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The possibilities of Coastal tie at 4-4

I got a tweet last night asking if Georgia Tech fans have a rooting interest in Thursday night’s Virginia-North Carolina game. My first response was, no, because, as I’d posted earlier, Tech can only win by beating Duke and either a) Duke loses to Miami or b) Miami self-imposes a postseason ban.

But then – because I am something of a dope – I wondered what would happen if Duke beat Tech, Miami self-imposed a postseason ban and then beat Duke. Some people wonder how they could safely land a probe on Mars. Others, like my friend Mike, wonder how they can bring clean drinking water to people in underdeveloped countries. I wonder about the outcomes of unlikely ties in the ACC Coastal Division. We all have our callings. Only some of them, though, cause their parents to be vague and avoid eye contact when explaining their children’s line of work.

So, anyway, should this happen, Miami would be 5-3 but ineligible and perhaps clawing its eyes out, Duke and Tech would be 4-4 and …

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Johnson on Lee, offense, redshirt freshmen

Notes from Paul Johnson’s Tuesday news conference:

1. One of Johnson’s messages to players this week is that they haven’t played well at home since the Miami game. Georgia Tech is 3-3 at home this season. The last time that the Jackets had a home losing record was 1994, a season I’ve seemed to reference a lot this year with “first time since” statistics. (Tech was 1-5 that season, Bill Lewis’ last.)

2. Offensive tackle Will Jackson (shoulder) is likely to be doubtful for Saturday. This would be the fourth game in a row that he would miss.

3. Johnson said that quarterback Vad Lee didn’t grade out well but still made a lot of plays.

“He’s got some ability in that sometimes when he misses a read, he can follow it and still turn it into a positive play,” Johnson said. “Overall, you had to be happy with the way he played. He had a ton of big plays and brought a lot of energy and did those things and I think he’s coming (along) great. He’s still a redshirt …

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Golden, Nealy ACC players of the week

The highest-scoring conference game in ACC history did not earn any offensive player on either team ACC player of the week recognition, but two other Georgia Tech players were honored, inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy and returner Jamal Golden.

They were honored as the co-linebacker and specialist of the week, respectively, after Tech’s 68-50 win over North Carolina Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. They are the third and fourth Tech players to receive ACC player of the week recognition this season.

Nealy recorded two sacks, a career high, and had six tackles (four solo). Golden returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, his second in three games. He became just the second player in Tech history to run back two kickoffs for touchdowns, joining Drew Hill (1978), and the fourth player to accomplish that feat in a career (Gary Lee, Dez White and Hill). Golden set a school record with 230 kickoff yards in the game.

The offensive back of the week was Virginia …

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Tech-Georgia gets noon kickoff

For the second consecutive year, the Georgia Tech-Georgia game will start at noon and be broadcast on ESPN.

ESPN determined two other games for Nov. 24. The rest have yet to be announced.

Georgia Tech at Georgia, ESPN, Noon

Florida at Florida State, ABC,ESPN or ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.

South Carolina at Clemson, ESPN or ESPN2, 7 p.m.

Boston College at NC State, TBA

Miami at Duke, TBA

Maryland at North Carolina, TBA

Virginia at Virginia Tech, TBA

Vanderbilt at Wake Forest, TBA

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech blog

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In return home, Lee incinerates Tar Heels

By Doug Roberson

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Vad Lee era may have begun Saturday afternoon in Georgia Tech’s 68-50 victory over North Carolina.

Lee, a quarterback whom Yellow Jackets fans have been pleading to see more of all season, entered in the third series and remained the Jackets’ quarterback till the end. He led the team to 55 points, scoring on nine of his 12 drives in front of more than 30 friends and family from his nearby hometown of Durham.

“I just wanted to play my best game and take advantage of my best opportunity,” he said.

Coach Paul Johnson said the plan was to give Tevin Washington, who led the Jackets to their first touchdown, and Lee two consecutive series each at the beginning of the game and then decide who would go out on the fifth series.

