Report: Tech to be granted bowl waiver

Georgia Tech will receive a bowl-eligibility waiver from the NCAA even if it loses the ACC Championship game to finish at 6-7, according to a cbssports.com report.

The story cited two unnamed sources. Tech, ACC and bowl officials could not confirm the report. Without directly commenting on the news, acting athletic director Paul Griffin reaffirmed his confidence in Tech’s situation, reiterating a comment made Monday.

“We’ll be playing in an ACC bowl game between the 27th of December and the first of January,” he said. “We’re going to make sure we do everything we can to make sure that it’s the Orange Bowl.”

With a new NCAA rule in place addressing bowl eligibility, concerns arose that Tech might not be bowl eligible if it lost to Florida State to drop below .500, a standard to receive a bowl invite, even though UCLA received a waiver last year in a similar situation. If the Yellow Jackets were not granted a waiver, it would have put them in a situation of needing to win the title game to go to the Orange Bowl or be shut out of the bowl picture altogether. Griffin and other Tech officials maintained their certainty that they would be playing in a bowl regardless. It appears they had reason.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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GT Fan

November 29th, 2012
8:03 pm

Reid

November 29th, 2012
8:04 pm

First! and that is great news………I think…

George Stein

November 29th, 2012
8:07 pm

Good. We won’t need it, though, as the only proper way for an ACC season to finish is with a 7-6 (1-3 OOC) team represent the conference in an epic clash against Kent State. MACtion, baby!

Diablo69

November 29th, 2012
8:25 pm

Look I know the season hasn’t been a roaring success, but can the home paper show a little more love for these kids. One thing no one can question is their effort. They played hard and earned their trip to Charlotte and beyond. To read the “Senior” “Sports” Writers one would believe anyone who supports this program should look down and apologize whenever the ACC championship game is even mentioned. Ken, I know this doesn’t apply to you; in fact you do a heck of a job being fair and balanced, but please let the other two know that all the snide remarks just serve to undermine their credibility. It paints them as front running reactionary’s that don’t put any real thought into what they are writing. Pandering to the masses and such.

On that same topic will someone please tell Bradley to just stop with his campaign to dissolve the ACC. The last estimate I saw was that the addition of Notre Dame as a quasi member would equate to a payout around $18M per team per year. Not the best but certainly better than a kick in the shorts. I’m sure his “if you ain’t first your last” mentality plays well in the football obsessed south, but some of us actually prefer basketball to football and think a Maryland for Louisville swap is a good move in terms of athletics. Basically what I’m saying is that all the football worshiping SEC wonks can stuff it!

chas_jacket

November 29th, 2012
8:28 pm

Great – bowl games are very important for the extra practice times and reps for next year – when you will see a truly potent GT offense with Vad and Justin.

GT-UT

November 29th, 2012
8:46 pm

Agreed that an upgrade in QB will make a big difference.
Don’t know why the “Mitch’s” of the world post drivel like that.

Bill from Dacusville

November 29th, 2012
9:21 pm

This must be a joke—-This once proud program has to have a “waiver” because they know they gonna lose? After the season Tech has had, they should decline a “waiver” and stay home after FSU thumps them–Fire Pitiful Paul and hire a real Head Coach-

Big Stinger

November 29th, 2012
9:25 pm

I hope we don’t play USC in the sun bowl. Any way we can play in the music city bowl so we have a chance?

K

November 29th, 2012
9:32 pm

Get over it.
It’s good for the team. These young men have earned this.
It’s a good thing for this team. Nothing negative about it.
Everybody cannot be #1. Been there, done that.
Bottom line: Tech gets to go to a bowl game.

Dog kicker

November 29th, 2012
9:32 pm

Glad that the kids will get more time to practice for next year. I hope Vad will soak in all that he can so we can get this thing turned around.

Nope

November 29th, 2012
9:36 pm

That means we’ll finish 6-8!
Great!
I’m tired of this crap!!!
Can we get O’leary, Fridge?
I know Petrino!!!!

ty webb

November 29th, 2012
9:37 pm

Congrats! It is well deserved.

wreckmaniac

November 29th, 2012
9:37 pm

Please Coach Johnson,turn over the prep for the FSU game to the coaches and chase down Ellis Johnson who was just fired from Southern Miss. This guy is an AWESOME defensive coach. We need him at Tech more than a win over FSU.

GT Fan

November 29th, 2012
9:37 pm

It just kills the Dawg fans that GT’s going “bowling” … even if they (when, IMO) they lose on Saturday.

