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Technical Tidbits 8/8: CPJ, QBs, DEs and More

CPJ vs. CGC, quarterbacks and defensive ends battling it out.

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There’s a lot being said in this article. Basically, it puts forth a pretty good argument that Tech’s hiring of Paul Johnson by then athletic director Dave Braine was as bold a move as current athletic director Todd Stanbury’s hiring of Geoff Collins. CPJ fit the bill for what Braine viewed Tech to be, “an academic institution that happens to play football.”

While bold itself, Stanbury’s hiring of CGC is as antipodal a hiring as you can imagine. And it goes hand in hand with CGC’s rebranding efforts that come with it. This is firmly rooted in the belief that Tech can be a viable recruiting destination for the best players in the country. And all this ties to the culture, Atlanta’s identification as Yellow Jacket country (#404Takeover), and all the other re-branding efforts that we see. What remains to be seen is how this translates into success on the field.

In spite of all the CPJ nonbelievers, the man did lead Tech to many good seasons and wonderful memories. (And like Frank Sinatra, he can say he did it his way). Soon enough, we’ll know if CGC will do the same. Let’s hope so.

With the season opener in three weeks, every Tech fan must be brimming with anticipation of the starting quarterback being determined. Four names being considered are Tobias Oliver, Lucas Sims, James Graham, and Tyler Jordan Yates. There’s still a lot of time for a clear favorite to be determined, but the question is when will that decision be made and when will it be made known to the public. As the article points out, Tech’s practices have been intense, but this should yield a clear favorite soon enough.

Tech quarterbacks aren’t the only football players vying for a starting role. The Yellow Jackets have a number of defensive ends on the roster. And for Tech assistant coach Marco Coleman, this will mean figuring out just who will be his starters. As the coach who presides over the defensive ends and outside linebackers, Coleman has a lot of young players that he will be trying to mold into solid starters. As the pass rush hasn’t been one of the Yellow Jacket’s strong points, hopefully they can figure it out.

Geoff Collins will throw the lead the “First Chop” at next week’s Atlanta Braves’ Georgia Tech Night at SunTrust Park on August 13. There’s three ticket packages available ranging in price from $28 to $46 dollars. Each package includes a Georgia Tech/Braves co-branded hat. It’s a pretty good looking hat, I might have to make that drive out to SunTrust Park and watch a Braves game.

Hoping to watch some GT basketball this weekend? You’re in luck. FloSports will be streaming the Yellow Jackets’ men’s basketball team’s upcoming games in Spain. They will be playing four games against various Spanish teams from Saturday, Aug. 10 through Thursday, Aug. 15. Be sure to check them out!