Tech comments from media days

Greetings-

Coming to you from Pinehurst, where the ACC is huddled up for its football kickoff event. The players spoke Sunday, followed by coaches Monday. For Georgia Tech, defensive tackle Logan Walls and A-back Roddy Jones met reporters, taking a lot of questions about the NCAA sanctions and some about the 2011 season.

Before I go further, you might have read my story from Sunday with commissioner John Swofford’s comments about the same. He expressed disappointment with the NCAA trouble that Tech and North Carolina got in, as well as Florida State. Further, Miami was under NCAA investigation last year for texting violations. I haven’t found anything that says the investigation is complete. That’s a full third of the league.

“I think we’re at a point where enough’s enough,” Swofford said.

However, he answered a few questions about Tech’s situation that made it appear that perhaps he’s not entirely on board with the NCAA’s sanctions. For one thing, he noted that Tech’s $100,000 fine was the largest he had ever seen and thought it was big relative to the violation committed by Demaryius Thomas. (Though I think the fine was more about what happened after the violation.)

Second, he described Tech president G.P.BudPeterson and athletic director Dan Radakovich as “very ethical people who are committed to doing things the right way.” Obviously, he’s not going to say “I think those two guys are thieving bandits,” because, for one thing, that’s redundant. But he didn’t have to say anything at all, either. I’m not sure what it means for the appeal. I would think not much.

Anyway, I’ll share some information disbursed by Walls and leave Jones’ many bon mots for later in the week.

- He and the other defensive linemen have, like A-back Orwin Smith, been doing work with resistance bands. The equipment is a belt around the waist that is connected by bands to the wrists.

“So we do this thing called ‘Fast and violent hands,’ so that really helps with that,” he said.

- As has been said, Walls feels there’s much more accountability this summer than last. Defensively, he, end Jason Peters and linebacker Steven Sylvester have tried to take leadership roles. “Nobody wants it to be like last year anymore,” he said.

- Defensively speaking, the communication process on the field is better than last year, which helps get everyone on the same page.  As I noted in the notes, Walls is excited for year two of defensive coordinator Al Groh.

“I don’t know how much detail he wants me to go into, but there’s a lot more,” Walls said. “We’re just scratching the surface, that’s for sure.”

- He likes the secondary, particularly cornerback Louis Young. He said he was a little wary of the group’s youth going into spring, but was convinced by spring practice and the seven-on-seven work this summer.

“I’m really excited to see them play because everybody’s so fast and so athletic,” Walls said.

He’s likewise looking forward to seeing what outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu can do. He reminds Walls of former Tech star Phillip Wheeler (now with the Colts) because of his nose for the ball and his blitzing ability.

“He’s a freak in there,” he said. “He can do stuff that I can only dream about.”

- Walls said he was bothered at first by the 2009 title being stripped, but his mother reminded him that he has his memories, his ring and pictures, none of which they can take away. It’d be kind of funny if the NCAA also made players and their families’ delete pictures off their computers and phones. I think that would be the final straw.

Walls did say he had hoped he could one day bring his children to see the trophy.

The penalty, he said, “will definitely be motivation” for the older players on the team.

51 comments Add your comment

Tokyo jacket

July 25th, 2011
7:11 am

KW

July 25th, 2011
7:13 am

GT Rich

July 25th, 2011
7:20 am

Ken, is it possible for you to dig into the top 10 NCAA fines over the past 5-10 years and what the charges were? Be curious to know where GT ranks.

Harvey D. Pooka

July 25th, 2011
7:55 am

Linebacker position(s) appear to be the strength of this defense. Offensive strength(s) ???? to be determined, , , but, it would seem to revolve around speed of the A-Backs. Let’s hope they can hold onto the ball and show some durability as season progresses.

mwh6767

July 25th, 2011
8:11 am

The a-backs holding on to the ball is going to be huge this season. I think tech has so good talent at b-back but not the studs that Allen and Dwyer where. Perkins I believe is your next 1300 yrd. guy but he may be a year away. Look for a platoon of Lyons, and him (maybe sims in there too.) B-back will prob. be more 3 yrd and poundings up the middle. Tech has some fast home run hitters at a-back. Get a couple of wr who can make a block and you will se some long Td’s.

billybuzz

July 25th, 2011
8:28 am

The Offensive line is the key to our offense and the d-line for the defense. If we can not compete in the trenches, we will have long days on the field. I like our abilities at the skill positions. WR is the big question in my mind.

