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ALS-stricken coach still gets message across

Updated: 3:03 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

A high school football season spent its last hurrahs at the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Without a lot of fuss, Jeremy Williams finished another one undefeated.Williams hasn’t actually called a play since 2010, when his Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, made it physically impossible to ...
Mariota: Return of the Heisman good guy?
Oregon's Marcus Mariota stands with his trophy after being awarded the Davey O'Brien Award for Nation's Best Quarterback at the College Football Awards, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

12:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

The first Heisman Trophy winner, Jay Berwanger, was by all accounts a gentlemanly Iowa farm boy, so humble he used to employ the 25-pound bronze homage to the stiff-arm as a doorstop. An 80th winner will be announced Saturday night. The favorite is a Hawaiian-born quarterback of Samoan blood said ...
Both quarterbacks put on a show in Charlotte

12:56 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – They are as different in stature and scheme, as far apart in fame and foibles, as two quarterbacks could be. That said, it became something of a challenge Saturday to separate the deeds of Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas and Florida State’s Jameis Winston. The title of best ...
No feast of turnovers for Tech this time

12:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Georgia Tech defense kept waiting. And waiting. Surely Jameis Winston’s sometimes unspecific arm with throw one pass their way. Certainly that FSU freshman runner couldn’t gain all those yards (177) on all those carries (31) without one time laying the ball on the ground. But Winston, ...
Both quarterbacks put on a show in Charlotte

12:31 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

They are as different in stature and scheme, as far apart in fame and foibles, as two quarterbacks could be.That said, it became something of a challenge Saturday to separate the deeds of Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas and Florida State’s Jameis Winston. The title of best quarterback on the field ...
Short night for Zenon

9:06 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Georgia Tech’s backfield depth was tested early Saturday night. On his only carry of the game, senior A-back Tony Zenon took a hard shot from FSU linebacker Matthew Thomas at the end of a six-yard gain. Zenon appeared slightly shaken, but was able to leave the field on his own. ...
Tech’s wounded offer support

8:25 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Georgia Tech would have much rather had A-back Broderick Snoddy and receiver DeAndre Smelter on the sideline Saturday night without the crutches — alas, it had no miracle cures and no choice. The best the Yellow Jackets could get from two of their dynamic offensive performers was moral support, as ...
FSU takes on Georgia Tech and the world

3:58 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Don’t try telling Woody Harvey that unbeaten and unchastened Florida State has become widely unpopular, the Brussels sprouts of the college football banquet.He is still coming down off a 19-hour work day at the Tomahawk Sports Bar & Grill, catering to the thirsty mob that gathered last Saturday around the ...
Tech ties an advantage for FSU coordinator?

6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Preparing for Georgia Tech’s triple option offense is always a chore, both because the Yellow Jackets run it so efficiently and because no one else runs it much at all. Florida State, however, does have the advantage of passing familiarity with the running offense. The Seminoles defensive coordinator, Charles Kelly, ...
Fisher tips a cap to Tech’s Johnson

5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

He so far has won two ACC championships (and one national championship) since arriving at Florida State in 2010, but Jimbo Fisher never has been named ACC Coach of the Year. That honor eluded him again this week when his counterpart in Saturday’s conference championship game, Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson, ...
Winston a puzzle to Tech and himself
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston meets with fans after a team meeting at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

10:28 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

If Georgia Tech manages to disrupt Jameis Winston only fractionally as much as Winston unsettles himself, it may have a real chance to take down Florida State in Saturday’s ACC Championship game.Was it the Yellow Jackets suddenly larcenous defense (17 takeaways in the past five games) that Winston noodled on ...
FSU practice delayed by Winston hearing
Florida State NCAA college football quarterback Jameis Winston, right, and his attorney David Cornwell arrive at Florida State's Materials Research building for his student code on conduct hearing, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Don Juan Moore)

Updated: 8:42 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Tuesday afternoon, rather than studying Ted Roof’s Georgia Tech defense, FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was again defending himself against a nearly two-year-old accusation of sexual assault. Dressed in a suit and tie, Winston entered a university code of conduct hearing shortly before noon. It was January 2012 when a woman ...
Out of one season, Mason builds a fine career
Hutson Mason nears the first anniversary of becoming Georgia’s starting quarterback. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

His term has been briefer even than a Democratic congressman’s.In the garden of perennial quarterbacks, he is the annual — the marigold among the forget-me-nots. A one-and-done by circumstance, not by choice.We’re coming up on a year now since Hutson Mason made his first start for Georgia, as injured Aaron ...
Giving thanks, even when it doesn’t come easily
Georgia State volleyball player Deidra Bohannon is studying to be a respiratory therapist as a result of her mom’s health issues. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

One day a year to count blessings seems insufficient, especially for those who could be inventorying their woes instead. Here are five college athletes with local connections who have earned their gratitude the hard way, through trial and error. Sometimes it’s necessary to dig a little deeper to find a ...
Older, wiser Reggie Ball reconnects with Tech

2:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Reggie Ball flashback No. 1: It stands today, 10 years later, as one of the more bizarre passes in the noisy Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry. In a desperate fourth-and-21 scramble, just 28 seconds left, down by six, Tech’s Ball threw the lower-case ball out of bounds. As it was, the odds ...
Hummer’s short takes
November 15, 2014 Atlanta - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Chris Milton (6) celebrates his touchdown on an interception against the Clemson Tigers in the second half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets won 28-6 over the Clemson Tigers. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

6:48 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Staff writer Steve Hummer give his take on Saturday’s game: 1. Good seats still available: The fact that this was the first Georgia Tech game in three years in which both teams were ranked was not enough to fill up Bobby Dodd Stadium. The announced crowd of 49,378 was almost ...
Tech keeps rolling, with Bulldogs next
November 15, 2014 Atlanta - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive lineman Francis Kallon (92) celebrates their 28-6 win over the Clemson Tigers at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, November 15, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

6:32 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

In the aftermath of Georgia Tech’s undressing of Clemson on Saturday, it is a real chore to imagine any way the Yellow Jackets could feel better about themselves and their spiteful meeting with Georgia in two weeks’ time. Perhaps if Calvin Johnson regained an unprecedented week of eligibility in time ...
College basketball a shoe thing

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

It approaches again. Hear that sound in the distance, the hyperkinetic squeaks of a thousand rubber soles making fierce friction with the hardwood? Like a riot of lab rats. That’s the coming of another college basketball season.How appropriate that the one distinctive sensory experience of every basketball practice is this ...
How about a little plug for the Tech defense?
Virginia Cavaliers running back Taquan Mizzell (4) is brought down by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive end KeShun Freeman (42) in the second half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets won 35-10 over the Virginia Cavaliers. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 9:10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

To extol the art of defense at a Georgia Tech game is a little like obsessing on Scarlett Johansson’s cooking skills. Or doing a review on the great taco stands of Paris. That’s just not what distinguished any of these franchises. But sometimes, such a radical departure is necessary. Especially ...
Hawks, new CEO want to make a hip opening statement
Hawks CEO Steve Koonin expects an audience “much younger, much louder and  different than what you’ve seen before – it’s not a corporate crowd.”

5:19 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Fifty-four days after their controlling owner’s “the black crowd scared away the whites” memo came to light, the Hawks play their first real game at home Saturday. As part of opening night, the rapper T.I. is scheduled to perform at Philips. “Fo’ shizzle,” declared the team’s new CEO Steve Koonin, ...
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