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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...

Posted: 9 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 9 days ago

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...
For Georgia Tech fans, ‘this week has been brutal’
 For most, if not all, Georgia Tech fans, the past week has not been the most enjoyable as Georgia Bulldogs fervor ramps up to the College Football Playoff Championship game Monday night. Making it worse is that Georgia will play Alabama less than two miles from Tech’s campus. To understand their aggravation and lamentation, we reached...

Posted: 9 days ago

For most, if not all, Georgia Tech fans, the past week has not been the most enjoyable as Georgia Bulldogs fervor ramps up to the College Football Playoff Championship game Monday night. Making it worse is that Georgia will play Alabama less than two miles from Tech’s campus. To understand their aggravation and lamentation, we reached...
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...

Posted: 10 days ago

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...
‘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...

Posted: 10 days ago

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...
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. &ldquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

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. &ldquo...
Mike Pelton not retained at Georgia Tech
 Georgia Tech defensive line coach Mike Pelton will not be retained for the 2018 season. All of the positions on the Tech defensive staff were under review with the hire of new defensive coordinator Nate Woody, who has come to lead the Yellow Jackets defense from Appalachian State. It is not clear if Woody will make more changes with his defensive...

Posted: 11 days ago

Georgia Tech defensive line coach Mike Pelton will not be retained for the 2018 season. All of the positions on the Tech defensive staff were under review with the hire of new defensive coordinator Nate Woody, who has come to lead the Yellow Jackets defense from Appalachian State. It is not clear if Woody will make more changes with his defensive...
A second look at Georgia Tech/Miami
 Taking a second review of Georgia Tech’s 64-54 win over No. 15 Miami on Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion. You can read the “5 observations” posted early Thursday here. 1. Freshman point guard Jose Alvarado had one of the odder stat lines of any player in Division I this season – 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting...

Posted: 11 days ago

Taking a second review of Georgia Tech’s 64-54 win over No. 15 Miami on Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion. You can read the “5 observations” posted early Thursday here. 1. Freshman point guard Jose Alvarado had one of the odder stat lines of any player in Division I this season – 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over No. 15 Miami
 After a disappointing run through non-conference play adn a road loss to Notre Dame in the ACC opener, Georgia Tech surprised No. 15 Miami Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion, giving the Hurricanes a 64-54 defeat. Tech guard Josh Okogie led the way with a game-high 30 points and a team-high nine rebounds as the Jackets improved to 7-7 overall...

Posted: 12 days ago

After a disappointing run through non-conference play adn a road loss to Notre Dame in the ACC opener, Georgia Tech surprised No. 15 Miami Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion, giving the Hurricanes a 64-54 defeat. Tech guard Josh Okogie led the way with a game-high 30 points and a team-high nine rebounds as the Jackets improved to 7-7 overall...
Two months into season, an unusual first for Georgia Tech
 An unlikely event took place for Georgia Tech on Tuesday. All 16 players on the Yellow Jackets’ roster took part in the team’s pre-practice stretch. It was the first time this season that the entire roster had participated since all 16 stretched together on the first day of preseason practice began in early October. It’s...

Posted: 12 days ago

An unlikely event took place for Georgia Tech on Tuesday. All 16 players on the Yellow Jackets’ roster took part in the team’s pre-practice stretch. It was the first time this season that the entire roster had participated since all 16 stretched together on the first day of preseason practice began in early October. It’s...
Why Josh Pastner wants Tadric Jackson ‘to be an attack guy’
 Desperate for more offensive production, Georgia Tech has what looks like a fairly dependable option suiting up in the No. 1 jersey, guard Tadric Jackson. More specifically, coach Josh Pastner wants him to drive more to the basket and take fewer – maybe not any – 3-pointers. “Don’t shoot any more 3’s,”...

Posted: 13 days ago

Desperate for more offensive production, Georgia Tech has what looks like a fairly dependable option suiting up in the No. 1 jersey, guard Tadric Jackson. More specifically, coach Josh Pastner wants him to drive more to the basket and take fewer – maybe not any – 3-pointers. “Don’t shoot any more 3’s,”...
A second look at Georgia Tech/Notre Dame
 Taking a second review of Georgia Tech’s 68-59 loss to Notre Dame in both teams’ ACC opener Saturday in South Bend, Ind. You can read the “5 observations” posted Saturday here. Four points 1. I noted this in the 5 observations, but it bears mention again. Tech defended Notre Dame really well. Players were alert...

Posted: 15 days ago

Taking a second review of Georgia Tech’s 68-59 loss to Notre Dame in both teams’ ACC opener Saturday in South Bend, Ind. You can read the “5 observations” posted Saturday here. Four points 1. I noted this in the 5 observations, but it bears mention again. Tech defended Notre Dame really well. Players were alert...
Five observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Notre Dame
 Georgia Tech was overwhelmed by a stout second half from Notre Dame, leading to a 68-59 defeat for the Yellow Jackets in both teams’ ACC opener Saturday. Tech (6-7, 0-1 ACC) relied on six players to play 198 of the available 200 minutes and was not able to keep up the play that had established a 28-23 halftime lead. On a day when both...

