Greetings from Greensboro

Well, it was a fun first day here at the Grandover Resort, on the fringes of G-town, one of my old stomping grounds.

The day started with John Swofford giving his state of the ACC speech, followed by two players from each team sitting through a gauntlet of questions that have been asked and answered many times. But, we gotta ask, and they are gracious to answer.

Of course, leave it to Al Groh to bring two players on offense to the shindig. Vic Hall is listed as a quarterback/corner back, but I doubt Hall ever gets a pass thrown his way this season. 

A few notes from today, a few answers to your questions and another clarification about ajc.com.

Swofford was asked many times about the future of the BCS. He said it’s locked in for now because of TV contracts. The biggest difference between issues that some had with the BCS this year, as opposed to those in the past, is that this year’s protest came from within the member conferences (Mountain West). I guess he forgot about Dr. Charles Adams’ proposal last year. 

The other interesting news came from a question about the financial disparity that exists between the ACC and the SEC, which recently signed a billion dollar TV contract.

Swofford said there have always been disparities, and that the schools always do the best with what they have. The ACC’s contracts for football and television both come up in two years, and that the conference i busy talking with their current partners, Raycom, ABC and ESPN. However, they are looking at models that exist all over the country, from starting their own network to, well, who knows?

He did say that he always prefer to have more than less.

You’ll hopefully read the notebook in tomorrow’s paper, in which Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor said he thinks he’s picked up a key to figuring out what Georgia Tech will do on offense, just by reading the blocking schemes. I’m not sure how that’s possible, considering Tech lines up in the same formation just about every time. He may have been referring to what happens as soon as the ball is snapped.

Jonathan Dwyer said he hopes to get to play some A-back this year. He said he and CPJ have talked about it trying to get him into the open field to catch passes, which probably just sent a shudder down the spines of cornerbacks and safeties throughout the ACC.

To clarify the purpose of the Junkyard Blog: it is what is called a fan’s blog. It’s the only responsibility that Bill King has at the paper, which is why he updates it so frequently. I have responsibilities for print, the medium that pays the bills, as well as online. Because there hasn’t been as much going on, I haven’t been writing as much for ajc.com. That’ll change soon, as I’ve said many times.

There was a lot being made of the life-size posters of C.J. Spiller that Clemson’s athletics department brought with them. They are supposed to help promote Spiller’s chances of winning the Heisman. Personally, I haven’t heard anyone include Spiller in the mix, but I guess that’s what the posters are for.

But, here’s the good news from today: no controversy on who was voted first-team, and no questions about sexual history, a la what happened at the SEC’s media days.

And, for the record, I am not allowed to vote for first-team or preseason picks. So, I have nothing to tell you about that.

41 comments Add your comment

JACKETfan

July 26th, 2009
7:24 pm

I dont understand all of the hype about Spiller… Dwyer has a better chance. Dwyer is a better back and plays on a better team. The only thing that may hurt dwyer is the deep backfield… I would love to see Dwyer catching some passes. If he catches the ball on a 10 yard slant pass and is out in open field with the corners and safeties, look out, someone is getting trucked.

Dwyer for h

July 26th, 2009
7:26 pm

Would that be a diesel truck?

Farmer

July 26th, 2009
9:17 pm

No that would be a turnip truck.

gtforever

July 26th, 2009
9:17 pm

HAHA,,, I like the comments that players from VT and UNC are making about stopping our offense. Mark a “W” in the win column for GT against VT and UNC. We will probably lose to somebody we should beat, but I really like our chances against VT and UNC.

Tech82

July 26th, 2009
9:49 pm

Dwyer playing A-Back to get him the ball in the open field? Now there’s a scary thought. With our depth at the skill positions, this could wind up being a very special season.

Go Jackets! THWG!

Dwyer for h

July 26th, 2009
10:07 pm

As in, turnip that safety on his back? Yeah I like that too

TechDan

July 26th, 2009
10:26 pm

JD in the secondary catching passes. I like it. It could be an answer to big lines like LSU “stopped” us with last year.

GoodWord

July 26th, 2009
10:30 pm

Nice article, Doug. Thanks for clearing up your job description a little. Sorry we have been so azzholish about lack of columns. I think us Tech fans are just ready for the season to start and this slow period sucks. Anyhow, I am curious to find out if Tech has a slogan of sorts for the 09 season. Would you mind asking CPJ? Thanks!

Jae

July 27th, 2009
12:09 am

Q for CPJ: Last season the team’s number one goal was to beat UGA and end the losing streak, which it accomplished. Do the team goal’s change this year, now that the streak is over?

Trade School Junkie

July 27th, 2009
12:18 am

So,let me get this straight.

A junior CB from VT thinks he’s thought of something that CPJ (with over 26 YEARS of coaching and experience running the Flexbone offense) hasnt thought of.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight !! What a clown.

I’m gonna keep on saying it: GT 12-0, ACC Champ.

