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Why Rod Rook-Chungong made an unconventional career decision

When his Georgia Tech career ended at the TaxSlayer Bowl last New Year’s Eve, defensive end Rod Rook-Chungong had what seemed like a no-brainer of a next step. The pursuit of a job in the NFL – the chance to draw a six-figure salary and live a dream – would seem a matter of course for a two-year starter on a power-conference team that he helped win nine games as a senior. An effective...


Why Chick-fil-A Kickoff plans to play with the roof closed

Why Chick-fil-A Kickoff plans to play with the roof closed

Good morning. This is Leadoff, the early buzz in Atlanta sports. Chick-fil-A Kickoff game officials aren’t worried about whether the retractable roof on Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open when the college-football event is played there for the first time. That’s because they already have decided to play the Alabama-Florida State and Georgia Tech-Tennessee games on Labor Day weekend with the...
Pre-draft look at Georgia Tech’s Patrick Gamble and Francis Kallon

Pre-draft look at Georgia Tech’s Patrick Gamble and Francis Kallon

The Pittsburgh Steelers liked two Georgia Tech draft prospects enough to bring them in for visits. Defensive linemen Patrick Gamble and Francis Kallon both traveled to Pittsburgh last week to visit the Steelers headquarters, visits that typically include interviews with coaches and draft decision makers. Both Gamble and Kallon figure to either be signed as undrafted free agents or possibly selected...
Georgia Tech trying to turn corner against Bulldogs

Georgia Tech trying to turn corner against Bulldogs

After losing six consecutive ACC series, Georgia Tech ended its slide by beating Virginia Tech this past weekend. The Yellow Jackets can continue their recovery Tuesday night in a most satisfying manner, by beating Georgia at Russ Chandler Stadium. “I would say probably for the last couple weeks, we have played better for the most part, and in all phases,” coach Danny Hall said. It has...
Jordan Woods explains transfer decision

Jordan Woods explains transfer decision

Jordan Woods, the Georgia Tech freshman defensive end who left the team this past week , said he had been considering transferring for a while but only reached his final decision in recent days. “It’s been a while since I made the decision, but I wanted to give spring (practice) a try,” Woods said. One of the most sought-after members of...
ACC spring football capsules

ACC spring football capsules

The Eagles capped last season with a victory in the Quick Lane Bowl. They hoped to carry that momentum into the spring. But that hasn’t happened, as injuries have ravaged numerous units, particularly the offensive line, the receivers and the linebackers. Coach Steve Addazio told the media last week he had been pleased with his team’s progress. The battle to replace Deshaun Watson will...
Georgia Tech’s Jordan Woods leaves team

Georgia Tech’s Jordan Woods leaves team

Georgia Tech freshman defensive end Jordan Woods has left the team. Woods made the decision this past week as the Yellow Jackets completed spring practice. Woods was among the more highly regarded members of Tech’s 18-member 2016 signing class. He was the only member of the class to be accorded a four-star ranking from Rivals. He turned down Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and Georgia, among...
What Georgia Tech players said after the spring game

What Georgia Tech players said after the spring game

Comments after Friday’s spring game from linebacker Brant Mitchell, kicker Shawn Davis, quarterback TaQuon Marshall, B-backs KirVonte Benson and Brady Swilling and safety A.J. Gray. “One major point that I’ve been trying to work on is my pass rush. It’s been a big emphasis with me in using my hands. I think as our d-line’s concerned, we’ve got a lot of guys rushing...
What Paul Johnson said after the Georgia Tech spring game

What Paul Johnson said after the Georgia Tech spring game

Comments from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson following Friday night’s spring game at Bobby Dodd Stadium “It was kind of a fun game. I think our guys flew around and had some fun. We got more people dinged in that little spring game than we have all spring. It was the dangedest thing I’ve ever seen. Hopefully none of it was serious.” “They didn’t play as well tonight...
Georgia Tech spring game: Gold 21, White 16, precipitation 0

Georgia Tech spring game: Gold 21, White 16, precipitation 0

No one appeared to suffer serious injury and the evening was pleasant. For those reasons, Georgia Tech’s spring game Friday night went into the books as a success. The gold team, comprised of the second-team offense and the first-team defense, won 21-16 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in a scrimmage characterized by intermittent offense with both defenses generally controlling play. A key component of...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s spring game

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s spring game

No one appeared to suffer serious injury and the evening was pleasant. For those reasons, Georgia Tech’s spring game Friday night went into the books as a success. The gold team, comprised of the second-team offense and the first-team defense, won 21-16 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in a scrimmage characterized by intermittent offense with both defenses generally controlling play. A key component of...
With Johnson and Tech, we know what we’re getting (in a good way)

With Johnson and Tech, we know what we’re getting (in a good way)

This will be Paul Johnson’s 10th season at Georgia Tech. He’s the longest-serving Institute football coach since Bobby Dodd, after whom the stadium is named. By now, we know what we’re getting with Johnson’s Yellow Jackets, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. We know that they’ll run his offense. We know he’ll fuss on the days they don’t run it well...
Harrison Butker: ‘I’m optimistic going into draft weekend’

Harrison Butker: ‘I’m optimistic going into draft weekend’

I’ll never forget Jan. 30 of this year. It was a Monday. I had just finished an evening kicking workout. I checked my email and was stunned. It was an official invitation to the NFL Draft Combine. It was a pretty surreal moment, as I realized I’d have the opportunity to show all 32 NFL teams what I’m capable of doing. I knew it was going to be the biggest opportunity of my life....
Georgia Tech to bring in Canisius grad transfer for official visit

Georgia Tech to bring in Canisius grad transfer for official visit

Georgia Tech will bring in Canisius guard Kassius Robertson for an official visit. Robertson is seeking to play his final season as a graduate transfer and would have immediate eligibility. The date for the visit has not been set. Robertson reportedly also is taking an official visit to Missouri. Robertson, 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, led the Griffins in scoring this past season with 16.1 points per...
Georgia Tech’s Ricky Jeune gets meaningful praise from position coach

Georgia Tech’s Ricky Jeune gets meaningful praise from position coach

Georgia Tech wide receiver Ricky Jeune has made an impression on the right person. Tech wide receivers coach Buzz Preston, not one to offer praise where it isn’t merited, gave a noteworthy estimation of Jeune’s potential in comments following the Yellow Jackets’ Wednesday practice. Preston evaluated Jeune’s areas of improvement in the following manner. “With Ricky, there&rsquo...
Duke graduate transfer Sean Obi chooses Maryland

Duke graduate transfer Sean Obi chooses Maryland

Duke forward Sean Obi will use his final year of eligibility at Maryland. The graduate transfer had considered Georgia Tech among his possible landing spots. Maryland made the announcement Thursday. Obi, a 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward, could have provided experience and rebounding force for the Yellow Jackets in the frontcourt either alongside or behind center Ben Lammers. Tech continues to look for...
5 things to watch in Georgia Tech’s spring game

5 things to watch in Georgia Tech’s spring game

When Georgia Tech concludes spring practice Friday night with its annual spring game, coach Paul Johnson won’t be particularly concerned about the outcome. Through 14 practices, he and his staff have seen what they need to see out of the Yellow Jackets. “My goal for the spring game is nobody gets hurt and they go out there and have some fun,” Johnson said. “It’s the culmination...
Johnson feeling comfortable with Georgia Tech quarterbacks

Johnson feeling comfortable with Georgia Tech quarterbacks

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has had plenty of encouraging words for his quarterbacks during spring practice. Wednesday, after the final practice before Friday’s spring game, was no different. “I’ve said before that they’re the least of my worries, that position,” Johnson said of quarterbacks Matthew Jordan, TaQuon Marshall, Jay Jones and Lucas Johnson. “I think...
Former GM gives Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas an endorsement

Former GM gives Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas an endorsement

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas’ draft candidacy got a small boost Tuesday. ESPN analyst Phil Savage, who also is the executive director for the Senior Bowl and previously was the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, said that Thomas would be a worthwhile pickup as an undrafted free agent. Savage is familiar with Thomas mostly through the Senior Bowl. After injuries to defensive...
Georgia Tech a possibility for Duke graduate transfer

Georgia Tech a possibility for Duke graduate transfer

Georgia Tech is a possible destination for Duke forward Sean Obi. According to the Twitter account for Obi’s high school basketball team, Maryland, Vanderbilt, SMU and Tech are in the mix for Obi, who is leaving Duke after two seasons. Obi has reportedly visited Maryland. He has not visited Tech. As a freshman at Rice in the 2013-14 season, Obi averaged 11.4 points per game and led Conference...
Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner using campus tryouts as recruiting tool

Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner using campus tryouts as recruiting tool

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner’s continued efforts to complete the 2017 signing class include his pursuit of notables such as Jonesboro High guard M.J. Walker and Wheeler High forward Jordan Tucker. At the same time, Pastner is searching hard at the other end of the recruiting spectrum, bringing in a series of lesser-known prospects for tryouts on campus. One of them was Denis Alibegovic, a...
Georgia Tech DT Desmond Branch trying to make it on the inside

Georgia Tech DT Desmond Branch trying to make it on the inside

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Desmond Branch is getting used to life on the inside. Branch came to Tech in January 2016 as a junior-college signee expected to play defensive end. As the season progressed, though, he was moved to tackle. The difference? “The toughness,” he said. “You hear of the toughness. Like Pat (Gamble) would tell me, ‘Oh, that inside’s no joke, Desmond...
Explaining Georgia Tech’s change in teaching the defense this spring

Explaining Georgia Tech’s change in teaching the defense this spring

For Georgia Tech’s defense, the 2016 season turned after the disastrous North Carolina game, when the Tar Heels demolished the Yellow Jackets in a 48-20 thrashing. After one of the poorest defensive performances in school history, Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof cut down the playbook to ensure his unit had calls and concepts that it was confident of executing. “It was real basic stuff...
5 things to know from the Georgia Tech secondary in spring practice

5 things to know from the Georgia Tech secondary in spring practice

Details gleaned from Monday’s post-practice media availability from Georgia Tech spring practice. The Yellow Jackets are 13 practices with just two remaining, including the spring game Friday. Trust in the secondary Having experience in the secondary, where all five starters return (cornerbacks Step Durham and Lance Austin, nickel Lawrence Austin, safeties A.J. Gray and Corey Griffin), enables...
Georgia Tech gets official visit from French prospect

Georgia Tech gets official visit from French prospect

Georgia Tech received an official visit from French guard Joel Ayayi this past weekend, according to a person familiar with the situation. Ayayi has also taken an official visit to Gonzaga and is expected to make a decision on his college choice soon, possibly this week. Ayayi, 6-foot-4, trains with the French sports institute (INSEP) and played for France in the FIBA under-16 European championships...
Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers’ offseason objective: Learn to run

Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers’ offseason objective: Learn to run

The first item of Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers’ to-do list for the offseason might come as a surprise. “First and foremost, he needs to learn how to run properly,” coach Josh Pastner said. This past season, Lammers became a second-team All-ACC selection and the defensive player of the year without proper running form, by Pastner’s assessment. Lammers’ gait does appear...
What 3 Georgia Tech players said after Saturday’s scrimmage

What 3 Georgia Tech players said after Saturday’s scrimmage

Comments from A-back Nathan Cottrell, B-back Dedrick Mills and linebacker Terrell Lewis following Georgia Tech’s scrimmage Saturday morning at Bobby Dodd Stadium. A-BACK NATHAN COTTRELL on returning from his 2015 ACL tear: “I feel 100 percent. Like I said, last year, coming back into the spring, I didn’t get to the spring, so going into fall camp, it was kind of iffy getting back...
Johnson has gripe with NCAA rules change on official visits

Johnson has gripe with NCAA rules change on official visits

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has long advocated for an early signing period for football, a cry that was answered through the NCAA’s Division I council Friday. The group approved rules changes that allow for official visits at the end of a prospect’s junior year, creating room in the schedule for an earlier signing period, likely in December. But Saturday, he took issue with the change...
Ups and downs in Georgia Tech scrimmage

Ups and downs in Georgia Tech scrimmage

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson offered mixed reviews of the team’s scrimmage Saturday morning at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the last before the team’s spring game Friday. “First-team offense was pretty good, and the second-team defense was pretty good against the second-team (offense),” Johnson said. “So I was disappointed in the second-team offense and disappointed in the...
Shortage at offensive tackle a concern for Georgia Tech

Shortage at offensive tackle a concern for Georgia Tech

As they prepare for their June arrival at Georgia Tech, the members of the Yellow Jackets’ 2017 freshman class have continued the connection they developed during their recruitment. They interact often through group messages on social media. “We have one everywhere,” said Zach Quinney, an all-state offensive tackle from Savannah Christian. “We have one on Twitter. Messages...
Josh Pastner on Georgia Tech’s China trip and NCAA expectations

Josh Pastner on Georgia Tech’s China trip and NCAA expectations

This is the fourth segment of an AJC interview with Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner. In it, he explains how the game vs. UCLA in Shanghai came about and also what he wants to get done in the offseason and shares his feelings about heightened expectations for next season. Part 1: Conversation with Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner Part 2: Josh Pastner on Georgia Tech’s recruiting and plans to improve...
TaQuon Marshall now in top spot at quarterback for Georgia Tech

TaQuon Marshall now in top spot at quarterback for Georgia Tech

Through two seasons, Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall has labored mostly in the background for the Yellow Jackets. He played sparingly in nine games as a freshman at A-back and then twice as a sophomore after moving to quarterback. However, at least for the remainder of spring practice, he is the Yellow Jackets’ No. 1 quarterback following a foot injury to Matthew Jordan suffered April...
5 things learned at Georgia Tech spring practice

5 things learned at Georgia Tech spring practice

Details gleaned from Wednesday’s post-practice media availability. 1. Safeties Christian Campbell and Jalen Johnson and A-back Clinton Lynch, who have missed spring practice after undergoing various surgeries following the season, are on track to be cleared in time for preseason camp, coach Paul Johnson said. Missing spring practice was particularly detrimental from an experience standpoint...
Johnson hopeful for Jordan’s return for Georgia Tech

Johnson hopeful for Jordan’s return for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan, out for the remainder of spring practice with a foot injury, is expected to play for the Yellow Jackets this season. “We expect Matthew to be back in the fall,” coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday following the team’s 10th spring-practice workout. Whether that will be a return in time for preseason camp will depend on how smoothly his rehabilitation...
Georgia Tech gets one letter of intent, awaits second

Georgia Tech gets one letter of intent, awaits second

On the first day of the basketball signing period Wednesday, Georgia Tech received a letter of intent from Curtis Haywood, a shooting guard from Mustang, Okla. Another letter from the other prospect who committed to Tech and coach Josh Pastner, forward Moses Wright from Raleigh, N.C., was expected to arrive. Wright’s coach at Enloe High, Patrick Paye, said in a text message Wednesday evening...
Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner on scheduling, Jose Alvarado and more

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner on scheduling, Jose Alvarado and more

This is the third segment of an AJC interview with Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner. In it, he looks at the guard group for next year, answers what loss will stick with him and goes over his plans for non-conference scheduling for next season. Part 1: Conversation with Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner Part 2: Josh Pastner on Georgia Tech’s recruiting and plans to improve Q: Can Jose Alvarado step...
Georgia Tech’s Brandon Adams shares his weight-loss techniques

Georgia Tech’s Brandon Adams shares his weight-loss techniques

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Brandon Adams has lost about 15 pounds since the end of the season and his play in spring practice reflects it. Monday, he shared the rather unsurprising explanation for the weight loss. “Just changing my diet and running a lot more,” Adams said. “Just working out crazy, just running, eat right, to get it done.” Adams said he is at 335 pounds after...
Georgia Tech defense facing a leadership ‘vacuum’

Georgia Tech defense facing a leadership ‘vacuum’

Georgia Tech brings back eight starters on defense, but defensive coordinator Ted Roof has concerns about replacing the three he lost — linebacker P.J. Davis, defensive tackle Patrick Gamble and defensive end Rod Rook-Chungong. “Because that was a very, maybe underrated, under-noticed part of our defense last year with the leadership of Pat and P.J. and Rook and (linebacker) Chase Alford...
Georgia Tech falls to Georgia in Athens

Georgia Tech falls to Georgia in Athens

Falling behind quickly, Georgia Tech lost the first game in its annual series with archrival Georgia. The Yellow Jackets gave up three runs in the first inning and went on to lose 5-1 to the Bulldogs on Tuesday at Foley Field. Tech was off course at the plate, picking up just four hits (all singles) and striking out 15 times. Meanwhile, Georgia’s 3-4-5 hitters were 6-for-9 with three RBIs, a...
How Brant Mitchell plans to become more impactful for Georgia Tech

How Brant Mitchell plans to become more impactful for Georgia Tech

It hasn’t taken long for Georgia Tech linebacker Brant Mitchell to figure out that P.J. Davis will be a difficult player for the Yellow Jackets to replace. And it now falls upon Mitchell’s shoulders to be a part of the solution. “Everybody that saw P.J. knew that he was going to fly around and hit somebody,” Mitchell said. “That’s definitely something we miss, just...
Josh Pastner on Georgia Tech’s recruiting and plans to improve

Josh Pastner on Georgia Tech’s recruiting and plans to improve

Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner sat down with the AJC for an interview last week to go over the past season his plans for the offseason and recruiting and his thoughts about the 2017-18 season. The initial post was published Monday , but additional parts of the interview will run throughout the rest of the week. Q: (Following up on a question about how Pastner...
Injury sidelines Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan

Injury sidelines Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan

Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan will miss the remainder of spring practice with a foot injury suffered in the team’s Saturday morning scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It was described as a non-contact injury. A team spokesman did not know how far past the end of spring practice Jordan was expected to be out. Jordan went into spring drills as the No. 1 quarterback, and coach Paul Johnson...
Conversation with Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner

Conversation with Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner

In the midst of staff meetings, home visits and planning for the 2017-18 season, Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner took time last week to speak with the AJC about his first season coaching the Yellow Jackets and the job that lies ahead. He hit his talking points — “People have to remember this is a major rebuild job” — and also shared his thoughts about his favorite games, the...
Prized Memphis transfers head to Kansas

Prized Memphis transfers head to Kansas

Two potential transfers for Georgia Tech can be scratched off the list. Memphis standouts Dedric and K.J. Lawson, who last week stunned the Tigers fan base with their decision to transfer, will play for Kansas. Their father Keelon made the announcement on his Twitter account Monday. Tech seemed like a possible landing spot, as Yellow Jackets coach Josh Pastner had recruited both players and coached...
After Georgia Tech home visit, top recruit commits to Missouri

After Georgia Tech home visit, top recruit commits to Missouri

Three days after taking a home visit with Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner, ESPN top-100 prospect Blake Harris committed to Missouri at the end of an official visit. Harris had already declared his five finalists (Connecticut, Michigan State, Missouri, N.C. State and Rutgers) when Pastner made a visit to Harris’ home in Chapel Hill N.C., on Thursday. It evidently was not convincing enough. Harris...
The story behind Georgia Tech’s newest commit

The story behind Georgia Tech’s newest commit

The recruitment that ended with Moses Wright giving his commitment on Saturday to Georgia Tech coaches began with a phone call from Wright’s AAU coach this past high-school season to Tech assistant Darryl LaBarrie. “I just told him that I thought that Moses could play at that level,” said Dwayne West, director of the Garner Road AAU team in Raleigh, N.C. West said he was not trying...
Kuchar makes a young golf fan’s day

Kuchar makes a young golf fan’s day

The Sam Snead hat worn by the boy is what caught Matt Kuchar’s eye. So after Kuchar retrieved his golf ball from the 16thhole, where he just recorded a hole in one with a 7-iron in Sunday’s fourth round of the Masters, he signed his name near the Bridgestone logo, walked over and tossed the prize to 8-year-old Owen Lockaby, dashedly wearing the pork pie style brown hat, bright orange shirt...
Masters 2017: Stars align for Garcia in victory

Masters 2017: Stars align for Garcia in victory

The stars couldn’t have aligned any better for Sergio Garcia’s first major title. Sunday would have been the late two-time champ Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday. Ballesteros took a young Garcia under his wing 20 years ago and some of Garcia’s best golf moments have been with Ballesteros in the Ryder Cup. Garcia appeared to change momentum with an eagle at No. 15. The last time...
Kuchar hits hole in one at Masters

Kuchar hits hole in one at Masters

Matt Kuchar hit a hole-in-one on the 16th hole in the fourth round of the Masters on Sunday. The fourth ace of Kuchar’s career moved him to 5-under, just three shots behind leader Justin Rose, with two holes remaining. Kuchar’s shot on the 170-yard hole landed in front of the traditional flag placement of 30 yards from the front, 5 from the left, bounded past it, and then rolled down and...
Georgia Tech gets commitment from unheralded prospect

Georgia Tech gets commitment from unheralded prospect

Georgia Tech has the third member of its 2017 recruiting class. Forward Moses Wright, from Enloe High in Raleigh, N.C., committed Saturday while on his official visit. The Twitter accounts for both his high school’s athletic department and his AAU coach announced the decision. Wright is an under-the-radar prospect who was not rated by multiple recruiting services. As late as the beginning...
Georgia Tech backups light it up for offense in scrimmage

Georgia Tech backups light it up for offense in scrimmage

Three days after saying that neither of his two backup B-backs had done much to distinguish himself in the competition to back up starter Dedrick Mills , Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson saw things differently Saturday morning. Quaide Weimerskirch ran for three touchdowns in the scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium, going 38, 35 and six yards to the end zone. “I thought...
What Paul Johnson had to say after Georgia Tech’s scrimmage

What Paul Johnson had to say after Georgia Tech’s scrimmage

Comments made by Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson following the team’s scrimmage Saturday morning at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It was the seventh of 15 spring workouts, to conclude with the spring game April 21. “There was some good and bad. It was like every scrimmage. I thought that the B-backs did a really nice job. KirVonte (Benson) and Quaide (Weimerskirch), I don’t know how many yards...
Georgia Tech interested in South Forsyth forward Evan Cole

Georgia Tech interested in South Forsyth forward Evan Cole

South Forsyth High forward Evan Cole announced his release from his letter of intent with UNC-Wilmington on Wednesday. By Friday afternoon, 20 schools had contacted him or his AAU coach to indicate their interest in him. Georgia Tech was one of them. “Since I announced my release, my phone’s been blowing up basically,” Cole said. Clemson, Georgia, N.C. State and Minnesota were among...
Josh Pastner gets home visit with four-star prospect for Georgia Tech

Josh Pastner gets home visit with four-star prospect for Georgia Tech

It would seem a longshot, but Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner is trying to stay in the competition for ESPN top-100 point guard Blake Harris. Pastner made a home visit with Harris, a four-star prospect from Chapel Hill, N.C., on Thursday. The visit was reported first by Rivals Thursday. Harris had signed with Washington in November, but was released from his letter of intent following Huskies coach...
19th hole: Can Garcia snap majors’ third-round woes?

19th hole: Can Garcia snap majors’ third-round woes?

Major chatter With a shootout all but certain for the weekend, thoughts turn to three European players, all somewhat within reach after 36 holes, all lacking a major, all with a lengthy string of major appearances without a victory. Sergio Garcia has had 73 starts in majors without a victory, second among active players, and finds himself tied for the lead at the halfway mark. “Being a part...
Josh Pastner’s recruiting strategy and Georgia Tech targets

Josh Pastner’s recruiting strategy and Georgia Tech targets

Last Friday, after Georgia Tech returned from New York after losing in the NIT championship game to TCU, coach Josh Pastner already was looking forward. He was recording thoughts about how to improve his team and asked each member of his staff, down to the graduate assistants, for their own ideas about how the Yellow Jackets could get better next season. Also, with no more games to play, he and his...
81st Masters: Kuchar (1 over) still likes his chances

81st Masters: Kuchar (1 over) still likes his chances

Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech), a former U.S. Amateur champ still seeking his first major title, after shooting a 1-over 73 and stands at 1 over, five shots back: “I think I’m still right in the thick of things, and looking forward to some good weather on the weekend, and I’m sure there will be some good scores on the weekend, as well.” Danny Willett after taking an “8&rdquo...
Dedrick Mills taking on new role for Georgia Tech

Dedrick Mills taking on new role for Georgia Tech

This spring, Georgia Tech B-back Dedrick Mills said he’s under instructions to share practice repetitions with his backups. Mills said this week that coach Paul Johnson has told him that for every two snaps he takes, he should take one off to give reserves KirVonte Benson and Quaide Weimerskirch more practice time. “I respect what he’s doing, but to me, I like to take all my reps...
What Paul Johnson had to say after Georgia Tech’s practice

What Paul Johnson had to say after Georgia Tech’s practice

Comments from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson following the team’s Wednesday practice. “It’s like I was telling our guys, today was day six. We’re almost halfway through. It goes really fast so you have to take advantage. I’ve been pleased with the effort and the way guys are flying around trying to practice. Like always, there’s a lot of things we’ve got...
19th hole: Mickelson poised for a charge

19th hole: Mickelson poised for a charge

Yes, it’s early, but Phil Mickelson, 46, a three-time Masters champ, has positioned himself to challenge Jack Nicklaus as the oldest winner at Augusta National by a few months. He was enthusiastic about his 1-under 71 and what lies ahead. “I love it around here especially because the wind is going to magnify your misses, and a lot of the guys that aren’t familiar with this course...
Georgia Tech to receive official visit from elite prospect

Georgia Tech to receive official visit from elite prospect

Wheeler High small forward Jordan Tucker, a prospect at the top of Georgia Tech’s wish list for the 2017 signing class, will make an official visit to the school April 28. On Thursday, Tucker’s father confirmed earlier reports of the plans to visit Syracuse this weekend, Oregon on April 21 and Tech. “That’ll be it for right now,” Lou Tucker said. Tucker would be a major...
Taking a look at Georgia Tech’s defensive tackle candidates

Taking a look at Georgia Tech’s defensive tackle candidates

Georgia Tech lost only three starters from its 2016 defense — linebacker P.J. Davis, defensive tackle Patrick Gamble and defensive end Roderick Rook-Chungong. Gamble’s graduation, in particular, left a rather gaping hole. In two years as a starter, Gamble gave the Yellow Jackets rugged play and leadership, putting together enough of a career that he should get a chance to play in the NFL...
Georiga Tech baseball looking to finish season strong

Georiga Tech baseball looking to finish season strong

It’s springtime, which means Six Flags Over Georgia is open. The main attraction at Six Flags should be the Georgia Tech baseball team, as they had one heck of a roller-coaster type season at the midpoint. Tech started the season 9-2 until they hit conference play and now are 16-11 (4-8 ACC) entering the weekend series at Notre Dame (10-17, 4-8). “I think we are kind of disappointed in...
81st Masters: What they’re saying

81st Masters: What they’re saying

Highlights of what the competitors in the 81st Masters said after Thursday’s first round at Augusta National Golf Club:Six-time Masters champ Jack Nicklaus (on the Arnie’s Army badges handed out Thursday on the grounds): “He would have dropped over if he had seen one on Gary (Player) and me. It was very nice.” Golf Channel analyst Colin Montgomerie on the withdrawal of World...
Freshman to transfer from Georgia Tech

Freshman to transfer from Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech forward Christian Matthews will transfer after one season. A perimeter player, Matthews played limited minutes and then was apart from the team for the final nine games of the season for personal reasons. Matthews had trouble getting playing time this season, playing a total of 27 minutes in Tech’s first 15 ACC games before his separation from the team. He appeared in five of the...
Masters Update: High winds push scores higher

Masters Update: High winds push scores higher

Five things to know at the 81st Masters during the first round on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club: 1. As of 3 p.m., Thomas Pieters, Justin Rose, Will McGirt and Matthew Fitzpatrick were tied for the lead at 2-under par. While the wind was blowing 20-30 mph and some gusts higher after noontime, the scores were high but not unreasonable as hole locations were in accessible positions. 2. World...
Georgia Tech has official visit lined up for this weekend

Georgia Tech has official visit lined up for this weekend

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner will host a rather unheralded prospect on an official visit this weekend. Forward Moses Wright of Enloe High in Raleigh, N.C., could be the third player to join Tech’s 2017 class. Wright does not have a recruiting ranking from Scout, Rivals, 247Sports or ESPN. He did not make the coaches or Associated Press all-state team in the state of North Carolina. He does...
Masters: 5 things to watch in first round

Masters: 5 things to watch in first round

The 81st Masters commences at 8 a.m., having drawn a field of 94 from 22 countries. Here are the tee times and five things to look for in the tournament’s first day: 1. Weather: The most formidable performer will be the wind (here’s a look at today’s forecast). Wednesday’s storms, which twice cleared the grounds, ushered in 20-to-30 mph winds out of the west, gusting to...
Memphis transfers could be Georgia Tech’s gain

Memphis transfers could be Georgia Tech’s gain

Georgia Tech’s recruiting efforts for the 2017 signing class may have taken a sharp turn. Dedric and K.J. Lawson, brothers who were recruited by coach Josh Pastner at Memphis, have decided to transfer. Given their connection to Pastner, who also hired their father Keelon Lawson to join his staff at Memphis, it’s highly likely that Tech will have interest. Tech has five scholarships available...
Update on Georgia Tech’s competitions to back up at quarterback, B-back

Update on Georgia Tech’s competitions to back up at quarterback, B-back

Georgia Tech’s starting quarterback and B-back spots are secure, particularly the latter. After six spring-practice workouts, though, the competition behind both quarterback Matthew Jordan and B-back Dedrick Mills has not produced a leader. The B-back battle continues between KirVonte Benson and Quaide Weimerskirch. While Jordan’s spot as the No. 1 quarterback isn’t quite as secure...
Masters lords can read thoughts, but can’t control weather

Masters lords can read thoughts, but can’t control weather

In its continuing moving toward world domination, or at least in hopes of passing Mossad, MI6, CIA, Russia and NFL scouting in global spy rankings, the Masters distributed new credentials to media members that are embedded with hidden radio-frequency identification chips (RFIDs). These chips are commonly used to identify and track livestock and assorted farm animals, so the step down to sportswriters...
High honor for Georgia Tech’s Isiah Willis

High honor for Georgia Tech’s Isiah Willis

Former Georgia Tech A-back Isiah Willis was admitted into the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society, which recognizes athletic and academic excellence over the course of a player’s career. The foundation made the announcement Wednesday. Willis was one of 1,089 players from 297 schools to be honored. To gain admission to the society, players must have been a starter or...
Masters 19th hole: The pressure on a major champ

Masters 19th hole: The pressure on a major champ

You’re a real golf fan if you know that Danny Willett is the reigning Masters champion and that Jimmy Walker won the most recent major, the 2016 PGA Championship. Willett discussed the pressure that winning puts on the champion. Excerpts from his Tuesday interview: A: I think the last 12 months has shown it’s made me a little more impatient. It’s a difficult one. I think achieving...
Georgia Tech lineman is a new dad

Georgia Tech lineman is a new dad

Georgia Tech defensive tackle Kyle Cerge-Henderson has a little more going on in his life now than homework and practice. Cerge-Henderson is caring for his newborn daughter. Ava Maria was born to Cerge-Henderson and wife, Julissa, on Feb. 23. Cerge-Henderson was married Jan. 3, days after Tech beat Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Bowl. “It’s hard having a baby, but I think it’s well worth...
North Carolina takes a Final Four that could have been finer

North Carolina takes a Final Four that could have been finer

Decades from now, folks might note the narrow margins — Gonzaga by four points, then North Carolina by one, ultimately Carolina by six — and think, “That Final Four have been some show!” But that’s only if YouTube isn’t around to tell the whole grim story. Yes, every game had a gripping finish. “Gripping,” however, isn’t synonymous with &ldquo...
Masters Tuesday: Highlights of Thursday’s tee times

Masters Tuesday: Highlights of Thursday’s tee times

It’s Masters Week in Augusta and the AJC has a team of reporters on hand to cover it all week. Here’s what’s going on Tuesday on what promises to be a beautiful spring day: Some highlights of Thursday-Friday groupings in the tee times for the 81st Masters (complete tee times will be posted shortly):Long hitters: Two-time champ Bubba Watson is with Dustin Johnson, winner of his past...
When’s the last time Georgia Tech beat a national champion?

When’s the last time Georgia Tech beat a national champion?

GLENDALE, AZ – APRIL 03: Joel Berry II #2 and Theo Pinson #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrate with head coach Roy Williams and their team after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.
Georgia Tech out, UGA on the way in at New Mexico?

Georgia Tech out, UGA on the way in at New Mexico?

New Mexico recently fired its basketball coach, former Georgia Tech player Craig Neal. Will it look to UGA for his replacement in the form of Bulldogs coach Mark Fox? It’s not likely, but interesting nonetheless that connections to the state’s highest-profile Division I basketball programs are even mentioned with a job opening nearly 1,400 miles away. Neal, a former player under Bobby...
Georgia Tech DC Ted Roof shares updates on spring practice

Georgia Tech DC Ted Roof shares updates on spring practice

Comments from Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof following Monday’s spring-practice session, the fifth of 15: On the difference this spring without linebacker P.J. Davis and defensive tackle Patrick Gamble: “As much as anything, the void in leadership because those two guys were outstanding leaders for us, and not just those two, but our whole senior group in general because when...
There’s an early standout in Georgia Tech spring practice

There’s an early standout in Georgia Tech spring practice

Georgia Tech is five practices into spring practice, and defensive tackle Brandon Adams is making a clear impression. Coach Paul Johnson mentioned him Saturday for his work in that day’s full-pads practice. Both defensive coordinator Ted Roof and defensive-line coach Mike Pelton acknowledged his performance Monday. “I’ll tell you what I’ve seen is Brandon Adams has lost some...
Tech’s Castro back in Masters again, and we shouldn’t be surprised

Tech’s Castro back in Masters again, and we shouldn’t be surprised

There odds of Roberto Castro winning the Masters this week are long – 400-1 long. Whatever. If there is one player on the entry list at Augusta National who is not concerned about long odds, it’s Castro. He never made it through PGA Tour qualifying school. “Didn’t even sniff it,” on his third try, he said. He was an All-American at Georgia Tech. But in the words of Tech...
What Georgia Tech is doing to improve its pass rush this spring

What Georgia Tech is doing to improve its pass rush this spring

The status of where Georgia Tech’s pass rush is going into the 2017 season can be encapsulated in one statistic. Defensive end Antonio Simmons was second in the ACC with 12 hurries, which is particularly impressive considering he did it in limited snaps as a pass-rush specialist. However, Simmons had one sack, which is not particularly impressive, considering he was a pass-rush specialist. &ldquo...
MaChelle Joseph explains why Georgia Tech is in position to climb

MaChelle Joseph explains why Georgia Tech is in position to climb

Georgia Tech women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph watched Kaela Davis win the national championship with South Carolina Sunday. It might have been a frustrating moment, as Davis was an All-ACC player who transferred from Tech two years ago in search of a national championship, but Joseph said it was not. “I’m really happy for Kaela,” Joseph said Monday. “I am really...
Georgia Tech’s Marcus Georges-Hunt back in the NBA

Georgia Tech’s Marcus Georges-Hunt back in the NBA

Former Georgia Tech star Marcus Georges-Hunt will sign with the Orlando Magic for the remainder of the season. Georges-Hunt will join the team for its final five regular-season games, a good friend of Georges-Hunt’s confirmed. An Orlando Sentinel article reported on Sunday that the signing appeared likely. “I’d say it’s definitely for sure,” said Shawn Fowler, a Tech...
The final two: Middleweight Gonzaga vs. mighty North Carolina

The final two: Middleweight Gonzaga vs. mighty North Carolina

This whole NCAA Tournament has felt a bit off. From the dearth of Round 1 upsets to the football-first SEC sending three times as many teams to the Sweet 16 (and then the Elite Eight) as the hoops-snooty ACC to a Final Four featuring two first-timers and a team returning after a 78-year absence … we end up with two No. 1 seeds playing for the title. But there’s a catch to that, too: One...
Former Tech lineman Trey Braun completes Rome Marathon

Former Tech lineman Trey Braun completes Rome Marathon

Former Georgia Tech offensive lineman Trey Braun completed an unlikely goal for most who have played his position – running a marathon. Braun, who took up running shortly after completing his Tech career in Nov. 2015, finished the Rome Marathon Sunday. Under a downpour, Braun ran the 26.2-mile course in four hours, 40 minutes, he said. He had hoped to finish in four hours but started to hit...
North Carolina survives a spectacularly silly semifinal

North Carolina survives a spectacularly silly semifinal

Guess which team is still dancing. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) GLENDALE, ARIZ. – North Carolina secured a trip to the national championship game by doing the stuff you’re not supposed to do if you’re trying to reach the national championship.
Georgia Tech loses WNIT title to Michigan in triple overtime

Georgia Tech loses WNIT title to Michigan in triple overtime

A season that Georgia Tech women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph has described as a journey reached a most bittersweet destination. After winning five games to reach the WNIT championship game, Tech lost 89-79 to Michigan in triple overtime Saturday afternoon in Detroit. With the score tied, the Yellow Jackets had two free throws to win the game with .1 seconds remaining, but missed both...
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