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Technical Tidbits 7/13: (Mandatory) Workouts Begin!

September 3 couldn’t come sooner!

Georgia Tech v Virginia Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images

Each day brings us closer and closer to the (presumed) start of the 2020 college football season. This past Saturday, the Georgia Tech football team began mandatory workouts. These workouts will run through July 21, and allow for eight hours per week of weight training, conditioning, and video review. After the mandatory workout period ends, the activity limit will be pushed to 20 hours per week from July 22 until August 4. Walk-throughs will be allowed during this time. Tech’s preseason camp kicks off August 5. You can taste the beginning of football season!

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that three Georgia Tech student-athletes and three staff had tested positive for COVID-19. On Friday, the GTAA announced that four more athletes were positive for COVID-19 and following quarantine protocols. That makes seven Tech athletes total that have tested positive for the virus out of 170 tests. Compared to other schools, like UNC with over 30 athletes and staff testing positive for COVID, Georgia Tech is doing well.

Tyler Strafaci can’t stop winning. Last weekend, the Tech golfer won the North & South Amateur in Pinehurst, NC. On Saturday, Strafaci captured the Palmetto Amateur at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, SC. This run of good showings couldn’t come at a better time for Strafaci as he gears up for the U.S. Amateur that starts on August 10. Luckily for the Georgia Tech golf team, Strafaci will be returning for one more season thanks to the NCAA’s COVID-19 eligibility waiver for 2020 spring sport seniors. Congratulations, Tyler!

In another big win for the Georgia Tech golf team over the weekend, Luke Schniederjans took home the Georgia Amateur Championship. The Tech graduate won the tournament in a playoff at the Atlanta Athletic Club, making a birdie on the first extra hole. Schniederjans is now the tenth Yellow Jacket to win the Georgia Amateur, and the first since 1964. Keep it up, Luke!

Times were tough in the years before Georgia Tech reached the pinnacle of college football in 1990. Head Coach Bobby Ross started in 1987, going 5-17 in his first two seasons with no ACC victories. The article above describes Ross’ third season in 1989, where the team only went 7-4 but underwent serious internal changes necessary for a championship in 1990. Players began to take academics more seriously, resulting in better discipline and an increased ability to work as a team. A great read for your Monday!

Question of the Day: What do you remember about the 1990 championship season?