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No stars, no problem for Tech commit Demetrius Knight

Demetrius Knight wasn’t bothered by not having a recruiting ranking from the likes of 247 Sports and Rivals, per se. But the quarterback from Strong Rock Christian School in Henry County acknowledged he got a little down seeing other quarterbacks he knew with rankings and stars by their names. “I wasn’t sure I had any (stars), but I tried not to think about that and tried not to...



Georgia Tech fan day set

Georgia Tech fan day set

Georgia Tech will hold its annual fan day on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The event will run from 4-6 p.m. Yellow Jackets players and coaches will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos in advance of the 2018 season. This year, it will also be one of the first opportunities for fans to purchase Georgia Tech Adidas gear. Season-ticket holders will be allowed 30 minutes of exclusive...
Tech has seventh commitment in South Carolina ATH Jalon Calhoun

Tech has seventh commitment in South Carolina ATH Jalon Calhoun

Georgia Tech’s recruiting class for 2019 grew by two Thursday, as Jalon Calhoun, a quarterback from Greenville, S.C., offered his commitment. Calhoun, who is being recruited as an athlete out of Southside High, followed the commitment announcement of Ahdarrious Gee, a linebacker from Crisp County. Calhoun made his announcement on Twitter. Calhoun had reported his scholarship offer from...
World’s No. 1 Johnson, Bulldogs’ Henley top the survivors’ list at U.S. Open

World’s No. 1 Johnson, Bulldogs’ Henley top the survivors’ list at U.S. Open

You’d like to believe that somewhere James Foulis is raising a wee dram to smiling lips. The 21st century players arrived in force at Shinnecock Hills on Thursday, bringing all their high-tech weapons to bear on the U.S. Open. The drivers with their refined geocoustic soles. The golf balls that are labeled as if they were ballistic missiles – we can only hope the North Koreans never get...
Crisp County LB Ahdarrious Gee commits to Georgia Tech

Crisp County LB Ahdarrious Gee commits to Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech secured a commitment from an in-state linebacker Thursday, Ahdarrious Gee of Crisp County High. Gee, who was committed to South Carolina, but withdrew the pledge in February, chose Tech over Vanderbilt. He intends to enroll early. Gee made his announcement through his Twitter account. Gee is a three-star prospect rated the No. 33 inside linebacker in the country (247 Sports Composite)...
At U.S. Open: Tech’s Strafaci plays it upbeat amid all high scores

At U.S. Open: Tech’s Strafaci plays it upbeat amid all high scores

When is shooting 78 at a major no reason to come off the course looking like you had just undergone a five-hour session of electroshock? One case would be Tyler Strafaci, the Georgia Tech junior determined to treat his first swing through the U.S. Open as the cool – a word he regularly pulled from his bag Thursday – experience it is. While it was a rather grim parade of famous golfers...
Shaquille Mason’s role in the recruitment of Dontae Smith

Shaquille Mason’s role in the recruitment of Dontae Smith

Georgia Tech freshman A-back Dontae Smith was a high-school junior hoping to give his recruitment a boost. Using the resources he had available to him, he sent a Twitter direct message to a family friend asking for help. In this instance, it helped that the friend was former Georgia Tech All-American Shaquille Mason. “And then he was like, ‘OK, I’ll tell one of the coaches about...
Why Tech freshman Dontae Smith draws his motivation from his mother

Why Tech freshman Dontae Smith draws his motivation from his mother

There wasn’t much time for thoughtful reflection when Desire’e Salazar gave birth to her first child, Dontae Smith. She had just turned 17. She was a high-school junior. “The only thing I was thinking at that time was, ‘Lord, how am I going to take care of a baby?’” Salazar said. With the help of family, Salazar managed. Living with her boyfriend, she held a job...
What new redshirt rule could have meant for TaQuon Marshall

What new redshirt rule could have meant for TaQuon Marshall

In the 2016 season, Georgia Tech backup quarterback TaQuon Marshall got into the tail end of two games for the Yellow Jackets – mop-up duty in blowouts of Mercer and Vanderbilt. He played a total of 14 snaps and threw one pass. And with those handful of snaps, Marshall used up a season of eligibility, 25 percent of the seasons he is able to play as a collegian. Had the NCAA’s new rule...
U.S. Open looks to reclaim its mojo at Shinnecock

U.S. Open looks to reclaim its mojo at Shinnecock

It should be noted that the potential for protest outside the gates of Shinnecock Hills remains high this week, despite some last-minute parking lot diplomacy. The Shinnecock Indian Nation, which numbers around 1,200 members, made peace of a sort with the United States Golf Association in advance of Thursday’s opening round of the U.S. Open. The price of that peace: A parking concession on tribal...
Stansbury ‘not against’ athletes profiting off name, likeness