Not Disappointed

July 27th, 2009
12:43 am

If anyone has a break in the early afternoon. You can always listen to Coach Paul Johnson’s Q&A online
Monday, July 27 – Coaches & Administrators Interviews

Click http://www.theacc.com and watch live from 3-6:15 p.m.
3:00 p.m. Butch Davis – North Carolina

3:14 p.m. Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech

3:28 p.m. Frank Beamer – Virginia Tech

3:42 p.m. Ralph Friedgen – Maryland

3:56 p.m. David Cutcliffe – Duke

4:10 p.m. John Swofford – ACC Commissioner

Dwyer and Morgan represented Ga Tech well today.

Ramblin Wreck!

GOTECH610

July 27th, 2009
12:48 am

Leave it to VT to hold the magical key to the offense, and UNC to look to LSU for guidance. Kam Chancellor hasn’t figured out jack, in fact I am glad he has said what he said to the media. What ole’ Kam fails to realize is if he does in fact pick up on something and PJ see’s and he will in his 26 years of experience vs. Mr. Chancellors 3 of college football, PJ can change the blocking schemes one call to the next as seen in the UGA game.

UNC on the other hand, for them to follow LSU’s gameplan they just need a D line 4 X’s as experienced as the GT O-line which they don’t have.

I am loving how teams are spending their offseason worrying about GT instead of themselves. That’ll come back to bite them right in the rear. Especially if they are relying on the fact that PJ is ignorant to that fact.

chris o bomb

July 27th, 2009
2:10 am

doug… THANK YOU for your gracious thirty seconds this summer!
no… im a techie and always! THWG!
Ive had to read the junkyard’s and mr. uh hum sec football for a bit. junkyblogdawg will get out of context like a nomad from idaho getting lost visiting ga.- sorry(nevertheless… thank you for postings on cfb this summer).
Mr. sec or college football(couldnt ask for someone else actually :) - well.. good stuff from both you and dawg, but tech is better tbis year(show love for the two tech’s and uscAL please- usc gets a lot of southern players at least).
being a college and sec fan, damnit!- uga has better depth now and “yes” hopefully the TEAM chemistry to do what UT did after peyton’s senior year to upset fsu.
i and opponnents of the jackets know what Tech will do this season, and lets now make the new thriller dome… OUTDOORS(dont forget about our future bball season(s))!!!
i blog over three times a week at least just on tbe sec and acc for recruiting within the perimeter of atlanta and in football and basketball in general. baseball is always in the mix as in the tippy toes’ gymnastics for uga(yet i still have coupons to print out for my friend’s bars and bowling alleys in athens… free drinks :) request me to be THE AJC’s SOUTHERN BLOGGER!
im another but yet informal blogger.
chris d.

god and greyhound

July 27th, 2009
4:48 am

why hasnt techs fan blog been updated in over a MONTH? you can bet that if it were the uga blog thered be hell to pay. way to spin things doug. they dont call you DAWG ROBERSON fornothing!

god and greyhound

July 27th, 2009
4:53 am

mutt fan blog is updated 4x a day. tech fan blog is updated 4x a YEAR. leave it to a mutt to step around the real issue. JUSTICE MUST BE HAD.

Dawg Roberson

July 27th, 2009
5:00 am

Its great to be a Georgia Bulldog! WOOF!

who is asher allen?

July 27th, 2009
5:07 am

Looks like the ajc broke the bank to send an army to the sec media thing, but the acc gets one reporter, and a mutt at that. oh well what else should tech expect from its hometown paper

uh, doug

July 27th, 2009
7:01 am

Doug, thats just some top notch reporting there. Did you actually show up or read up in some of the NC newspapers?

And how come everyone else at your place of employment finds all kins of little tidbits about your school but you can’t find anything to print about the jackets. Thats just lame. You spent more time in this “article” defending that redneck than you did reporting on the ACC event.

Check out the Macon paper, they do a much better job than the paper that’s 2 miles down the road from Tech.

Engy

July 27th, 2009
7:42 am

Well, it makes sense that somebody NOT from Tech is doing the Tech blog on the AJC. When you graduate with an engineering degree from Tech, your future job probably does not include writing for some newspaper’s website.

Too Easy

July 27th, 2009
8:08 am

No, it includes misdesigning freeway exits and parking garages.

bb

July 27th, 2009
8:24 am

Doug,

Thanks for admitting the bias that exists at the AJC. The educated Tech fans knows the difference between a beat blog, written by the beat reporter, and a fan blog, written by a fan. It speaks volumes that the AJC would hire – and pay – a uga fan to do nothing but write the uga ‘fan’ blog. I shows how differently they view uga and GT.

Actually, if I recall correctly...

July 27th, 2009
8:55 am

…didn’t UNC figure out how to stop that CPJ high powered offense LAST YEAR? I know, I know, you stopped yourselves, shot yourself in the foot, blah, blah, blah. A loss is a loss is a loss! Look for it to happen at least 3 – 5 times this year!

