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Technical Tidbits 7/20: Scouting GT’s football team, an opponent’s perspective

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Opponent site offers take on GT football

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 19 Georgia Tech at Notre Dame Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For one of the articles in today’s Tidbits, there’s a Tech rival or opponent site that is referenced. While writing the Tidbits, I’ve come across a lot of articles from such sites. Though I do prefer to find sources from neutral sites or Tech-focused sites, it is fun to occasionally include one from a site that focuses on one of Tech’s rivals or opponents. So my question for today is, what is your take on such sources? Do you read their articles? Or do you follow them on social media? If so, which rivals or opponents?

This article appeared on a site that primarily focuses on Georgia Tech’s ACC rival Notre Dame. However, it focuses on the Yellow Jackets football team who will be traveling to South Bend to face off against the Fighting Irish during the 2021 football season. It’s always interesting to read articles about the Yellow Jackets that appear on opponent sites. This particular article actually does a pretty good job of remaining impartial and providing some legitimate analysis or insight into Tech’s football team.

I’d have to agree with most of the points the author makes, though I would argue that while the expectations are high for head coach Geoff Collins going into his third season, I wouldn’t necessarily say a “breakthrough” season is a necessity. Also, for what it’s worth and in fairness to Jahmyr Gibbs, I would point out that Gibbs, like Jordan Mason, was limited to only six games last season according to team stats.

The Notre Dame game will be the Yellow Jackets last road game, and it is the next to last game of the season. By that point, we will all have a fairly good idea of where the team stands in the third year of the Collins Era. Regardless, I do think it will be an important game as it will present the team with an opportunity to play against an established powerhouse. And it will definitely be a good tune-up for the team before Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate the following week.

The Everyday Champions series that appears on RamblingWreck.com is one of my favorite series. With the summer Olympics approaching, the topic of focus for this edition is on Georgia Tech athletic staff who have appeared in the Olympics as a coach or athlete. Nell Fortner, Rodney Harmon, Courtney Shealy Hart, and Nat Page are all coaches at Georgia Tech who have Olympic experience under their belts or have qualified for the Olympics (Nat Page qualified for the 1980 Olympics but the games were boycotted that year).

With names like John Heisman and Bobby Dodd associated with it, Georgia Tech has quite a history of great coaches. This article highlights how that tradition continues and how Tech continues to be a popular landing spot for talented coaches in the 21st century.