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Technical Tidbits 8/28: Tariq Carpenter Gives an Update

He’s ready to play.

Pittsburgh v Georgia Tech Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Many Georgia Tech football players have made it clear they want to play this season, like QB Jordan Yates. On the other side of the issue is S Tariq Carpenter, who has expressed doubt about the wisdom of playing in the midst of a global pandemic. However, with the announcement of the NCAA’s extra year of eligibility for all fall sports players, Carpenter’s fears were assuaged. Instead of having to face the reality of sitting out for crucial games in his senior season due to contracting COVID-19, the extra year of eligibility provides a sense of security. If Carpenter does miss games, he gets one more season to prove himself to NFL teams and bring Tech major success. In the article above, Carpenter also discusses the rest of the defense (there’s a lot to like), and their work in the preseason.

In yesterday’s “Tidbits” I wrote that Geoff Collins had not announced a starter at QB for the first game of the season at Florida State. There is still no news on that front, but the Macon Telegraph decided to take a look at the four candidates for the job. All four candidates each have separate pros and cons that can benefit the team. Finding out who the starter is will be nice, but as we’ve seen from Geoff Collins (at Tech and Temple), it can take the coaching staff multiple games to pick a quarterback and stick with them.

All of Georgia Tech’s NBA players are done with their seasons, now that the New Orleans Pelicans and Derrick Favors have been eliminated in the playoffs. Some good news for former Jacket Josh Okogie is that his team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, are “on the clock” for the upcoming NBA Draft. The Timberwolves received the number one pick in the recent NBA Draft Lottery. Let’s hope that Josh will be the next Yellow Jacket to win a NBA Championship.

Who doesn’t love some great memories of incredible seasons? The 2007 season was extra special for the women’s tennis team, along with the ACC Championship, they brought home the NCAA Championship! This is the only NCAA team championship in Georgia Tech history.

I’m glad that Geoff Collins & co. allow their players to speak about social justice issues facing the nation. Jaytlin Askew’s remarks yesterday during media availability are a must-watch for your Friday. Powerful stuff.

Question of the Day: What do you think about the NCAA’s eligibility ruling?