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Why Georgia Tech likely will never adopt the shotgun again

With the disappointment of Georgia Tech’s recently completed season, suggestions have returned on social media that coach Paul Johnson incorporate shotgun elements into his option-based spread offense. The success of former Johnson aides using the shotgun at Army (Jeff Monken) and Navy (Ken Niumatalolo) has only reinforced the notion that placing the quarterback five yards behind center, rather...


Championship game previews

Championship game previews

Eight Georgia high school football championship games will be played in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Friday and Saturday. (Hyosub Shin/AJC) Colquitt County vs. North Gwinnett When, where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 11-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-AAAAAAA and No. 8; North Gwinnett is 13-1, the No. 1 seed...
Quarterback Jay Jones to transfer from Georgia Tech

Quarterback Jay Jones to transfer from Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech quarterback Jay Jones will transfer after two seasons with the team. Jones, from McCalla, Ala., made the announcement from his Twitter account Wednesday. A redshirt freshman, Jones was one of five scholarship quarterbacks on the depth chart this season and played in one game. With backup Matthew Jordan leaving the team with one season of eligibility remaining, Jones would likely have...
Score! Your guide to the College Football Hall of Fame

Score! Your guide to the College Football Hall of Fame

If you're a college football fan, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta just might be the next best thing to your team winning the national championship. A hall of fame might conjure up visions of old photos and statues in a fairly staid atmosphere, but the CFHF is anything but. The College Football Hall of Fame was founded in 1951 and was originally housed in Kings Mill, Ohio, before...
Uncertainty surrounds status of Georgia Tech assistant Darryl LaBarrie

Uncertainty surrounds status of Georgia Tech assistant Darryl LaBarrie

Two weeks after he was placed on paid administrative leave after an allegation of an NCAA rules violation, Georgia Tech assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie faces an uncertain future. The NCAA, with Tech’s assistance, is continuing an investigation into the allegation, with no set end point. LaBarrie has been told not to contact anyone with the team, and Tech players, coaches and staff are under...
Georgia Tech’s loss to Wofford an extreme statistical outlier

Georgia Tech’s loss to Wofford an extreme statistical outlier

Wofford did the seemingly impossible Wednesday night in defeating Georgia Tech. In their 63-60 upset win in Spartanburg, S.C., the Terriers shot 35.6 percent from the field. The Yellow Jackets shot 57.1 percent from the field, the highest rate in coach Josh Pastner’s 44-game tenure. From the start of the 2010-11 season through Tuesday’s games, there had been 838 Division I games in which...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Wofford

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Wofford

In a rare visit to a mid-major arena, Georgia Tech played the unwitting foil. In control for much of the game, the Yellow Jackets permitted a late surge and lost 63-60 Wednesday night. Tech fell to 4-4 and limps into an extended break for final exams a bit askew. The Jackets were done in by a 36-point game from Wofford guard Fletcher Magee. Tech suffered the rare defeat in which it shot 57.1 percent...
Josh Okogie apologizes for NCAA violations

Josh Okogie apologizes for NCAA violations

Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie expressed contrition for the NCAA violations that brought him a six-game suspension, but was brief in comments about the matter. “I want to let (Tech fans) know that I apologize,” he told the AJC Tuesday. “I learned from it and we’re going to be a better team.” Okogie and teammate Tadric Jackson were both suspended by the NCAA (Jackson for...
Infection to Okogie’s finger doubly punitive for Georgia Tech

Infection to Okogie’s finger doubly punitive for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie isn’t sure how his left index finger became infected, but this much is clear – it’s a pretty big hit for the Yellow Jackets. On top of causing a longer-than-expected absence, it has also prevented him from doing conditioning work. Speaking Tuesday, Okogie reaffirmed the hope that he will be cleared to play by the Jackets’ ACC opener at Notre Dame...
Army-Navy rightfully gets stage all to itself this weekend

Army-Navy rightfully gets stage all to itself this weekend

With the biggest game of the season approaching, Army and its coach Jeff Monken had to spend exactly not one second dealing with any combination of: Knuckleheads, car and misdemeanor marijuana possession. Because that is not how the world turns around here. This is a little more serious place, where they prepare for serious things. Let other programs – notably Georgia, according to latest headlines...
C’Bo Flemister is Georgia Tech’s 17th commitment

C’Bo Flemister is Georgia Tech’s 17th commitment

Georgia Tech added its 17th commit of the 2018 signing class Monday night, when Pike County High running back C’Bo Flemister joined Tech’s recruiting class. Pike County coach Brad Webber confirmed the decision. According to the website Recruit Georgia, Flemister ran for more than 4,300 yards as a junior and senior for Pike County, a Class AAA school. Listed at 6-foot and 192 pounds, Flemister...
What went wrong: ‘Make one more play’

