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Technical Tidbits 7/4: Howell Says Goodbye; Gooch Goes To Hooch

Baseball team parts ways with pitching coach; ACC Football Kickoff event coming up in two weeks.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: APR 25 Georgia at Georgia Tech Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Well, I’m in a good mood right now. Partly because today is one of my favorite Holidays, and I’m looking forward to the slab of ribs that will soon be smoking in my Weber, and, well, partly because of the tasty, iced beverage I’m slowly sipping from a small cylindrical glass as I write today’s Tidbits. Regardless, let’s get into this 4th of July edition of Technical Tidbits with some baseball talk.

Georgia Tech will be parting ways with its pitching coach Jason Howell. Howell has spent seven seasons with the Yellow Jackets. In his time at Tech, five Yellow Jacket pitchers were named All-ACC pitchers.

Tech’s pitchers finished this past season with a 4.46 ERA, which was 95th in the country. This seems a little high considering Tech was the No. 3 National Seed in this NCAA Tournament. One should take into account that the pitching staff was plagued by injuries this season.

In more baseball news, Tech’s baseball team seems to have lost one of its commits. Jake Gooch announced his plans to attend Chattahoochee Valley Community College; credit to FTRS’s Jake Grant for the “Gooch Goes To Hooch” subtitle of today’s Tidbits. It could make for a great limerick. If anyone’s feeling up to the challenge, feel free to give a crack at it.

Regardless, Gooch was a good prospect. It’s too bad he won’t be on the Flats next season. Best wishes to him.

This is a great example of a talented athlete who has a great attitude. Demetrius Knight is listed as a quarterback, but he could probably excel at any position. The 6’2” 220-pound freshman was ranked by 247Sports as the 30th dual-threat quarterback in the country. He ran a sub 4.5 in the 40 yard dash. He has great athleticism and speed.

Perhaps, the most important aspect is his positive attitude and willingness to work hard. This is one Yellow Jacket that we’ll be keeping an eye on.

Seniors Jalen Camp and David Curry will accompany head coach Geoff Collins to the 2019 ACC Football Kickoff. The event takes place on Thursday, July 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Portions of the event will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

That wraps up today’s Tidbits. Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July!