Tech notes: When Shaq met Shaq

Quarterback, guard, center. Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech sports information office

Quarterback, guard, center. Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech sports information office

1. Last Thursday, the Turner Sports studios just north of Georgia Tech’s campus were a veritable Shaq-tropolis. Tech guard Shaquille Mason, along with quarterback Vad Lee, ventured to the set of TNT’s Inside the NBA to meet Mason’s namesake, Shaquille O’Neal, along with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson. Coincidentally, Barkley has also made time for Tech athletes, having spoken to the women’s basketball team earlier this year.

“It was amazing,” Mason said. “It was a great experience.”

The meeting was set up through Tech’s sports information office. Mason, whose mother Alicia McGuire named him after O’Neal, took with him an XXXL Tech jersey with O’Neal’s No. 32 and “Shaq” on the name plate.

“We talked about football a little bit,” he said. “Really just having a regular conversation like I knew him for awhile.”

O’Neal gave Mason his number and told him to keep in touch. Mason didn’t wait long, texting him when he got back to campus. O’Neal later called back.

Next challenge for the Tech sports information folks: Setting up a meeting with Mason and his middle-name namesake – Hakeem Olajuwon.

2. On an entirely different topic, safety Coray Carlson will hopefully soon make the day of a child whom he has never met but who could use a lift.

Carlson last week clipped about 11 inches of hair to donate to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that provides wigs to disadvantaged children who suffer from medically-related hair loss.

Carlson grew out his hair over the course of the 2010 season and was getting ready to cut it then, but then learned about the Locks of Love program and kept it untrimmed.

“I was like, You know what? I came this far, I might as well just keep going with it and do something good with it,” he said.

By the time he cut it, Carlson’s hair had grown down to his shoulders. Friday, he was wearing a buzzcut. His hair was in his room, tied up in banded ponytails.

“People have walked by me and they stop, run backwards, like, Coray, is that you? Oh, my god, I didn’t even recognize you,” Carlson said. “To be honest, even when I look in the mirror, I have to do a double glance. I’m like, Oh, I completely forgot about this.”

The experience of growing out his hair has been educational.

“It was a lot to keep up with,” Carlson said. “I have a lot more respect for women who have longer hair, because when I wash my hair, it takes forever to dry. It gets knots, it’d have split ends, you have all that. You just have a lot of maintenance with it. I really couldn’t do it anymore. It was too much for me.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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5150 UOAD

December 11th, 2012
4:17 pm

That is a great story on Coray. It was so funny to she his photos. He did look so so different. A few weeks back he got Cornrows and it was crazy looking.

If you are on Facebook have a look……………http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151545586777506&set=a.497918347505.295379.637947505&type=1&theater

Yella-Britches

December 11th, 2012
4:17 pm

Thanks Ken – Nice stories, both of them.

DesignerJacket

December 11th, 2012
5:34 pm

The most valuable Tech tradition – networking in Atlanta!

Turner Studios on 10th street is just one fun example. Coca Cola off North Ave, AT&T, Home Depot, UPS, Newell-Rubbermaid, Cox Comm, GA Power, Norfolk Southern, E&Y, Chick-fil-A, and on and on and on…

It’s not just the degree, the sports, or the college experience. It’s “location, location, location!”

Jim 70

December 11th, 2012
5:41 pm

Tech needs to improve it’s marketing, a ton of current and retired athletes living in the Atlanta area. Need to get them involved with our programs.

WnE

December 11th, 2012
5:57 pm

I didn’t see any footage of our Shaq and TnT’s Shaq, but I’m wondering did he ask our Shaq about his cowardly cheap shot chop block from behind on Muttville’s Mike Thornton when they blew us out 42-10 last season?

There’s a youtube clip floating around that shows the cheap shot, even some GT fans other than myself were disturbed when they saw it.

Elite DLs won’t come to GT to have pajamas train his OLs in cowardly cheap shot chop blocks that might end potential career.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 11th, 2012
5:58 pm

@ Jim 70…..Boy, do I agree with that. Tech’s marketing overall really stinks.

