If there's one thing beyond the hiring of an all new coaching staff that will help advance Georgia Tech's struggling basketball program, it very well could be the return of former Tech star Jarrett Jack to the city of Atlanta. Jack, a key member of some of Tech's most successful teams since the turn of the century, signed a one-year deal with the hometown Atlanta Hawks back in mid-July. He wasted no time re-associating himself with the Georgia Tech brand, working out at McCamish Pavilion and being generally visible on campus most days since he inked his deal. It may seem trivial, but don't be mistaken -- having an active NBA player who readily associates himself with the team, even going so far as involve himself in the rebuilding process, is invaluable. Perhaps even Dwight Howard, a fellow Atlanta native and Hawks signee, will do some work on behalf of the program. He, like Jack, has already spent a fair amount of time on campus since his signing.
Former Yellow Jacket pitcher and wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, currently a player for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, is looking more and more like a breakout candidate as he patiently awaits his first on-field opportunity in the Bay City. Smelter spent the entirety of his rookie season on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list following a knee injury sustained during the 2014 edition of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate, but should be good to go as early as week one this year. His success in camp shouldn't come as a shock to Tech fans considering how ultra-reliable and talented he proved himself to be during his time with the football team, but the San Francisco faithful are unfortunately not as well-acquainted. Keep an eye out for DeAndre Smelter when the NFL season kicks off.
In other alumni news, Tech baseball legend Mark Teixeira recently joined a prestigious club of his own, becoming the 41st player of all time to record 400 doubles and 400 homeruns in a career.
Mark Teixeira recorded his 400th career double tonight to become 41st player with 400 career HR and 400 career 2B. pic.twitter.com/qCsFJF71Qo— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) August 3, 2016
Teixeira, a longtime MLB veteran currently with the Yankees, has been slowed by injuries in recent years. Though he's undoubtedly one of the best first basemen to ever play the game, his large contract and relatively meager production has led to some undue resentment from baseball fans. A change of scenery may be due for Tex in the near future.
We are now just days away from the start of the 2016 Olympics, but the host city of Rio de Janeiro has essentially failed the world already. The Olympic village remains unfinished, athletes are being advised not to put their heads underwater for sanitation reasons, and one athlete from New Zealand was even abducted... by the police. That would be called an arrest anywhere else, except that this particular officer picked him up for no reason and drove him to an ATM instead of a police station. The moral of the story? Atlanta should probably host every single time. You couldn't even pay me to attend this year's Olympics.*
Have a great Wednesday!
*you could totally pay me to attend this year's Olympics, just let me know