ACC basketball schedules and you

Well, as it has always done, the ACC quietly released the 2009-10 basketball schedule today.

I’m not sure why the conference doesn’t make a bigger deal out of the schedule of its marquee sport. I would think the build-up would be pretty danged interesting, at least in terms of people talking about college hoops just before college football and the NFL take over until January.

But, as I’ve said many times, what the heck do I know?

Anyway, in talking with Paul Hewitt today he discussed how the pending trip to the Great White North will help his Jackets.

He said that the three-game exhibition tournament in Canada that the team will play Oct. 2-5 will help him continue to evaluate the returning players, as well as the freshmen. NCAA rules allows teams 10 extra practices when they play in an international exhibition. Those practices will start on Sept. 19.


“I’m anxious to see what kind of impact will the Canadian Tour and these 10 practices have on the team for the rest of the season,” Hewitt said. “It really gives us a chance to give us a head start.”

When your team is as deep as Tech’s will be this year, and you are mixing in four freshmen, the more practices the better. As I said about football a few weeks ago, this could be a special season for basketball, as well. 

And the schedule is tough. Including home-and-home games against North Carolina and Duke, the Jackets get Wake twice, Clemson twice, not to mention the potential matchup against Villanova.

It’s good stuff. What games are you most looking forward to?


Now, back to football. 

Quentin Sims said his move from wide receiver to quarterback is going well. He said he’s getting more comfortable after spending the week and a day in his new role.

“I knew a lot of this stuff, but I’m learning the checks and things they do. It’s a lot faster,” he said.

He said the easiest part has been the basic triple option, which is similar to what he did in high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. 



20 comments Add your comment


August 25th, 2009
10:44 pm

Is Quentin already ahead of David? Everyone seems to think we redshirt the two freshmen which makes me think yes… If not, should we have left Quentin at receiver as he was sure to get PT there?


August 25th, 2009
10:44 pm

More than individual games, I’m looking forward to seeing how the freshmen fit in and who is going to step up and be a leader for this team.
The upperclassmen are going to be a year better and Favors should have a huge impact and make Gani that much better.
Word is that Mfon is impressing down there and he and Shumpert are going to make a good 1-2 punch. Does Bell get the starting job at the 3? Doesn’t really matter who starts, this team is deep with talent. Hopefully this year, that translates to wins.

Not Disappointed

August 25th, 2009
11:02 pm

Basketball sounds exciting at the flats, but I will pump the brakes for now……. On, to Football. Mr. Quentin Sim I wish you the best at learning the playbook fast. Ramblin Wreck!


August 25th, 2009
11:10 pm

The future for both teams (GT Football & GT Basketball) is VERY Bright!!

2009 should be an exciting year for GT Fans!


August 25th, 2009
11:18 pm

As long as Hewitt in coaching our men’s BB team, it will underachieve. He has long since worn out his welcome, and I for one am totally tired of seeing him place a non-disciplined, mediocre product on the court.

Now, in regards to our great coach, CPJ, and the football team, that is something to get excited about. Go Jackets!!


August 25th, 2009
11:19 pm

oops….”is coaching” not “in coaching”


August 26th, 2009
12:02 am

Personally I’m most looking forward to noon on Sunday, January 24th when Tech returns to Tallahassee!


August 26th, 2009
1:54 am

We are ten days from kickoff of the true marquee sport in ANY conference – college football ALWAYS is more important than hoops. Who cares about our basketball schedule???? I will be interested in basketball – for a few weeks prior to the bowls – come the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Until then, Tech is a football school. GO JACKETS!!! FULL STEAM AHEAD!!

(FWIW, I agree with AlabamaRamblinWreck…so long as CPH is there, there is no reason to get excited. How you can think our future is all of a sudden bright because of a one-and-done hot shot recruit is beyond me. One year does not make a program nor prove a coach. Unless CPH can get a no. 1 recruit every year, our team will likely return to what we were the last few seasons.)


August 26th, 2009
6:44 am

Looking forward to having both Duke and North Carolina visit Alexander Memorial this season. With the talent Hewitt has available this year we’ll see just how good a game day coach he has become. The talent is certainly there to compete with anybody in the country. For more information on Georgia Tech sports visit:


August 26th, 2009
6:58 am


August 26th, 2009
7:21 am

superdawg,……”Whose got the pitchman!”

ray ray

August 26th, 2009
8:14 am

gt sucks ex david duval

Hey Dogtards

August 26th, 2009
8:38 am

”Whose got the pitchman!”

superDawg’s pause answering that question is the very same delay that lead to Roddy Jones running all over Sanford


August 26th, 2009
8:44 am

Doug – Is the game @ Charlotte on campus @ Halton or at the Bobcats arena?


August 26th, 2009
10:33 am

You’re right, “What the heck do you know”. You don’t know that the ACC isn’t all about hype, the way the SEC, particularly UGa, is.

Blue Pants

August 26th, 2009
10:35 am

Doug, a question (or two) if I may. Why didn’t the Jackets offer Skole a baseball scholarship to open another possible one for football? And is that an option if a recuit decides to commit?


August 26th, 2009
11:24 am

Blue Pants,
NCAA Baseball rosters are capped at 35 players, and only 27 players can receive financial aid, each of whom must receive at least one-third of a full scholarship. Baseball can only allocate 11.7 scholarships per year. Football has 85 scholarships, its makes sense for Skole to accept a full football scholarship, than a partial baseball scholarship.


August 26th, 2009
11:31 am

In addition, the moment he stepped on the football field his ’ship would count against football anyway (the “Bear Bryant Rule”).

Speaking of baseball scholarships.....

August 26th, 2009
11:39 am

the NCAA as pretty much killed college baseball by the new scholarship rules, why would a highly regarded kid go play college baseball, when the most they can receive is a partial scholarship, instead of taking the payday and going to the minor leagues. It has almost turned college baseball into a club sport.
Guys like Russell Wilson at NC St and Kyle Parker at Clemson would probably be in the minor leagues if they did have to option of playing football on a full scholarship…..

Blue Pants

August 26th, 2009
6:19 pm

Thanks for the update scholarship & Tom.