Gani Lawal, Recruiting, and Summer Heat…

‘lo all…I’m still here and will still be blogging.  Some faces have changed at the AJC recently, as everyone is aware.  But rest assured that there are no plans to remove the GT fan blog.  We’re just going to put things on haitus for a bit during the hot (100+ today?!?!), quiet summer and then ramp back up in the Fall when football starts up again.

That suits me fine, since the beat guy will be handling and commenting on miscellaneous GT information on a weekly basis.  He’s alot more plugged into the sports information office than I am and is doing a good job so far.

So…don’t despair if the Ramblin’ On blogs are few and far between over the next few months.  August will get here soon enough with practices and Fan Photo Day find their way onto our calendars.

A few things before I hang up the virtual pen this week…

1) Gani Lawal returning to the Jackets squad is huge.  His skill and experience combined with Favors and a deep roster of athletic teammates should make the 2009/10 Jackets a shoe-in for the NCAA and a major threat in the ACC.  There can be no excuses this year.  None.  Hewitt needs to show us that he still has some magic left over from that San Antonio run 5 years ago.

2) The Jackets recruiting has been going very well the past week or so.  Coach Johnson and his staff are now up to eight recruits.  Most notable is the fact that every single one of them are from the state of Georgia and several of them were also targeted by UGA.

The most recent commitment, from South Paulding’s Ryan Ayers, gives GT a pledge from arguably the best prep cornerback in the state and a kid that UGA wanted badly.  Ayers is a four star recruit and #14 nationally at his position according to Scout.com.  He’s a legit blue chipper and the type of recruit, especially on defense, that Tech needs in order to continue to compete with UGA year to year.

3) According to Dan Radakovich, Tech has sold all of its tickets for the GT vs UGA rivalry game to GT season ticket holders.  That means there won’t be any extras or blocks of tickets snapped up by scalpers to be sold to UGA fans.  Sure, there will be a few UGA fans who buy GT season tickets…but with their low AT point totals, they’ll have trouble buying more than an extra pair of tickets to the big game.

4) And finally…What’s the Good Word?

THWG!

Go Jackets!

64 comments Add your comment

GT76

June 20th, 2009
9:44 pm

It’s great to be a Georgia Tech fan. Great teams, great history, great school, great future! Go Jackets!

razerGT

June 21st, 2009
12:45 am

Agreed, it’s great to be a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket.

RedGA Dawg

June 21st, 2009
8:09 am

Odd about tickets, just went online and had no problem placing an order for season tickets, did not complete, just wanted to see if available. For $275 I could get season home tickets for six games. Why did Yella Bugs charge $75.00 to DAWG fans for bad end zone seats. Who wants to go sit in a band box stadium, with no tailgate tradition and little parking at that price. I will watch on big screen as the Bugs get swated again. Revenge is sweet.

Jacketman

June 21st, 2009
8:23 am

RedGa Dawg,
Don’t worry about the ticket prices. Any price will be too high because the Georgia fans will be seeing their team getting whipped. Remember, we might not have a top ten recruiting class but we do have a good coach who will coach our guys up. Start making up your excuses because you will need them again this year.

Dawg=Gator Bait

June 21st, 2009
8:27 am

red dog you probably didn’t complete the transaction because your pizza delivery tips just ran out.

Browncoat

June 21st, 2009
9:29 am

Cuttysark

June 21st, 2009
11:52 am

Great to see that the Tech fans are finally beginning to show support in the stands for the effort put forth by their team on the field. Let’s show up every game this season and begin establishing a real home field advantage. UGA’s worst nightmare is just beginning. Paul Johnson is not the coach they wanted to take over for Chan. His recruiting ties to the state from his championship days at GSU days are reaping huge dividends already. Check out the posts on isportsweb.com for more information. Go Jackets.

David Duval (-2)

June 21st, 2009
4:31 pm

Dan Rad has done a phenominal job as AD. As a season ticket holder I was deeply disappointed two years ago when the oldest stadium in D-1 football was overrun with those hyper-obnoxious fans from the perennial sec-east runners-up. I will make sure my extra governors cup tickets go to Tech fans. Tech should win easily this year and bring some more local fans back into the fold. Watch out after that though, dwyer, burnett and morgan should be gone after this year.

