The post-Jeremiah Attaochu days have been incredibly rocky for Georgia Tech’s passrushing unit these past few years, but a combination of returning talent and fresh players gives the 2017 season the potential to be at least a little bit different and markedly more effective when it comes to pressuring opposing quarterbacks. It is truly remarkable to see the drop-off that the Jackets have seen from a passrushing standpoint since Sneezy was drafted by the Chargers in 2013, but no single player or even a full rotation has been able to fill the role once held by Attaochu. Perhaps we will see that answer emerge this time around.
It took a staggering three overtimes to arrive at a result, but Georgia Tech women’s basketball did eventually fall in the WNIT Championship by a final score of 89-79 at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines. The poor Yellow Jackets, men and women alike, suffered crushing defeats in their respective NIT Championships, but on completely different ends of the spectrum: the men went down in blowout fashion and the women only after three extra periods. One could argue that the women’s team had the potential to make the tournament if we’re talking about preseason aspirations, but the truth is that a deep NIT really increased interest in both sides of the program.
The NCAA Tournament wound to a close yesterday night with the North Carolina Tar Heels taking down the Gonzaga Bulldogs to seal a sixth NCAA Championship victory of their program. You can always tell that something big has happened in the world of college sports because the New York Times will release a neat article using very precise acronym rules (N.C.A.A. and U.N.C., anyone?), and that is absolutely the case today. The win was a nice one for the ACC and probably helps Georgia Tech from a conference reputation standpoint, but it would’ve been nice to see another underdog win like we saw a year ago when Villanova upset these same Heels. Congratulations to Roy Williams and company and best of luck during the impending NCAA investigation.