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Josh Pastner asking for patience

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton knows a little bit about what Georgia Tech is experiencing this season. In his fourth season at Miami and his third at Florida State, his teams slid backward after signs of progress. At Miami, the Hurricanes were 7-11 in 1992-93 in Big East play, Hamilton’s third season, but then fell to 0-18 the next season. At Florida State, Hamilton led the Seminoles to...


Georgia State, Frady optimistic for 2018 season

Georgia State, Frady optimistic for 2018 season

In his 31st year as a coach, Greg Frady gets just as excited for each opening day as he did the first season. His Panthers are hosting Bradley at 5 p.m. Friday, a chance to start the season with a win for the fifth consecutive year. Georgia State is what many could consider the perfect blend of old and new. It returns 19 players (12 seniors) and welcomes eight freshmen. Senior shortstop Justin Jones...
State basketball primer: Best teams, players and stories

State basketball primer: Best teams, players and stories

The 97th Georgia high school state basketball tournament begins this weekend with 224 first-round games spanning from Tunnel Hill in northwest Georgia to Brunswick on the coast. Below is just about everything you’d want to know about it, including the first-round matchups in all seven classifications. When: The first round will be played Friday and Saturday. Girls games are typically Friday...
Kennesaw State baseball preview

Kennesaw State baseball preview

2017 record: 25-32-0, 10-11 Atlantic Sun Season opener: vs. Connecticut, 4 p.m. Friday Here are three important issues heading into the season: How they got here: Despite a lackluster record, KSU’s season wasn’t as bad as it appears. The Owls finished third in the conference after a semifinals run in the ASUN postseason tournament. Coach Mike Sansing’s group is returning several...
Georgia State baseball preview

Georgia State baseball preview

2017 record: 22-33, 10-20 Season opener: vs. Bradley, 4 p.m. Friday Here are three important issues heading into the season: Who’s back: The Panthers are a veteran group; of 19 returning players, 12 are seniors. Shortstop Justin Jones will play his final season in blue and white. Jones is a career .288 hitter with 77 RBIs and 98 runs scored and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. Junior...
Georgia Tech baseball preview

Georgia Tech baseball preview

Tech 2017 record: 27-28, 11-19 ACC Season opener: vs. Minnesota, 4 p.m. Friday Here are three important issues heading into the season: 1. Setting the pitching staff Tech’s five starters likely will come from these six pitchers: Xzavion Curry, Jonathan Hughes, Jake Lee, Connor Thomas, Brant Hurter and Hugh Chapman. Curry showed great promise as a freshman last season (team-high 74 strikeouts)...
Georgia Tech’s Danny Hall returns to ‘more intense’ style

Georgia Tech’s Danny Hall returns to ‘more intense’ style

Georgia Tech shortstop Austin Wilhite has seen one full season of coach Danny Hall, but he already knows that the 2018 version is a different model than the 2017 one. “We had one day where he told one kid to just get out of practice because he was loafing around,” Wilhite said. “It’s really been more prominent this year – we’ve got to be going at it hard every single...

7A basketball: Predictions, suggestions for state playoff bracket

The state basketball tournament gets underway Friday. Below are predictions of each round of the Class AAAAAAA boys and girls draws.  Here’s to expecting McEachern’s boys to win their first state title in history while Collins Hills’ girls get their first title in a decade, ending the four-year run of the McEachern girls. Also contained in this space are some issues that the...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Wake Forest

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Wake Forest

A team that had lost 10 of its past 11 games proved too much for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets were overwhelmed by Wake Forest Wednesday, falling 79-62 at the Joel Coliseum. Tech (11-15 overall, 4-9 ACC) turned the ball over 14 times to the Demon Deacons’ five and was splattered once again from 3-point range by the opposition. Wake Forest (10-16, 3-11) played probably its best offensive game...
Hamilton, Hyder to be inducted into Atlanta sports HOF

Hamilton, Hyder to be inducted into Atlanta sports HOF

Two Georgia Tech greats, Joe Hamilton and Whack Hyder, will be inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame on Friday. As a quarterback for the Yellow Jackets from 1996-99, Hamilton became one of the more popular players in team history and set ACC records for total offense, touchdown passes and total touchdowns. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Hamilton won the Davey...
Georgia Tech planning improvements for fan experience

Georgia Tech planning improvements for fan experience

Improvements for fan experience are on the way for Georgia Tech football games next season at Bobby Dodd Stadium, with more en route over the next six seasons. Tech announced its plan for fan experience enhancements Wednesday, including additional premium seating and improvements in general seating options, cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity and stadium audio. For the coming season, the athletic department...
Without Jose Alvarado, what’s next for Georgia Tech