TO the Hewitt Haters – be careful what you wish for. 50% of a college coach’s job is recruiting. Most coaches can’t even do that right. A lot of the things said about Hewitt on these blogs are the same things that were said about Cremmins during his last few years. Tech Bball was nonexistant pre-cremmins.

Dawg Fan

June 21st, 2009
5:10 pm

Maybe this year y’all can re-renovate the stadium (only to shrink it again in a couple of years).

Tech is effing pathetic.

TDone

June 21st, 2009
6:19 pm

What I would like to know is in this economy, what choices are the Muttlanders making in order to see Muttland play? Food, shelter, social life, snuff, vacations???

Inquiring minds would like to know…

David Duval (-3)

June 21st, 2009
6:34 pm

Happy Father’s Day Everyone – Welcome to the blog Dawg Fan – Visting hours at your dad’s prison must be over. You should go put another “G” on your car this afternoon. Every true redneck must have a minimum of three – and at least one must be crooked by 25 degrees.

TechDan

June 21st, 2009
11:07 pm

I was scared there for a while because the link to the blog was missing from the sports page. Glad to see you’re still around.

Heywood Jablome

June 22nd, 2009
8:42 am

1. Won’t matter. Same coach.
2. Ayers is a good player, but UGA will sign some CB’s as good or better.
3. Tech sux!

Too Easy

June 22nd, 2009
9:00 am

Gosh, I was scared Boggs was gone, too.

TheBigBone

June 22nd, 2009
9:07 am

Yeah, you should know about sucking there heywood.

Mustafa Kamal

June 22nd, 2009
10:48 am

Please to been having some tickets to Tech games? Or some nice girls for my brothers. We are loving the Georgia Tech University Yellows Jacket here in my country. I eat falafel at the dorms too?

Huh?

June 22nd, 2009
12:53 pm

Boggs’ comments on this particular blog makes it all very clear for me. UGA is Tech’s one and only barometer for success: “If UGA is recruiting a player he must be good. If we beat UGA we must be awesome. If we can beat out UGA for recruits we are doing well in recruiting.” It goes on and on and on. If not for us, where would you be Techies? You have a hard enough time generating interest in your football program as it is. Imagine if there were no big bad boogie man in Athens. Where would you be then? You would be absolutely nowhere. You would be lost in space. We are your entire freaking universe. We are the sun and you are the earth. Considering that you would be virtually nothing without us, I think a little respect is in order. You want us on that wall. You need us on that wall.

This is all very much a true story Techies. The day that you no longer insist on judging yourselves by how you stack up against UGA is the day that people will respect your football program. You don’t have to believe me. I don’t care. No skin off my back.

big Willie

June 22nd, 2009
1:12 pm

GT is number 1 Yahhh..

yeah… number 1 in

1. Crack Ho’s and Gangsta’s on campus
2. Mugging’s and arrests
3. Nerds
4. Thursday night football
5. Trick Gimmick Offenses
6. Pocket protectors
7. Whiners and cry babies on UGA’s blogs
8. Euphoric joy over a 3 point win once every 8 years
9. Getting smoked in a bowl game
10. Losing traditions

Go bugs

BLAZER

June 22nd, 2009
1:25 pm

AND #1 IN THE STATE LAST YEAR-45*-42

WHAT DO THEY WORRY ABOUT STADIUM SIZE SO MUCH.

WONDER IF THE ONE IN JAX IS BIG ENOUGH? 49-10

Huh?

June 22nd, 2009
1:57 pm

We don’t worry about stadium size. If we were worried about stadium size we would close off the the west endzone and bring in another 20,000 or so seats, bringing the total to around 110,000+. We could do it at the drop of a hat, even in this bad economy. Given the extra revenue generated from 20,000 more fans, the thing would pay for itself in around a decade or so. Not a problem. We won’t do it though. We’re not in a p!ssing match with Michigan or Tennessee to see who can have the biggest stadium. We don’t judge ourselves based on others. That would be completely pathetic.

chad

June 22nd, 2009
2:10 pm

To Huh,

First what kind of name is that? Second, you need to put the crack pipe down. Your comments are way out there little man. If the cess pool in athens blew up, no would care. All there is in athens is drunks, drunks, drunks, and a burning theater. Oh yeah I forgot the large number of beggers wanting a dime so they can get drunk. Believe me when I say this, Tech doesn’t judge itself by the standards at ugay. The fact is since the arrival of Paul Johnson the playing field between Tech and ugay is very narrow. Coach Johnson erased 8 years of horrible coaching in just one year. You should be afraid, I can’t blame you.

