Archive for March, 2012

Tech’s Glen Rice charged in incident

In an incident stemming from a gunshot fired from a car, Georgia Tech basketball player Glen Rice Jr. was charged with permitting unlawful operation last Thursday. A Tech graduate assistant who played for coach Brian Gregory at Dayton, London Warren, was charged with DUI-less safe.

In a statement issued Monday, Gregory said Warren has been dismissed from the program. The status of Rice, who has been suspended from the team since Feb. 17, will be reviewed in the near future.

“I’m deeply disappointed in the actions of these two individuals associated with our basketball program,” Gregory said in the statement.

According to an Atlanta Police Department incident report, Rice was a passenger in a Cadillac Escalade leaving Halo Lounge in Midtown near the Tech campus early Wednesday, one day before Tech played its opening-round game of the ACC tournament at Philips Arena. Police responded to a shots fired call and pulled over the Escalade at the intersection of West …

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NCAA appeal report on Georgia Tech

The following are excerpts from the NCAA infractions appeals committee report. For the story. on the NCAA turning down Georgia Tech’s appeal, read here.

Regarding Georgia Tech’s appeal of the failure to cooperate with the NCAA enforcement staff in its investigation.

The basis of the Committee on Infractions finding of violation of Bylaw 32.1.4 lies in the instructions given by the enforcement staff to the institution’s director of compliance. In order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation into this matter, the director of compliance was instructed that information concerning this matter could only be shared with the institution’s president and director of athletics. It appears the director of compliance did follow these instructions and, in fact, relayed these instructions to both the president and the director of athletics.

However, the director of athletics did not follow these instructions and discussed the matter with the institution’s head football …

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Georgia Tech NCAA appeal denied

Georgia Tech’s appeal to the NCAA over sanctions handed out last July has been denied. The school will be required to return its 2009 ACC football championship trophy to the league office, one of the penalties for NCAA findings of failure to cooperate and failure to meet the conditions and obligations of membership in an investigation into possible impermissible benefits violations to former football players Demaryius Thomas and Morgan Burnett.
“In its appeal, Georgia Tech asserted the vacation of records penalty was not warranted based on its contention that it did not gain a competitive advantage, among other factors,” the NCAA wrote in a release. “After a comprehensive review of the case, the Infractions Appeals Committee found the facts of the case did support the findings of violations. The Infractions Appeals Committee also found it speculative to state a competitive advantage was not gained and the penalty was appropriate in this case.”
The verdict of the infractions …

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Video: Georgia Tech-Miami wrap

Post-game CineSport interview after Georgia Tech-Miami with Noah Coslov and Coley Harvey of the Tallahassee Democrat and formerly of the Macon Telegraph.

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Georgia Tech-Miami live blog

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Hope you’re ready for Georgia Tech-Miami in the late show here at Philips Arena. A couple quick thoughts.

1. Forward Kammeon Holsey and center Daniel Miller will be crucial for the Jackets against Miami and their inside duo of Kenny Kadji and Reggie Johnson. Holsey and Miller had a combined eight points and eight rebounds in the team’s only meeting this season, a 64-49 loss at Philips that was one of Tech’s weakest games of the season. (Miller was sick and Holsey got in foul trouble.)

2. I think Tech will have some advantage playing at Philips, having played 10 games here this season. Miami coach Jim Larranaga made mention of it Wednesday, saying that Tech obviously has a lot of familiarity with the surroundings. If Tech should happen to win, something tells me it won’t be the first thing out of Brian Gregory’s mouth at the press conference, but it at least doesn’t help.

3. The Jackets are coming into the game playing well, having won two of their last three. Point …

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More from Tech pro day

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Had some other notes that I didn’t get to from the pro day. Onward.

1. Pittsburgh Steeler and former Georgia Tech B-back Jonathan Dwyer was watching the proceedings. Dwyer, who suffered a season-ending broken foot injury in December, said he is 100 percent and is running and cutting on it. He has been spending time here working out but said he’ll be going to go down to Orlando to work out with Tom Shaw.

