Josh Pastner wasted no time before making his second assistant coaching decision, electing to bring in former Portland head man Eric Reveno to work on The Flats. Reveno, who spent a decade as the head man in Portland prior to his dismissal at the conclusion of this season, owns a career 140-178 record. I'm assuming that he is supposed to be the resident strategist on the staff, but the exact motive behind his hiring eludes me. It's possible that he and Pastner crossed paths at some point, as Ken Sugiura notes, but there's no true history to speak of between the two. That lack of familiarity with Pastner coupled with the even more blatant lack of familiarity with the recruiting scenes of both Georgia and the East Coast as a whole have me a bit confounded. It's entirely possible that this could end up being a great hire, but there are quite a few question marks surrounding it right now.
Paul Johnson and Jon Barry failed to defend their charity golf dynasty earlier this week, finishing in second place behind Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze at the Chick-Fil-A Challenge. Though runner up status was still enough to net Tech's golfing duo $55,000 for scholarships and charity, losing to the SEC once again just might be enough to fire up the #FirePaulJohnson train for the first time in 2016. In completely unrelated news, eleven more five star prospects committed to Ole Miss as soon at coach Freeze's $100,000 check was deposited. Who can resist a coach with mad golf skills, am I right?
Josh Pastner recently sat down for a quick interview with the Atlanta Jewish Times to discuss his adjustment to the city of Atlanta and his upcoming rebuild of the Georgia Tech program. Pastner once again dodged the question of what he does in his free time, going with the cryptic "not basketball" response this time around. If the question keeps getting asked, I suppose that we will know by process of elimination soon enough; golf and basketball are already off the list. If you get #triggered when public figures mention religion in any context, then that's probably not the article for you -- there is one question about it in the interview. It's a completely non-inflammatory question, recent events have taught me that everything is inflammatory on the Internet.
Though four-star forward Romello White asked for his unconditional release last week, coach Pastner received some great news yesterday when signee Josh Okogie decided to remain committed to Tech. A three-star guard out of Shiloh High School, Okogie is now one of two signees left over from Brian Gregory's final class; the other is fellow three-star player Christian Matthews. Though Okogie's role for this season remains undecided, it's safe to assume that there will plenty of minutes to go around for anyone willing to work hard enough.