Tech in talks with ACC for Labor Day game

Georgia Tech is in discussions with the ACC to play in its nationally televised Labor Day night game, though chances do not appear good.

“We’re moderately interested in it, not crazy about it, but it’s got some interest to us,” associate athletic director Wayne Hogan said Tuesday. “It’s just a question of what makes sense.”

The league has interest in moving Tech’s game against Virginia Tech to that Sept. 3 date, Hogan said. The winner of that game has represented the Coastal Division in the ACC title game in each of the past seven seasons. The game would give the Yellow Jackets a national platform on a day and time slot in which it would have little, if any, competition.

However, Tech’s preference would be to not play Virginia Tech or any other Coastal Division team in that opening-week spot. Tech’s philosophy in recent years has been to play an FCS team in its opener as opposed to a more meaningful league game. For a Labor Day game to happen, the school would have to agree to it. Tech is scheduled to play Middle Tennessee State Sept. 8 and likely would want to move that game to avoid playing on a short week.

Miami and Maryland, who played on Labor Day in 2011, both had a bye week following their game. That game was the first of the ACC’s Labor Day games, part of the league’s 12-year contract with ESPN.

If a matchup with Virginia Tech or another Coastal team is in fact a deal breaker, that would leave Clemson, Maryland and Boston College, Tech’s Atlantic Division opponents in 2012. Only a matchup with Clemson would seem to have broad appeal – Maryland and Boston College were a combined 6-18 in 2011 – but the Tigers are scheduled to play Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game earlier that weekend at the Georgia Dome.

The ACC schedule is due to be released in early February.

171 comments Add your comment

reebok

January 18th, 2012
7:54 am

High-risk, high-reward…win the game and we are a leg up in the division…lose it and we will be chasing the schedule the rest of the year…it would be exciting, though

old gold and white

January 18th, 2012
7:54 am

old gold and white

January 18th, 2012
7:55 am

nevermind…. damn

reebok

January 18th, 2012
7:56 am

I remember several years in a row whenwe opened with high-profile games…Notre Dame a couple of times, Auburn, Clemson one year. It was nice to be nationally televised in week 1.

hal

January 18th, 2012
8:00 am

I hope TECH does not play in a game like this until we improve our defense.

mwh6767

January 18th, 2012
8:13 am

I don’t like the idea of starting the season with an ACC opponent. However, I did enjoy the games with Auburn, ND and such. Wish Tech would get back to that. ND, Auburn, Texas AM, maybe a big 10 school. I not saying play Alabama or LSU every year but playing a top 25 team out of conference would be nice exposure and give you a chance a nice win and still not hurt you in conference with a loss.

William Satterwhite

January 18th, 2012
8:15 am

“That game was the first of the ACC’s Labor Day games, part of the league’s 12-year contract with ESPN.”

The ACC has been playing Labor Day games for years, for a while it was the spot for the FSU-Miami game and I believe FSU and clemson played their “Bowden Bowl” on Labor Day a few times as well.

Al

January 18th, 2012
8:25 am

VT usually starts out slow so maybe it wouldn’t be a bad thing.
William fsu clemson was never played on labor day.

Spartans, prepare for glory!

January 18th, 2012
8:26 am

RedandBlackDAWG

January 18th, 2012
8:27 am

Would this game bring in extra revenue, that the normal time slot with VA. Tech. wouldn’t? Would there be any benefit for Techs. standing in playing this game versus an FCS opponent.? Would it help tech. be better prepared for the rest of the ACC schedule?
From a purely outsiders prospective, I would think it would be a good challenge and let tech. know right off the bat, what they need to improve or how good they can be in the ACC. Va. Tech. will most likely be in the top 15 at worse, so I think it might be a good idea.

Buzzed

January 18th, 2012
8:36 am

I thought Labor Day was always on a Monday. When did they move it to Thursday for ACC football? Trying to start the season with any kind of win is a good way to break the consistent 2-game carryover losing streak from each previous season.

Bones

January 18th, 2012
8:37 am

Might as well play it early. Going to lose to them anyway up there on Thursday night.

Bones

January 18th, 2012
8:39 am

Buzzed must be drunk. No where in the article does it say the game would be on Thursday.

Birmingham Jacket

January 18th, 2012
8:40 am

I want out the ACC all together. The conference is a joke; and face it— no one cares about stupid ass basketball.

We need an athletic director to get us to a real football conference. SEC will never happen, but BIG 10 could.

