With a coaching staff finally in place, the next step for Georgia Tech and head coach Josh Pastner is to figure out what the team's identity will be from 2016 onward. Early indications are that Pastner will take the anti-Gregory approach and shoot for an up-tempo offensive scheme, but the present roster doesn't seem particularly capable of running such an offense effectively at this point. The team is still lacking a point guard with any type of driving capability and the departure of Marcus Georges-Hunt means that Tech's main source of offensive pressure is now gone. Without either of those things, let alone both, it could be difficult for Pastner and the Jackets to up the tempo during the early season. Of course, it's also very possible that Tadric Jackson or another player could step up and become a go-to guy, one capable of running a faster offense under a new coach. I wouldn't bet on that, but it'd be equally irresponsible to rule it out completely. The bottom line right now is that Pastner doesn't have the supporting cast that he likely needs; the 2016 season may not be an indication of what he wants to do at all. We'll have to wait and see how the big picture plays out.
Josh Pastner continues to be active on the recruiting trail, most recently offering 2019 Georgia Stars guard Ashton Hagans after his visit to The Flats. Though just a freshman, Hagans has quickly established himself as one of the most dominant guards in the state and is shooting up recruiting boards. It was a good move by Pastner and the staff to make an early offer for a guy who could become a hot commodity in the coming years.
2019 Georgia Stars guard Ashton Hagans has received an offer from Georgia Tech during his visit to the school today, per source
The annual Kauffman Tire Classic has been an amazing philanthropic venture for both Georgia Tech and UGA in recent years, but the Macon Telegraph argues that the unique formatting for the baseball version of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate has actually been doing harm to everyone involved. The central argument here is a perfectly valid one: that spreading Tech's three games versus UGA across a span of over a month is simply not good for attendance or publicity. Honestly, that's hard to argue with. It seems obvious that having a single three-game series over a weekend, even if the games are still played in three venues like the South Carolina/Clemson rivalry, would be better for attendance purely because it would be so much easier to promote. Unfortunately, making such a move would likely cost the Jackets an entertaining series such as the one against Coastal Carolina this season unless Mike Bobinski and company are willing to sacrifice one of the warm-up matches early in the year. It likely won't gain any traction, but it's an interesting and unique debate for sure.