Although this season might not be too fun for the Jacket basketball team, Coach Josh Pastner, C James Banks, and G Mike Devoe seemed to have had a good time at ACC Media Day in Charlotte yesterday. The three Jackets got to answer some questions and shoot some promotional videos for different networks’ coverage of Tech basketball games this year. The past few weeks have been interesting to say the least for the program, and I look forward to seeing what sort of product Pastner & co. put forth on the court.
The title might be a little misleading, as right now the Yellow Jackets have no chance of getting into the NCAA Tournament this season due to punishments placed on the program for multiple violations of NCAA rules. Although the GTAA will be appealing the punishments, those chances look slim. It’s nice for James Banks to be this confident, but I’m not too certain the powers that be at the NCAA will see his point of view.
For the first few games of the 2019 Jacket Football season, there was a revolving door of quarterbacks with Lucas Johnson, Tobias Oliver, and James Graham all garnering significant playing time. James Graham seems to have closed that door a slight bit, with his play Saturday and the injury of Lucas Johnson. I for one am happy that there seems to be a QB1 to lead the Tech offense, because with three QBs all taking snaps, sometimes on the same drive, no one could gain any momentum and that only hurt the offense in the long run. Keep up the good work and keep improving James!
Game three will be for all of the marbles, as the annual White-Gold (World?) series is all tied up after two games. In game one, Team Gold took the victory 1-0, while in game two, the exact opposite happened, with Team White slipping out with a 1-0 win. From the limited game summaries available, it seems to me that the pitchers will be very good for the Jackets this year, while hitting might be a question mark. The final showdown will begin at 3:15 today at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta.
The Georgia Tech Volleyball team has hit a bit of a rough patch lately, losing three straight to Boston College, Louisville, and Notre Dame. They will look to end that streak against Clemson today, facing off against the Tigers at 7 p.m. on the ACC Network. If you would like a palate cleanser before the App State-ULL football game, I would highly recommend tuning in for a few minutes.
Greetings, Tidbits readers. It is I, big Jake now. Anyhoo, Tech picked up another ‘croot early this week when they snagged Justin Alderson out of Metamora Township in Illinois. Now, if there’s something in this world I consider myself perhaps the most qualified person within 500 miles to comment on, well, Central Illinois swimming is it. Following in the tradition of swimmers like NC State graduate and Olympian Ryan Held, downstate Illinois quietly holds its own in producing quality swimmers, despite the skew towards Chicagoland. And though Alderson is no Held, he is the overall 8th best recruit coming out of a strong swimming state and rated in the top 250 in the country with another year to improve. Looking at his past meets, his strong showing at NCSA Juniors - one of the most competitive independently run meets in the country - is a promising sign. Additionally, his results in long course aren’t terribly out of step with those from short course. I didn’t plan to say this much, but, if I’m being honest, I got a little excited. I think I wrote myself into really liking this addition. So today’s a good day.
Question of the Day: What did you think of the Jackets at media day?