adidas Update: On Monday, the AJC’s Ken Sugiura released some of the details of Georgia Tech’s upcoming apparel deal with adidas. The AJC obtained the terms of the deal through an open-records request. The article is behind the myAJC paywall, but Ken included the broad strokes overview in his tweet. In short, this deal won’t give the Yellow Jackets much in the way of cold, hard cash but the annual allowance for gear is among the highest in the ACC. Georgia Tech athletes will soon be swimming in all kinds of adidas swag. The total value of the deal is roughly P5 average but that still is a marked improvement on the expiring Russell Athletic deal. There will be opportunities for the deal to increase in value based on a fairly unique performance based system. Now that we know the terms of the deal, we can go back to counting down the days until we can kiss Russell Athletic goodbye for good.
Wah-2s Incoming: The AP College Basketball poll was released Monday afternoon and while Georgia Tech didn’t receive any votes, it did provide an interesting tidbit.
With loss by No. 2 WVA and win by No. 3 UVA, Cavaliers will come to McCamish Thursday ranked No. 2. Highest-ranked (AP) team to play at #gatech since No. 1 UNC in Jan. 2008. (83-82 loss)— Ken Sugiura (@ksugiuraajc) January 15, 2018
When the #2 Virginia Cavaliers will visit McCamish Pavilion on Thursday they will be the highest ranked team to play at Georgia Tech since #1 North Carolina back in 2008. The Yellow Jackets lost 82-83 when UNC G Danny Green hit a free throw with 23 seconds left and Tech F Zach Peacock missed a pair of shots before time ran out. The last time Georgia Tech played a #2 ranked Virginia team was in 2015 in Charlottesville, when the Wahoos ran the Jackets out of the arena 57-28. Hopefully Thursday’s game will go considerably better than that.
Comings and Goings: With the College Football season officially over many third year players are weighing whether or not to forgo their remaining college eligibility to try their luck in the NFL or return to school for another season. While no Georgia Tech players have (or, frankly, were expected) to declare early there have been a few announcements that will impact the 2018 GT football season. We’ll start with the good news. Georgia’s star linebacker and projected first round NFL draft pick Roquan Smith will enter the 2018 NFL draft. Smith was a wrecking ball for Georgia’s defense last season, earning himself the Butkus Award and an All-American nod.
And that’s about where the good news ends. Sticking with that school out east, DB Dre Baker and WR Terry Godwin both announced their intentions to return to school for their senior seasons. It’s unlikely either would have been high draft picks this season but their experience will be a big boost for Georgia next season.
Going a little further out east, Clemson will officially return all four starters from their 2017 defensive line with DT Christian Wilkins joining DEs Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell in deciding to stick around for one more run at it. Wilkins and Ferrell were both widely regarded as first round picks and Bryant wouldn’t have been too far behind. Combined with sophomore DT Dexter Lawrence, the four led a defense that led the nation in sacks last season.
Have a great Tuesday and Go Jackets!