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Pastner thinks maybe too many minutes for Lammers, Okogie

Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers’ 40-minute games may be a thing of the past. Guard Josh Okogie’s toil on behalf of the Yellow Jackets may be abbreviated also. Coach Josh Pastner said that he has been playing both players too much, which has limited their productivity. “We need them to be better, but maybe I’m playing them too many minutes,” Pastner said Monday. Lammers...


D’Marcus Simonds has big plans for his time at Georgia State  

D’Marcus Simonds has big plans for his time at Georgia State  

School had been snowed out for yet another day, but not practice. It’s the season, and the heat is always on in the gym.  Inside Georgia State’s third-floor court, the Panthers’ star guard was easy to pick out from among the sweaty swirl of teammates. He was the only one who could carry off those warm-up pants, the color open to interpretation. Pink, for those who wished to...
Georgia Tech could be walking into ambush at UNC

Georgia Tech could be walking into ambush at UNC

About 40 hours after Georgia Tech walked off the McCamish Pavilion floor, after a loss to No. 2 Virginia on Thursday night, the Yellow Jackets will brace for an examination of a different sort Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C. After unsuccessfully engaging the slowest team in Division I (per KenPom) and one of the top defensive teams in the country in Virginia, the Jackets will try to find a...
A second look at Georgia Tech-Virginia

A second look at Georgia Tech-Virginia

A few more thoughts and observations from Georgia Tech’s 64-48 loss to No. 2 Virginia Thursday at McCamish Pavilion. The “5 observations” story can be read here. 1. Not to belabor the point, but Georgia Tech really surrendered any chance of beating Virginia by giving up so many possessions with turnovers – 18, to be precise. And what I imagine was all the more aggravating...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to No. 2 Virginia

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to No. 2 Virginia

Before the first sellout crowd of the season, Georgia Tech could not capture the magic that had propelled the Yellow Jackets to upset wins of four AP top-15 teams in the past two seasons. Rather, No. 2 Virginia did what highly-ranked teams typically do. The Cavaliers played their style, frustrated the Jackets and finished the game going away, taking a 64-48 win out of McCamish Pavilion Thursday night...
No surprise this night, Georgia Tech loses ugly to Virginia

No surprise this night, Georgia Tech loses ugly to Virginia

It being now impossible to locally source football, this should be the time to transition to some college basketball, if anyone out there still has the appetite. Uh, maybe you’ll want to wait just a few more days.   Thursday night was not the occasion to start shopping for a late winter alternative because Virginia was in town. This is an opponent that breeds consternation, not converts...
Justin Moore not on bench for Georgia Tech

Justin Moore not on bench for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech guard Justin Moore was not on the bench for the Yellow Jackets’ game against Virginia Thursday night at McCamish Pavilion. A team spokesman did not know of his whereabouts. While healthy and eligible to play, Moore was in warmups for Tech’s first three home games in January. He did not make the trip with the team to Pittsburgh for the Jackets’ Saturday game against the...
What awaits Todd Stansbury as CFP committee member

What awaits Todd Stansbury as CFP committee member

Todd Stansbury’s spot on the College Football Playoff section committee is merited. The Georgia Tech athletic director, named Wednesday to be the ACC’s new representative to the 13-person group, has a long list of credentials that recommend him for the position to help select the College Football Playoff field. “The opportunity to play college football and be close to the sport for...
A defining moment arrives for Georgia Tech

A defining moment arrives for Georgia Tech

After limping into conference play with a résumé that the NIT selection committee would have fed into a shredder (but only after laughing and passing it around the room), Georgia Tech is starting to puff out its chest three weeks later. The Yellow Jackets are 3-1 in ACC play, good enough for third place in the conference as they prepare for No. 2 Virginia on Thursday at McCamish Pavilion...
Georgia Tech’s ACC schedule released

Georgia Tech’s ACC schedule released

Georgia Tech’s 2018 schedule will include two non-Saturday games, including its first Friday regular-season game since 1994. Tech will play its first-ever game against Louisville on Oct. 5, a Friday night, in its Atlantic Division crossover game. The last time the Yellow Jackets played on a Friday during the regular season was against Georgia in 1994 on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Tech will...
Georgia Tech fund-raising effort to add recruiting staff starting well

Georgia Tech fund-raising effort to add recruiting staff starting well

A Georgia Tech graduate has challenged Yellow Jackets football fans to financially support a recruiting initiative, and the athletic department has been pleased by the response. The graduate, who has chosen to remain anonymous, offered to put up $200,000 of his own money on a 50 percent matching-fund basis to be earmarked for the hiring of recruiting staff with a ceiling of $400,000. Despite a relatively...
Georgia Tech-Virginia game nears sellout

