Moving day and football links, fun for all

A few football links to keep you entertained today as we move desks from the 8th floor at 72 Marietta, down to the 6th floor:

There may be some changes coming in the coaches’ poll: http://tinyurl.com/cgknqu

Spring games attendance figures: http://blog.al.com/birmingham-news-sports/2009/05/SPRING%20FBALL.pdf

BoBo’s not happy in Tallassahee: http://tinyurl.com/dldsd7

And, finally, the 2009 bowl schedule is out: http://tinyurl.com/dhafy7

 

Couple of items to catch up on: The women’s tennis team begins the first round of the NCAAs tomorrow, baseball team starts its big series against FSU (story on Luke Murton coming in Friday’s paper), softball team is in action, as well

19 comments Add your comment

STUCK IN SC

May 7th, 2009
12:54 pm

Congrats on the report card from the NCAA! All you arrogant GT people are running for cover and making excuses as to why this could happen at such an outstanding Technical college. LMAO!

Tech Man in Dawg Country

May 7th, 2009
1:26 pm

The way I read the article, the numbers are based on not only people not making progress toward graduation, but schools are also penalized for people “dropping out”. If going to the NBA counts as dropping out, then no wonder GT is getting penalized. Unlike some other schools, Tech has been putting lots of people in the pro’s recently. Don’t know why that should be counted against them, the point of college is to get you a job. If that only requires one year of college, then one is enough.

chad

May 7th, 2009
1:59 pm

Typical mutts, early departures are what is causing this to happen. The time period for this “grade”, Tech has had 6 players leave the program for various reasons. Typical NCAA rule that accomplishes nothing. Hey at least the pups can brag about something it has been a bad year for them. You have to have good players for them to leave early. Rules out you dumb dogs.

Saint Simons

May 7th, 2009
2:25 pm

45-42!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahaha

North Ave Jacket

May 7th, 2009
2:28 pm

Ok, so it’s moving day… perfect timing for some non-football related fun…

Robot Roll Call!

Sean Young – Blade Runner.

Zach

May 7th, 2009
2:36 pm

I would be shocked if tech had a GOOD APR. Tech is a HARD school, everyone knows it, and football players fail classes JUST like the regular students. Guess that our professors just have the integrity not to baby them along and give them C’s so they can stay on the field and beat the coddled Dawgs.

Buzz_29

May 7th, 2009
4:28 pm

Robot Roll Call!

7-Zark-7

Area Sports Fan

May 7th, 2009
4:29 pm

So what Zach is saying is that it’s actually good that Tech’s APR is so low. Wow. Interesting approach.

Doug Roberson

May 7th, 2009
4:37 pm

I’ve done a little bit more research into the APR, at least as it pertains to Ga. Tech’s men’s basketball team.

This is fuzzy math so please use this as a very rudimentary guide to understanding the difference between a score of 914 (Tech’s basketball score), and a score of 925 (the NCAA’s minimum passing score).

Associate athletic director Wayne Hogan patiently walked me through the facts of this, the theory and comments are purely mine.

Here goes:
First the score is out of 1000. So 925 is the equivalent of 92.5 percent. Tech’s basketball score of 914 is 91.4 percent.

Second, an athlete at any university is worth 2 points per semester: 1 for retention, 1 for eligibility. If a student stays in school and stays in good standing, they are worth a maximum of 4 points a year.
If a student leaves school early, say for the NBA, but did so after completing the spring semester and got passing grades, they are worth 3 points, for example. One point is subtracted because they weren’t retained. If they left school early and didn’t finish in good standing, they are worth 2 points, etc, etc.

Assuming a basketball team uses its full allotment of 13 scholarships, the difference between a score of 925 and a score of 914, using the best ciphering I can (took my shoes and socks off for this one) and not knowing the variances within the NCAA’s formula, would seem to be one player not staying in good academic standing. I say one player because 92 percent of 13 is 1.04….one player. So Tech didn’t hit the minimum score conceivably because of one player. It doesn’t matter which player because they all count the same. And it comes down to the whimsical decisions that young men make. Students that choose to transfer, students that choose to no longer go to class, students that choose to go pro early, there’s not a lot that anyone at any school can do.

