Georgia Tech baseball just couldn't close out a series win against No. 4 Miami, falling by a final score of 17-6 to the Canes in the rubber match. Tech squandered the 1-0 series lead that the team enjoyed following Saturday's game, dropping the final two games by a combined score of 29-8 after the initial 12-1 victory. Outside of ace Brandon Gold, Tech's starting staff -- and the pitching staff as a whole, to be perfectly candid -- left a lot to be desired during the weekend set. Miami is unquestionably one of the most talented teams in the entire country, but allowing 29 runs over two games regardless of the opponent is not acceptable for an ACC team with high postseason aspirations. If Tech still hopes to host a regional series, this weekend's series with UVA just became a must-win in addition to next weekend's Boston College series.
It appears that Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner's willingness to address his own weaknesses has become something of a new trend -- the AJC's Ken Sugiura is now the latest reporter to comment on Pastner's introspective comments regarding his need for improvement as a coach. I said it last week and I'll say it again this week: I really like that Pastner is willing to admit his shortcomings. I can't say for sure, but it certainly seems like that's at least part of what makes him such an effective recruiter. People love authenticity, and it doesn't get more authentic than speaking to your own weaknesses. It really seems like an asset even on the court; willingness to accept shortcoming should almost certainly lead to increased results over what we saw during the Pastner era at Memphis. If he truly recognizes those flaws and is willing to correct them, then I can't wait to see how this hiring turns out.
Penn State's infamous child molestation scandal weaseled its way back among the headlines late last week when it was revealed that disgraced Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno allegedly had knowledge of illegal activity perpetrated by Jerry Sandusky from as far back as 1976. If this information is true -- and all indications are that it is -- then I can't see how Penn State got off so easily. Sandusky is a man who was employed by Penn State and is now imprisoned on 45 counts of sexual abuse. If Joe Paterno truly had this much prior knowledge regarding Sandusky's actions, then every game he ever touched should be vacated without a second thought with no chance of reinstatement. There is absolutely no argument against that. This whole situation is just awful.