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. ESPN.com 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 espn.com. “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. ESPN.com 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)
By Ken Sugiura, AJC