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Technical Tidbits 1/30: Syracuse Sell Out, Bart Named All-American

In which the GTAA’s Football Fundraising Challenge is going well

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On Monday, the Georgia Tech Athletic Association announced that Wednesday night’s basketball game against Syracuse would be the fourth consecutive game played in front of a sold out McCamish Pavilion. The basketball team has fallen on hard times in recent weeks, losing four straight games, but it would seem that fan interest has not yet started to wane. Four sell outs in a season also matches the 2011-12 season for the most since the old Coliseum was renovated and reopened as McCamish Pavilion. Wednesday’s game is also the annual “whiteout” game and students will be given free shirts to remind Syracuse of their visit to McCamish last season.

It feels like every week I’m writing about Joey Bart in the Tuesday Tidbits and today is no exception. The Yellow Jackets’ star catcher picked up maybe his biggest preseason accolade yet on Monday when he was named a Baseball America 2018 First Team All-American. The publication also named Bart the best defensive catcher in the country, quite the honor for a player that many once thought would have to move to first base to make it professionally.

A few weeks ago, the GTAA announced a fundraising drive to fund improvements for the football recruiting staff. The goal was to raise $400,000 over two years, starting with $200,000 by the start of the last signing period on February 7th. As of Monday, $185,000 has already been raised, putting the GTAA well on track to hit the goal. An anonymous donor pledge to match $100,000 of that $200,000 goal, meaning that $300,000 would be injected into the football recruiting program.

The CSCAA announced the Fall 2017 Scholar All-America teams on Monday and both Georgia Tech’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams made the cut. To earn the recognition the average GPA across each team must be 3.0 or higher for the Fall semester. Congratulations to both teams on a successful semester in the classroom and in the pool!