Tech appeal deadline Sept. 6


No availability Thursday, so not much new, but I’ve got a few random notes.

1. Georgia Tech’s deadline to file its written appeal to the NCAA is Sept. 6, not Saturday, as was previously believed. NCAA rules regarding the timetable for a written appeal state that a school filing has 30 days after it receives acknowledgement from the NCAA infractions appeals committee that it has received the school’s notice of appeal, not 30 days from the day the appeal notice is sent.

The school has retained Birmingham law firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White to prepare its appeal. Among the firm’s attorneys is Gene Marsh, who served on the infractions committee from 1993 to 2006 and was the committee chair from 2004-06. He represented former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel when he went before the infractions committee earlier this month.

2. Former Tech cornerback Mario Butler might have the best chance of any Tech NFL rookies to make a roster. reported Tuesday that Butler, an undrafted signee with Dallas, is in a fight with two other players for the No. 5 cornerback job.

“I know every day I’m trying showing up on film and I think I’ve been doing that, but today I showed up a little bit more,” Butler told “I put it in my mind today that I just have to step up my level of competition. I know the final cuts are coming soon, so I’ve just got to show my value to the team.”

Staying with the Cowboys, running back Tashard Choice may also be in a battle to keep his roster spot. reported in a different story Choice, going into his fourth year with the Cowboys, is competing for the No. 3 running back job with three other players.

Baltimore Ravens running back Anthony Allen has made a good impression on the right person. Ravens coach John Harbaugh called Allen “kind of a natural fit” for the Baltimore scheme. He still has work to do for a roster spot, but that bodes well for him.

The first roster cutdown date for NFL teams is next Tuesday, by which time teams will have to go from 90 to 80 on their way to the regular-season roster size of 53 players.

3. Those of you who have used the services of a company called Live Sports Radio to listen to real-time broadcasts at Tech games (as opposed to a broadcast with a seven-second delay) are out of luck.

Live Sports Radio has drastically cut back its operation and will work with a handful of schools this season. Alas, Tech is not among them.

4. Atlantic Station will host a pep rally for Tech Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Players, cheerleaders and the marching band will be present, as well as Buzz and the Ramblin’ Wreck.

It is the first event of Tech’s partnership with Atlantic Station, which will provide game-day shuttles and host pep rallies for home games. More information here.

5. A piece of trivia to amaze your friends: Tech is the only Division I school that has produced a 1,300-yard rusher in each of the past five seasons. (Choice, Choice, Jonathan Dwyer, Dwyer, Allen)

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By Ken Sugiura, AJC

41 comments Add your comment

tar and feathers party

August 26th, 2011
10:55 am

I will never cooperate with the stinking ncaa in anything, I only hope and pray they are one day at my mercy. I will show the none! I have cut off all contributions to any and all higher education, removing three universities from my will. Close em all down, fire the worthless professors!

headley lamar

August 26th, 2011
11:13 am

Live Sports Radio has drastically cut back its operation and will work with a handful of schools this season. Alas, Tech is not among them.

Stems from the reality of being a mediocre irrelevant program.


August 26th, 2011
11:19 am

did we not scrimmage Thursday?


August 26th, 2011
11:22 am

Get off your high horse headley. GT and UGA are both mediocre as of right now.

You can talk once Richt actually does something spectacular with the all the talent he stumbles into.


August 26th, 2011
11:24 am

Oh, and do you know who else if irrelevant? TROY!

headley = pathetic bandwagon-ing wannabe bulldawg


August 26th, 2011
11:51 am

If Tech wins the appeal does that mean they will have won the ACC twice in the last 3 years. Oh yea.

Ant looked pretty good last night, nice blocks and runs but dropped sure TD pass at the end.

Hit Real Hard

August 26th, 2011
11:59 am

…….. go Jackets.

Gorilla Biscuit

August 26th, 2011
12:04 pm

You poor little yeller fellers are sliding into oblivion.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 26th, 2011
12:05 pm

5 years with 1300 yard runners is nothing to be ignored. And the only Div 1 school who can claim that too. Pretty damn cool.

