Georgia Tech baseball will play a fifth consecutive series versus a top-25 opponent this weekend when the team makes the voyage north to Charlottesville for a three-game set with No. 16 Virginia. Tech's hopes of hosting a regional in Atlanta have grown slimmer by the day, but a clean sweep or potentially even a series win could help out quite a bit with the team's national perception as we near decision time. After all, the Jackets tout the No. 19 RPI ranking in the entire country, a figure which would almost certainly rise significantly with a series win on the road against RPI No. 16 Virginia. The conference-leading offense will almost certainly be there for Tech, but whether or not the starting staff can hold it together long enough to get to the very effective back end of Tech's bullpen remains to be seen. Any success on that front will start with Brandon Gold tonight.
Speaking of the upcoming NCAA Baseball Tournament, Baseball America recently took a crack at projecting the entire 64-team field well in advance of selection time. I'm all for a challenge, but a trip visit No. 1 Florida in the Gainesville Regional is hardly an ideal choice for the Jackets, a projected No. 2 seed in this scenario. The simply truth is that any team would be hard-pressed to keep the Gators out of the College World Series -- they are simply loaded with talent. When you consider that the top of the Florida rotation features ace A.J. Puk, the top-rated MLB Draft prospect in the country (and future Brave, ideally), the prospects of winning decrease even more; you'd have to figure that the Gators would pitch him early and often. I feel comfortable with Tech's chances anywhere. Anywhere but Gainesville and potentially Coral Gables, that is.
New developments in the Laremy Tunsil improper benefits scandal (which hasn't been given a clever little "-gate" name so far) have led Ole Miss to officially recognize that the text messages apparently exchanged between Tunsil and members of the school's coaching staff are real. There's now talk of Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze being deposed, though members of his personal legal team would (obviously) rather that not happen at this juncture. It now appears that the man behind the absurd sabotage of Tunsil on draft night is a former business adviser , which is deplorable. I have no idea how this will end, but I have a feeling that it will be on one end of the spectrum or the other: a show of strength by the NCAA or yet another showing of weakness. We'll see.