CoolBreeze

July 25th, 2011
8:37 am

And PLEASE put in some semblence of a SHORT passing game. Isn’t it obvious that we need it, and have the talent for it? And, hey, the more time that passes, the stupider the NCAA looks. I empathize with their limited resources…..so…..why not audit the big things going on in college football. Nailing GT for this is like catching a jaywalker, and giving him four years. It seems that they are so frustrated with Auburn, Ohio State, etc, that they took it out on GT. Consider the history: when big things were found amiss in the past (SMU, Oklahoma, etc), what was going on? Was it a small technical school with tough academics? Well, uh, no; it was teams steamrolling through their schedules. And, isn’t that just common sense? When I see the police out with their radar guns, trying to catch a taxpayer going 5 over the limit in town, I wonder if their time wouldn’t be better spent checking in at the convenience stores more frequently, to head off the armed robberies. But that’s harder, and more dangerous.
And….last year, when the NCAA KNEW that there had been violations in the Ohio State program, with a BCS game coming up…why did they say, “Well, Ohio State, we’ll just punish you NEXT year. You go ahead and use those illegal players against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl” ? The NCAA is corrupt. I love college football. How do we clean it up WHERE IT MATTERS, before the NCAA screws it up forever ?

Hokie Dawg

July 25th, 2011
8:47 am

2 shirts, 1 pair shoes, and $312=1 ACC championship
Maybe you bees can run a special next year! Free trophy with every wiener.

jack ee

July 25th, 2011
8:48 am

D A V I D S I M S

gatorjacket

July 25th, 2011
8:48 am

whose your daddy

gtfanfrom1951

July 25th, 2011
8:50 am

The great b-back is going to be Borderick Snoddy ! he’s fast and has played that position in high school!

JACKETfan12

July 25th, 2011
9:03 am

gtfanfrom1951- Snoddy is way too small to play b-back (5′9 190 lbs.) Thats like saying Roddy Jones would be an awesome b-back. And it doesnt matter if Snoddy played that position in HS. Lining up at b-back against a 210 lb. linebacker in HS is different than going against a 235 pounder in college. Playing b-back is not all about speed. Charles Perkins will be the b-back of the future. He will be competing for a starting job this year as a RS Freshman. He has 4 years of playing time at Tech. From what I hear, he plays a lot like Dwyer/Allen. As long as he stays healthy, we will be fine at the b-back spot for several years. We just need to find a young guy that can be a dependable back-up.

threetrone

July 25th, 2011
9:10 am

Ted Roof’s defense for Auburn in their game with Oregon sure is lookin’ impressive right now. Perhaps Groh can review films of that game and use some of Roof’s ideas. The way Auburn swarmed the ball for tackles stood out to me. There were gang tackles all the time, not one on ones very much. I believe that Tenuta blitzes work against today’s shotgun offenses, with some kind of plug in the middle of the d line to prevent a quick handoff up the middle to avoid the blitz and make a gain as long as the pass would have been.

RocketCityJacket

July 25th, 2011
9:17 am

NCAA —> Nitwits Controlling Amateur Athletics

Dawg 23

July 25th, 2011
9:20 am

I see 3-4 wins for the nerds this year.

threetrone

July 25th, 2011
9:22 am

tes tos te, Ted, Ten, alot of t’s. te’s, must be a link, a successful one too, must be why Tech needs to blitz

NERDS! NERDS! NERDS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS!

July 25th, 2011
9:47 am

gtu is the biggest fraud in college athletics.

juvenal

July 25th, 2011
10:11 am

neener neener neener to you, too…..sheesh…..

KeithB

July 25th, 2011
11:06 am

UGA fan = bitter because they have top 5 tallent and still can’t win crap

Go beat USC East and UF and stop the underachieving.

GT

July 25th, 2011
11:22 am

Defense will tell the tale at Tech. I think they are getting it and have the talent.

Jacket68

July 25th, 2011
11:23 am

Ken,
The ACC commish shows support for GT and you show support for the NCAA.

MisterT

July 25th, 2011
11:36 am

Coolbreeze, I agree. who holds the NCAA accountable. It sure seems that some schools seem to get their hands slapped or completely look the other way. OSU being the biggest offender. They should never have been allowed to even field a team against Arkansas. Allowed to defer penalty until next year against push over opponents…PLEASE! Then even more comes out. I would be willing to bet money (pardon the irony) that some booster at OSU and possibly Auburn paid off NCAA officials to look the other way. Apparently SoCall either didn’t pay enough or just got so completely out of control that NCAA couldn’t cover for them anymore.

But really who holds the NCAA accountable? I would love to see an audit of NCAA officials (especially investigators) personal accounts as well as the NCAA as an organization. It would be interesting to see what percentages of NCAA licenses are directly influenced by certain conferences and schools. Then compare it to just how closely those schools get monitored.

The bowls have already proven to be corrupt, see Fiesta Bowl corruption. You know they are padding the NCAA to keep them from moving toward a play off. Is it really a stretch to think that boosters that used to pay players (some still do) would pay NCAA investigators to look the other way? Shoot! Most of these investigators are former student/athletes (stretch) from the schools and rival schools they are investigating!

It is time to investigate The Beast!
Oh yeah and THWg!
BTW….how uga was allowed to keep the 1980 NC after the Jan Kemp scandal is well, scandalous in in it self. That deserved the same level punishment that SMU got.

NERDS! NERDS! NERDS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS!

July 25th, 2011
12:01 pm

BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA I love the fact that gtu is the laughingstock of college athletics!!!

UGA OWNS gtu!!!
Always have, always will!!!

dawgfan's boy lover

July 25th, 2011
12:16 pm

who is ‘gtu’ … I know of no such school that goes by that acronym.

NERDS! NERDS! NERDS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS!

July 25th, 2011
12:41 pm

If you look CHEATER up in the dictionary you will see a picture of gtu’s nasty campus next to the definition. LMAO

UGA OWNS gtu!!!
Always have, always will!!!

Ken Sugiura

July 25th, 2011
12:57 pm

Jacket68 – Thanks for the comments. I don’t think I was showing support for the NCAA. I simply said I’m not sure Swofford’s comments will change Tech’s chances of an appeal. Saying I think something is going to happen doesn’t mean I necessarily approve of it.

JacketNation

July 25th, 2011
1:12 pm

If the NCAA can hit GT when we didn’t commit any viotations, then give LSU and OSU a slap on the wrist for several major violations, then UGAG better watch out. With all their thugs and know cheaters, they’ll get hammered hard soon! With a coach that can’t handle the team and has no control over them….watch out mutts, the NCAA is coming after you next! LOL

Stinger 2

July 25th, 2011
1:34 pm

All of the talk about the NCAA sanctions needs to stop for now. Wait for the appeal to be made. Then there will
be a new story to report after the NCAA appeals committee makes its decision known.
In the meantime, the coaches and players need to focus only on fall practice and be readly to play WC.

juvenal

July 25th, 2011
1:56 pm

bandits do more than steal…

The Truth

July 25th, 2011
2:42 pm

Jacketnation – tell me about the “thugs” and “cheaters” at The University of Georgia. I must have missed that. Or perhaps your standards are so low that DUI’s and speeding tickets now make one a thug. Who was the GT baseball player arrested for DUI back in the Spring? Skole wasn’t it? Is he a “thug”? Are Demaryus Thomas and Morgan Burnette “thugs”? They are “cheaters”, that is known. What about former GT player Reuben Houston who was arrested by the Feds as part of a drug ring? Is he a “thug”? What about former GT QB Joe Hamilton? Remember, Joe had a position on Fish Fry’s staff when he was arrested for DUI, possession of pot, hit and run, attempting to flee. Is he a “thug”?

Just curious as to what you “standards” are to qualify someone as a “thug”.

Seems to me the NCAA came after Fish Fry for failing to keep control. Considering the punishment GT received, I’m guessing there’s more to this story than what has been revealed. The punishment suggests there was MORE, MUCH MORE involved than $312.

T3

July 25th, 2011
2:56 pm

Hope to see Broderick Snoddy get lots of playing time at A-Back.