Georgia Tech-Virginia game nears sellout

Georgia Tech was nearing a sellout Tuesday for its Thursday night matchup with No. 2 Virginia at McCamish Pavilion. It would be the first sellout of the season for the Yellow Jackets. As of Tuesday, fewer than 300 tickets remained for the 8,600-seat arena. It is a significant game for the Jackets, who are 3-1 in the ACC and have won four games in a row. It’s the first time that Tech started...
ACC schedule to be released Wednesday

ACC schedule to be released Wednesday

The ACC will release the schedule for the 2018 football season Wednesday at 2 p.m. Georgia Tech has home conference games against Clemson, Duke, Miami and Virginia and road conference games against Louisville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech. The game against Louisville will be the Yellow Jackets’ first in school history. Tech also has four non-conference games already scheduled...
Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech have come out better on other side of ‘scandal’

Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech have come out better on other side of ‘scandal’

This wasn’t the first time somebody had something bad to say about Josh Pastner. “They ripped me to shreds about my coaching in Memphis,” Georgia Tech’s basketball coach said. “The day I got the job, 50 percent wanted me there and 50 percent said, ‘Why are we hiring this guy to replace John Calipari?’” But what happened to Pastner in November was different...
Georgia Tech locker-room renovation beginning

Georgia Tech locker-room renovation beginning

Georgia Tech has begun its locker-room renovation, a $4.5 million project that will modernize the space underneath the north stands of Bobby Dodd Stadium. The project is being funded entirely by a gift from an anonymous donor. The renovated locker room will include modernized visual displays throughout the room, including a “gear wall” to display the Yellow Jackets’ new Adidas apparel...
AAU coach: ‘Major loss’ if Darryl LaBarrie dismissed

AAU coach: ‘Major loss’ if Darryl LaBarrie dismissed

It was easy to pick out Darryl LaBarrie, and people did. The Georgia Tech assistant coach, put on paid leave in November as the NCAA investigates an allegation of a rules violation, had a seat by the main entrance to Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena on Monday. He was there to watch the first Dream Challenge, a showcase event for some of the top high-school talent in the state and their teams...
Details of Georgia Tech’s agreement with Adidas

Details of Georgia Tech’s agreement with Adidas

With its contract with Adidas, Georgia Tech won’t receive a boatload of cash, but the Yellow Jackets will be well-clad. Tech will receive an average of $3.11 million annually from Adidas in cash and product over its six-year contract, according to the school’s memorandum of understanding with the shoe and apparel company, obtained by the AJC through an open-records request. The school...
A second look at Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh

A second look at Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh

A few more thoughts and observations from Georgia Tech’s 69-54 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. You can read the “5 observations” story here. 1. Guard Josh Okogie had a plus-32 total for his plus/minus, which is by far the team’s highest in its four ACC games this season. After the game, I asked him if he knew what his plus/minus was (he did not), and when I told him,...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh

Georgia Tech did the unusual Saturday, hammering an ACC opponent on the road. The Yellow Jackets’ 69-54 win over Pittsburgh at the Petersen Events Center broke an eight-game road losing streak in ACC games and was also their largest margin of victory in an ACC road game since a 26-point win over Wake Forest in March 2011, coach Paul Hewitt’s final season. “I just thought overall...
Josh Pastner files defamation suit telling his side of story

Josh Pastner files defamation suit telling his side of story

Two months after he was publicly accused of committing and encouraging NCAA rules violations and committing sexual assault against an acquaintance, Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner told his side of the story. In a lawsuit filed Friday in the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County, Pastner contends that Arizona residents Ron Bell and his girlfriend Jennifer Pendley attempted to...
Tech coach Josh Pastner alleges defamation in civil suit against Ron Bell

Tech coach Josh Pastner alleges defamation in civil suit against Ron Bell

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has filed a civil suit in Arizona against Ron Bell, who provided impermissible benefits to two Tech basketball players in violation of NCAA rules and then claimed that Pastner was aware of the actions and encouraged the rule breaking. In the suit, filed in the state’s superior court, Pastner alleged that Bell and his girlfriend Jennifer Pendley defamed him and...
Georgia Tech hires defensive assistant