But Lee seldom stopped scoring. Then Johnson said it reached a point where it became Lee’s game. Johnson declined to say if Lee would start next week’s game against Duke, though he acknowledged Lee “played …

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Potentially revealing game for Tech defense

Missed assignments are down. Points and missed tackles, at least two games out of three, have been fewer. Energy is up.
The Georgia Tech defense looks like a different unit since the dismissal of defensive coordinator Al Groh. How much it actually has improved, though, could well be revealed over the course of three hours Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C.
“Most certainly, North Carolina’s offense is going to be a test,” outside linebackers coach Joe Speed said. “We’re going to see if we can’t limit their yards on the ground, limit their yards in the air and see what we can do.”
Changes made by interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly have been received well. The tackling has improved, as well as the angles players have taken to make them. With a simplified scheme, players are making fewer mistakes. In practice, more time and emphasis is placed on tackling.
“Something I like better that we do is, if we mess up a play (in practice), we stop and …

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Tech’s chances of winning Coastal

Assuming Miami decides to stay out of the pokey, Georgia Tech’s chances for winning the ACC Coastal Division soared from unlikely to slightly less unlikely Thursday night with Florida State’s defeat of Virginia Tech.

The Seminoles beat the Hokies 26-22 in Blacksburg, Va., to give Virginia Tech its fourth conference loss. Georgia Tech, with three conference defeats (3-3), now only has Miami to worry about if it can beat both North Carolina and Duke.

Miami is 4-2 and would need to drop its last two against Virginia Saturday and Duke in two weeks. Or, of course, self-impose a bowl ban as part of its penalties for alleged NCAA rules violations. There has been plenty of speculation about whether Miami will decide on a ban, and I think at this point it’s merely that.

Consider this, though – USC was hit with a two-year bowl ban (among other penalties) for infractions that largely centered around one player, Reggie Bush. If the details in the Yahoo report are accurate, …

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Notes: Washington nearing TD record

1. With perhaps as few as three games left in his career, Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington is closing in on a piece of history. His next rushing touchdown will tie the school and ACC record, held by Joshua Nesbitt, for most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.

After a one-yard scoring run against Maryland, Washington sits at 16 for the season and 34 for his career. Should he break the mark, it would only be fitting if he were to score on a one-yard run. Of his 34 touchdowns, 20 have been either one- or two-yard runs. Another 10 have started from the 10-yard line or closer.

“He’s just a tenacious player,” A-back Robbie Godhigh said. “Out of all the times I’ve seen him have the ball, he’s always falling forward, trying to get those extra yards.”

Washington and Nesbitt’s touchdown proclivity is due to the fact that the quarterback is usually the first goal-line option in Tech’s spread-option scheme since there isn’t a tailback who can take a …

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Tyaunna Marshall pushing Tech women

1. In two scrimmages this preseason, Georgia Tech basketball coach MaChelle Joseph kept junior Tyaunna Marshall on the bench. It was not any sort of disciplinary measure. Quite the opposite.

Joseph was concerned that Marshall, the versatile Yellow Jackets star, would burn herself out. It’s been the same in Tech’s practices, which lead up to its season opener against Tennessee at the new McCamish Pavilion Sunday.

“Last week during practice, I had to stop a drill because she goes so hard all the time,” Joseph said.

Marshall’s work rate is such that she has worn herself out by the end of the regular season “because she never takes a play off,” Joseph said. “I don’t mean in games. I mean in practice.”

Tech has the benefit of having its best player possess a voracious appetite for work. Last season, Marshall was second on the team in scoring and rebounding and third in assists. She was named second-team All-ACC by coaches and was a first-team all-tournament …

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Gregory’s updates on preseason work

Men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory spoke with reporters Tuesday, sharing a number of updates on the team as it opens the season Friday at the new McCamish Pavilion.

1. Gregory has liked the team’s progress during preseason practices.

“We’re getting better, there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “We had two closed scrimmages and I thought we made a big step from scrimmage one to scrimmage two.”

2. Tulane finished the season 15-16, but had two key injuries to starting center Tomas Bruha and guard Kendall Timmons. The Green Wave beat Tech last year in New Orleans to improve to 8-0 but finished 15-16 in Ed Conroy’s second year.

“They’re in a rebuilding phase, too, and when you’re rebuilding, if you lose two starters, you just don’t have enough depth to cover that up,” Gregory said.

3. Gregory said he thought the ball movement has been better than he expected.

“I think our returning players have a better understanding of how important ball movement, …

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