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Tech basketball assistant arrested for DUI

Georgia Tech assistant basketball coach Josh Postorino was arrested last week for DUI in Jacksonville, Fla. Postorino was not with the team for Saturday’s game against UNC Wilmington at McCamish Pavilion.

Postorino was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and admitted to jail at 3:20 a.m. Thursday morning on a DUI charge, according to the sheriff’s office website. He was released that afternoon. Reached Sunday, Postorino declined comment.

A statement from the team released just prior to Saturday’s game said that he would not be on the bench “for an indefinite period of time in order to deal with personal issues.”

Following the game, coach Brian Gregory said that “out of respect for Josh, I’m going to leave the statement on its own,” a position he took again Sunday.

Postorino, 35, was hired in April 2011 by Gregory. He was in Jacksonville for recruiting, including a visit to Tech signee Solomon Poole.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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Tech assistant on indefinite absence

Georgia Tech assistant basketball coach Josh Postorino was not on the bench for Saturday’s game against UNC Wilmington. The team released a statement prior to the game saying that he won’t be on the bench “for an indefinite period of time in order to deal with personal issues.” Postorino had been at the team’s Friday practice.

Asked about the matter after the game, coach Brian Gregory responded, “I appreciate the question, but out of respect for Josh, I’m going to leave the statement on its own. Nothing further on that right now.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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Updated notes: Tech fills 2013 schedule

1. Georgia Tech’s first-ever game against Alabama A&M will complete the Yellow Jackets’ 2013 schedule. Tech’s non-conference schedule will be comprised of home games with Alabama A&M, Elon and Georgia and a road game at BYU.

The FCS team will play Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium Nov. 23, a week before the Jackets play Georgia. Since the FCS level (previously known as Division I-AA) was created in 1978, this will be the first time that Tech has played an FCS-level team the week before the Georgia game. The Jackets have typically played an ACC opponent.

After the ACC voted to return to an eight-game league schedule in October from the nine-game plan instituted with the expansion to 14 teams, Tech sought home-and-home dates for 2013-14 with schools in the Big Ten, Big East and Conference USA.

However, due to the lateness of the search and the glut of ACC teams looking for opponents, school officials couldn’t find a potential FBS partner with openings or willing to create …

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Tech goes for back-to-back wins over UGA

Last December, Georgia Tech basketball coach Brian Gregory led the Yellow Jackets to their first win over Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum after a run of 13 consecutive losses in Athens.

Tuesday evening at McCamish Pavilion, where a near sellout is expected, the Jackets can make an additional case that they are on the way up. They can beat Georgia two games in a row, which they have failed to do since a three-year winning streak 1992-94.

“For us to beat them two times in a row going out (as a senior), I’d be real excited,” guard Mfon Udofia said.

Gregory passed up on an opportunity to pontificate on the significance of back-to-back wins.

“They talk about all the different aspects of what happens if who wins or whatever the case might be,” he said. “What it would be for us and them, it would be a step in the right direction in terms of continuing the process of this season.”

Regardless of Tuesday’s result, Tech is showing signs of progress in Gregory’s second …

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Udofia’s status not yet determined

Georgia Tech guard Mfon Udofia will probably be a game-time decision for Tuesday night’s game against Georgia, coach Brian Gregory said.

Udofia sprained his ankle in the Yellow Jackets’ loss to Illinois last Wednesday. Gregory said Udofia would be evaluated at Monday’s practice, Udofia’s first since the injury. If Udofia can’t play, Pierre Jordan would start in his place at point guard. It would be just the second start of the senior’s career.

As Tech’s point guard, Udofia is probably the Jackets’ most indispensable player. He leads the team in minutes (30.7 per game) and is shooting 54.8 percent from the floor.

Asked if Udofia would start if the game were Monday, Gregory responded, “Knowing Mfon, I’d say he’d make a go of it.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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Tech rally falls short in ACC title defeat

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a season in which order and sense have gone into hiding, Georgia Tech now found itself in a situation to set everything right.

The Yellow Jackets had 137 seconds to go 85 yards to beat Florida State, win the ACC championship, go to the Orange Bowl as a six-loss team and jab a thumb in the eye of their legion of doubters.

“I felt like we were going to go down and win the game,” quarterback Tevin Washington said.

It didn’t happen, and a season in which losses have been meted out either in brutally close fashion or by blowout added another of the former. Washington threw an interception from the Tech 37-yard line, closing out a 21-15 loss in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium to the No. 13 Seminoles. A week after a humiliating loss to Georgia in which coach Paul Johnson called out the team for a “lack of competing,” the Jackets poured themselves into an upset attempt that gave a far better account of themselves but was …

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Tech seniors’ last chance for greatness

When Georgia Tech stormed to the 2009 ACC Championship and played in the Orange Bowl, Omoregie Uzzi, then a redshirt freshman, thought it would be routine.

“Yeah, definitely,” the Tech guard, now a senior, said with a laugh. “But the more you play, the more you see how difficult it is to accomplish something like this.”

The “this” he referred to is the Yellow Jackets’ appearance in the ACC Championship game, Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C., against Florida State. As it turned out, it’ll be the first title-game appearance for Tech and Uzzi since his freshman season. The three seasons since have had their share of successes, but also doses of failure, hence Uzzi’s perspective.

Tech may be 6-6 and it may have gotten into the game with help from Miami’s self-imposed postseason ban, but if the Jackets pull the upset over the No. 13 Seminoles, the ACC champion rings will be no less shiny, the Jackets’ smiles no less broad. And these graduating Jackets …

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NCAA statement on Tech bowl waiver

The NCAA released a statement Friday acknowledging that Georgia Tech has been granted its bowl-eligibility waiver. It clears the Yellow Jackets to play in a bowl game even if they lose to Florida State Saturday in the ACC title game in Charlotte, N.C. The news was broken Thursday night by

The statement:

“After reviewing the request from Georgia Tech, the NCAA staff granted the waiver based on the totality of circumstances. The waiver allows Georgia Tech to be considered for selection along with the other bowl-eligible teams.  In consideration of the waiver request, staff noted that Georgia Tech finished the regular season with a 6-6 record, which would make the team bowl-eligible before being obligated to play in the conference championship game. This decision is consistent with the waiver provided to UCLA last year under similar conditions.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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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 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 …

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