Life, WnE, is tough...

December 11th, 2012
6:01 pm

…then you die…

WnE

December 11th, 2012
6:07 pm

The video clip with the Asst. coaches cursing at the refs non-call:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T92i9GqOw2A

WnE

December 11th, 2012
6:16 pm

re:
Life, WnE, is tough…
December 11th, 2012
6:01 pm

…then you die…
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True, but life is whole lot tougher for GT when we lose a 6-6 303lb. DE that has made some All-America teams as a True soph. and will likely be a 1st round NFL draft choice.

That would be Stephon Tuitt, playing for Notre Dame in the upcoming BCS MNC game.

He was a full Academic qualifier for GT so you can’t play the Academics card either.

GTJohn

December 11th, 2012
6:29 pm

No one brought up academics, Tuitt, Notre Dame or you WnE.

It’s amazing how of all the things that went on during the Georgia game that’s what you bring up. Three weeks after the game. Their player will be fine. Yeah, it could have been called a chop. It happened fairly quick so it’s hard to get a good view. I doubt it was on purpose. Take it up with the refs. I saw a whole bunch of unsportsmanship that day. Mostly from Georgia. Please just go to the dog blogs.

1 4 GT

December 11th, 2012
7:50 pm

Made several attempts with various headings to find a chop block on youtube in last month’s GT- Georgie game. Only chop block I found in a Georgie game was against Auburn Dlineman Fairley by #78 of Georgie. “Carnack’s” fave team was trying to get him out of the game if you adhere to “Carnack’s” version of things.

1 4 GT

December 11th, 2012
7:53 pm

As I recall Tuitt had GT as his 1st choice. But his Mama played the MOM card on him. She wanted him to attend ND. A 10 hour drive at best instead of a one hour at worst. “Carnack” is an equal opportunity buffoon!

1 4 GT

December 11th, 2012
7:56 pm

Oh. I should have said offender & been Politically Correct instead of calling him a buffoon!

GOLD PANTS

December 11th, 2012
8:01 pm

Hey WNE, what about the two body slams UGA’s linebacker laid on our A back, Robbie Godhigh. It appears to me you are very selective in what I suppose you think is dirty plays. It works both ways.Another thing, you always pretend to be a Tech fan but your biases betray you. It is OK to be a fan of any team you choose including UGa but anything you can find negative to say about Ga. Tech you will do. You are a liar if you tell anyone that you are a Tech fan. It is not just me. There are loads of people on this blog that do not fall for your bs.

chuck

December 11th, 2012
8:05 pm

WnE learn the facts before you post please. Especially if you are going to be critical of your own team.

1 4 GT

December 11th, 2012
8:34 pm

“Carnack the Magnificent” aka gollum & his “precious” aka WnE IS Thomas Brown!

1 4 GT

December 11th, 2012
9:12 pm

Thomas Brown is an unabashed Georgie dwag mutt~

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

December 11th, 2012
9:57 pm

Thanks, Ken, for a couple of excellent stories … especially the one about Corey. Classy act by a great young man.

5150 UOAD

December 11th, 2012
10:20 pm

Emmanuel Dieke
21 seconds ago ·
Im graduating saturday! Damn lol thank you Lord!! #sitting here thinking about things

GT Fan

December 11th, 2012
10:34 pm

WnE
29 seconds ago …

I’m waking up Saturday, cleaning out the litter box, then going to think of something negative to say about GT or one of its student athletes.

GT GRAD

December 11th, 2012
10:51 pm

WnE is a punk UGA fan posing as a GT fan……everyone please just ignore him and do not read his posts……..MAYBE one day the AJC blog police will do the world a favor and simply block ALL of his posts.

Freddie Blassie

December 12th, 2012
8:47 am

WneePoo is a coward. Hear it, WneePoo. You are a coward. I got nothing against anything Georgie’s jailbirds do on the field. If they tackle our guys hard and are not penalized, then it is something Tech guys could’ve been doing. It ain’t cheating if it ain’t caught or called. I am a Tech guy and the offensive linemen should punish the guys on the Georgie team for doing that stuff. It is also fine if a Tech guy trips just before he gets to the sideline and kneecaps Toad Grantham: I am all for that, too. The game has been feminized by the refs at the direction of the TV execs who collect their parasitic gains from these college kids’ efforts.