Georgia Tech hires defensive assistant

Georgia Tech added another defensive assistant coach to its staff, Shiel Wood, formerly the defensive coordinator at Wofford. Wood served as new defensive coordinator Nate Woody’s safeties coach when he was defensive coordinator at Wofford. Wood will coach Tech’s safeties. Andy McCollum, who has been the safeties coach for the past two seasons, will coach inside linebackers. Wood, 35,...
Josh Pastner trying to be smart with heavy playing loads

Josh Pastner trying to be smart with heavy playing loads

In the preseason, Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers was hopeful that the offseason development of big men Sylvester Ogbonda and Abdoulaye Gueye might mean a little break for him once the season began. Against Notre Dame on Wednesday, Lammers played 40 minutes, the third time this season that coach Josh Pastner has kept him on the floor for the entire game. The same may happen Saturday, when Tech plays...
Todd Stansbury explains contract extension for Paul Johnson

Todd Stansbury explains contract extension for Paul Johnson

Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury understands some fans’ ire with his decision to extend coach Paul Johnson’s contract by two years. “Most definitely,” he said. “After the season, there was a lot of frustration there.” That said, he firmly supports Johnson, entering his 11th season at Tech, longer than any coach’s tenure at Tech other than Bobby...
Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run

Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run

It’s been almost a week, but whether or not you’re a University of Georgia football fan, you can probably still sense the lingering disappointment of the devastating loss in the college championship game. (And just for a moment here, I will acknowledge that we have plenty of Georgia Tech – and Alabama – fans among our customers, who clearly aren’t troubled by the loss...
Second look at Georgia Tech-Notre Dame

Second look at Georgia Tech-Notre Dame

Taking a second review of Georgia Tech’s 60-53 win over Notre Dame on Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion. The “5 observations” can be read here. 1. The feeling about this one is that Tech didn’t play as well as it could have, particularly on offense. The Jackets shot 20-for-47 on 2-point field-goal tries, 42.6 percent. To borrow a phrase of Josh Pastner’s, that...
Agreement in principle for Paul Johnson extension

Agreement in principle for Paul Johnson extension

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has received one more confirmation of support from athletic director Todd Stansbury, and it’s a little more affirming than a short note left in his office mail slot. While Tech faltered this past season with a 5-6 record, Johnson has agreed in principle on a two-year contract extension, Johnson’s attorney Jack Reale said Thursday. “I think you can...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Notre Dame

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Notre Dame

Georgia Tech won its third game in a row Wednesday night, thwarting an undermanned Notre Dame 60-53 at McCamish Pavilion. Tech (9-7, 2-1 ACC) dominated two stretches of play in the first and second halves to hold off Notre Dame (13-4, 3-1), which entered the game ranked No. 25 in the coaches poll. Here are five observations from the game: In two spurts, the Jackets played textbook offense to couple...
Nate Woody has gotten it done without the ‘beauty queen’

Nate Woody has gotten it done without the ‘beauty queen’

When new Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Nate Woody ran the Appalachian State defense, the Mountaineers routinely did the unlikely. When matched against power-conference opponents, Woody’s defenses outperformed power-conference defenses. Clemson’s yardage against Appalachian State in their 2015 matchup was the Tigers’ second lowest during their run to the College Football Playoff...
Paul Johnson not expecting any more transfers

Paul Johnson not expecting any more transfers

A year after the Georgia Tech roster was depleted by a series of transfers, it appears that the Yellow Jackets will only have two in this cycle, quarterback Jay Jones and linebacker T.D. Roof. A year ago, eight players transferred out after the 2016 season, including B-back Marcus Marshall and offensive tackle Trey Klock. However, Jones, a redshirt freshman who announced his departure in early December...
Georgia Tech looking for credence against Notre Dame

Georgia Tech looking for credence against Notre Dame

The mantra that Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has been intoning – that the Yellow Jackets are improving, particularly since returning from Christmas break – has evidence to provide belief. The Yellow Jackets beat No. 15 Miami last Wednesday and followed it up with a win over Yale this past Saturday. “I can tell you since post-Christmas, we have improved and gotten better,&rdquo...
Transfer, 3 early enrollees start class at Georgia Tech

Transfer, 3 early enrollees start class at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech has enrolled an offensive lineman as a transfer from Ole Miss, Jack DeFoor from Calhoun High. DeFoor played for the Rebels in 2017 as a redshirt freshman. DeFoor, listed at 6-foot-5 and 302 pounds, played in four games this past season. He was recruited by Tech out of high school, a member of the 2016 recruiting class. He was rated by ESPN as the No. 28 guard prospect in the country....
Nate Woody bringing an attacking defense to Georgia Tech

