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Technical Tidbits 5/5: Is Paul Johnson losing his touch?; tennis looking to win a few rings; baseball!

On Cinco de Mayo, the Jackets drink their tequila clear


The 2017 Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl challenge wrapped up play on Wednesday, which likely slipped under your radar because it was carried out in secret, or because no one really talks about it until it gets aired on television three months later. (ESPN, August. Yes, really.) Four time winners Paul Johnson and Jon Barry finished T-11th out of 15 teams, their worst showing in their ten years representing Georgia Tech. That still netted them a prize of $22,500 for the Institute, with Barry earning an additional $5,000 for winning the Long Drive challenge in the Celebrity Division. Those numbers bring Tech’s total winnings over the 11 years of the event to $765,000.

The tennis postseason is still a couple weeks away, but the men’s team has laid claim to a couple of awards already: coach Kenny Thorne and wunderkind Christopher Eubanks were named ACC coach and player of the year, repectively, with Thorne winning his first since 1999 and Eubanks winning his second in back to back years. Andrew Li was also named All-ACC Third Team.

As for that aforementioned postseason, expect to see a lot of white and gold at the championships hosted at UGA: Eubanks was named to the 64-man field for the individual national championship on the men’s side; on the women’s, Rasheeda McAdoo and Johnnise Renaud will represent the Jackets in the singles bracket, while those two as a tandem will be joined by Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones as two of the 32 teams in the doubles bracket. Both teams were also selected for the team championshps; the men are set to play in the Gainesville regional next weekend while the women will host their own.

In baseball news, redshirt-senior Coleman Poje was named to the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Baseball Team, a bright spot in an otherwise tough year for the Diamond Jackets. Poje graduates tomorrow with a degree in industrial engineering, and his graduation ceremony will be over with plenty of time to help his team welcome Pittsburgh to Atlanta for a weekend series. The Jackets will have been on a few more days of rest than the Panthers, but since this was exam week you can go ahead and put very large sarcasm quotes around “rest”. If you can’t make it out to the Rusty C you’ll be able to catch all of this weekend’s action on TV: game 1 is Saturday at 6 on the ACC Network, game 2 is Sunday at 6 on your local Raycom affiliate, and the finale will be Monday at 7 on ESPNU. Lineups have yet to be released at the time of this writing.

Don't overthinko de Mayo.