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Technical Tidbits 7/24: Basketball Sacrifices Itself to Kentucky

At least we’ll probably make some money.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 03 Boston College at Georgia Tech Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If this was football, I would be a little less worried. But it’s not, and if the Jackets want to have a chance at winning either one of the games, the offense needs to get on track. The first game of the series will be at Kentucky in Rupp Arena, while the second game of the series will be at State Farm Area, home to the Atlanta Hawks. The second game will be on Thanksgiving weekend, and will be a part of an event called the “Holiday Hoopsgiving.” Now that Kentucky’s on the schedule, the extra ten practices the Jackets get for their upcoming trip to Spain are much more important. If only the Ron Bell situation would go away and everything would be in a much better position.

Oh wait. It probably won’t go away until Josh Pastner is finally let go or leaves Georgia Tech. Mark Bradley does not give much love to Pastner at all in this article, and suggests that it might be the time for Tech to do away with him. I am leaning towards agreeing with Bradley, but I would like to wait until after the season before Tech does anything. Although if he does coach this season for the Jackets, the situation surrounding the team and the questions the public will have will not be good for chemistry or the team’s faith in its’ coaching staff.

Jordan Yates will be a true freshman this fall, but with the switch to the new spread offense under Geoff Collins, he might get to see the field a lot. From the article, it is clear that Yates has a tremendous work ethic that has been shaped by many people, including former NFL quarterback T.J. Yates. That work ethic will definitely not hurt him at all as he begins his college career, and his experience as a state champion and Georgia offensive player of the year in Georgia’s biggest high school football division will only help him as he moves forward. Good luck, Jordan

Even though Geoff Collins and David Curry were sounding confident and excited to play Clemson on August 29th, that might just be posturing for the media. I mean who in their right minds would want to play the defending national champion in the first game of a major offensive transition and defensive transition? I don’t think this game will go too well for Tech, but crazier things have happened.

Rising Tech Junior Luke Waddell played like a professional this summer with the 2019 Collegiate National Team in Japan. Waddell batted with a .320 average and a .404 OBP (#404theCulture). The U.S. team ended the summer with a 8-6 record, and defeated teams like Chinese Taipei and Cuba. In addition, Waddell was the first Tech player to make the Collegiate National Team since Derek Dietrich in 2008. Congratulations Luke on the great summer and good luck this coming year!

Get your wallets out. Tech football single-game tickets will be released to the public a week from today. All I hope is that it doesn’t rain for any of the games.

Cole Gromley was defeated in his first round match at the BB&T Atlanta Open yesterday, by Ugo Humbert 7-6, 6-2. But in good Tech tennis news, former Jacket Kevin King defeated former world number three Grigor Dimitrov in the first round of that same tournament. Congratulations Kevin and good luck in the next few rounds!

Question of the Day: What do you think about the Kentucky scheduling move?