Head basketball coach Josh Pastner completed his staff hiring process on Thursday, bringing in former Georgetown assistant Tavaras Hardy to fill the third and final assistant coaching slot. This hiring, in conjunction with the decision to bring in former Portland head coach Eric Reveno, seems to be a clear indication that coach Pastner is planning to expand Tech's recruiting reaches far past just the Southeast -- Reveno has experience recruiting the West Coast, Darryl LaBarrie has experience recruiting the talent-laden Atlanta area, Hardy has experience recruiting the Mid-Atlantic region, and Pastner himself has been successful in the Memphis area and elsewhere. That is, in theory at least, a winning formula for bringing in high-profile recruits. I personally really like the way the staff filled out.
ESPN released its list of post-spring offensive line rankings yesterday, with Tech coming in at a surprising ninth in the ACC. I say surprising because ninth seems a bit too high given the evident struggles of the offensive line during the spring. Of course, I also have faith that the ESPN staff has a much better grasp on the status of the OL situations at Wake Forest, NC State, and other schools than I do. If they feel that Tech's line is in a better place than roughly a third of the conference, then I'm inclined to believe them. My only hope is that the 2016 season showcases a marked improvement over last season's effort. Anything less could make for another historically ugly year.
I've bitterly neglected the topic of satellite camps since the debate first came up a year or so back. To me it just seems like a total non-issue, one comprised of artificial anger and frustration towards something relatively harmless. Miami head coach Mark Richt, however, made some interesting comments yesterday which may have swayed my opinion against the camps; there are some pretty convincing arguments to be made against them. Richt essentially claims that the camps allow for illegal recruiting, an assertion that he backs up with pretty logical evidence pointing to that being true. Of course, Mark Richt likely changed his tune from his days in Georgia simply because he now has so many top-tier prospects quite literally in his backyard. They were close by at Georgia too, but just far enough for satellite camps to be beneficial.
Paul Johnson, by the way, is also against satellite camps, voicing his support for "open combines" last month. It only makes sense that the head coach of a program situated in the heart of a talent-rich area like Atlanta would hold such an opinion when you consider that satellite camps would allow the Jim Harbaughs of the world to set up shop at Buford or some other powerhouse high school and effectively poach all of the in-state talent. I mean, Tech isn't getting any of that top-tier talent from Georgia anyway, but the sentiment is still valid. If we can't have them, no one can.