Ron Mexico

July 27th, 2009
9:59 am

I believe the parking deck fiasco was engineered by some Auburn grads…am I wrong?

superDawg

July 27th, 2009
10:08 am

Everybody knows this is BULLDAWG COUNTRY.

Jethro Tull

July 27th, 2009
10:31 am

Here’s a real article about GT and things in G’boro. You’re going to get much out of this paper.

http://www.sportingnews.com/college-football/article/2009-07-26/dwyer-yellow-jackets-aim-confuse

Jacket Steve

July 27th, 2009
11:39 am

Dwyer catching passes would be a treat to watch. As many of us have tried to put the Gardner Webb game out of our minds, we should remember that the only TD we scored in that game was when Dwyer caught a pass and rambled 80 yards to the end zone. Him in the open field is a scary thought for defenses.

Hey Too Easy

July 27th, 2009
11:50 am

Who designed the Georgia Theater?

Battle Axe

July 27th, 2009
11:59 am

chris o … that was the most senseless thing I have ever read.

drpheffer

July 27th, 2009
12:23 pm

I think there are a lot of imposter Tech fans on this site trying to make Tech fans look bad with their complaining posts.

Thanks Doug for the blog and two articles!

Jacket Steve

July 27th, 2009
12:30 pm

Jethro Tull, thanks for the link. That’s a great article.

MyWhiskeyClear

July 27th, 2009
12:46 pm

Sounds like the guy at Sporting News was not only at the event, but cared enough to write with drama and intrigue. Even though we’re from Tech, we (mostly) still know good writing. Good link!

Savannah Dawg

July 27th, 2009
12:58 pm

Doug,
Remind Coach Johnson that the Junkyard Dawg blogger printed in the AJC that he “can’t wait to wipe the smiles off of Tech fans’ faces.” I’m sure CPJ will get a laugh out of that and tuck it away as I have to share with the team later in the year.

Huh?

July 27th, 2009
1:15 pm

“But, here’s the good news from today: no controversy on who was voted first-team, and no questions about sexual history, a la what happened at the SEC’s media days.”

The good news Doug? Seems to me the ACC could use a few controversies. Nobody seems to give a crap about it otherwise. True story.

The Triple O

July 27th, 2009
1:32 pm

I’m sure Georgia Southern’s opponents thought they had Paul Johnson figured out too. Too bad for them he only lost 4 conference games in 5 years and won the conference every year. I bet Beamer let’s this guy have it for running his mouth, because deep down he knows Paul Johnson is one step ahead of this guy.

JT

July 27th, 2009
1:35 pm

Dang, now the secret is out. Now everybody knows Tech is going to run the ball 75% of the time and run a lot of option and misdirection plays. We’re never going to win another game.

I still want to know when you TEch whiners...

July 27th, 2009
2:00 pm

…are going to take CPJ to task for hiring Brian Bohannon (a former UGA player) as a coach and demand that Bohanon be fired since he went to UGA and couldn’t possibly really want Tech to succeed!!!!

Hey "I still want to know"

July 27th, 2009
2:41 pm

Obviously Brian wants us to succeed. It’s his job you freakin idiot. Do you think he doesn’t want the team he coaches to perform well? He’s been with coach Johnson for 12 years dumbass. He was hired before PJ came to Tech. I gotta understand your logic here…please help me. Should we have been pissed 12 years ago when PJ hired Brian?

Obviuosly you are not very bright...

July 27th, 2009
3:42 pm

…my sarcasm was in regard to the Tech whiners who continue to beotch and moan about this blog author being a UGA grad and how he cannot possibly write about Tech in an objective manner – who is the dumba$$ here – methinks it is thou!

EEJacket

July 27th, 2009
6:30 pm

God how stupid are you people?? Of COURSE the AJC is going to send 10,000,000,000 reporters to SEC media days because UGA has 10x more (and 10x BETTER, I might add) fans than GT. Lets put up 150+ comments on each blog post all relevant to the subject of the post and then see what the AJC gives us. Its kind of how the whole “capitalism” thing works. Quit whining and talk about football and then maybe the AJC will reward our effort with more than one reporter. Doug’s doing the best he can, and you best not doubt it until he proves otherwise.

On the football side of things, there’s a small disparity between what the players are saying and what CPJ is saying. The players say that they feel that they’ve progressed a lot and are pumped for the season, while Coach Johnson is saying we’ve still go “a long way to go.” That’s probably just CJ just being his modest old self, but it sill kind of worries me.

Obvious imposter

July 28th, 2009
9:56 am

“and 10x BETTER, I might add) fans than GT”

who would ever say that about their rival?

Cuttysark

July 29th, 2009
12:12 pm

For all of the Jacket fans out there who are of the opinion that the AJC isn’t giving Tech its just due, go check out out the postings at isportsweb.com to get a large dose of Yellow Jacket Football information. It will be ongoing year round and will only be about football. Already some nice articles for your viewing. A change of pace to help provide that void that everyone thinks is missing from the AJC. Go Jackets!