Sad, pathetic, Joke-by-the-Coke, disgrace, etc. Go ahead Dawg fans, spew as many insults as you want. GT’s going bowling. It means MORE REPS learning the TO for Vad & JT. For that reason, this GT fans thinks it’s great. More practices/reps can’t hurt.

BTW…….every kid gets a trophy!

Augusta Jacket

November 29th, 2012
9:37 pm

When UGA finished their season 6-6 a few years ago you didn’t hear these arguments about “Just stay home” 7-6 or 6-7, either is less than the team wanted but these kids still deserve a bowl game.

ty webb

November 29th, 2012
9:39 pm

“BTW…….every kid gets a trophy!”

spoken like a true Obama voter.

Nope

November 29th, 2012
9:44 pm

I don’t know what to say…. I thought CMR was lucky, maybe it’s rubbing off on CPJ
What will that make us… 0-100 in bowls?
You do know that we used to have the best bowl winning %, right?
Duh…what happened?

GT Fan

November 29th, 2012
9:45 pm

I don’t vote, Ty.

GT Fan

November 29th, 2012
9:47 pm

Ty,
Every kid gets a trophy is kinda like UGA ………….

They are ranked #3 b/c they are in the SEC, not b/c they are the 3rd best team in the country.
IDK, maybe Barry-O had them in his “bracket”?

Old Days

November 29th, 2012
9:49 pm

We need Bobby Dodd, Ronald Reagan, and Billy Graham!!!

Ken Sugiura

November 29th, 2012
9:53 pm

it’s possible. tech would be willing to drop down past the sun bowl if it works for all parties. (i.e., if someone else would like to go to the sun bowl in its place. the sun bowl would prefer someone else, too.)

Augusta Jacket

November 29th, 2012
9:58 pm

Ken, would the ACC let them (GT) do that? I thought the wording said Tech couldn’t go any lower than the Sun Bowl…

Old Days

November 29th, 2012
10:09 pm

What is down past the sun bowl>
What is a lower bowl?

Old Days

November 29th, 2012
10:11 pm

opps… looks like Falcons caught the tech disease, when they get a lead, they quit!!!

[...] to a report from CBS Sports, Tech will in fact get that waiver, though no one from GT has confirmed nor denied that report [...]

Jacketnation Deflation

November 29th, 2012
10:22 pm

Tech is playing in the Pepto Bismol Waiver Bowl. This bowl will feature two sorry teams that specialize in Stomach Upset and often times leading to Nausea and Vomiting. How stupid for the Jackets to play in a Bowl game. We have no defense and we are a sorry team.

Ken Sugiura

November 29th, 2012
10:28 pm

Belk Bowl in Charlotte (likely vs. Cincinnati), Music City Bowl in Nashville (maybe Vanderbilt or Ole Miss).

South GA Jacket

November 29th, 2012
10:36 pm

Those with the winning Powerball numbers last night should just burn all their money. They didn’t earn it. They just “backed in” to it. It was all luck.

Your kidding me!

November 29th, 2012
10:44 pm

Tech on NCAA Probation and going to the toilet bowl with a losing record? Yes, only Georgia Tech and the ACC could and would pull this farce off. It’s true…The Joke by the Coke!

GT1971

November 29th, 2012
10:45 pm

My wife is a UC graduate. She says she is still going to cheer for Tech if we go to the Belk Bowl.

Roadrunner

November 29th, 2012
10:52 pm

Actually, this DAWG fan doesn’t think Georgia or any other 6-6 team, much less a 6-7 team should go to a post-season bowl. As someone brought up earlier, if nothing else it gives a struggling 6-6 team the chance to go 6-7 or in Tech’s case 6-8 for a much more negative finish to the season. A .500 record is easier to stomach for all involved players included and saves the ‘rewards’ of going bowling for those teams that are actually successful. Of course I grew up before there was no losing in rec league games, “don’t keep score and nobody is a loser”, etc. So if that’s what you’re for every team should play a game after the regular season. Can’t wait for those titanic struggles between two 1-11 teams battling it out for a second win in the same season!…..

Chris Cringle

November 29th, 2012
11:19 pm

Roadrunner, do you need a hug?

Dawg1

November 29th, 2012
11:20 pm

Congrats.

Good Luck against FSU.

Personally feel that the ‘only reason’ that ‘any’ team (not just Tech) with a .500 or sub 500 record should go to a bowl is to use the extra practice time to look at the future and to try and figure out how to reward the Seniors who are leaving with a trip.

Where ever the team goes; I hope you guys get out there and support the team. Truly believe that it’s more of a ‘negative’ than a positive if a team is at a bowl with a whole bunch of empty seats – especially is the game is a three hour car ride.