Stansbury ‘not against’ athletes profiting off name, likeness

To the circle of leaders in college athletics who believe that athletes should be able to profit from the use of their name, image and likeness, add Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury. With a caveat. “I’m not against student-athletes being able to use their likeness, or whatever the terminology is, but I wouldn’t want to do it until we were able to ensure that we would...
Time, TV announced for Georgia Tech-South Florida

Time, TV announced for Georgia Tech-South Florida

The time and TV information for Georgia Tech’s game against South Florida was announced by the American Athletic Conference on Wednesday. The game, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sept. 8, will start at noon and will be televised regionally by ABC, which means in the Atlanta market it will appear on WSB-TV Channel 2. Outside the region, the game will be televised by ESPN2. Previously announced...
Tech’s Jaylon King: ‘I just always like to be the best’

Tech’s Jaylon King: ‘I just always like to be the best’

What Jaylon King can bring to Georgia Tech as a cornerback might be best understood through what he brought to the school orchestra at Thurman Francis Arts Academy as a middle schooler. It was there, at the Smyrna, Tenn., magnet school to the southeast of Nashville, that King took up the cello. “He came home with the (registration) paper and asked if he could do it, and we said, ‘Of course...
Georgia Tech athletics to post $2.1 million surplus

Georgia Tech athletics to post $2.1 million surplus

A year after posting a $2.9 million deficit, the Georgia Tech Athletic Association will come out $2.1 million ahead in its annual budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30. However, associate athletic director Marvin Lewis, speaking at a GTAA board meeting last week, also offered a worst-case scenario of a $2.8 million deficit for fiscal year 2019 as revenues are expected to fall by about 5 percent...
Georgia Tech names 7 Hall of Fame inductees

Georgia Tech names 7 Hall of Fame inductees

Georgia Tech has named its sports Hall of Fame class for 2018, a seven-person group that includes two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh and NFL veteran defensive lineman Michael Johnson. The other five in the class are Steven Blackwood (baseball), Adriane Lapsley Butler (track and field), Kristi Miller North (tennis), Chan Song (golf) and longtime fund-raiser Jack Thompson. Blackwood played for two teams...
Danny Hall: ‘It all starts with me’

Danny Hall: ‘It all starts with me’

In explaining the state of his team, the first thing that Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall asserted was the obvious for a group that has not made the NCAA tournament in three of the past four seasons. The Yellow Jackets need to win more games. He then explained what fans may not want to hear – they were two or three wins away from earning an at-large berth and the ACC is more competitive...
Todd Stansbury’s perspective on ‘I got out’ vs. simply graduating

Todd Stansbury’s perspective on ‘I got out’ vs. simply graduating

Sharing tales of woe about the academic experience at Georgia Tech is as much of a school tradition as the Ramblin’ Wreck and the steam whistle that blows hourly on campus. It’s why Tech alumni, rather than say they graduated, prefer to say “I got out.” Athletic director Todd Stansbury, himself an alumnus, offered a different thought last week about the tale-telling of nightmare...
Ashton Poole wins 52nd annual Dogwood Invitational 

Ashton Poole wins 52nd annual Dogwood Invitational 

The first time Ashton Poole played in the Dogwood Invitational, he didn’t make the cut into the final round. This year’s tournament was an entirely different story. Poole captured the lead after shooting an 8-under 64 on Friday and secured the victory with seven birdies for a 67 on Saturday. He concluded the amateur invitational with a 22-under 266.  “This is amazing,&rdquo...
Three Georgians in top 5 at Dogwood Invitational

Three Georgians in top 5 at Dogwood Invitational

With three rounds of the Dogwood Invitational completed, Ashton Poole sits atop the leaderboard after shooting an 8-under 64 on Friday. Going into the final round this afternoon, the University of Virginia junior is 17 under with a 199.  But he hasn’t run away with the title quite yet. Poole will have to battle a handful of collegiate golfers who trail by only a few strokes. William Nottingham...
Errin Joe added as Georgia Tech grad assistant

Errin Joe added as Georgia Tech grad assistant

Former Georgia Tech offensive lineman Errin Joe has been added as a graduate assistant coach. Joe, who played for the Yellow Jackets between 2011 and 2015 and started 16 games, will assist the offensive line. Joe had previously served as an assistant quality control coach at Florida International. He had already been working at Tech this past semester in an unofficial capacity. Joe is among a cadre...
Lawyers for Pastner’s accusers cast doubt on evidence of sexual assault

Lawyers for Pastner’s accusers cast doubt on evidence of sexual assault

An Arizona man claimed to have one piece of irrefutable evidence that Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted his girlfriend: a T-shirt onto which the coach allegedly ejaculated. But on Friday, amid mounting indications that Pastner was the victim of an elaborate con, the man’s own lawyers suggested that the T-shirt may have never existed. Lawyers for Ron...
From Rome (and elsewhere) comes Tech freshman Tijai Whatley