Nate Woody bringing an attacking defense to Georgia Tech

It has been a long time since Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson coached defense – the 1983 and 1984 seasons, when he was defensive line coach at Georgia Southern. But, that experience and his 33 years since of trying to defeat defenses with his spread-option offense has given him a framework for what he wants from his own defenses. “I want guys to be unencumbered, play fast, know how to...
Georgia Tech fans tweet their delight in UGA’s crushing loss

Georgia Tech fans tweet their delight in UGA’s crushing loss

Reaction from Georgia Tech supporters and former players (apparently, former interior offensive linemen are especially salty) over archrival Georgia’s crushing overtime loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff championship game was predictable. Unrepentant schadenfreude. A sampling: <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en"...
Could Georgia Tech ever be in the CFP?

Could Georgia Tech ever be in the CFP?

As Georgia plays Alabama Monday night for the national championship, the question may cross the mind of Georgia Tech fans – will the Yellow Jackets ever be in that position again, to play for the title of nation’s best? There is reason to be pessimistic, perhaps even highly so. Tech has now missed a bowl game twice in three seasons. The 2017 team showed promise and had a chance to be special...
Georgia Tech’s Pressley Harvin named freshman All-American

Georgia Tech’s Pressley Harvin named freshman All-American

Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin’s standout freshman season was recognized with a fitting tribute. Harvin was named to the Football Writer Association of America’s freshman All-America team Monday. Harvin ranks 16th nationally in punting average at 44.1 yards per punt, the second highest among freshmen and fifth highest in school history. Tech is also 29th nationally in net punting...
Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson entering College Football Hall of Fame

Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson entering College Football Hall of Fame

Georgia Tech legend Calvin Johnson was selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame. Johnson joins a Hall of Fame class that includes nine first-team All-American players -- including Georgia offensive tackle Matt Stinchcomb -- and three standout coaches.  Johnson will become the 19th former Yellow Jacket to join the College Football Hall of Fame when the Class of...
Georgia-Alabama: Title-game predictions are in

Georgia-Alabama: Title-game predictions are in

The predictions are in for Monday’s College Football Playoff Championship game between SEC powers Georgia and Alabama at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Here are some of them: Future Hall of Famer with the Braves  Georgia, 23-20 “I’ll take Georgia and the points. I think Georgia is a more complete team. Georgia’s got the better kicking game. I’ll give the edge to Alabama...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Yale

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Yale

For the cost of a $100,000 check to Yale and the relinquishment of the team’s only open date during the ACC schedule, Georgia Tech picked up a useful victory Saturday. After upsetting No. 15 Miami on Wednesday, the Yellow Jackets followed it with an assertive 74-60 win over Yale at McCamish Pavilion. Tech built on its solid play against the Hurricanes in its non-conference win over the Bulldogs...
Georgia Tech makes Nate Woody hire official

Georgia Tech makes Nate Woody hire official

Georgia Tech officially named Nate Woody its new defensive coordinator Saturday, announcing the hire in a news release. He will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. Woody, 57, comes to Tech after five seasons as defensive coordinator at Appalachian State, where he shaped the Mountaineers defense into one of the top units in FBS. He replaces Ted Roof, who left Tech to be the co-defensive coordinator...
Andy McCollum, Joe Speed retained at Georgia Tech

Andy McCollum, Joe Speed retained at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech safeties coach Andy McCollum and cornerbacks coach Joe Speed will both remain on coach Paul Johnson’s staff, according to two people familiar with the situation. All three of the defensive position coach spots had been under review with the hire of new defensive coordinator Nate Woody. Both McCollum and Speed joined Johnson’s staff in 2010, serving first under defensive...
‘Personal situation’ may sideline Justin Moore

‘Personal situation’ may sideline Justin Moore

By the decision of coach Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech guard Justin Moore did not dress for the Yellow Jackets’ game against Miami on Wednesday, though he was healthy and eligible to play. That may continue when Tech plays Yale on Saturday night at McCamish Pavilion and going forward. “We’ll just take it one day at a time and one game at a time and, whether dressing or not dressing...
After transfer, Marcus Marshall plays for FCS title

After transfer, Marcus Marshall plays for FCS title

Former Georgia Tech B-back Marcus Marshall continues to keep ties with former teammates. While now at James Madison after transferring a year ago, he remains in a text-message group with TaQuon Marshall, Christian Campbell, David Curry – members of the 2015 signing class – and others. “I miss Atlanta,” he said. “Atlanta and Harrisonburg, Va. (home of James Madison) are...
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