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Technical Tidbits 5/6: Georgia Tech Basketball Adds to the Schedule

A multi-team event, according to a James Madison broadcaster.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia Tech at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

While the tweet above hasn’t been confirmed by any of the schools involved, it’s from a James Madison University broadcaster. Georgia Tech will be playing James Madison, Longwood, and Mt. St. Mary’s in the upcoming basketball season. Not to be brief, but the competition will be bad. Longwood had the best season of the three Tech will be facing, going 14-18. Mt. St. Mary’s was not much worse at 11-21, and James Madison didn’t break double digits in wins, finishing at 9-21. I personally wish Tech would be a little more aggressive when scheduling multi-team events, wins like these will not get the Jackets off of the NCAA Tournament bubble come Selection Sunday.

One of the greatest coaches in NFL history, Don Shula, unfortunately passed away on Monday. Shula had a positive impact on thousands of men and women before, during, and after his coaching career, and one of those people was former Tech player and coach Bill Curry. Curry played for Shula while he was the head coach of the Baltimore Colts, and Shula helped Curry develop in football and in life. What a great read.

The article above takes a look at how college football adapted to the Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918. While some colleges didn’t play football at all that year, one school that did was Georgia Tech. The Jackets were coached by John Heisman at the time, and played an incredible season. They only lost one game, to Pittsburgh, and outscored their opponents in the first five games 425-0. What an insightful read!

The Byron Nelson Award is one of the top awards in college golf. It is given annually to a graduating senior that has athletic success along with incredible character and academic ability. Tech senior Tyler Strafaci fits those criteria, and has been named a finalist for the award. Other finalists include Colin Kober of Baylor and John Murphy of Louisville. Congratulations, Tyler! Keep up the good work!

Congratulations to all of the students around the nation who made the Dean’s List for their school this past semester!

Question of the Day: What do you think about football during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic?