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Tech man Taz Anderson dies after living one heck of life

8:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Taz Anderson, 1938-2016. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech) Taz Anderson was smart and fearless and, best of all if you were a journalist, ready and willing to speak on the record. He didn’t like it when Dave Braine handed Chan Gailey a new contract and proclaimed that Taz’s beloved alma mater would ...

If Tennessee is for real, UGA has a problem
Jauan Jennings of Tennessee runs into the end zone with a 67-yard touchdown reception against Florida in the fourth quarter at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 24, 2016 in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee defeated Florida 38-28. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

2:09 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

On a sunny Saturday by the Tennessee River, it was possible to wonder if Georgia’s second-worst nightmare had come true. If the Tennessee Volunteers have really and truly gotten it going, that’s not good news for the Bulldogs. (The only thing worse would be if Florida again gets it going.)Eight ...
In firing Miles, LSU does what it should have done last year
LSU head coach Les Miles ponders a reporter's question's following an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Mississippi won 38-17. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

9:48 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

“I couldn’t believe they waited this long, either.” (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Lots of folks, some of them media types, expressed outrage over the way LSU treated Les Miles last November. The school nearly fired him but then, allowing itself to be swayed by public outcry, chose to keep him. ...

Jose Fernandez, 1992-2016: A major talent, a massive loss
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, file photo, Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Miami. The Marlins announced Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, that ace right-hander Fernandez has died. The U.S. Coast Guard says Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach early Sunday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

12:17 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

Jose Fernandez at work earlier this month. (AP photo/Wilfredo Lee) I considered attending the Braves’ Sept. 14 game — not to write, just to watch. Julio Teheran was pitching for the Atlanta nine, and I like watching Julio work. Jose Fernandez was scheduled to start for the Marlins, and somehow I’d ...

Up next for UGA: Those wild and wacky Tennessee Vols
Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) throws to a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 38-28. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

9:02 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Joshua Dobbs got it going. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) KNOXVILLE — Students of this rivalry will recall the 1995 Florida-Tennessee game, when Danny Wuerffel’s Gators trailed Peyton Manning’s Volunteers 30-14 and scored 48 consecutive points. This was only 38, but it felt like more. It felt as if Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs ...

From flop to Rocky Top: Tennessee’s wild win
Josh Malone #3 of the Tennessee Volunteers runs into the end zone with a 42-yard touchdown reception against the Florida Gators in the fourth quarter at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 24, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Florida 38-28. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Updated: 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Once in a while, the best thing that can happen is for the absolute worst thing to happen. Tennessee was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct on the opening kickoff. It yielded a 51-yard reception on the second snap. It was handed the ball on the Florida 2 and couldn’t score. Its ...
If Tech can’t make Johnson’s offense work, there’s real trouble here

12:07 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

A dissatisfied customer. (Hyosub Shin/AJC photo) This mightn’t have been the way to impress the new boss. Paul Johnson’s stylized offense mustered 124 yards – the lowest yield by a Georgia Tech team under Johnson – on a night when the nation’s No. 5 team came to town, didn’t play ...

Tech’s offense throws a clunker against Clemson
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Dedrick Mills (26) is brought down by Clemson Tigers defenders in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 10:50 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Not much to see here, and really not much to say. Clemson is better than Georgia Tech. We knew that already. What we didn’t know is that Tech’s defense, long the poorer side of Paul Johnson’s operation, is better than his beloved offense. Clemson’s offense, which came close to carrying ...
Todd Stansbury: He’s a Tech man, and he’s the right man
Todd Stansbury, right, listens to Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson speak during a news conference in which he is introduced Stansbury as the new athletic director at the school, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Atlanta. Stansbury had served as Oregon State's athletic director since June 2015 and is a former Georgia Tech football player and 1984 alumnus. (AP Photo/John Amis)

12:43 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Tech president Bud Peterson with Todd Stansbury. (AP Photo/John Amis) I can’t imagine any Georgia Tech alum feels anything but jubilation over this move. Todd Stansbury, himself a Techie, has been hired to replace Mike Bobinski, who did little to endear himself to Techies, and in his introductory briefing the new ...

Tech hires Stansbury, who’s both an alum and a football man

8:39 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Todd Stansbury will need a new tie. (AP photo) Oddly enough (or perhaps not so oddly), Todd Stansbury was the template for a bit of journalism committed by this perpetrator last month. Here, it was suggested, are the sort of questions a football-first athletic director might ask Paul Johnson, who coaches ...

Ender Inciarte ends game, stirs debate: Greatest Braves catch ever?
Atlanta Braves' interim manager Brian Snitker embraces Braves' center fielder Ender Inciarte (11) who still has the ball limn his hand after robbing New York Mets Yoenis Cepedes of a game-winning, three-run home run for the final out in the ninth inning of the Braves' 4-3 victory over the Mets in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

7:35 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

A congratulatory snuggle from Snitker. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) A cost of the Atlanta Braves’ great selloff was the loss of the great defenders Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward. A slightly obscured benefit of John Coppolella’s manic dealing was the addition of Ender Inciarte, himself a great defender. If we check ...

A September to remember for, yes, the Braves
The Braves’ Ender Inciarte celebrates with Matt Kemp after scoring a run in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on Sept. 17, 2016. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Updated: 5:07 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

It being football season, maybe you’ve stopped tracking the Braves. Maybe you got so fed up that you tuned out way back when it was basketball season. Maybe you should consider giving them another look. What they were is not what are and, better yet, what they’re becoming.Beggaring-belief stats: The ...
Tech and UGA make Carter’s final four, but will either be No. 1?

9:40 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Wendell Carter Jr. for two. (Photo courtesy of Fred Assaf/Pace Academy) Wendell Carter Jr. of Pace Academy is the best big man to hail from Georgia since Derrick Favors, who signed with Georgia Tech in 2009. If we go by various rankings, here’s where Carter stands among national recruits: No. ...

Remember how bad the Braves were? They’re not so bad now
Atlanta Braves' Dansby Swanson (2) and Braves' Ender Inciarte celebrate after scoring on Freddie Freeman's fourth-inning two-run double in a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Both guys for Shelby Miller? Yes, please. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Dansby Swanson has played 27 big-league games. Per Baseball-Reference, he has a WAR value of 0.6. Extrapolated over 162 games, that’s a WAR of 3.6, which wouldn’t quite be All-Star caliber but wouldn’t be far off. (I know, I know. Almost ...

Opportunity knocks. Will Georgia Tech answer?
Paul Johnson and the Jackets will host unbeaten Clemson Thursday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Updated: 3:49 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

“A tremendous opportunity,” Paul Johnson called it, and he told no lies. Beating the nation’s No. 5 team in prime time would serve as an HOV lane for Georgia Tech’s return to national prominence. One thing, though: Man for man, the nation’s No. 5 team is way better than Tech. ...
Clemson comes to Georgia Tech. Could the Tigers actually lose?

8:11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

“A hex on you, Dabo!” (Hyosub Shin/AJC photo) Georgia Tech has played three games on two continents — Ireland is technically an island, but it counts as Europe — but its season begins now. Tech is 3-0. No news there. The only news would be if Tech weren’t 3-0. Here ...

With another narrow victory, UGA has given itself a real chance

11:19 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Nice and Eason does it. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC photo) COLUMBIA, MO. — Kirby Smart had it right. His Georgia Bulldogs are 3-0, but they’re not far from being 0-3. They trailed by 10 points in the third quarter against North Carolina. They trailed by a point in the third quarter – and ...

Eason throws and UGA passes its road test
Georgia wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie eludes Missouri defensive back Aarion Penton on a first-down reception that set up UGA’s first=quarter touchdown at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)

Updated: 12:33 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

The road is different. Every coach says so. The road can humble the most talented of teams and players. It came close to humbling Georgia and Jacob Eason here Saturday, but the Bulldogs and their freshman quarterback danced away loud and proud, scoring on fourth-and-10 with 1:29 remaining to win ...
Two UGA rookies showed Missouri something – Eason and Smart

12:13 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Isaiah McKenzie clutches the winner. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC photo) COLUMBIA, MO. – These observations are presented as an adjunct to the Georgia-Missouri game column, which can be found here. Georgia won 28-27. 1. Say what you will about Georgia’s rookie quarterback, but Georgia’s rookie coach acquitted himself nobly. Kirby Smart took ...

UGA-Mizzou: A wild series should yield a predictable result
October 12, 2013 - Athens, Ga: Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) puts pressure on Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) as Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle Kolton Houston (75) attempts to block during their game at Sanford Stadium Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga., October 12, 2013. Missouri defeated Georgia 41-26. Murray threw for 290 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and had a fumble returned for a touchdown in the loss. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

10:38 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

From 2013: Michael Sam rushes Aaron Murray. (Jason Getz/AJC) Georgia and Missouri have met four times since the Tigers entered the SEC. Georgia has won three of the four. Each has been weird. The briefest of recaps: 2012: Georgia wins 41-20 in Columbia. This will be remembered as the “Old ...

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