Huh?

June 22nd, 2009
3:46 pm

Chad, you Techies have really got me confused. On the one hand, you want everyone to think that UGA is a total joke. On the other, you want everyone to bow down before you because you beat UGA by a field goal. You’re not making a whole lot of sense at all Techies. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Either you beat a good team or you didn’t. If you Georgia was not a good team last year, maybe CPJ isn’t that great of a coach after all. I mean, other than Georgia, who did he beat last year that was any good? If you do not measure your success by how you stack up against Georgia, please name CPJ’s signature wins from last year other than the Georgia game.

Uh oh. Dumb ole Techie has painted himself in to a corner.

uuugh.

June 22nd, 2009
3:53 pm

So Tech does have a blog…I thought all of you idiots just posted on UGA’s blog because you didn’t have one.

Good for you guys.

…and Chad, they put the theatre out already.

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 22nd, 2009
4:08 pm

Is that Prez Hilton’s picture on the front page or Huh?

chad

June 22nd, 2009
4:41 pm

Never said ugay wasn’t a good team last year. Simply put Tech does not and will not compare itself to ugay. Tech does not have to compare itself to anyone. Especially the cow town univ. in cow town athens. You should head to athens and help put the fire out at the Ga. theater. Make yourself useful for once. By the way learn to comprehend what is being written before you run that nut licker again. Ok huh, or is do what or is it dah. I am sure you answer to all the above.

chad

June 22nd, 2009
4:43 pm

The theater is still smoldering. I can smell it all the way in South Carolina. I can still hear all the seeds poping to.

uuugh.

June 22nd, 2009
4:48 pm

“Ok huh, or is do what or is it dah”

Is that a sentence?

can't tackle, huh?

June 22nd, 2009
4:52 pm

Has georgie fixed the tackling problem from last season?

If not, get ready for another third quarter type game in BigA. However, it’s doubtful Coach Johnson will wait very long this time…

big dawg

June 22nd, 2009
5:07 pm

sorry techies, i jinxed you today. was pulling for duval, should’ve known better…it wont happen again!!!

UGASUX

June 23rd, 2009
7:52 am

All of you mean Tech fans lay off of poor ole Huh? He’s never had a decent job and his football team stinks.

Atty.dawg

June 23rd, 2009
9:55 am

If they catch the tek robber it will be one of their own trying to get tip money for pizzamutt.

Awww!

June 24th, 2009
2:59 am

That’s so CUTE that your little football blog is part-time, because your school is small-time! I think you have nudie magazines to pore over, dorks.

hey david duval

June 24th, 2009
10:35 am

your comments about ‘getting what you wish for is bogus’. totally bogus.

keep in mind that we would not be spouting off about the 45-42 jacket victory had we followed this same advice with chan gailey.

chan gailey > paul hewitt. but for his forever contract would paul hewitt still even be employed at gt? i doubt it. chan accomplished way more than paul hewitt over the same span and he was canned.

the arguements were exactly the same.

the really sad part in all this is that i and many other really liked paul hewitt when he first came here. now that i have had a chance to see all his warts and now that i have had a chance to see that paul hewitt was NOT an upgrade over bobby, i want him gone.

as far as recruiting goes… i dont agree with you. ANY GOOD COACH with even a decent personality could recruit gt basketball. the advantages of playing in atlanta at gt in the acc while recruiting talented georgia players speaks for itself.

personally i would prefer a coach who recruits all colors of players equally like bobby did not just black players like our current coach.

i think that part of hewitts problems is that his bad karma is biting him in the ass.

BS Patrol

June 24th, 2009
5:41 pm

Huh?likes to downplay the importance of Tech-Ga football so that when they lose he can pretend it’s not a big deal when in fact if Ga goes 12-1 & loses to Tech the season will be a disaster for all doggies. Ga measures all its shortcomings against Tech in all fields of endeavor except Gym & Equestrian.