From Rome (and elsewhere) comes Tech freshman Tijai Whatley

Tijai Whatley can surf. An incoming freshman A-back from the Darlington School in Rome, Whatley even once won a trophy in a competition. He learned to surf when he lived in Hawaii for a little less than a year when he was 9. He moved there to live with his father, Tifton, who was stationed there with the Army. Whatley also spent the better part of his freshman year of high school in Colorado Springs...
Georgia Tech’s Todd Stansbury supports Danny Hall

Georgia Tech’s Todd Stansbury supports Danny Hall

Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall, whose team has failed to make the NCAA tournament for three of the past four seasons, has the support of his athletic director. “He knows the game,” athletic director Todd Stansbury told the AJC on Thursday. “He’s had a lot of success, and he’s willing to put in the time and energy to figure out what we (need to do), and he&rsquo...
High school Athletes of the Year for 2017-2018

High school Athletes of the Year for 2017-2018

Standout performances by these athletes led to individual and team success during the 2017-2018 school year:  Anthony Seigler, Cartersville: The switch-hitting senior catcher batted .421 with 10 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 16 stolen bases and a .587 on-base percentage for the Class AAAA runner-up team. He threw out 12 of 21 runners attempting to steal a base. He also is an ambidextrous...
Georgia Tech’s Todd Stansbury on capital campaign: ‘Resources equate to wins’

Georgia Tech’s Todd Stansbury on capital campaign: ‘Resources equate to wins’

As part of his report to the Georgia Tech Athletic Association board Thursday morning, athletic director Todd Stansbury showed the board members a video of a recent service trip taken by Yellow Jackets athletes to Puerto Rico to help in hurricane recovery. As it turned out, the presentation became part of Stansbury’s sales pitch for the athletic department’s $125 million capital campaign...
Georgia Tech launching $125 million capital campaign

Georgia Tech launching $125 million capital campaign

Bent on augmenting its ability to compete in the ACC and nationally, Georgia Tech announced a $125 million capital campaign Thursday, the centerpiece of which will be a $70 million project to renovate the Edge Center, which is the headquarters for Tech’s athletic department. Athletic director Todd Stansbury presented renderings of the project at the quarterly board meeting of the Georgia Tech...
Tech’s Wade Bailey selected by Angels in 33rd round

Tech’s Wade Bailey selected by Angels in 33rd round

Georgia Tech second baseman Wade Bailey, a four-year starter and two-time first-team All-ACC selection, was taken by the Los Angeles Angels in the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday. Bailey, a senior, joined catcher Joey Bart among Yellow Jackets players selected in the three-day, 40-round, 1,214-player draft process that concluded Wednesday. Tech has now had a player selected...
Georgia Tech’s Luke Schniederjans forges own reputation

Georgia Tech’s Luke Schniederjans forges own reputation

Luke Schniederjans is not his brother.  Ollie Schniederjans – four years Luke’s elder – is establishing himself as one of the premier young players on the PGA Tour, notching five top-25 finishes in just 17 Tour appearances thus far. For now, Luke, 20, is constrained to the college and amateur circuit. He’ll travel the country this summer, playing in amateur events...
2 graduate transfers join Georgia Tech football team

2 graduate transfers join Georgia Tech football team

Georgia Tech added two graduate transfers, safety Malik Rivera from Wofford and long snapper Zach Roberts from Lamar. Both will be eligible to play this season and have one season of eligibility remaining. Rivera, from St. Johns, Fla., played in 28 games and started 17 in three seasons with the Terriers. Last season, he ranked third on the team in tackles, with 73, and had four pass breakups. His...
After draft, Joey Bart looks back at Tech, ahead to Giants

After draft, Joey Bart looks back at Tech, ahead to Giants

Joey Bart learned his future employer’s identity only about 30 seconds before the rest of the world. Monday night at the start of the Major League Baseball draft, the Georgia Tech catcher received a text from adviser Victor Menocal (himself a former Tech player) that the San Francisco Giants were going to take him with the second overall selection. “I had no idea,” Bart said Tuesday...
Tech clears Pastner, but the future of his program remains hazy

Tech clears Pastner, but the future of his program remains hazy

Josh Pastner has been cleared of sexual misconduct by an investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech. If you’re Tech and especially if you’re Josh Pastner, that’s great news. Had he not been cleared, the Yellow Jackets might well be looking for a new coach.  The less-good news: Tech basketball is coming off a miserable season, some of that misery stemming from Pastner&rsquo...
Cartersville catcher is first Georgia high school player taken in MLB Draft

Cartersville catcher is first Georgia high school player taken in MLB Draft

Anthony Seigler, a switch-hitting catcher from Cartersville, was the first Georgia high school player taken in the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday.  Seigler went in the first round, No. 23 overall, to the Yankees. Seigler hit .421 with 13 home runs and a .587 on-base percentage as a senior for a team that reached the Class AAAA final. Seigler also is an ambidextrous pitcher but projects...
2018 MLB Draft: Four from Georgia selected in the first round

