Archive for March, 2009

Are Spring and Summer the Slow Period?

Are spring and summer the slow period for  collegiate sports fanatics?

The football and basketball seasons are over…only baseball is really active as one of the “Big Three” sports.

The baseball team is certainly playing well and are sitting at 18-4 (8-2 ACC) with a Top 5 national ranking.  The rainout against UGA this past week took a little wind out of the season’s sails but with four ACC teams ranked in the RPI Top 10, there is a TON of great baseball coming up.  I only hope that we’re able to make up the UGA game without giving them a doubleheader on their own field.  I hate the fact that we lost our home game this season because of the weather.

Men’s golf is doing well and are hosting the United States Collegiate Championship this coming weekend.  While the team is a bit behind where we’re accustomed to seeing them, the squad does boast one of the top players in the nation in Cameron Tringale.  Tringale is ranked #4 nationally.

Women’s softball is sitting at 26-9 …

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Lady Jackets Tip off Against Iowa

I was lounging by the pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs resort when I got the word that the men’s hoops team had fallen to Florida State.  Looking at the numbers it appears like Clinch vs Douglas came down to the bitter end…a situation that hasn’t favored the Jackets much this season.  I take solace in the fact that the Noles were able to knock UNC out of the championship game.  At least the rest of the ACC wasn’t subjected to another Duke vs UNC media lovefest.  I can only take so much of that each year…

Coach Hewitt and the hoops underclassmen now enter a much anticipated off season.  The team and the coaches have to be aware of the expectations coming up in the 2009-10 season once Derrick Favors and the other signees join the fold.  The Jackets must be competitive and must reach the post season next year…or every last shred of Hewitt’s capital from the 2004 San Antonio run will have been spent.

The women’s hoops team will tip off against Iowa at 9:30pm EST…in Iowa …

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Good luck charm works again

As I loaded up the Jeep for a long weekend trip to Disney, I remember thinking to myself, “I wonder if the Tech men can get some revenge for the Tech women today?”

You see…the women’s hoops team fell to the #12 seeded Lady Tigers back on March 5th, marking possibly the first time that a #12 knocked off a #5 in the women’s ACC tourney history.

As I was driving down I-75 this afternoon I began getting Blackberry messages from a GT buddy of mine, Jack.

“Miami got murdered”

This made my FSU wife very happy.

“GT up by 1 at the first TV break”

It was too early to get excited at this point. I was just encouraged that the Jackets had started off well and not dug themselves into an early hole.

“Tied at half, 39-39″

Well well well…the Jackets came to play today. But can they close the game out and hang in there until the end?

“54-51 GT with 11:46 left”

Go Jackets!

“Up 10 with 3:40 left!”

Woot! Go Jackets!

“Typical super tense Tech ending. We’re up 82-78 with 25s left”

Drat! Where’d …

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Equity in NCAA “Discipline”? Nope!

In 2005, Georgia Tech was put on probation by the NCAA because seventeen

“ineligible” student athletes participated in four sports.  Eleven of those players

were on the football team and when Tech self reported the infractions, the Jackets

volunteered to reduce their 2005 recruiting class by six scholarships and accept

one year of probation.  Several of the players in question graduated before the

situation was discovered and brought to the NCAA’s attention.

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The root of the problem appeared to be that Tech’s registrars and academic advisers

were inadequately trained in NCAA regulations.  In essence…a clerical error brought

about by a lack of understanding of how to qualify passing grades and eligibility in

classes that pertained to the players academic major.

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Despite the fact that there was no conscious breaking of rules or willfull cheating,

the NCAA dropped the hammer on the Jackets to the tune of six additional lost

scholarships in the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 …

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