What went wrong: ‘Make one more play’

The last in a series of stories examining how Georgia Tech, which began its season with hopes of playing for the ACC championship, instead ended up with a 5-6 record. Georgia Tech safety Corey Griffin had it about right. “Make one more play,” Griffin said following the season-ending loss to Georgia. “One more play. I mean, that’s it. You look at it. Tennessee, one point. Miami...
Former Tech assistant Bryan Cook dismissed at Georgia Southern

Former Tech assistant Bryan Cook dismissed at Georgia Southern

Former Georgia Tech assistant coach Bryan Cook has been dismissed at Georgia Southern after one season as its offensive coordinator. Cook served as the Yellow Jackets’ quarterbacks and B-backs coach from 2013 to 2016 and left Tech to become the Georgia Southern offensive coordinator for coach Tyson Summers. He was hired as Summers tried to return the Eagles to the option offense that Tech coach...
Five observations from Georgia Tech’s 77-70 loss to Tennessee

Five observations from Georgia Tech’s 77-70 loss to Tennessee

Ben Lammers found an extra gear Sunday night in the second half, when he made a pair of 3-point shots while scoring 15 of his team-high 17 points, but Georgia Tech couldn’t catch up to Tennessee’s late barrage of free throws in a 77-70 loss at McCamish Pavilion. Tech guards Tadric Jackson (15 points), Jose Alvarado (14) and Curtis Haywood II (12) added scoring punch. Here are five observations...
Bracketologist explains repercussions of Tech loss to Grambling State

Bracketologist explains repercussions of Tech loss to Grambling State

The good news about Georgia Tech’s loss to Grambling State on Friday night is that it hasn’t necessarily killed the Yellow Jackets’ NCAA Tournament hopes less than a month into the season. “Nothing’s fatal December 1,” CBS Sports bracketologist Jerry Palm told the AJC. “Nothing’s fatal. In terms of how it’s really going to impact them, we won&rsquo...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Grambling State

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Grambling State

With an uninspired effort and a singularly unlucky finish, Georgia Tech lost 64-63 to Grambling State on Friday night at McCamish Pavilion. Against a Tigers team that had started the season 1-5, the Yellow Jackets didn’t take care of the ball and were outplayed on defense. Tech did make a late run, but it wasn’t enough to outdo Grambling State. The Jackets are now 4-2. Here are five observations...
What went wrong: A withering schedule

What went wrong: A withering schedule

Saturday will be something of an empty day for Georgia Tech fans, but also a reminder of what the Yellow Jackets faced this season. Three Tech opponents will be playing for either the ACC or SEC championship – Clemson and Miami in the ACC title game and archrival Georgia plays Auburn at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the SEC championship. It’s just the second time since the ACC went to a two-division...
Thus far, Tech’s most improved might be Abdoulaye Gueye

Thus far, Tech’s most improved might be Abdoulaye Gueye

It wasn’t the most memorable play from Georgia Tech’s win over Northwestern. Yellow Jackets fans likely have watched – and watched again – guard Tadric Jackson’s buzzer-beating drive to the basket that gave Tech its one-point win Tuesday night. But forward Abdoulaye Gueye made a play that was worthy of another look, too. In the first half, Gueye had his back to the basket...
What went wrong: Offense didn’t do enough

What went wrong: Offense didn’t do enough

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson deemed his offense average, and it’s an entirely apt assessment. The Yellow Jackets had moments when they were high-powered and others when they were incapable. By measure of one of Johnson’s favored statistics, points per possession, Tech was indeed quite close to the middle of FBS. Against FBS competition, the Jackets averaged 2.20 points per drive, according...
Clemson-Miami brings to mind an ugly rout

Clemson-Miami brings to mind an ugly rout

It has been better than two years since Miami and Clemson last played, a situation that will be remedied Saturday night in Charlotte at the ACC Championship game. To say the last one was as competitive as a hog butchering would be mild, giving the poor bacon far too much credit. You could have taken the Tigers and given 57 points and still cashed your bet.  At Clemson, they rightfully dismiss...
What went wrong: Defensive returning starters weren’t impactful

What went wrong: Defensive returning starters weren’t impactful

There were eight returning starters and additional players with considerable playing experience. The unit had finished strong in the 2016 season, heavily impacting the season-ending four-game winning streak. There was plenty of reason to believe that Georgia Tech’s defense could make a breakthrough. One could conclude that the Yellow Jackets did play better. In fact, defensive coordinator Ted...
MaChelle Joseph faces alma mater Purdue in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

