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Technical Tidbits 6/5: Georgia Tech Athletes Have Election Day Plans

What a great move by the GTAA.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 13 Duke at Georgia Tech Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Even though federal Election Day is a little less than five months away, nine Georgia Tech teams have already pledged to not hold mandatory athletic activities that day to encourage voting by athletes and staff. The effort to take the day off was spearheaded by Tech’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball coaches Josh Pastner and Nell Fortner, along with Assistant Men’s Basketball coach Eric Reveno. This is a great thing to do, and I hope many other schools will get behind taking the day off for democracy.

Former Tech football player Derrick Morgan was not satisfied with his successes in the NFL. As the article above points out, Morgan wants to give back to society and address the root problems that have been plaguing the United States for years. Morgan has started a company, Kngdm Impact Fund, that will be, “investing in projects such as affordable housing and companies in distressed communities.” For example, Morgan’s company is planning to work on an affordable housing project in Atlanta. It is great to see Morgan working to impact communities throughout the United States in a positive manner. Keep it up, Derrick!

From the start of the protests over George Floyd’s death, Tech Head Football Coach Geoff Collins has made it clear where he stands on the matter. Collins was one of the first coaches to speak publicly about the protests, while also devoting a lot of time listening to his players and members of the football staff. Collins is making it clear that he will never understand the struggles many Americans face each day, but is willing to help make a difference in any way possible.

Since taking over for Paul Johnson in December 2018, one of Collins’ top recruiting priorities was to keep players from the Atlanta area close to home. That is evidenced by his recruitment of Creekside High School, as two of the school’s players signed with Tech in the 2020 recruiting cycle. Tyson Meiguez and Khatavian Franks are players that likely would not have come to Tech without Collins pushing for Atlanta-based recruits. This sets an example for the future of Yellow Jacket recruiting in the #404.

Avert your eyes.

Question of the Day: What do you think about Collins’ recruitment of the Atlanta area so far?