SansWorld

December 12th, 2012
9:12 am

“Elite DLs won’t come to GT to have pajamas train his OLs in cowardly cheap shot chop blocks that might end potential career.”

There are pleanty of reasons that Tuitt did not come to GT. Don’t think this is one of them. Other coaches and players complain about chop blocks, but not sure GT DE’s do.

By the way, assuming any elite Dlineman GT gets will be on the first team I hope, and practacing against the pratice squad O that will be running a traditional offence with a traditional blocking scheme. Your post is just stupid.

The Truth Is

December 12th, 2012
9:17 am

WnE is a punk.

SansWorld

December 12th, 2012
9:30 am

Saquille O’Neal is a big man

Freddie Blassie

December 12th, 2012
9:49 am

If a defensive lineman is afraid, to hell with him. He is a coward like sansworld. What a pansy. Your post is that of a coward and you assume that a good ball player would be afraid of getting blocked. You are a punk and a coward.

SansWorld

December 12th, 2012
9:53 am

Freddie Blassie?
When did I suggest that that a any DLman would be afraid of these blocks? The Quote was from Wne, and I was refruting that.

WnE

December 12th, 2012
10:23 am

re:
GOLD PANTS
December 11th, 2012
8:01 pm

Hey WNE, what about the two body slams UGA’s linebacker laid on our A back, Robbie Godhigh. It appears to me you are very selective in what I suppose you think is dirty plays. It works both ways.Another thing, you always pretend to be a Tech fan but your biases betray you. It is OK to be a fan of any team you choose including UGa but anything you can find negative to say about Ga. Tech you will do. You are a liar if you tell anyone that you are a Tech fan. It is not just me. There are loads of people on this blog that do not fall for your bs.
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Robbie Godhigh got body slammed in one-one-ONE tackles where someone else was the bigger, stronger, better player.

Shaq Mason saw a DL engaged with another player (it looks like the Center) and then executed an ILLEGAL BLOCK when he cut the BACK OF HIS LEGS.

Body slamming a RB that had a chance to outrun, out-fake or run you over is in an entirely different universe than what Shaq Mason did.

Atlantan

December 12th, 2012
11:37 am

WnE – you must have nothing else happening in your life and I mean for years now….

1 4 GT

December 12th, 2012
1:41 pm

Y’all can believe me when I say this. When Godhigh was power slammed into the ground, had I been a referee, he would have been summarily sent to the showers. I would have told CMR & CTG that if it happened again, they would be taking an early shower too. If I had been a teammate of Godhigh’s, especially an Olineman, I would have defended Godhigh. I was surprised no one did. That type of tackling is far more injurious than cut blocking ever has been, or chop blocking either.

1 4 GT

December 12th, 2012
1:43 pm

I see “Carnack” has posted since I called him out as Thomas Brown, an unabashed Leg Humper. He hasn’t denied it!

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GTJason

December 12th, 2012
3:35 pm

WnE, sorry to let the facts get into the discussion, but you should watch your own video. The Uga guy was not engaged with anyone and Mason’s block came from the side, maybe slightly behind but it’s one of those you don’t call kind of like there is holding on the offensive line on almost every play in any football game. It was actually a good cut (not chop) block on a guy who is about 70 lbs more than him.

Not again Logan

December 12th, 2012
9:02 pm

Logan Michael Booker, I thought we told you to stop coming on GT blogs and pretending like you’re not a UGA fan trolling up trouble.

I’m sorry you got a DUI, you have no job, and your pathetic “sports blog” have no readership so you have to come spam Ken’s work, but have a little pride in yourself and get out there and better yourself instead on living online.

Stinger

December 16th, 2012
10:19 am

The only things that I saw wrong was the UGA player is a big cry baby and the cursing coach should be fired.