Dwyer on playing pro ball: “It’s a business. It’s very serious, the fact that anything could happen with your career each and every day. Every day is an interview, even practice.”

On Roddy Jones: “The biggest thing about Roddy is his heart. He’s a fighter. He’s smart and intelligent. Whoever gives him an opportunity, they’ll have made the right choice, for sure.”

2. Wide receiver Tyler Melton said that he’s going to run at an NFL regional combine at the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch this weekend. It’s set up for aspiring draftees who didn’t get invited to the …

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Paul Johnson Q&A, Part 6

Last segment of the Q&A with Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson. Mostly more insight on position groups.

Q: How does it look at inside outisde linebacker?

A: You’ve got Jeremiah (Attaochu), who played a lot, Brandon Watts played a lot. Nick Menocal played some there. Malcolm Munroe played some there. We’ve got a couple of freshmen that we redshirted. A couple others. Kyle Travis played special teams. There’s three-deep if you look at the board. It’ll sort itself out. Some of those guys can pay inside. Some on the inside can play outside.

Q: At A-back, you have to replace Roddy Jones and Embry Peeples.

A: Deion Hill played some, Robby Godhigh played a little bit. You’ve got B.J. Bostic back, who played a lot the year before and redshirted. Broderick Snoddy, if he plays there. Some of the other guys at different positions could play there. If Charles (Perkins) doesn’t end up being the B-back, he could play there.

Q: Really?

A: Sure. He’s a running back.

Q: Has he cross-trained …

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Paul Johnson Q&A, Part 5

Q: Who’s the best player on the team?

A: I don’t know. Be hard to say. I have the coaches rate ‘em.  You’d be surprised who they thought. What is it, nine coaches? There’s a lot of different opinions.

Q: Is it by position, or overall?

A: I have ‘em rate ‘em all. Rate the offense and the defense. I let the defensive coaches rate the offense. They do ‘em both. It’s always interesting to see everybody’s take, who they think are good. (A player that) some guys might have had as 1,  the other guy has as 12. It’s like with a girl – beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

Q: You rank them 1 through 85?

A: You can have anybody you want. Take the offense, rank ‘em 1 through, whatever, 30. Guys who play. Take the defense, rank ‘em 1-30.

Q: Is that a common practice?

A: Probably a lot of people do that. I’ve done that for a long time. It’s just interesting to me to see. Then you can get the comprehensive averages and you just kind of see. Because you develop relationships with …

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Georgia Tech pro day notes

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Some notes from Georgia Tech’s pro day, Tuesday morning at the Brock Family Indoor Football Practice Facility.

1. Stephen Hill caught 12 of 12 passes, running routes crisply and apparently answering questions about his route running.

This from NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock, who was on hand: “I think he’s just kind of overwhelming from a height-weight-speed-upside perspective. I think he runs too well and catches too well to get out of the first round, in my opinion.”

Sports Illustrated draft expert Tony Pauline says Hill should be off the board by the 25th pick.

Wow.

Think about this – when Hill asked the NFL for a draft evaluation, he was told he didn’t have the potential to be taken in the first three rounds. He bet on himself, and that bet is almost certainly going to pay off handsomely. I think a fun blog would be to go back and look at the reactions to the blog reporting Hill was declaring.

Paul Johnson: “I think another year of [maturing and improving] …

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Paul Johnson Q&A, Part 4

Fourth segment of interview with Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson. This portion deals largely with the quarterbacks, including the upcoming competition in spring practice.

Q: Going into spring practice, where do you have to get better?

A: We’ve got to get better at everything. It’s like when you watch the thing, we weren’t as good at running the triple (option) as we need to be by any stretch. Certainly, we need to be more efficient throwing and the same things every year. I don’t know that it’ll ever change. It’s always going to be like that.

Defensively, you (have to) get better at rushing the passer, being consistent tackling, better in special teams. There’s no any area I can say, ‘Oh, wow, we’re really good there.’ We were pretty good offensively on third downs. I think we led the country or were second (in third-down conversion rate). We probably were in the top 3 or 4 in (fewest offensive) three-and-outs. That’s always a positive. You’d like to get more three-and-outs on …

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