Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech beat writer

Ken Sugiura covers Georgia Tech. He started at the AJC in 1998 and has covered a variety of beats, mostly within sports. AJC Georgia Tech blog

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5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over UTRGV
 Continuing its diet of the weakest teams in Division I, Georgia Tech took care of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion. The Yellow Jackets secured victory by a 78-68 score, having led by as many as 19 points late. Five observations of the game: 1. Shooting guard Brandon Alston came in handy. With backup point guard...

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Continuing its diet of the weakest teams in Division I, Georgia Tech took care of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion. The Yellow Jackets secured victory by a 78-68 score, having led by as many as 19 points late. Five observations of the game: 1. Shooting guard Brandon Alston came in handy. With backup point guard...
Josh Pastner declines comment on Georgia Tech’s NCAA troubles
 After his team’s game against Texas-Rio Grande Valley Wednesday, Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner declined to comment on the suspension of guard Justin Moore or the paid administrative leave of assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie. In his opening statement to media after the 78-68 win at McCamish Pavilion, Pastner said he would defer to the...

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After his team’s game against Texas-Rio Grande Valley Wednesday, Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner declined to comment on the suspension of guard Justin Moore or the paid administrative leave of assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie. In his opening statement to media after the 78-68 win at McCamish Pavilion, Pastner said he would defer to the...
Paul Johnson praises play of KirVonte Benson, TaQuon Marshall
 Before the likely final regular-season game of the year, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson took the occasion to look back at the seasons of quarterback TaQuon Marshall and B-back KirVonte Benson and offer his commendation. Before the start of the season, “the big question marks were quarterback and B-back because you had guys who hadn&rsquo...

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Before the likely final regular-season game of the year, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson took the occasion to look back at the seasons of quarterback TaQuon Marshall and B-back KirVonte Benson and offer his commendation. Before the start of the season, “the big question marks were quarterback and B-back because you had guys who hadn&rsquo...
Georgia Tech assistant placed on leave, player suspended 2 games
 Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has long prided himself on NCAA rules compliance. He said as much in a statement after the school announced it was withholding team members Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson after having found both had broken NCAA rules in receiving plane tickets, meals and apparel from a friend of Pastner with ties to the team...

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Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has long prided himself on NCAA rules compliance. He said as much in a statement after the school announced it was withholding team members Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson after having found both had broken NCAA rules in receiving plane tickets, meals and apparel from a friend of Pastner with ties to the team...
Georgia Tech nears end of ‘screwy season’
 Paul Johnson captured it precisely. “This has been a screwy season right from the start,” the Georgia Tech coach said. Even before the season began, the team’s leading rusher in 2016, Dedrick Mills, was dismissed. In the opener, Tech ran virtually at will against Tennessee and took a 14-point lead, and then lost in double...

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Paul Johnson captured it precisely. “This has been a screwy season right from the start,” the Georgia Tech coach said. Even before the season began, the team’s leading rusher in 2016, Dedrick Mills, was dismissed. In the opener, Tech ran virtually at will against Tennessee and took a 14-point lead, and then lost in double...
Suspensions for Tech assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie, Justin Moore
 The tumultuous start to Georgia Tech’s season has taken another turn. The school placed assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie on administrative leave Wednesday as the school investigates a recently reported allegation of an NCAA rules violation. It confirms an ESPN report Wednesday stating that LaBarrie was suspended for a matter that occurred...

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The tumultuous start to Georgia Tech’s season has taken another turn. The school placed assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie on administrative leave Wednesday as the school investigates a recently reported allegation of an NCAA rules violation. It confirms an ESPN report Wednesday stating that LaBarrie was suspended for a matter that occurred...
Kirby Smart compares Justin Thomas and TaQuon Marshall
 Georgia coach Kirby Smart knew Georgia Tech great Justin Thomas quite well – Smart had been his recruiter when Smart was defensive coordinator at Alabama and Thomas was a prospect at Prattville (Ala.) High. It turns out he knows Yellow Jackets quarterback TaQuon Marshall as well. Marshall attended Alabama camps four consecutive summers...

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Georgia coach Kirby Smart knew Georgia Tech great Justin Thomas quite well – Smart had been his recruiter when Smart was defensive coordinator at Alabama and Thomas was a prospect at Prattville (Ala.) High. It turns out he knows Yellow Jackets quarterback TaQuon Marshall as well. Marshall attended Alabama camps four consecutive summers...
Calvin Johnson named Walter Camp Man of the Year
 Georgia Tech great Calvin Johnson has been named the Walter Camp Man of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, recognition of his professional success in the NFL and his contributions to the community. Johnson, who retired from the NFL in March 2016 after nine seasons, will receive the award in January at Yale. Past recipients include...

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Georgia Tech great Calvin Johnson has been named the Walter Camp Man of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, recognition of his professional success in the NFL and his contributions to the community. Johnson, who retired from the NFL in March 2016 after nine seasons, will receive the award in January at Yale. Past recipients include...
Jackets: Defense lacked discipline, focus against Duke
 Members of the Georgia Tech defense cited a lack of focus as the reason for their subpar play in Saturday’s 43-20 loss to Duke. The Yellow Jackets were scored on seven consecutive drives to open the game against a team that had lost six consecutive games and averaged 12.2 points per game. “We just didn’t show up the best...

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Members of the Georgia Tech defense cited a lack of focus as the reason for their subpar play in Saturday’s 43-20 loss to Duke. The Yellow Jackets were scored on seven consecutive drives to open the game against a team that had lost six consecutive games and averaged 12.2 points per game. “We just didn’t show up the best...
Qua Searcy has heard about his touchdown ‘every day since’
 The play was called “58 toss throwback.” Georgia Tech A-back Qua Searcy never got to the throwback part, and as a result wove himself into the history of the Tech-Georgia rivalry. Scoring the last-second touchdown in dramatic and unlikely fashion that (along with Harrison Butker’s PAT) beat the Bulldogs last year in Athens...

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The play was called “58 toss throwback.” Georgia Tech A-back Qua Searcy never got to the throwback part, and as a result wove himself into the history of the Tech-Georgia rivalry. Scoring the last-second touchdown in dramatic and unlikely fashion that (along with Harrison Butker’s PAT) beat the Bulldogs last year in Athens...
Georgia Tech’s Matthew Jordan calling it a career
 Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan will take part in the senior day ceremony before the team’s game against Georgia on Saturday, meaning he doesn’t plan to return to the team next season. Jordan, a junior, has a season of eligibility remaining, but made the decision to end his career because of health concerns about his foot...

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Georgia Tech quarterback Matthew Jordan will take part in the senior day ceremony before the team’s game against Georgia on Saturday, meaning he doesn’t plan to return to the team next season. Jordan, a junior, has a season of eligibility remaining, but made the decision to end his career because of health concerns about his foot...