MaChelle Joseph faces alma mater Purdue in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Twenty-five years after she graduated from Purdue following one of the greatest athletic careers in school history, Purdue continues to tug at Georgia Tech basketball coach MaChelle Joseph’s heart. She thinks of games won and relationships forged. She thinks of Mackey Arena, where she shot baskets by herself late at night, perfecting form that enabled her to become the Big Ten’s all-time...
Clemson discovers life after Deshaun Watson

Clemson discovers life after Deshaun Watson

In whole or part, Auburn may be responsible for half of the four teams currently atop college football’s playoff rankings.  There’s itself, of course, to the surprise of many. And, thanks to an early-season, recoverable loss, there’s Clemson, to the surprise of only some.  For when Auburn traveled to Memorial Stadium and played unwilling foil to the defending national champion...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Northwestern

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Northwestern

With a buzzer-beating layup that called to mind Josh Okogie’s game-winner against Notre Dame last season, Georgia Tech guard Tadric Jackson gave the Yellow Jackets a thrilling 52-51 win over Northwestern Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion. The win gave coach Josh Pastner, whose frizzy hair was honored with the distribution of several hundred wigs to Tech students, his first ACC/Big Ten Challenge...
Georgia Tech’s Step Durham, Lance Austin issue statements about fight

Georgia Tech’s Step Durham, Lance Austin issue statements about fight

Georgia Tech football players Step Durham and Lance Austin released statements Tuesday night, through the Tech sports media-relations department, about an incident from the spring in which Durham and Austin fought in a Tech facility, with Durham knocking out Austin. TMZ Sports first published the video of the incident.  Tech’s news release said that the statements were released at the request...
Playoff rankings: Auburn climbs to No. 2, Georgia to No. 6

Playoff rankings: Auburn climbs to No. 2, Georgia to No. 6

Auburn and Georgia will enter their showdown in the SEC Championship game ranked Nos. 2 and 6, respectively, by the College Football Playoff selection committee. In the committee’s latest rankings, released Tuesday night, Auburn moved up four spots after beating Alabama, while Georgia climbed one spot after beating Georgia Tech. The Tigers and Bulldogs will meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday...
What went wrong: Special teams rarely provided a lift

What went wrong: Special teams rarely provided a lift

Georgia Tech had hopes for a special football season, but ended up instead with a 5-6 record and no bowl trip for the second time in three years. There is no lack of reasons for how it happened, but a series this week will examine seven of them. In spite of an All-ACC punter, Georgia Tech’s special teams were a mess this season. The shortcomings were widespread, and the kickoff return team is...
Georgia Tech players’ knock-out fight caught in video

Georgia Tech players’ knock-out fight caught in video

A video surfaced Tuesday, via TMZ Sports, showing a knockout fight between Georgia Tech players Step Durham and Lance Austin. The incident inside a Tech facility reportedly occurred in the spring. Durham and Austin were among five returning cornerbacks this fall. In the video (WARNING: GRAPHIC SCENE WITH GRAPHIC LANGUAGE),  Durham pushes Austin and connects with a single swing...
LEADOFF: Auburn-Alabama game won the weekend on Atlanta TV

LEADOFF: Auburn-Alabama game won the weekend on Atlanta TV

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, today’s early look inside Atlanta sports.  Auburn’s 26-14 victory over Alabama was the most watched football game on Atlanta television over the weekend, surpassing both the Georgia-Georgia Tech game and the Falcons’ game.  The Auburn-Alabama game posted a 21.1 Nielsen rating in the Atlanta TV market Saturday, meaning 21.1 percent of the market&rsquo...
Tech staffer Julian Swartz subs for Darryl LaBarrie on bench

Tech staffer Julian Swartz subs for Darryl LaBarrie on bench

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has designated recruiting and compliance director Julian Swartz to fill assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie’s spot on the bench while he is on paid administrative leave. LaBarrie was put on leave last Wednesday as the school investigates allegations of an NCAA rules violation. It was reported by ESPN that the alleged violation pertains to an official visit to Tech&rsquo...
Josh Okogie could be out through ACC opener

Josh Okogie could be out through ACC opener

Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie will not be back on the basketball court when his six-game NCAA suspension ends after the Grambling State game Dec. 1. Okogie, who suffered an open dislocation of his left index finger during Tech’s exhibition game against Georgia State Oct. 28, could be out through the start of ACC play, according to coach Josh Pastner. The complication is an infection of the...
Benson, Braun, Harvin earn All-ACC honors for Georgia Tech

