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Technical Tidbits 12/6: Tech assistants stay busy

They may not be the highest-paid (more on that inside), but Tech’s assistants remain dedicated.

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Despite the ongoing coaching search, Georgia Tech’s current assistants have remained hard at work on the recruiting trail. This is something we should all appreciate greatly, especially with the early signing period coming up in just about two weeks. Many of these guys may not figure into the school’s future plans — especially if Tech moves away from the option — but are still on the road anyway. That says a lot about their dedication and character.

Speaking of those assistants, USA Today released its annual list of every assistant coach’s salary yesterday and not a single Tech assistant is within the top 100 (though Nate Woody comes in at No. 101). The list is topped by LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who is followed closely by Clemson’s Brent Venables and Auburn’s Kevin Steele. Tech’s salaries will need to be more competitive under the next head coach, which can hopefully be made possible thanks to the expiration of various buyouts and the AI 2020.

The NFL’s “1st and Future” campaign will be coming to Georgia Tech soon, providing the campus community with the opportunity to preset new ideas geared towards improving player safety in a variety of on-field scenarios. The first challenge focuses on reducing injuries during punt plays (the four top suggestions will win $20,000 each) and the second invites submissions for product concepts to prevent injury (with $50,000 going to the grand prize winner). I personally think all punts should be a one-on-one between the punter and a return man. Leave your suggestions below.