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Technical Tidbits 3/8: Jackets fall to Pitt, await NIT news

With the NCAA Tournament now out of the realm of possibilities, it’s time to focus on the next best thing.

Louisville v Georgia Tech Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images

Georgia Tech announced the promotional schedule for the upcoming 2017 football season yesterday morning, featuring a goldout and a whiteout plus the usual suspects for what should be a fun season of football at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The official goldout will be held for the season opener against Jacksonville State, a strange choice given that the 2016 goldout against Vanderbilt really seemed to energize the stadium and made the crowd look excellent both on television and in person. The whiteout, meanwhile, will come against North Carolina on the final weekend of September. That decision is also somewhat puzzling given that there are no fewer than two bigger rivals coming to town in Georgia and Virginia Tech, but any whiteout is a good whiteout.

Georgia Tech went one-and-done in the ACC Tournament yesterday evening, dropping a heartbreaker to Pittsburgh by a final score of 61-59 up at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. For the first time this season, we can say with 110% certainty that the team’s NCAA Tournament chances are dead; it’s now time to focus on Tech’s NIT seeding in the likely event that they receive an invitation to the consolation tournament. The Jackets were a high seed in the NIT last season when Brian Gregory finally broke the postseason barrier for the first and last time, going on a nice run at McCamish Pavilion before eventually fading. Whether or not we will get to host a home game this time around remains to be seen, but it will be close.

Oh well. The Jackets did overachieve this season, reaching new heights that even warranted recognition from good people who call themselves Tar Heels! We humble folks are blessed to have even a keystroke dedicated to our program by such a prestigious group of individuals. Thank you, friends, for your recognition of our excellent accomplishments this season. Perhaps your stand-up coach will win Coach of the Year next time around to ease the sadness in your hearts.

For the second time this season, Georgia Tech’s midweek baseball game against Kennesaw State was rained out. I don’t know which team the weather gods are looking out for, but someone is going to get blown out when these two teams finally meet up. You can only postpone your destiny for so long in the deadly world of college baseball.