1. Former Georgia Tech quarterback George Godsey headlines the school’s 2012 sports hall of fame class, announced Thursday. Godsey, now the New England Patriots’ tight ends coach, started for the Yellow Jackets in the 2000 and 2001 seasons and was second-team All-ACC in 2000. He still owns several school records.
Other inductees: Jon Carman (second-team All-America offensive lineman), Carlton Forrester (All-ACC golfer), Becky Megesi (All-America distance runner), Tomas Motiejunas (national champion 4×400-meter relay member), Maja Pachale (ACC volleyball player of the year) and Cory Vance (third-team All-America baseball pitcher). The induction ceremony will be held Oct. 19.
(I’ve heard more than once from Wes Durham that the induction dinner is something every Tech fan should attend.)
2. Baseball coach Danny Hall has interviewed at least two candidates for the pitching coach position – St. John’s pitching coach Scott Brown and UNC-Wilmington pitching coach Jason Howell.
Both, not surprisingly, have strong credentials. Brown’s staffs have been among the best in the Big East several years running. The Red Storm have made the NCAA tournament three years in a row and this year reached their first super regional, twice beating North Carolina in Chapel Hill. They’ve won four of the past eight Big East tournaments, which speaks to their pitching depth.
Howell, who pitched three seasons at Appalachian State and then one year at North Carolina, has been at UNC-Wilmington starting in 2009. The Seahawks were second in ERA and opponent batting average in the CAA this year, first in both in 2010 and third and second, respectively, in 2009. (They were eighth and fifth in 2011.)
3. Junior draftees Buck Farmer and Brandon Thomas have yet to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers or Pittsburgh Pirates and have until 5 p.m. July 13 to sign or else return for their senior seasons. There is still a strong chance both could return.
4. This is late, but both Tech tennis teams produced ACC scholar-athletes of the year for their sport. Kevin King for the men and Jillian O’Neill for the women. The women’s team averaged a 3.71 GPA this spring, a Tech record for any varsity team. Mostly playing No. 1 singles, O’Neill, a management major, led the team with 30 victories.
King is on track to finish his degree in mechanical engineering in the fall. He recently made the doubles finals of an ITF Futures event with longtime partner Juan Spir, their first pro event together (Spir played as an amateur). King received a wild card into qualifying for the singles draw for the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station starting next week. Ticket information here.
Thanks for reading.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog