Coach Johnson spoke in his Sunday teleconference about fan apathy and complaints among Tech fans. He seemed to understand the pain of fans at some points during his remarks, but at other times seemed more antagonistic towards the fans. Overall, his head doesn’t seem in a bad place, at least judging off of these remarks. Hopefully the hate and unmet expectations doesn’t filter down to the players, but that will be quite hard considering that we are in the age of social media.
Tech baseball kicks off its fall schedule on October 6th when South Carolina comes to Russ Chandler for an exhibition game. The team also takes on Chattahoochee Valley Community College on October 27th, and finishes up fall competition with the annual White vs. Gold series from October 29th through November 2nd. Expectations should be high heading into the 2019 spring season, and the game against South Carolina could be a good early benchmark. Tech returns four of its top six hitters from last season, and also returns its entire weekend pitching rotation and several key relievers.
The cross country ladies came in at #20 in the national top-30 poll announced yesterday by USTFCCCA after a dominant start to the season that has seen the team take down no less than five ranked teams in just two meets on their way to one first place and one second place finish. This was the first ranking for the team in 16 years, and hopefully the team can continue to climb as the season progresses.
Yesterday head coach Josh Pastner announced that he is promoting Julian Swartz from interim assistant coach to full-time assistant of the basketball team. Swartz served as interim during the 2017-18 season, and served as a member of Pastner’s staff during his time at Memphis. Before his time at Memphis, Swartz served as a Graduate Assistant at Marquette under Tom Crean and later as an intern at Indiana, also under Crean.