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Technical Tidbits 6/29: Georgia Tech learns BIG 10/ACC Challenge matchup

The Badgers will be coming to Atlanta to kick off December.

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It may seem strange, but December 1 is just over five months away. That’s how much time the reigning ACC champion Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have to prepare for the Wisconsin Badgers as part of this year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The matchup, along with the rest of the challenge slate, was released yesterday. Tech is currently riding a two-game win streak in the annual event between the conferences, with both victories coming against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Last season, the Badgers finished 18-13 and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. There, they beat the UNC Tar Heels before falling to the eventual champions: the Baylor Bears. Greg Gard’s squad will not be a pushover for the Jackets, who always need a victory against a major opponent to boost their NCAA Tournament resume.

Initially recruited under Chan Gailey, WR Demaryius Thomas could have transferred anywhere after triple-option coach Paul Johnson was hired in 2008 to lead Georgia Tech. He was all but guaranteed lower numbers under Johnson, but decided to stick it out and was heavily rewarded for it. Thomas’ last two seasons at Tech saw him emerge as a key part of the Yellow Jacket offense, going for over 1,100 yards and scoring 8 touchdowns during his senior year. With those huge numbers, Thomas was named first-team All-ACC and was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos. His professional career was a success, appearing in the Pro Bowl for five straight seasons and winning Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos. Thomas announced his retirement yesterday, and will always be remembered as one of the best receivers of the 2010s. Well done, Demaryius!

The Georgia Tech Softball team had a decent 2021 season, going 20-26 (11-19, ACC). There is certainly room for improvement, and that’s why coach Aileen Morales is bringing in Chandler Dennis. The pitcher had a strong high school career, being “named a FloSoftball High School All American as a junior in 2017 before being tabbed Gwinnett County Pitcher of the Year as a senior in 2018.” Dennis played sparingly with the Wolverines, throwing in just five games over two seasons. Welcome to the Flats, Chandler!

Former Tech star Josh Okogie is headed to the Olympics to represent Nigeria. Congratulations, Josh! Make us proud!

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite memory of Demaryius Thomas on the Flats?