5150 UOAD

January 18th, 2012
8:52 am

It would be OK if Tech doesn’t have a game the following Sat. We did the 3 games in 12 days 2 years ago and it didn’t do Tech any favors.
Sat, Sept 5 Jacksonville State W37-17
Thu, Sept 10 Clemson W30-27
Thu, Sept 17 #20 Miami (FL) L33-17

Rduck

January 18th, 2012
8:54 am

Honestly, I say bring it on. If you want to play at the top notch in college football, you have to be able to take the risk and schedule games like this from time to time. I agree that it would be better to start up another series of openers against OOC high profile colleges, but anything would be better than a snoozer at noon against a FCS opponent. Plus it would give the guys a really good reason to bust it during spring and fall camps… Just my 2 cents

5150 UOAD

January 18th, 2012
8:56 am

Birmingham……….If we can’t get the recruits now do you think we will get much better ones just because we get back in the SEC? Sorry I love my football but the Academic part of the SEC is the REAL JOKE on their conference. I enjoy being in a conference that for the most part knows players are STUDENT athletes not ATHLETE students.

What does...

January 18th, 2012
9:16 am

…UOAD mean?

zgoldatl

January 18th, 2012
9:17 am

Any news on a future Chik fil a kickoff game? I’ve heard rumors of 2013, but nothing concrete…
That’s the game tech needs to go for. I wish UGA had accepted the invite to play Tech in the kickoff game. That would be reminiscent of Tech vs GA in the omni. I’d love to see the Dome packed with UGA and Tech fans.

Ken Sugiura

January 18th, 2012
9:17 am

redandblackdawg – no financial incentive, but it’d be about the best exposure tech could ask for.
it might also be worth noting that one thing that gary stokan has often said of the kickoff game is that coaches have told him that playing a high-profile game like that raises the intensity of offseason workouts and preseason practices because teams know they won’t have a cupcake to start off the season.
like reebok said, it’s a risk-reward situation.

5150 UOAD

January 18th, 2012
9:18 am

It shows how much I Love the Dawgs. It is an acronym for that love.

CC

January 18th, 2012
9:20 am

If Tech is a big-time, top-notch program (and they’re in the Top 25 in early poll predictions) they should be able to handle an ACC game early on.

Consider what VT might be feeling. They may be more scared to take on Tech early in the season than we are them. So let the team man-up and come out believing they can win the tough ones.

5150 UOAD

January 18th, 2012
9:22 am

TECH v UGa in the kickoff game will never happen unless UGa agrees to use it as their Home game so we can move the UGa AWAY game to the ODD years. Doing that would Balance the Home Tech schedule better to sell season tickets.

ormewood

January 18th, 2012
9:32 am

Someone mentioned above that Va Tech tends to struggle early.. Thomas is back and he’s a stud, but they lose David Wilson, their back-up RB, and their career leader in receptions. Plus, one of their DB’s is going pro.

Conversely, the Jackets tend to play their best early in the season. I’d do it.

RambleOn84

January 18th, 2012
9:33 am

I think it would be advantageous for us to play in this game early in the season. Though I understand why we would like to tune up against a lesser opponent, I think it would be better to have our FCS opponent later in the season. Think if it as an extra bye week.

Additionally, playing a big opponent the first game would mean we spend extra time to prepare for them. I realize the opposite is also true, but it seems that our ACC opponents spend a significant portion of their summers practicing for us anyway.

George Stein

January 18th, 2012
9:33 am

Eh, I like the Thursday nighter against a girl scout troop or the Saturday nighter at the Dome. Don’t burn the bye week after the first game.

CDS

January 18th, 2012
9:35 am

Amazing that if you point out on ajc recruiting blog by carvell, that he is a uga alum, he blocks you from posting. Just amazing that posting facts gets you blocked. That ajc sure hires some quality people. Nothing like censorship from posting true statements.

Ken Sugiura

January 18th, 2012
9:39 am

zgold – i haven’t heard anything lately. there’s an opening in 2014, but i think the arrival of pitt and syracuse kind of clouds things up. they would join by 2014 and if the acc goes to a nine-game schedule, that would leave three non-conference games. i’m not sure how interested tech would be in having two of their three non-conference games against BCS conference opponents.

George Stein

January 18th, 2012
9:43 am

Just because someone graduated from UGA doesn’t mean he/she cannot be objective in covering Tech, CDS.

5150 UOAD

January 18th, 2012
9:44 am

KEN that is why all conferences need to be forced to play 9 conference games, no FCS games, and at least 1 big OOC game. I think that would allow the UGa v GT, Texas v TA&M, Pitt v WVU games to continue.

5150 UOAD

January 18th, 2012
9:45 am

And a Conference Championship game.

Jim 70

January 18th, 2012
9:47 am

Best time for an upset is early, early in the season, so maybe vt on labor day would be good for tech. Better than Blacksburg in November.

If we do play this game, maybe tevin would be a better starting qb than anybody else due to experience and hopefully no turnovers. On the other hand, it would give vt a lot of practice time to get ready for tech, which maybe has led to our poor performances in bowl games. We don’t seem to perform well when other teams have had a bye week or long week (Thursday night previous game) prior to playing us.

