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Technical Tidbits 7/26: Tech Player Earns Extra Year of Eligibility

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I also talk about gender equality.

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Paging Hunter Renfrow, the ageless Clemson wonder who now plays for the Oakland Raiders. He was at Clemson for what felt like forever, and now David Curry will be getting that treatment with Georgia Tech. After redshirting his freshman year and sitting out the entire 2017 season due to injury, Curry received a waiver from the NCAA allowing him a 6th year of football eligibility, which means that after this season he’ll still have one more left. This is great news for the Tech defense, as they’ll now have a seasoned leader who will be playing a big role on and off of the field. Now, if only the NCAA can get moving on waivers for three incoming transfers, Antonneous Clayton, Marquez Ezzard and Myles Sims.

Fall camp will begin July 31, but for Geoff Collins the work has been going on since he was hired last year. In my life, the only thing I can remember about Tech is the triple option and Paul Johnson’s curmudgeonly behavior. So, the pace and energy of the new staff has been a welcome surprise to myself and hopefully many other fans. The energy and new culture for new players must’ve been a big shock as well, as Paul Johnson never would’ve had players dress up for a workout/practice. Hopefully players and coaches from opposing teams will not be able to keep up with the Jackets for the foreseeable future.

Nothing new to report from this article, but it’s always interesting to see how people not usually familiar with Georgia Tech write about the team.

Pressley Harvin III is a beast. Him being added to the Ray Guy Award watch list only adds to the fire. It is always comforting to know that when needed, Tech can depend on a great punting machine that will send kicks booming into the opponent’s territory and will put them in a bad position. You never want to have to see Harvin III on the field, but when you do you know it will most likely end well.

As I’ve said before, community service and academics is just as important as on the field play. Jahaziel Lee clearly cares about others as he’s been put on the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy. This award is “college football’s premier award for community service”, and is named after 1990 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel. Lee has now been nominated for two community service related awards in recent weeks, and will hopefully continue his good work in the community for the rest of his life and good play on the field for at least the next few years.

The Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams have not had good off seasons. First, the Pastner debacle expanded with new allegations of him shading the truth to NCAA investigators. And now this, former women’s coach MaChelle Joseph filing a lawsuit claiming sex discrimination by Georgia Tech. Now the worse facilities than the men’s team is probably true, but why wouldn’t the women’s facilities be worse? It’s not like they’ve won any ACC or NCAA championships in the past few years. Heck, they haven’t even been to the NCAA tournament since 2014. And I know the men’s team hasn’t been too good in recent years but at least they bring in a decent amount of revenue each year. When was the last time you saw the women’s team sell out McCamish Pavilion? The report turning up horrible things about Joseph is the problem, not “gender inequality.”

If this article had come out two weeks ago, it probably would’ve been in the number two or three spot, but now that football is in full swing, golf has to get into the backseat. Even though it isn’t getting as much attention, James Clark and Tyler Strafaci being named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars is a big deal. It shows their commitment to their academic life, even though they are burdened with practice and tournaments that take up large amounts of their time. Congratulations James and Tyler!

Congratulations to all of these players! It’s great to see competition like this taking place.

Question of the Day: What do you think of MaChelle Joseph’s lawsuit against the GTAA and Tech as a whole?