Without Jose Alvarado, what’s next for Georgia Tech

The last person who might hold a “woe is us” response to Georgia Tech point guard Jose Alvarado’s season-ending elbow fracture and dislocation is probably Alvarado’s teammate Josh Okogie. The sophomore is confident, capable of playing point guard and also someone quite familiar with having a key player miss time because of injury. Namely, himself. “It’s always next...
With more recruiting staff, Georgia Tech to expand base

With more recruiting staff, Georgia Tech to expand base

Three new assistant coaches and a re-energized recruiting plan will be the basis for an adjustment and broadening of Georgia Tech’s recruiting base. Speaking on the first day of the regular signing period Wednesday, coach Paul Johnson said that Tech will put more attention on private schools, naming Cincinnati and Washington as possible territories. The strategy in recruiting private schools...
Todd Stansbury: Josh Pastner ‘a great person’

Todd Stansbury: Josh Pastner ‘a great person’

Without delving into specifics of allegations that have been made against his basketball coach, Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury gave a solid endorsement of coach Josh Pastner on Monday in a recording of a podcast with AJC columnist Jeff Schultz and WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein. “I don’t want to say much about this because so much of it is ongoing reviews or investigation...
‘Red Panda’ on unicycle theft: ‘Cold-hearted’

‘Red Panda’ on unicycle theft: ‘Cold-hearted’

It was late at night at a hotel near Clemson. Rong Niu, the woman known better to American sports fans as the unicycle-riding, bowl-flipping halftime performer “Red Panda,” was not happy. She was upset because someone had absconded with her custom unicycle from San Francisco International Airport, causing her to cancel a performance. Niu, whose act has thrilled basketball fans for more...
How important is it that Tech beat UGA? Jackets’ AD rates it

How important is it that Tech beat UGA? Jackets’ AD rates it

Todd Stansbury’s college journey began on a Georgia Tech football field. He now stands with a say in the College Football Playoff and as the Yellow Jackets’ athletic director with more than a year under his belt. A former hockey goalie who took shots from the “Great One,” Wayne Gretzky, Stansbury talks with AJC columnist Jeff Schultz and WSB-TV sports director Zach...
Jose Alvarado definitively out for season

Jose Alvarado definitively out for season

Georgia Tech point guard Jose Alvarado is definitively out for the year with a fracture of his left elbow, coach Josh Pastner said Monday. Alvarado suffered the injury in the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Duke Sunday night at McCamish Pavilion. After the game, Pastner said there was a “high probability” that Alvarado would not play again this season. Pastner spoke prior to learning...
A second look at Georgia Tech-Duke

A second look at Georgia Tech-Duke

More from Georgia Tech’s 80-69 loss to No. 9 Duke on Sunday night at McCamish Pavilion. For the “5 observations” story, read here. For Georgia Tech, the bright spot in the decisive defeat was the surprising play of freshman forwards Moses Wright and Evan Cole. Both played nearly all of the final 17:56 of the second half, during which the Yellow Jackets outscored the Blue Devils...
‘High probability’ Jose Alvarado out for season

‘High probability’ Jose Alvarado out for season

Georgia Tech freshman point guard Jose Alvarado is likely out for the season after dislocating his left elbow Sunday in the Yellow Jackets’ 80-69 loss to No. 9 Duke at McCamish Pavilion. Coach Josh Pastner said there was “probably a high probability that he’ll be finished for the season.” Alvarado suffered the injury in a hard fall taken after challenging a shot by Duke forward...
Georgia Tech’s strange and sad season sees another setback

Georgia Tech’s strange and sad season sees another setback

It was only last spring a team of limited resources coming off a coaching change played longer into its tournament than a team of massive gifts guided by maybe the greatest coach ever. Granted, Georgia Tech was working in the second-rate NIT while Duke graced, albeit briefly, the Big Dance. Still, the Yellow Jackets were vying for a trophy in Madison Square Garden long after the Blue Devils limped...
Five observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to No. 9 Duke

Five observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to No. 9 Duke

Georgia Tech lost for the seventh time in eight games, this time to No. 9 Duke. However, much more may have been lost in the 80-69 defeat Sunday night at McCamish Pavlion as point guard Jose Alvarado took a hard fall that resulted in a trip to the hospital. Duke (20-5 overall, 8-4 ACC) took control from the start, grabbing a 9-0 lead and expanding to 28-10 by the 7:48 mark of the first half. Tech...
With Georgia Tech in ‘rut,’ No. 9 Duke comes to town

With Georgia Tech in ‘rut,’ No. 9 Duke comes to town

Georgia Tech’s past seven games haven’t done much for the Yellow Jackets’ record. But they’ve developed a sizable store of knowledge of the RPI top 50. Of the seven, six have been against teams in the top 50 as of Saturday morning. Not surprisingly, Tech’s record in the seven games is 1-6, the lone win against Syracuse (No. 37). Sunday’s game against Duke at McCamish...
A look at Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner

A look at Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner

Josh Pastner has had a tough week. His Georgia Tech basketball team lost to Boston College Sunday and to Louisville Thursday. The Jackets have dropped six of their last seven games. Pastner has also been accused of assaulting or harassing the girlfriend of a former friend. Pastner has strongly denied the allegations. Watch the video above to learn more about Pastner’s basketball...
Georgia Tech investigating sexual assault claims against coach Josh Pastner

Georgia Tech investigating sexual assault claims against coach Josh Pastner

Georgia Tech opened an investigation Friday into allegations its men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted an Arizona woman. The school said it would hire an “outside, independent” investigator to look into charges against second-year coach Josh Pastner. He was accused in a lawsuit filed Thursday of assaulting or harassing the woman more than a dozen times in 2016. “We...
A second look at Georgia Tech-Louisville

A second look at Georgia Tech-Louisville

Some more thoughts from Georgia Tech’s 77-54 loss to Louisville on Thursday night in Louisville, Ky. The “5 observations” story can be found here. 1. It wasn’t a great night for center Ben Lammers. He was 1-for-8 from the field, scored four points and had just four rebounds. He suffered what looked like a slight knee injury, and was to be held out of Georgia Tech&rsquo...
Many of state’s best football players fight for college coaches’ respect

Many of state’s best football players fight for college coaches’ respect

Georgia’s leading high school passer is going to a prep school, not because of grades, but to prove that Division I colleges that didn’t offer him a scholarship were wrong.  East Hall’s Austin Parker is among several of the state’s most productive players who weren’t blue-chip recruits but who will be playing with chips on their shoulders at the next level now that...
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Louisville

5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to Louisville

Against a team desperate to buck a three-game losing streak and showing up to the arena with an energy shortage, Georgia Tech took its sixth loss in the past seven games. Jumped on from the start, the Yellow Jackets were routed by Louisville, which sped to a 77-54 win Thursday night at the KFC Yum Center. It was Tech’s largest margin of defeat since the 32-point loss to TCU in the NIT final...
Josh Pastner: ‘Zero truth’ to sexual assault allegations

Josh Pastner: ‘Zero truth’ to sexual assault allegations

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner rejected allegations of sexual assault and harassment in strong terms Thursday night following his team’s game against Louisville. “Unequivocally, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero truth to any of those disgusting, bogus allegations,” Pastner said. “It’s disgusting. And there’s zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero...
Tech coach Pastner accused of sexual assault in court filing

Tech coach Pastner accused of sexual assault in court filing

At least 14 times in 10 months, Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted or harassed the girlfriend of his self-described biggest supporter, the woman alleges in court papers Thursday. Jennifer Pendley, 45, of Tucson, Arizona, said Pastner tried to force her to engage in a sex act and repeatedly groped her against her will. She claimed the sexual misconduct...
Paul Johnson calls early signing period ‘win-win’

Paul Johnson calls early signing period ‘win-win’

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was in support of the early signing period in December, and his approval was reiterated again Wednesday. This year’s recruiting cycle was the first in which recruits had an opportunity to sign before February, having been granted a three-day window Dec. 20-22. “I think it’s been great,” Johnson said. “I think it’s a win-win for everybody...
Georgia Tech completes signing class with Jordan Domineck

Georgia Tech completes signing class with Jordan Domineck

Georgia Tech completed its 2018 signing class Wednesday with the reception of a letter of intent from Jordan Domineck, a defensive end from Lakeland, Fla. Domineck previously committed to South Florida. Domineck, 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, projects as a linebacker. Given his school-record 25 sacks in his senior year at George Jenkins High, he would seem a fit at outside linebacker in new defensive coordinator...
All-region basketball: Barnes, Thompson are players of year in 6-AA

All-region basketball: Barnes, Thompson are players of year in 6-AA

Dondre Barnes of South Atlanta and Nekiyah Thompson of Douglass are the basketball players of the year in Region 6-AA.   Barnes, the boys player of the year, averages 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and three steals for defending state champion South Atlanta.    Thompson, the top girls player, averages 22.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, five steals and five assists for Douglass. ...
Josh Pastner addresses Darryl LaBarrie’s resignation

Josh Pastner addresses Darryl LaBarrie’s resignation

As his team’s bumpy ride through the 2017-18 season continues, Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has sought to keep the Yellow Jackets’ focus on the next game. “We have some great opportunities in front of us, got great games in front of us,” he said Wednesday. “We’ll see what we can do to get in the postseason.” That effort continues Thursday night when Tech...
How Georgia Tech’s freshmen fit on roster

How Georgia Tech’s freshmen fit on roster

In a rarity and possibly a first in his time at Georgia Tech, coach Paul Johnson has awarded all 85 scholarships for the coming season. Jordan Domineck claimed scholarship No. 85 Wednesday evening, completing the 2018 signing class at 21 players. Johnson’s 11th team at Tech will be a young one. Of the 85 scholarships, 35 have been allocated to freshmen or redshirt freshmen, 41 percent. But there&rsquo...
Who makes up Georgia Tech’s 2018 recruiting class?

