Last year’s “Holiday Hoopsgiving” went pretty well for Josh Pastner and the Georgia Tech basketball team. The Jackets took down the Kentucky Wildcats (79-62), as the team shot over 60% in the second half of the game. While Kentucky ended up being pretty bad (9-16), at the time the Wildcats were ranked in the top-25. The resume (and morale) booster was significant heading into the holiday season. This year, Tech will attempt to do the same against the LSU Tigers. Will Wade’s squad figures to be very good this year, they went 19-10 with a second round NCAA Tournament exit. A win here would be great for Tech’s NCAA Tournament hopes. The game will take place at State Farm Arena on December 11, network and time TBA. It’s part of a quadruple-header, so there will likely be multi-game ticket packages.
We’re getting closer and closer to the college football season, which means that more and more previews and predictions are going to be released. PFF announced their preseason All-ACC teams yesterday, and five Yellow Jackets made the list. RB Jahmyr Gibbs and S Juanyeh Thomas are on the preseason All-ACC First-Team, with RB Jordan Mason, DL Jordan Domineck, and DL Keion White all making the second-team. Gibbs (as in many other preseason projections) was also All-ACC Third-Team at kick returner. There are high expectations going into Geoff Collins’ third season at the helm of Georgia Tech, and the players listed above will be key aspects of the success if it comes.
Juanyeh Thomas is open for business, joining Miles Brooks in offering gamers the chance to compete with him through Yoke, a video-game app. If there's a way to play wakeboarding on the Wii (that's about my speed), I might have to sign up. @STG_Yeh1 https://t.co/ywuVmfqNgW— Ken Sugiura (@ksugiuraajc) July 1, 2021
Yesterday was the day that many college student-athletes were looking forward to, the first they could sign endorsement deals and receive payment. Many players are already in on the action, Auburn’s Bo Nix and Milo’s Sweet Tea are in business, as well as Howard’s Tai Bibbs, who signed a deal with Grilled Cheese DC. The only Yellow Jackets that I could find signing a deal are Miles Brooks and Juanyeh Thomas, who are joining other players on Yoke. It’s a video game app where athletes and normal people can video chat with one another while gaming. Yoke sounds like a good way to make money and have some fun for student-athletes.
"What up y'all? Geoff Collins is trying to build something special at @GeorgiaTechFB and I chat with him about the program, building trust, what he learned from Nick Saban and a whole lot more. Plus, it’s Pickleball season" - @MartySmithESPN— ESPN Podcasts (@espnpodcasts) June 29, 2021
Marty Smith and Geoff Collins is always an exciting combination, Collins is a great interview given the recent money-making rule changes for student-athletes. Give the podcast a listen!
Question of the Day: What would your ideal endorsement be?