The Amazing Carnack

November 29th, 2012
11:21 pm

Roadrunner, are you really Honey Boo-Boo?

Augusta Jacket

November 29th, 2012
11:25 pm

For all you dawg fans complaining about GT’s bowl eligibility, check out the comments on the blog post from 2010. You dawgs were arguing over Tennessee getting a better bowl than the 6-6 dawgs.

http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2010/11/28/bulldogs-to-the-liberty-bowl/?cp=all

SansWorld

November 29th, 2012
11:29 pm

Fans,
Tech going to a bowl game has nothing to do with what you think is right.
It is about 20 year old kids scrapping together 6 wins after their fan base gave up on them. They will be treated well by their host, made to feel appreciated and even get the only “gifts” the NCAA will allow.
Fans with an entitlement mentality about their team’s performance, and got their feelings hurt because they did not win as many games they expected, and don’t think the kids deserve the privilege don’t really get a vote.
If you think there are too many bowl games or are unhappy about who is playing, I suggest you not watch them.
Frankly, I think a 6-6 team that would otherwise go to a bowl, but is contractually obligate to play the conference championship game, should still be eligible: win or lose.

Roadrunner

November 29th, 2012
11:34 pm

Chris Cringle @ 11:19 – No thanks, and I won’t sit on your lap either!!

Not-so-amazing Carnack @ 11:21 – Good guess, but no.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 29th, 2012
11:37 pm

If GT wasn’t playing in the ACC championship game they would go to a bowl. How does it make sense to penalize them if they loose. Does common sense play into this at all?

Like Tech But

November 30th, 2012
12:03 am

I just don’t see the reason for a bowl to a 6 and 6 team. Don’t tell me about these poor kids worked so hard. Sure they worked hard but I can assure you no-one is gonna watch this “bowl”.

Veteran Fan

November 30th, 2012
12:05 am

Cannot go to Charlotte this weekend, but win or lose entire family will be at whatever bowl the Jackets go to! Very proud of this years team! Very young team that overcame adversity to become relevant and be eligible to go bowling and compete for the conference championship! Go Jackets!

Remarkable

November 30th, 2012
12:20 am

This is just sad!

GT in GoldTown

November 30th, 2012
12:28 am

We won? First good victory of the year…

Total Embarassment to Coach Bobby Dodd

November 30th, 2012
12:30 am

Be proud….6-6 gets in the ACC title game after another fine ACC institution recuses themselves due to cheating. I agree, why penalize a team that “scrapped” their way to wins over Presbyterian, Duke, Maryland, Boston College, North Carolina, and Virginia…Composite record of 28-45.

And you people have the balls to ask for a “bowl waiver”…Must be a lot of those 47%ers on the Flats.

Roll Damn Tide.

A. Bishop

November 30th, 2012
1:45 am

Sorry but the NCAA made the wrong decision. a sub .500 team should not be allowed to play in a bowl even if a streak is on the line.

H.Felton

November 30th, 2012
3:24 am

Tech will got to the Belk Bowl (what a joke) where they’ll lose to Cincy and finish 6-8 setting up a losing 2013 which will get Coach Johnson fired.

Stinger 1

November 30th, 2012
4:41 am

Last comment I will make about GT going or not going to a bowl. Most of those who have commented that are not real GT fans have used the issue as one would expect. That is to take another punch at the Jackets. I don`t disagree with the fact that a losing team does not deserve to go to a bowl game especially when displacing another team
with at least a 6-6 record. The real GT fans seem divided on this issue. I have previously posted that they should not go with a losing record. I cannot change my mind at this point.

Cats hav fleas 2

November 30th, 2012
5:41 am

Doesn’t matter. Tech can’t win a Bowl game anyway. Entire program is a laughing stock!

Smyrna Gold

November 30th, 2012
6:13 am

I don’t understand all the clamor about getting extra practice time to prepare for 2013 by participating in a bowl game. It sure hasn’t helped lately. I imagine the kids would much prefer to go home and forget football for a while.

Old Dog

November 30th, 2012
6:31 am

To Hell with Tek,today, tomorrow and every other day!

'65 DAWG

November 30th, 2012
7:05 am

I really don’t care one way or the other if GT goes bowling. What amazes me is that GT fans will NOT support their team in the bowl. They weren’t in Athens, even though they supposedly returned “only’ 1,900 of their 8,000 ticket allotment. This bowl trip will end up costing the school and the ACC big bucks, just so an ACC team can go to the game. This whole bowl setup today is a complete joke, and the bowls have become irrelevent. It’s a shame what has happened to this once proud program!!!