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Technical Tidbits 8/20: Appeal, Appeal Appeal

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Clayton, Sims denied waiver requests for immediate eligibility; GT planning to appeal NCAA’s decision.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 26 Quick Lane Bowl - Minnesota v Georgia Tech Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The waiver requests of Antonneous Clayton and Myles Sims have both been denied. Meanwhile, wide receiver Marquez Ezzard awaits a decision on his waiver request. It was big news when Clayton and Sims announced their intention to transfer to Tech. Then it became a waiting game regarding their waiver requests for immediate eligibility. They both decided to transfer and submitted their requests before the rules changed in June.

It would seem they should be grandfathered in, (should the new rules have been applied to them) since they made their decision before the rule change. If so, it seems it would make sense that they both should appeal the decision. Their presence on the field (or lack thereof) would have a huge impact on the Yellow Jackets defense. Regardless, the NCAA could very likely stick with their decision, no matter how strong a case Clayton and Sims may have. You won’t catch me holding my breath hoping the NCAA reverses its decision. It’s clearly a case of hoping for the best but expecting the worst.

In more positive news, GT football along with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Adidas unveiled some alternate uniforms as part of “Cape Day”. They will be worn during the North Carolina game on October 5th at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Now, this is a pretty cool reveal and it’s even greater that it’s for a good cause. All that aside, what are your thoughts about the alternate uniforms? Thumbs up? Thumbs down?

USA Today Sports released its preseason rankings. The following were the top five:

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. Michigan
  5. Oklahoma

Georgia Tech was ranked 89th. Interestingly, here are some of the teams that ranked higher than Tech: South Florida (60th), Temple (82nd), North Carolina (77th). And yes, they’re all on Tech’s schedule this season. Thanks USA Today. A little motivation can go a long way. I’m curious to see what these rankings look like after week five.