Archive for February, 2012

Georgia Tech-Boston College live blog


Hope you’re feeling zesty for the 1 p.m. tipoff between Georgia Tech and Boston College, two teams that are on a combined 11-game losing streak. I imagine both teams are looking at each other the way that hungry cartoon animals look at each other and imagine a turkey drumstick. That never gets old.

Anyway, a few points of note.

1. It appears guard Glen Rice Jr. (toe) will play but won’t start. He took part in warmups.

2. In ACC play, Boston College is the lowest-scoring team in the league, averaging 56.5 points per game. Tech is eighth, at 61.2 ppg. The Eagles, though, like to put up 3-pointers, which has not been a great strength for Tech. Boston College averages 20.3 3-point tries per game in ACC play, making 6.6. Tech is last in the league at 3-point field goal defense at 46.2 percent.

3. These are the two worst free-throw shooting teams in the conference.

Other than that, it should be an offensive bonanza.

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ACC approves nine-game football schedule

The ACC has approved a nine-game league football schedule and 18 conference games for men’s and women’s basketball and has assigned newcomers Pittsburgh and Syracuse into divisions for football. They were among several scheduling formats made official Friday at a league meeting of athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives.

Pittsburgh will join Georgia Tech’s Coastal Division, while Syracuse will become part of the Atlantic. Those changes, as well as the nine-game league schedule, will go into place once those schools join the ACC from the Big East. It has yet to be determined when that will happen, but the schools are under contract to remain in the Big East through the 2013-14 academic year.

Each school will play its six division opponents with three crossover games, including its primary partner. Tech’s will remain Clemson.

The Coastal Division, including Tech, appears to be receiving the stronger football team in recent history. The Panthers have averaged 7.6 …

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Tech coach Spencer resigns over rules violations

Georgia Tech co-offensive line coach Todd Spencer has resigned. Spencer offered his resignation in the midst of a school investigation into numerous text messages to recruits that he had sent in violation of NCAA rules.

“I find it inexplicable that an employee would violate these rules with regard to text messaging after our ongoing focus to educate our personnel on NCAA rules and regulations,” athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. “Actions of this type simply are not acceptable in our programs and will not be tolerated.”

NCAA rules limit electronic communication between coaches and prospects or their parents or guardians to e-mail and faxes. Other forms, such as text messaging and instant messaging, are not allowed.

Monitoring software caught the violation Jan. 12, and Spencer was placed on administrative leave the following day. The athletic department has been in a state of high alert in matters of NCAA rules compliance since being placed on probation after …

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