski has reportedly begun zeroing on in current Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin. Martin, the former head coach at Tennessee, would be a great hire for Tech, particularly when you consider how the search has played out so far. He's an excellent recruiter -- he did pull Atlanta's five-star Jaylen Brown out from under us last year, after all -- and he has been very successful at Cal in just a couple of years. Martin very well could be the mystery man that the AJC's Ken Sugiura remarked on yesterday considering his status as a high-major coach in the Pac-12 and his current contract status, or lack thereof: Martin is currently still coaching on his original offer sheet.
Oh, and speaking of the potential hiring of Cuonzo Martin...
If Cal's Cuonzo Martin goes to Ga Tech, I'd wager he'll try to poach Arizona commit Kobi Simmons, maybe Terrance Ferguson, too. Big ifs.— Greg Hansen (@ghansen711) April 6, 2016
I'd be on board with that. Simmons is a five-star recruit -- likely a one-and-done -- out of St. Francis High School in Alpharetta and Ferguson is a five-star from Dallas. I'm not sure why Greg Hansen mentioned those two guys specifically, but grabbing both of them AND Martin himself would be an amazing coup.
A very successful 2015 season has heightened expectations for rising sophomore linebacker Brant Mitchell, who quickly evolved from low-rated three-star prospect into a backbone of Tech's defense last season. At this moment, there are two truths about Georgia Tech's 2016 defensive unit: (1) it could be spotty and (2) it would be a whole lot spottier had Mitchell not emerged as a successful starter. It is undeniable that after he and P.J. Davis, the talent at the linebacker position drops off significantly. It remains possible that a surprise guy like Vic Alexander or Emmanuel Bridges could emerge as a viable starter, but a combination of Davis and Mitchell in Ted Roof's 4-2-5 scheme seems like the most formidable option at this point.
Tech baseball improved to a perfect 6-0 versus Georgia teams last night with a tight 4-2 victory over Kennesaw State, the team's second win over the Owls so far this season. A first inning two-run shot from sophomore Kel Johnson was enough to carry the Jackets for a few innings until KSU managed to tie the game, but a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth provided enough of a cushion for closer-turn-starter-turn-closer Zac Ryan to come in and shut the door. There will be no rest for the weary this time around; the Jackets will have a quick turnaround once again as they are forced to head north to Pittsburgh for a three-game set with the Panthers before the schedule toughens up once again.
How do you feel about Cuonzo Martin?