Posted: 16 days ago

Georgia Tech was overwhelmed by a stout second half from Notre Dame, leading to a 68-59 defeat for the Yellow Jackets in both teams’ ACC opener Saturday. Tech (6-7, 0-1 ACC) relied on six players to play 198 of the available 200 minutes and was not able to keep up the play that had established a 28-23 halftime lead. On a day when both...
As ACC play starts, Pastner ‘still trying to feel out our team’
 At least one thing can be determined through one and a half seasons of coach Josh Pastner’s tenure at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets don’t hew to expectation. Forecast to flail in Pastner’s first season, Tech upset North Carolina a year ago Sunday, triggering a series of upsets and an unlikely run to the NIT championship...

Posted: 17 days ago

At least one thing can be determined through one and a half seasons of coach Josh Pastner’s tenure at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets don’t hew to expectation. Forecast to flail in Pastner’s first season, Tech upset North Carolina a year ago Sunday, triggering a series of upsets and an unlikely run to the NIT championship...
UPDATED: Jose Alvarado will play vs. Notre Dame
 Updated, 1:30 p.m.: Georgia Tech guard Jose Alvarado has been cleared to play vs. Notre Dame Saturday. Alvarado, who suffered a head injury in the Coppin State game Wednesday, had been questionable to play. In a season in which injuries have been a constant, Georgia Tech may have to play without point guard Jose Alvarado in the ACC opener...

Posted: 17 days ago

Updated, 1:30 p.m.: Georgia Tech guard Jose Alvarado has been cleared to play vs. Notre Dame Saturday. Alvarado, who suffered a head injury in the Coppin State game Wednesday, had been questionable to play. In a season in which injuries have been a constant, Georgia Tech may have to play without point guard Jose Alvarado in the ACC opener...
GSU’s Elliott: No question Nate Woody will succeed at Georgia Tech
 From 2001 to 2009, Georgia State coach Shawn Elliott was an offensive line coach at Appalachian State. At the same time, Nate Woody was defensive coordinator at Wofford. Their Southern Conference matchups gave Elliott enough of a dosage of Woody and his defensive schemes that he decided, should he ever become a head coach, he’d like...

Posted: 18 days ago

From 2001 to 2009, Georgia State coach Shawn Elliott was an offensive line coach at Appalachian State. At the same time, Nate Woody was defensive coordinator at Wofford. Their Southern Conference matchups gave Elliott enough of a dosage of Woody and his defensive schemes that he decided, should he ever become a head coach, he’d like...
T.D. Roof transferring to Indiana
 Following his father’s departure from Georgia Tech for N.C. State, Tech linebacker T.D. Roof will transfer to Indiana. The younger Roof, who played one season with his father, Ted, as his defensive coordinator, made the announcement from his Twitter account Thursday. After starring at Buford High, T.D. Roof made the decision to attend...

Posted: 18 days ago

Following his father’s departure from Georgia Tech for N.C. State, Tech linebacker T.D. Roof will transfer to Indiana. The younger Roof, who played one season with his father, Ted, as his defensive coordinator, made the announcement from his Twitter account Thursday. After starring at Buford High, T.D. Roof made the decision to attend...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s win over Coppin State
 Laboring more than might be expected for an ACC team playing at home against an opponent from possibly the weakest conference in Division I, Georgia Tech won its final game before the start of league play Wednesday, defeating Coppin State 76-62. The Yellow Jackets trailed for nearly half the game but emerged with the win thanks to careful...

Posted: 19 days ago

Laboring more than might be expected for an ACC team playing at home against an opponent from possibly the weakest conference in Division I, Georgia Tech won its final game before the start of league play Wednesday, defeating Coppin State 76-62. The Yellow Jackets trailed for nearly half the game but emerged with the win thanks to careful...
Nate Woody in line to be Georgia Tech’s next defensive coordinator
 Appalachian State defensive coordinator Nate Woody is in line to take the same job at Georgia Tech, according to a person familiar with the situation. Woody, in his fifth season at Appalachian State, needs to pass a background check and finalize a contract before the agreement is official. Because Tech’s campus is closed through the...

Posted: 19 days ago

Appalachian State defensive coordinator Nate Woody is in line to take the same job at Georgia Tech, according to a person familiar with the situation. Woody, in his fifth season at Appalachian State, needs to pass a background check and finalize a contract before the agreement is official. Because Tech’s campus is closed through the...
A strong candidate for Georgia Tech? Appalachian State’s Nate Woody
 The elements that Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has long wanted out of his defense – to create big plays and get off the field – Appalachian State did quite well this season. The Mountaineers’ defense finished in the top 30 nationally in takeaways (26, tied for 10th), tackles for loss (6.92 per game, tied for 30th) and...

Posted: 20 days ago

The elements that Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has long wanted out of his defense – to create big plays and get off the field – Appalachian State did quite well this season. The Mountaineers’ defense finished in the top 30 nationally in takeaways (26, tied for 10th), tackles for loss (6.92 per game, tied for 30th) and...
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