Granted, if a student goes to class, and still struggles, then perhaps they shouldn’t have been recruited. But, because there are four factors that affect the APR, speculating why Tech’s score is lower is futile, especially when the margin of failure was so small.

Had Tech, or any university, had a team score of 800, for example, that’s a different story altogether.

GTMike

May 7th, 2009
4:44 pm

SEC fans have NO CLUE what it is like at a real university like Tech, so give them a break. Our student-athletes have no “gimme” majors like theirs do, so they just can’t understand that this is not an embarrassment, but proof that we have a tough school, for everybody who attends.

bb

May 7th, 2009
5:47 pm

Maybe it has something to do with GT actually requiring athletes to DO the class work to stay eligible.

I never understood why a school having an athlete become ineligible due to grades was considered an indictment of the academics at that school. I think if a school NEVER has an athlete flunk out, there must be something shady going on at that school.

bb

May 7th, 2009
5:50 pm

Of course, if none or too few of your athletes are getting degrees there is probably a problem as well. Hence, the APR requirements and penalties.

GT

May 7th, 2009
5:54 pm

You know you got to wonder if Tech is a rogue school what are some of these football factories up to. For me if being rogue gets us past Georgia and into the national spotlight let it be baby, let it be.

droberson

May 7th, 2009
6:36 pm

Cleaning up my own post (and I apologize): 8 percent of 13 is 1.04, not 92 percent. Sorry about that.
And I should have made the distinction between 7.5 (100-92.5) percent of 13 and 8.6 (100-91.4) percent of 13. That’s the difference between a passing and failing score (again, not knowing the exact NCAA formula this is somewhat guesswork).

Wes (I'm a Beach Ball with Arms) Durham

May 7th, 2009
9:42 pm

You Techies are hilarious. Your basketball coach stinks. He cannot qualify for the NCAA Tournament in the only sport that you are supposed to excel at living in the Almost Competitive Conference. Plus, Hewitt cannot keep his full allotment of scholarships due to his APR shortcomings.

You beat UGA 1 out of 8 years in football and claim that it is the new norm. Take stats again and realize that figure is an aberation.

Realize this: your athletic department is monetarily broke. Paul Johnson will NOT stay for the long haul because the more successful he is, the less likely you can pay him the money needed to stay. You better hope he goes 9-4 every year because after a 10-2 record, he is gone, baby gone. For evidence, see George O’Leary (sorry, I meant O’Liary). He really turned out to be a high character guy, didn’t he.

Time to get excited about another 3 yard run because I am Wes (the Beach Ball with Arms) Durham.

Good day. THWGT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boss Hogg

May 7th, 2009
10:23 pm

Hey “Wes Durham” , I’d take the real Wes Durham any day of the week over Sorry Scott Howard & his sidekick Eric (I couldn’t make it in the Arena League) Zeier. Evidentally you do not listen to Wes because he does not get excited over a three yard run. Scott Howard is who you are thinking about. He goes batdip over a made basket, but the way UGA had trouble scoring, I guess I could see why he would get excited. You are jealous because Wes is head & shoulders over anybody UGA has now to call games.

Larry " I really died 5 years ago" Munson

May 8th, 2009
1:50 am

Redneck roll call

7Cut-off blue jeans7

So we're making fun of eachothers commentators now....SERIOUSLY?!?!

May 8th, 2009
9:42 am

Really?!?! WOW!

I need to find a new blog…..

swampjacket

May 11th, 2009
11:17 am

ROBERSON, HOW ABOUT COMMENTING ON TWO TECH SIGNEES WINNING TWO INDIVIDUAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN TRACK AND FIELD. STEPHEN HILL SET A NEW STATE RECORD IN THE LONG JUMP 25′8″ AND WON THE 300 HURDLES(HE AND MILLER GROVE ALSO WON THE TEAM TITLE IN TRACK AND BASKETBALL, HE WAS THE BACK COURT MATE WITH TECH’S POINT GUARD SIGNEE) AND DANIEL DRUMMOND WON BOTH THE SHOT AND DISCUS FOR FLOWERY BRANCH. BODES WELL WHEN YOU RECRUIT GREAT ATHLETES FROM WINNING PROGRAMS.