2018 MLB Draft: Four from Georgia selected in the first round

Major League Baseball just got a bit peachier. Four players who call the state of Georgia home were selected in the first round of the league’s amateur draft Monday night. First off the board was Joey Bart, a Buford native and Georgia Tech catcher taken No. 2 overall by the San Francisco Giants. MORE ON BART | Giants take Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart at No. 2 overall BACKGROUND | ...
Giants take Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart at No. 2 overall

Giants take Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart at No. 2 overall

The Giants tabbed Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart with the second pick in the 2018 MLB draft on Monday. Bart, a Buford native, joins the organization that developed his idol, Buster Posey. If all goes well, it sets up for Bart to be Posey’s heir apparent, with the South Georgia native likely moving to first base in the future. Bart hit an ACC-best .359 this season with a .632 slugging percentage...
Sex assault claims against Tech coach an elaborate con, report says

Sex assault claims against Tech coach an elaborate con, report says

Ron Bell presented himself as Josh Pastner’s biggest fan. So when the Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach didn’t show the proper appreciation for his loyalty, Bell lashed out. “You know in poker, Kerri, they say that if you can’t spot the sucker at the table, then the sucker is you,” Bell texted the coach’s wife in February 2017. “I kinda feel that way...
Tech’s Joey Bart could be first overall pick in MLB draft

Tech’s Joey Bart could be first overall pick in MLB draft

Over the team’s history, 167 players have been drafted from Georgia Tech. Monday night, catcher Joey Bart could be drafted earlier than all of them. The All-American catcher from Buford High is a lock to go in the top 10 of the draft and could even go first overall. According to mlb.com, Bart was one of three prospects that the Detroit Tigers were considering with the first overall pick...

Legendary track coach Edgar Johnson stepping away after 40 years

When Edgar Johnson began teaching science at the newly-opened Shaw High School in Columbus in 1978, he didn’t know that his benevolent gesture to “help out” with coaching the track team would turn into a 40-year passion. But it did. Johnson eventually became girls’ head coach in 1993 and took over the entire program six years later. Under his leadership, the Raider girls won...
Georgia Tech to play St. John’s in neutral-site event

Georgia Tech to play St. John’s in neutral-site event

Georgia Tech will play St. John’s in a neutral-site event in Miami on December 1. It is one of four non-conference games that Tech will play against high-major opponents in the 2018-19 season. The other three are at Tennessee November 13, at Northwestern November 28 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and at home against Georgia December 22. The Tennessee game is the last in a four-game series with...
Tech’s Lucius Sanford, Marco Coleman on CFB HOF ballot

Tech’s Lucius Sanford, Marco Coleman on CFB HOF ballot

Two Georgia Tech greats have been accorded the high honor of being named to the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. Marco Coleman and Lucius Sanford were among 176 players and 38 coaches who were nominated for induction into the next HOF class.  The list was released Monday. For Coleman, an outside linebacker who set Tech’s all-time sacks record in three seasons, it’s his fifth...
Georgia Tech investigation dismisses claim basketball coach sexually assaulted woman

Georgia Tech investigation dismisses claim basketball coach sexually assaulted woman

An investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech has found “no credible evidence” to support allegations that its head men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted a fan. A lawyer hired by Tech issued a lengthy report that the school says exonerated coach Josh Pastner. The coach had been accused by the girlfriend of a former friend of groping and inappropriately touching her...
Alabama running back commits to Georgia Tech

Alabama running back commits to Georgia Tech

Tony Amerson, a running back from Montgomery, Ala., announced his commitment to Georgia Tech on Saturday via his Twitter account. According to 247Sports, Amerson is a 5-foot-11, 212-pound 3-star recruit from St. James School in Montgomery and is ranked among the top 50 running backs in the nation by 247Sports. He is reported to have received 13 scholarship offers, including from Mississippi State...
ACC/Big Ten Challenge: Georgia Tech meets Northwestern again

ACC/Big Ten Challenge: Georgia Tech meets Northwestern again

The ACC released the slate of games Friday for next season’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and Georgia Tech will face Northwestern for the fifth time in the series. This will be the 20th renewal of the annual challenge, and the 14 games will take place from Nov. 26-28, the week after Thanksgiving. Tech will travel to Northwestern for a Nov. 28 game.  Times and TV information will be announced...
Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart named first-team All-America

Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart named first-team All-America

Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart was named first-team All-America by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, the Institute announced Thursday. This season with the Yellow Jackets, Bart led the ACC and the team with a .359 average and led the team in slugging percentage (.632), hits (79), home runs (16), runs scored (55) and on-base percentage (.471). » More: Joey Bart named...
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