Gorilla Biscuit

August 26th, 2011
12:06 pm

Again with the moral victories.


August 26th, 2011
12:08 pm

I hope the appeal is successful, but I won’t be heartbroken if it isn’t.

No one really respects the NCAA, and everyone knows Tech won the ACC fair and square. No player was deemed ineligible at the time or so deemed after the fact. So who cares what the sad little pencil-pushers down at the NCAA office think?

6 days til toe meets leather…

RT in NC

August 26th, 2011
12:15 pm

Except for the 100K, the penalties are meaningless. Do you think Pete Carrol, Reggie Bush, or USC fans are concerned about their tainted National Championship? Same with GT. Vacating the ACC win means nothing, its too late. Being “on probation” means nothing since Tech is not even suspected of doing anything wrong, they are only convicted of pissing off the NCAA.

The NCAA is so inconsistent, incompetent, and so hypocritical that everyone only half believes what they come up with anyway.


August 26th, 2011
12:28 pm

Based on headley’s reasoning, the only non-mediocre programs are now Auburn, Bama and Southern Cal….as those are the only schools with Live Sports Radio this season.


August 26th, 2011
12:29 pm

Good Luck to Allen, Choice and Butler.


August 26th, 2011
12:33 pm

Allen threw a nice cut block protecting Tyrod Taylor last night. Kinda drips with irony, huh?


August 26th, 2011
12:36 pm

Allen’s was the hardest earned since GT had trouble with receivers dropping the football. Should be another 1300 yd. year with Sim’s hard running and improvement in the passing game. ” GO JACKETS “

Jacket Man

August 26th, 2011
12:38 pm

Regarding Tashard Choice, he’s been injured since the Cowboys first practice (July 28th), and has just returned recently, so claiming he’s on the hot seat right now is rather harsh. Tashard has had several huge games for Dallas against several strong defenses, including Pittsburgh and Baltimore, both rushing and receiving, and is a fan favorite.

Granted, Tashard, does have to improve his blocking skills and has been told that he’ll probably have to play some special teams this coming season, but that doesn’t say that he’s the odd man out quite yet. I will say that if Tashard does get cut, I can guarantee that there are several teams who will come calling might quick to sign him.

Sven Ottke

August 26th, 2011
12:42 pm

Headley, what years were you at Troy? Curious as I have a friend who graduated there in the early 90’s and I think that is when you were there, right?

Delbert D.

August 26th, 2011
12:48 pm

Men of Troy is a nickname for USC.


August 26th, 2011
12:52 pm

mutts have had 30 moral National Championship lately!!

Tech Rules

August 26th, 2011
1:02 pm

In response to “Live Sports Radio has drastically cut back its operation and will work with a handful of schools this season. Alas, Tech is not among them.” you wrote “Stems from the reality of being a mediocre irrelevant program.”

It has nothing to do with Tech and everything to do with LiveSportsRadio having ‘issues’ resulting in their cutting back to only 3 schools.

LiveSportsRadio does eliminate the delay between the action on the field and the play-by-play but the delay isn’t so great as to be intolerable for most fans. Meanwhile the signal was usually weak and was prone to occasionally pounding your ears with digital noise.

Even given those drawbacks, LiveSportsRadio was great as a way to listen to your team’s announcers when attending away games, but not that many people do that. I was going to buy one this year so that I could listen to Wes while attending the GT@MTSU game. He’s worth the $20.

Coach Grohbo

August 26th, 2011
1:04 pm

Great move on Gene Marsh (Lightfoot, Franklin & White).

They managed the Auburn situation perfectly.

I am confident our wrong will made right soon.

Georgia Tech 2009 ACC Football Champions, and rightfully so.

August 26th, 2011
1:47 pm

Headley, it is not a mediocre program. It is an elite program. A program that is not for the masses. Case in point: Go to any Walmart in the state of GA and which Institute has the most gear to sell to Walmart customers… Need I say more????

Coach Grohbo

August 26th, 2011
1:53 pm

So UGA is “Walmart-elite?”


August 26th, 2011
1:59 pm

Tech is not an irrelevant program. All Division 1 schools are irrelevant until they go back to only admitting students that at least have the potential to graduate. In some, most, cases schools have players that can hardly read and never should have been “graduated” from high school.

Burdell 90

August 26th, 2011
2:03 pm


Yes sir, you just confirmed it…y’all are rednecks that don’t have a lot of money to spend!!

Thanks for clearing that up for us…

Make sure you get the restroom looking nice and clean at Saks for the weekend!!


August 26th, 2011
2:04 pm – So UGA is Wal-mart elite? Now THAT”S funny!!

“A man’s gotta know his limitations.” UGA = Wal-mart quality


August 26th, 2011
2:05 pm

Go Jackets…give the ncaa hell!!


August 26th, 2011
2:07 pm

Sup Tech Fans, ready for Thursday?
Don’t go to ESPN3 to watch, I need the bandwidth so I can watch it. Just stay off and I’ll tell you what’s happening on latest GT blog at the time. Or better yet, ya’ll just go to the game.


August 26th, 2011
2:16 pm

I once dated a girl from Savannah and Headley was dating her brother…A real sweetie that Headley is…..

Peachy in Texas

August 26th, 2011
2:22 pm

Choice lost some of that fan-favorite status last year when he asked Mike Vick for his autograph on national TV inside Jerry’s house.

gt fan for life

August 26th, 2011
2:22 pm

Go jackets, only 6 more days until toe meet leather……. THWG.

Big GT Fan..

August 26th, 2011
3:31 pm

Don’t we have bigger fish to fry?

Chicken Farmer

August 26th, 2011
3:49 pm

Question: Why are we kicking off the season on a Thursday night? I’ve seen no notice that we’re the ESPN game, nor have I seen anything about CSS carrying the game. What other reason is there other than TV coverage that we would play a game on Thursday?

Outside Observer

August 26th, 2011
3:54 pm

Ken, I believe Choice is competing for the #2 job, as Barber left in the offseason, Felix assumed the #1 job, and Demarco Murray was brought in to compete. Once you throw in the other scrubs, it seems like the last two spots will go in some order to Choice and Murray.

Supersize that order, mutt

August 26th, 2011
4:06 pm

Chicken Farmer, I’ve tried to respond to your question twice, but it hasn’t gone through. I think the main reason was the competition and traffic from the Boise State game.

Tech '10

August 26th, 2011
4:11 pm

Currently living in Texas, I cannot really say anything to the point of Choice losing cool points, but Cowboys fans are fanatical, borderline insane, so I would not doubt that one bit. I also have a bit of a complaint about “Jerry’s House” as it were called. The games are too expensive for a normal person to watch. My company has season tix and seeing as how face value for the ticket and the parking pass for a preseason game totaled over $450, I thought “Cool, sweet seats.” I was so high up I had to squint to read the numbers on the back of the jerseys. I ended up just watching the super-duper-megatron instead. Waste of money, just my lousy $0.02 though and on a bit of a tangent.

Buford T. Pusser

August 26th, 2011
4:59 pm

Interesting strategy “Giving head to Lamar.” Wake up from a hangover in your doublewide, troll the Tech blog, offer an irrelevant, inane comment, and its off to your job at Wal-mart. What a life! But hey, UGA will win the NC this year, right?

The Sheriff has spoken.


August 26th, 2011
5:37 pm

Live Sports radio was a scam. You could listen to Wes last year on 106.7 with no delay. Wonder how GT will spin this.

Bridges falling down

August 26th, 2011
7:07 pm

Wha????? tek relevant? to who? your clown school cant even get on the radio. Your academics are bogus too.

need I say more

Supersize that order, mutt

August 26th, 2011
7:12 pm

Don’t believe THUGA is on Live Sports Radio either, bubba