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Technical Tidbits 5/29: Georgia Tech Athletes are Coming Back!

June 15 is when players can return to the Flats.

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Ladies and gentlemen, this is the news we’ve all been waiting for. The GTAA has finally released a plan for the gradual reopening of athletic facilities on campus. While it will only be phase I of the reopening, it’s better than our current phase 0. Some key tidbits from phase I include: locker rooms will not be open for student-athletes, groups will be limited to no more than 10 student-athletes and two staff members inside a facility at one time, and student-athletes will be required to make an appointment to utilize weight rooms and athletic training facilities. These restrictions are not fun, but will be necessary to ensure college sports take place in the fall.

Georgia Tech WR signee Bryce Gowdy unfortunately took his own life before beginning his career on the Flats. In order to help others who are undergoing mental health problems, his family has created the Bryce Gowdy Foundation in his name. The Foundation will also provide opportunities for high school football players in the form of camps and summer 7-on-7 competitions. This is a great way to honor Gowdy’s memory and help thousands of young people across the nation.

A couple of days ago, the ACC Network re-aired the 1990 Georgia Tech vs. Virginia game on YouTube. After the game, notable former Tech football players including AD Todd Stansbury, Marco Coleman, Calvin Tiggle, and Scott Sisson were on an after-show to look back on that game and its place in Tech history. You can check out both videos at the link above. The title, “1990 National Champions” will never get old.

While athletes will be able to return to campus starting June 15, coaches will not be allowed onto the recruiting trail until the beginning of August at the earliest. This is definitely not what many high schoolers who are being recruited want, as they will not get many chances to visit campuses and see their potential coaches face to face. However, the decision is understandable as coaches will need to put all of their energy into making up for lost time with athletes already on rosters.

The tweet above isn’t directly Georgia Tech related, but all of you Hawks, Braves, Atlanta United, and Falcons (yuck) fans, it’s worth a glance.

Question of the Day: What do you think about the GTAA’s reopening plan?