Kicker Harrison Butker, Georgia Tech’s all-time leader in points scored in football and the only member of the 2016 football team to receive an NFL Combine invitation, made the absolute most of his opportunity in front of NFL scouts last week with an impressive showing in Indianapolis. One of just four kickers invited to the event, Butker shone bright among his peers by hitting 14 of 15 long field goals and excelling on kickoffs. He will certainly get an NFL shot somewhere, hopefully with a leash as long as that of Roberto “Blastoff” Aguayo with Tampa Bay last season.
Former Georgia Tech head basketball coach Brian Gregory is thought to potentially be in the running for the head job at South Florida, vacated this season when coach Orlando Antigua was fired in just his third year. Gregory, who spent five seasons coaching basketball at Georgia Tech, went back to his roots this year by working for Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo — the man who gave him a start in college coaching — once again. If he does land the South Florida job, it won’t be the first time he capitalized off of turbulence from within the Bulls program — he also landed transfer point guard Josh Heath at Tech when his father, Stan Heath, was fired by South Florida years ago. Gregory is an excellent person and would be a great hiring for a program like USF. Hopefully he gets the job and experiences some serious success.
Following Atlanta United’s home opener at Bobby Dodd Stadium, ATLUTD staff have been working hard alongside Georgia Tech’s athletic department to fix some minor logistical issues that fans experienced before and during the game. The main issue had to do with long lines, much to the chagrin of Tech fans who were given an earful about the typical crowd size at Bobby Dodd Stadium as a result. Aside from that, the decision by some fans to engage in general rambunctiousness by throwing beer at referees and engaging in homophobic chants in Spanish was condemned by Atlanta United President Darren Eales. I’m a true believer in the entertainment value of flying alcohol, but the latter incident is not a great look for anyone.