Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech beat writer

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

Latest from Ken Sugiura

‘Guys like Cheyenne and Melvin are invaluable’
 Melvin Davis and Cheyenne Hunt sat side by side in the Georgia Tech communications office this week for an interview, two teammates and friends relishing a 4½-year ride that is about to come to an end. They are rarities in the culture of the Tech football team, walk-ons who have seen scant playing time but stuck it out through five...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Melvin Davis and Cheyenne Hunt sat side by side in the Georgia Tech communications office this week for an interview, two teammates and friends relishing a 4½-year ride that is about to come to an end. They are rarities in the culture of the Tech football team, walk-ons who have seen scant playing time but stuck it out through five...
How James Banks can help Georgia Tech this season
 Georgia Tech’s potential trajectory for the season changed about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. That’s when coach Josh Pastner learned from the athletic department’s compliance office that center/forward James Banks’ application for an immediate-eligibility waiver from the NCAA had been granted. With the addition of a long-limbed...

Posted: 7 hours ago

Georgia Tech’s potential trajectory for the season changed about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. That’s when coach Josh Pastner learned from the athletic department’s compliance office that center/forward James Banks’ application for an immediate-eligibility waiver from the NCAA had been granted. With the addition of a long-limbed...
A busy day for Georgia Tech’s James Banks
 When James Banks woke up Tuesday morning, his plan was to try to get better. With his teammates on the road for a game against Tennessee, that was the duty for the Georgia Tech post man as he was sitting out the season as a transfer from Texas. Banks got in a heavy weightlifting workout in the morning and was training again in the afternoon...

Posted: 8 hours ago

When James Banks woke up Tuesday morning, his plan was to try to get better. With his teammates on the road for a game against Tennessee, that was the duty for the Georgia Tech post man as he was sitting out the season as a transfer from Texas. Banks got in a heavy weightlifting workout in the morning and was training again in the afternoon...
In James Banks’ debut, Georgia Tech falls to No. 5 Tennessee
 In James Banks’ Georgia Tech debut, he and his teammates struggled against a superior opponent on its home court with a predictable result. Up against No. 5 Tennessee, the Yellow Jackets were a low-functioning group on offense and lost 66-53 to the Volunteers Tuesday night in Thompson-Boling Arena. “I was proud of our guys&rsquo...

Posted: 19 hours ago

In James Banks’ Georgia Tech debut, he and his teammates struggled against a superior opponent on its home court with a predictable result. Up against No. 5 Tennessee, the Yellow Jackets were a low-functioning group on offense and lost 66-53 to the Volunteers Tuesday night in Thompson-Boling Arena. “I was proud of our guys&rsquo...
Georgia Tech’s James Banks receives waiver to play immediately
 One game into the season, Georgia Tech received word Tuesday that transfer James Banks will be able to play immediately. Banks, a Decatur native, received an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA after transferring from Texas in May. He otherwise would have had to sit out one season. Banks, a 6-foot-8 forward/center, is eligible to play...

Posted: a day ago

One game into the season, Georgia Tech received word Tuesday that transfer James Banks will be able to play immediately. Banks, a Decatur native, received an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA after transferring from Texas in May. He otherwise would have had to sit out one season. Banks, a 6-foot-8 forward/center, is eligible to play...
Brandon Adams explains his improvement at nose tackle
 Georgia Tech nose tackle Brandon Adams let what would have been his first career sack slip out of his reach Saturday. Near the end of the first half of the Yellow Jackets’ win over Miami, Adams quickly got into the backfield but quarterback N’Kosi Perry escaped his grasp to scramble for an 8-yard gain. “I’ve been playing...

Posted: a day ago

Georgia Tech nose tackle Brandon Adams let what would have been his first career sack slip out of his reach Saturday. Near the end of the first half of the Yellow Jackets’ win over Miami, Adams quickly got into the backfield but quarterback N’Kosi Perry escaped his grasp to scramble for an 8-yard gain. “I’ve been playing...
Georgia Tech collaborating with students for technological innovations
 Given 24 hours and the expanses of their expertise and imagination, four Georgia Tech students and a fifth from Georgia State developed software for the Yellow Jackets volleyball team to better monitor its jumping performance. Other teams of students designed computer applications to free Tech’s softball coaching staff from hours of...

Posted: a day ago

Given 24 hours and the expanses of their expertise and imagination, four Georgia Tech students and a fifth from Georgia State developed software for the Yellow Jackets volleyball team to better monitor its jumping performance. Other teams of students designed computer applications to free Tech’s softball coaching staff from hours of...
Jalen Johnson honored by ACC
 After a standout performance against Miami Saturday night, Georgia Tech linebacker Jalen Johnson was named ACC linebacker of the week on Monday. Johnson was credited with eight tackles, including two for loss, in the Yellow Jackets’ 27-21 win over the Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It followed Johnson’s nine-tackle game against...

Posted: 2 days ago

After a standout performance against Miami Saturday night, Georgia Tech linebacker Jalen Johnson was named ACC linebacker of the week on Monday. Johnson was credited with eight tackles, including two for loss, in the Yellow Jackets’ 27-21 win over the Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It followed Johnson’s nine-tackle game against...
How Georgia Tech band came to play rap hit ‘Mo Bamba’
 The Georgia Tech marching band had a new addition to its playlist for Saturday’s home game against Miami. And the band partly had defensive end Tyler Merriweather to thank. Beginning with Miami’s first offensive series and later at different points of the game, fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium were treated to the hook of the rap track...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Georgia Tech marching band had a new addition to its playlist for Saturday’s home game against Miami. And the band partly had defensive end Tyler Merriweather to thank. Beginning with Miami’s first offensive series and later at different points of the game, fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium were treated to the hook of the rap track...
Beating Miami ‘a great feeling’ for TaQuon Marshall
 The mantle of leadership is not often light, a lesson Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall has learned over the course of his two seasons as the Yellow Jackets starting quarterback and team captain. However, late Saturday evening, Marshall felt unburdened. After the Jackets came up short of bowl eligibility last season at 5-6 and then...

Posted: 3 days ago

The mantle of leadership is not often light, a lesson Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall has learned over the course of his two seasons as the Yellow Jackets starting quarterback and team captain. However, late Saturday evening, Marshall felt unburdened. After the Jackets came up short of bowl eligibility last season at 5-6 and then...
On armistice centennial, a Georgia Tech star who never came home
 On Sunday, on a pristinely landscaped 40.5-acre plot of land in the east of France, the memories of 4,135 men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country were to be honored. The day marks the centennial anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, and at St. Mihiel American Cemetery in Thiaucourt, France...

Posted: 3 days ago

On Sunday, on a pristinely landscaped 40.5-acre plot of land in the east of France, the memories of 4,135 men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country were to be honored. The day marks the centennial anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, and at St. Mihiel American Cemetery in Thiaucourt, France...