Who makes up Georgia Tech’s 2018 recruiting class?

Georgia Tech completed its 2018 signing class with two additions Wednesday, bringing its total to 20 players. Here is a list of Yellow Jackets signees: FebruaryQuon Griffin, DL, 6-0, 275, Rome (Rome HS) Christian Malloy, AB/BB, 5-10, 200, Lilburn (Parkview HS) Malachi Carter, WR, 6-3, 185, Lawrenceville (Mountain View HS)  T.K. Chimedza, DL, 6-3, 300, Dacula (IMG Academy, Fla.)  Justice...
Georgia Tech signs Christian Malloy, Ja’Quon Griffin

Georgia Tech signs Christian Malloy, Ja’Quon Griffin

Georgia Tech added the 19th and 20th members of its 2018 signing class Wednesday morning, with hopes of a third to be added later in the day. Parkview High running back Christian Malloy and Rome High defensive lineman Ja’Quon Griffin signed letters of intent with Tech on the first day of the late signing period. Malloy committed previously to Florida International. Griffin chose Tech over Tulane...
When John Swofford was a Georgia Tech target

When John Swofford was a Georgia Tech target

If John Swofford’s memory is accurate, it was Oct. 8, 1966. The man who would one day become the ACC commissioner and one of the powerful figures in college athletics was a high-school senior from North Wilkesboro, N.C., a highly touted quarterback holding scholarship offers from across the SEC and ACC. And there he was, in the office of legendary Georgia Tech coach Bobby Dodd, just the two...
Georgia State playing the most meaningful basketball around

Georgia State playing the most meaningful basketball around

It has been a big week for Georgia State basketball coach Ron Hunter – or Gramps, if you prefer. Last Thursday his daughter gave birth to his first grandchild. And while he has failed in his campaign to find some acceptable feminine variation of “Ron” to name his granddaughter, Hunter remains ever hopeful. “I don’t know if they signed a birth certificate yet, so I got...
Georgia Tech assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie resigns

Georgia Tech assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie resigns

Georgia Tech assistant basketball coach Darryl LaBarrie has resigned. Both the athletic department and LaBarrie issued statements Tuesday night confirming the development. LaBarrie was placed on paid leave in November as the NCAA and the school investigated an allegation of an NCAA rules violation. He was replaced on an interim basis by Julian Swartz, the team’s director of recruiting and compliance...
Who recruited the most starters for Georgia Tech in ’16 and ’17?

Who recruited the most starters for Georgia Tech in ’16 and ’17?

When Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was determining raises for his assistants for the 2017 season, he apportioned an extra $10,000 for A-backs coach and special-teams coordinator Lamar Owens. The reason, Johnson said, was because of his recruiting efforts. By one measurement (other than Johnson’s), the extra money is well-earned. Of the 2016 and 2017 Yellow Jackets, Owens was responsible for...
Eagles’ gadget play run against Georgia Tech in 2012

Eagles’ gadget play run against Georgia Tech in 2012

The next time former Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (a friend of Groh’s) cross paths, they have at least one new topic of conversation. Both of their defenses have been foiled by the same gadget play. The trick play that produced a touchdown reception for Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in the second quarter of the Super Bowl was the same...
How a Tech target went from 2 stars to 3 two months after his season ended

How a Tech target went from 2 stars to 3 two months after his season ended

There was not overwhelming excitement among Georgia Tech fans when Pike County High running back C’Bo Flemister gave his commitment to the Yellow Jackets in early December. First of all, Flemister had previously been committed to Georgia Southern. It wasn’t as though Tech coaches had pried him away from an ACC rival. Second, Flemister bore an unflattering badge – he was a two-star...
Georgia Tech adds defensive tackle Ja’Quon Griffin

Georgia Tech adds defensive tackle Ja’Quon Griffin

Georgia Tech has the 19th member of its recruiting class for 2018. Rome High defensive tackle Ja’Quon Griffin announced his commitment to the Yellow Jackets Monday night. Griffin had received an offer from Tech last week and made his official visit to Tech this past weekend. A two-time all-state defensive tackle, Griffin helped lead the Wolves to back-to-back state championships as a junior...
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