Brent Cunningham

June 25th, 2009
12:18 pm

So, tech sux, the stadium is tiny and pathetic, the acc sux, no recruit tech gets is good enough to compete at georgia…………..
and all this adds up to a 45 – 42 win for tech?
having you self-esteem tied to a mediocre university with a mediocre football team, that’s pathetic.

Saint Simons

June 25th, 2009
3:37 pm

I am gay!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Saint Simons

June 25th, 2009
3:39 pm

The last column was an imposter. Any of you know me, know I’m over on the UGA site. But, I am gay!!!!!!!

William Casey

June 26th, 2009
10:10 am

The infantile UGA comments here are tiresome. All I know is that Roddy Jones is still running between the hedges.

can't tackle, huh?

June 26th, 2009
10:14 am

This time next summer we might be reading about two Tech guys drafted early…pro teams like to draft guys from champ teams.

wow

June 26th, 2009
3:49 pm

JacketFan

June 29th, 2009
7:43 am

Saw we were getting money to renovate AMC. Can we please figure out a way to get hot water in the bathrooms. I’m tired of taking guests to games and having them say “You guys can put a man on the moon but you can figure out how to get hot water to wash your hands with!”

Jedidiah Snuffingpork

June 29th, 2009
3:00 pm

JACKETFAN: You epidomize all of Techdom. Hot water in the bathrooms? Really? And who exactly whould your “guests” be for the big games (and the bathroon runs together)? Leonard Nimoy, Macauley Culkin, Webster, Jugdish and Raoul? And cut the BS about ANYONE talking about “you guys can put a man on the moon…”, no one’s buying your effort to be intelligent by association.

Lazy Dawg

June 30th, 2009
10:46 am

Since when was Tech thought to have a great history?

UGA_Alum_93

July 6th, 2009
2:37 am

No kidding Lazy Dawg. Their last major bowl game was the 1967 Orange Bowl…yeah, “great” history.

Mike T.

July 10th, 2009
5:21 pm

42-45 a fluke!

Mike T.

July 10th, 2009
5:23 pm

42 years since TECH HAS BEEN TO A MAJOR BOWL!!!

Just Wondering Why...

July 11th, 2009
1:53 pm

MIKE T- Tech wond the national championship 19 years ago… UGA won it 29 years ago… So dont ramble on about major bowls when we have a more recent NC. And try to get Richt to start coaching his top recruiting classes. You guys reel in a top 10 recruiting class every year almost and still manage to be mediocre EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Even as a tech fan, im embarrased for you guys and the mediocrity that is displayed each season in Athens. And now those top 10 recruiting classes will be losing to tech every year. GO JACKETS!

GaDawgs7

July 12th, 2009
11:41 am

JWW, Tech wond the national championship 19 yrs ago, huh? Is that the past tense of won….hmmm, win, won, wond??? lol We continue to be mediocre every year, huh? Want to compare top 10 finishes, or even top 5 finishes over the past ten years? Want to count conference championship over the past ten years? Didn’t think so. Two years ago in your annual loss to the Dawgs, HALF…yes, HALF your stadium was filled with Dawg fans…couldn’t even give away free hot dogs to get your fans to come. LOL. Lets see…we recruit better, win MANY more games, in a MUCH tougher conference, go to better bowls, draw more fans, appear on national TV more, sell more merchandise, win more championships, both in football as well as other sports, and…well, the list just goes on and on! Now that you won for the first time in EIGHT…count them..EIGHT years, now you think you’re going to win every year, huh? You’re a funny, funny man…delusional, yes, but funny all the same !!!

Techfan

July 15th, 2009
4:17 pm

I hope we can keep that ugly red out of bobby dodd this year!

Jacket Steve

July 18th, 2009
11:01 pm

This newpaper is a JOKE! There are TWO Ga Tech grads within 4 strokes of winning the British Open, and they don’t even mention it. Stewart Cink is three back, and Bryce Molder (who shot the lowest round of the day today) is four back. If these were two ugay grads it would be the lead story. Does anyone else agree with me?