The Dude

January 18th, 2012
9:52 am

I’d rather play tough teams in BCS conferences and lose than to beat FCS opponents. I don’t care if we come up short from time to time on getting to bowl games. We don’t win them anyways.

Jim N Buckhead

January 18th, 2012
10:10 am

GT should do it you can only play so many Thursday night games….Even if they were ACC champs the likelihood of playing for a BCS title is slim to none…so play the game have fun be the only game on TV that night….used to be Miami and FSU played that night.

RedandBlackDAWG

January 18th, 2012
10:13 am

I agree Ken, and national exposure sometimes make recruiting easier. It is also a great way to showcase your team, and if all turns out well, get the pool voters attention. Not many negatives in appearing on the big stage when you get a chance.

Technically Correct

January 18th, 2012
10:16 am

With a struggling defense, QB issues, an offensive scheme that has yet to include an effective passing game and no proven WRs, if Tech takes that game to start the season, either (1) they have the biggest pair of you-know-whats in the BCS, (2) they think they know something that the rest of the world does not or (3) the decisions have already been made that TW will be the starting QB and the offensive scheme will change little. That leaves the offense “as is” and CPJ will concentrate on the defense to improve.

Freddie Blassie

January 18th, 2012
10:17 am

I am so tired of the feminization of the game to suit TV and political correctness that I want to puke. It is not a good thing for Tech to play VPI that early in the season, and I wouldn’t want to give the TV folks anything. Let someone else play the game.
Man, I long for the days when receivers didn’t go over the middle for fear of the LBs who’d knock them on their hineys legally and running backs who were trying to get on the ground to avoid hats to the kidneys. Quarterbacks should have to wear skirts if they are such pansies that they need to be protected from being hit. If you don’t want them hit, make them sit with the coach on the damned pines.
If the ball carrier is still bouncing on the ground, stick him! Bring back the days when Chuck Bednarik hit Frank Gifford so hard that he did not play for the rest of the season. Make the offensive linemen go back to blocking without using their hands. All these running backs getting all these yards should have an * by their names. QBs and receivers too.

Thanks, Dr. I feel much better now.

OkieDawg

January 18th, 2012
10:23 am

C’mon Tech, man up and play VT in the opener. That way, you can lose early and lose often.

George Stein

January 18th, 2012
10:31 am

Thanks for the contribution, OkieDawg. You really add a lot of value.

Norht Ave Killer Beez

January 18th, 2012
10:32 am

Good Idea! Make it happen Dan. Nothing else to be excited for so far.

swampjacket

January 18th, 2012
10:38 am

It seems teams with a lot of time to prepare have the best success against our “O”…I wouldn’t want to give Bud Foster all summer to get ready….I like an early big game, but I’d make it Non-Conference>

gtfanfrom1951

January 18th, 2012
10:40 am

There is no advantage in playing UGA if we go to 9 conference games. Bye, Bye, doggie. Then UGA would have one less win a year.

CDS

January 18th, 2012
10:44 am

Stein
Where did I mention objectiveness? You must have reading comprehension problems. I pointed out that he is a uga alum and there is a HUGE conflict of interest and it IS seen in his pro uga articles. I guess it’s no different than the ajc being biased for obama and dems.

5150 UOAD

January 18th, 2012
10:48 am

gtfanfrom1951 go hide in your basement, take your toys and leave the sandbox, or beg to be a FCS team. I will never run and hide from the Dwags. 9 conference games still leaves 3 OOC games what is the advantage of playing any of those games then?

Sting Man

January 18th, 2012
10:52 am

We need to play this game…PERIOD!

THWG!

George Stein

January 18th, 2012
10:56 am

So let me get this straight, CDS. You say that you didn’t mention his “obectiveness” (I assume you mean “objectivity”) and then proceed to say that there is a conflict of interest? I am so confused.

I like Carvell. I think he works hard and does a good job. In terms of his pro-UGA articles, you’re free to have your own opinion but we’ll have to agree to disagree.

blazer

January 18th, 2012
10:58 am

Good idea Freddie B. wish they would take off those stupid gloves and not let linemen hold on

every play!

Garyl

January 18th, 2012
11:11 am

Might as well get rocked early, cant beat VPI anyway with PJ and Grohs 3-4 defense.

CDS

January 18th, 2012
11:14 am

No I meant what I wrote fool. Your vocab needs some improvement.
Like I said, I didn’t mention anything but that he is a uga alum and I get blocked. Yes that’s right. So I guess you support censorship and blocking factual statements. So much for a free site.

My guess is the vast majority of posters on here would agree that uga gets way more favorable recruiting coverage than does gt and it’s not even close. Again, all I pointed out was I am not surprised after learning he is a uga alum. Considering how much time you spend on here, I wouldn’t be surprised that you are him under another alias.

Rick James

January 18th, 2012
11:16 am

Tech wouldnt be trying to dodge Virginia Tech to play Armpit State would they? Nah..