Benson, Braun, Harvin earn All-ACC honors for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech B-back KirVonte Benson, guard Parker Braun and punter Pressley Harvin were all named to the All-ACC team, which was released Monday. Benson and Braun were both voted to the second team and Harvin was a third-team pick. It’s the first time each has received the honor. Guard Shamire Devine earned honorable mention, having received the seventh most points among guards. Benson finished...
What went wrong: Unexpected shortage at offensive tackle

What went wrong: Unexpected shortage at offensive tackle

Georgia Tech had hopes for a special football season, but ended up instead with a 5-6 record and no bowl trip for the second time in three years. There is no lack of reasons for how it happened, but a series this week will examine seven of them. Among the many shortcomings for Georgia Tech on its way to its disappointing season was a shortage of depth and experience at offensive tackle. A little more...
A look at Bulldog’s history of facing an opponent twice

A look at Bulldog’s history of facing an opponent twice

The Bulldogs will have an opportunity to avenge their dreadful 40-17 loss to Auburn this Saturday in Atlanta. The longtime rivals will meet for the 122nd time, this occasion for the SEC championship. UGA holds the 57-56-8 all-time edge. Georgia has faced an opponent twice only four times in its history: The Bulldogs lost to North Carolina twice in Atlanta in 1895. In 1945, LSU defeated Georgia twice...
Tech goes from ‘We just keep playing’ to ‘We were just out there’

Tech goes from ‘We just keep playing’ to ‘We were just out there’

A year ago Sunday, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson happily bragged on his team, which had just stunned Georgia in Athens by erasing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead to win 28-27. “We just keep playing,” Johnson said then. “We keep playing. The team doesn’t get a whole lot of respect, nor does the program, and so you just keep playing. I think that they’ve done a really...
All bowl scenarios off table for Georgia Tech

All bowl scenarios off table for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech officially was removed from bowl contention Saturday after the Yellow Jackets lost to Georgia and its route as a five-win team was blocked later in the day. Tech could have earned a bowl berth the conventional way by upsetting No. 7 Georgia for its sixth win, but lost 38-7. With the school’s attempts to find a 12th game for next week exhausted after an extensive effort, as confirmed...
Corey Griffin lets emotions loose in Georgia Tech finale

Corey Griffin lets emotions loose in Georgia Tech finale

Corey Griffin struggled to hold back tears as he sat at his final postgame news conference for Georgia Tech on Saturday.  Following a disappointing 38-7 loss to Georgia at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the senior defensive back began to reflect on his time with the Yellow Jackets for the previous five years.  “It didn’t really hit me until I got back to the locker room,” Griffin...
Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall reflects on his first season as starter

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall reflects on his first season as starter

Georgia Tech fans will never forget Sept. 4. The Yellow Jackets opened the season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium against then-No. 25 Tennessee with their first new quarterback in three years. His name was TaQuon Marshall and all he did in his first game leading the offense was set multiple Tech records. He captivated on-lookers as he rushed for 249 yards and five touchdowns on 44 carries -- all records...
Georgia Tech lays second-half egg again 

Georgia Tech lays second-half egg again 

For the second week in a row Georgia Tech came out of halftime with a chance to win a game. But by the time the game reached the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets faced an insurmountable comeback.  In Saturday's rivalry contest against Georgia at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the Jackets trailed the No. 7 Bulldogs by only 10 points at halftime, 17-7. That deficit ballooned to 24 points by the beginning...
Short takes: For Georgia Tech, the game could have gone worse

Short takes: For Georgia Tech, the game could have gone worse

These short takes are presented as a companion to the Georgia Tech column off Saturday’s game. Tech lost to Georgia 38-7. 1. Believe it or not, the day could have gone worse for the Yellow Jackets. Freshman Jerry Howard bobbled the opening kickoff. He scurried into the end zone to recover the ball and barely exited before being tackled. A replay review ensued, apparently to check if...
Tech goes out with a whimper. Paul Johnson is not pleased

Tech goes out with a whimper. Paul Johnson is not pleased

Georgia Tech trailed Georgia by 10 points five minutes into the third quarter. Nothing suggested that the Yellow Jackets were about to win this game, but the score was close enough that … well, stranger things and all that.  Mecole Hardman outfought Lance Austin for the catch that gave Georgia first-and-goal at the 4. Jake Fromm handed to Sony Michel, who was forced to retreat by a stunting...
LIVE BLOG: Georgia Tech vs. No. 7 Georgia

LIVE BLOG: Georgia Tech vs. No. 7 Georgia

November 26, 2016 Athens – During the rivalry football game between Georgia and Georgia Tech at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, November 26, 2016. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM Hope you’ll join us for the live blog today for updates, notes and commentary. Not much to share prior to the game, except for that, per usual, there is a lot of red throughout the stadium, including in...
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