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Technical Tidbits 3/29: Pastner, Yellow Jackets advance to NIT Championship

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Georgia Tech secured a miraculous 21st win of the season yesterday night.

Georgia Tech v Virginia Photo by Chet Strange/Getty Images

For Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech football team, the biggest storyline of spring practice will be finding the successor to former quarterback Justin Thomas. I’m willing to put a large amount of money on rising junior Matthew Jordan being the go-to guy for kickoff against Tennessee, and that would probably be both the safest and smartest move for Paul Johnson to make during the early-goings this season; Jordan would provide stability for the offense with his understanding of the system during those first two weeks that tend to be rocky as guys figure out what works and what doesn’t. He could emerge and be as good as any quarterback we’ve seen, but it’s reasonable to think that other guys on the roster may have a higher ceiling. The 2017 season will be all about managing that risk versus reward factor.

One of the key cogs in the process of deciding who will be the next Tech starting quarterback will be new quarterbacks coach Craig Candeto, who was recently promoted by Paul Johnson to fill the void left by new Georgia Southern offensive coordinator Bryan Cook. A former player for Johnson at Navy, Candeto looks like an excellent hire and comes off as very humble in the AJC article above. Hopefully his success coaching at lower levels can translate well to the FBS, as he will coach two of the most important pieces of the offense: the quarterbacks and B-Backs.

Georgia Tech advanced to the NIT Championship last night with a big win over CSU Bakersfield at Madison Square Garden, Tech’s fourth-straight win in the 2017 National Invitation Tournament. The Jackets looked dominant from start to finish, running a surprising Roadrunners team that beat the likes of Cal and Colorado State off the court by the early minutes of the second half. The win is Tech’s 21st of the season, officially matching Brian Gregory’s best mark during his half-decade tenure on the Flats — a result that quite literally no one saw coming. The program is now in position to win a major postseason tournament just one season after firing a coach. Is it as good as making the NCAA Tournament? Maybe not, but the fact that we will watch a Georgia Tech basketball game on March 30th, 2017 is amazing nonetheless.

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