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Technical Tidbits 12/5: Beesball Announces 2018 Schedule

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Also inside: an assistant football coach is selected for a prestigious honor

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On Monday, the Georgia Tech Athletic Department released the 2018 Yellow Jackets Baseball Schedule. The schedule features 56 games, 35 of which will be played on campus at Russ Chandler Stadium. The Jackets will play 26 games against teams that made the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The ACC Conference slate is always a challenge and this year is no different. In addition to the normal Coastal Division foes, the Jackets will play 3-game series against cross-divisional foes Clemson, NC State, Florida State, and Wake Forest. In the non-conference slate, Tech will open the season the weekend of February 16th against Minnesota, Bradley, and UConn as part of the Atlanta Challenge. They will then host weekend series against Dartmouth, Illinois-Chicago, and (late in the season) Radford. The midweek schedule will mostly consist of regional rivalries, however, Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Southeast Missouri State will make visits to Atlanta. The regional rivalries include a home game against Kennesaw State as well as home-and-home series with Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Auburn, Mercer, and Georgia. A third game against Georgia will take place on May 8th in SunTrust Park. Hopefully the Yellow Jackets can improve on last year’s season and return to the NCAA Tournament.

Georgia Tech A-Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Lamar Owens was selected to participate in the 2018 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 35 Under 35 Coaches’ Leadership Institute on Monday. The 35 Under 35 Coaches’ Leadership Institute was created to identify, develop, and train future leaders in the coaching profession. As the name of the Institute would suggest, 35 coaches were selected to participate, out of 168 applicants. The Institute will meet on January 7th as part of the AFCA Convention. Coach Owens has been with the Georgia Tech program for 10 seasons, with 8 as the A-Backs coach. Congratulations to Coach Owens!

The last piece of Georgia Tech’s 2017-18 basketball schedule fell into place yesterday when ESPN and the ACC announced the time and broadcast channel for Tech’s ACC opener at Notre Dame. The December 30th tilt in South Bend will tipoff at 2:00 pm ET and will be shown on ESPN2. Notre Dame is one of the top teams in the ACC this season and the Irish will certaintly pose a challenge to open the conference slate. There may be some good news though:

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As you may have heard, the College Football Playoff Committee announced the semi-final matchups on Sunday. Top ranked Clemson will take on Alabama in rematch of the last two National Title Games while Georgia and Oklahoma will head out to Pasadena for a Rose Bowl semi-final. The biggest concern for that team out east will be likely Heisman winner Baker Mayfield. The star QB has been one of the best players in college football this season but has also made headlines for some of his extracurricular antics, particularly against Ohio State and Kansas. Mayfield is really, really good and if I’m a fan of a team going up against Oklahoma, I don’t think I would give him any extra motivation. Some Georgia fans evidently felt differently. Georgia has a good defense but are they good enough to deal with a fired up Baker Mayfield? Good luck with that.