The kid is blazing fast.

just the truth

July 25th, 2011
3:19 pm

@ Nerds Nerds Cheaters Cheaters can you please tell us who is this gtu’s you keep referring to. Is that Georgetown University? I think I know all the Div. 1 football teams but I can’t seem to find that one ! Please enlighten everyone with your vast knowledge.

South Annapolis Tech

July 25th, 2011
4:07 pm

@jacket nation , You mean all those thugs that PJ offered scholarships too.

NERDS! NERDS! NERDS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS!

July 25th, 2011
4:25 pm

BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA

UGA OWNS gtu!!!
Always have, always will!!!

rogeriter

July 25th, 2011
4:25 pm

I am a dawg fan, but these idiots from UGA who come on just to make fun of Tech or any other team are sad and embarrassing. Pull for your team…but don’t make childish remarks about others. And vice-versa!

South Annapolis Tech

July 25th, 2011
4:40 pm

It was Stephon Marbury who once referred to Georgia Tech University.

311GTFan

July 25th, 2011
5:27 pm

Geez all the leghumpers in diapers are on this blog like UGA grads on their employment applications at Waffle House!

NERDS! NERDS! NERDS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS!

July 25th, 2011
5:46 pm

Ownership has it’s privileges… we probably should foreclose on that rat-heap bobby dodd stadium.

UGA OWNS gtu!!!
Always have, always will!!!

We hit and run this state

July 25th, 2011
7:48 pm

The Truth says it “suggest”. It suggest to whom? A low IQ puppy fan maybe, but not to anyone that matters.

bitter hypo-crits

July 25th, 2011
7:55 pm

All collage,s cheat–where there’s money–theres cheating

Us dawg fans no we bought her- sell a black trans am

I lov collage BALL BUT MONEY RULES

All tech has to do is win to make this right

NERDS! NERDS! NERDS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS!

July 25th, 2011
8:32 pm

We’re simply better than gtu. Period.

UGA OWNS gtu!!!
Always have, always will!!!

Our Mascot is inbred like our fans!

July 25th, 2011
10:40 pm

LoL Hokie Dawg your name means neutered turkey and inbred animal… It’s funny because it’s true!

and yes I will take fries with that.

sports

July 25th, 2011
11:21 pm

Georgia Tech needs a hard nosed warden. Four more years of probation for that bunch might not be enough punishment.

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NERDS! NERDS! NERDS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS!

July 26th, 2011
7:41 am

gtu just needs to be closed down. The only purpose they serve is to provide society with drug dealers and the scum of society.

UGA OWNS gtu!!!
Always have, always will!!!

Gutless bugs

July 26th, 2011
7:58 am

Johnson and Yech are a match made in hell. Johnson is an arrogant, pompous, dishonest, cheating d-bag, and Yech is the dirtiest program in the nation. This couldn’t have happened to a better person or school.

NERDS! NERDS! NERDS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS!

July 26th, 2011
8:12 am

Well said Gutless. gtu is absolutely the dirtiest program in the country, and it’s fans are scum to support them.

UGA OWNS gtu!!!
Always have, always will!!!

THE DUDE

July 26th, 2011
8:14 am

AFTER ALL THESE YEARS THE NCAA FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH THE CONCRETE COLLEGE. THEY CHEATED YEARS AGO AND ALSO DID NOT HAVE TO ATTEND CLASS. BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT A DRUG DEALER WAS NOT THROWN OFF THE TEAM OR OUT OF SCHOOL, AND ALSO REMEMBER THE PLAYER THAT FLUNKED OUT OF UGA AND GRADUATED FROM tech. IT IS ALL TRUE. 10-4.

Wes

July 26th, 2011
8:21 am

Just to raise this toolbag’s blood pressure, I wish the spineless media would continue to drill home the fact that the most overrated coach in the nation is one big hypocrite, with his laughable double-standard of forcing recruits to commit on the spot and to not even sniff other campuses, while on the flip side Johnson still chases after commitments to other programs. What a moron. Leaders are not hypocrites, especially not so obvious with it at least. No wonder Yech is going down the crapper as usual.

NERDS! NERDS! NERDS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS! CHEATERS!

July 26th, 2011
9:05 am

Downtown Atlanta is full of trash, bums, hookers and gtu scum. They need to doze gtu to the ground.

UGA OWNS gtu!!!
Always have, always will!!!