Hoops, Engineering Majors, and Miami

Hoops…

After splitting a pair of hoops season tickets with a couple of long time football buddies, I found myself back in AMC for the first time in quite awhile.

The Jackets delivered a less than enthusiastic effort and ultimately a 52-39 win over Charleston Southern.  So we’re 1-0 in the 2010/11 campaign.

A few things jumped out at me…

  • We only have one “impact” senior on the squad in Mo Miller.  Storrs is the second senior and should get good minutes.
  • We’re a smaller team this season.  Only three guys are over 6-6 and all of them are freshmen.
  • Daniel Miller is going to be a good player for us.  I’m not saying he’s the next Luuuuke but he is active on the defensive end and runs well.  Seven blocks tonight…more than a few in dominating fashion.
  • Jason Morris is definitely a playmaker.  He got good minutes tonight and showed some flashes on both offense and defense.  It looks like Hewitt plans to use him quite a bit.
  • Our smaller (guard oriented) offense is going to struggle when the outside shots don’t fall and we’re going to get out rebounded frequently this season.  Charleston Southern picked up 34 boards versus our 23.
  • When the outside shots do fall…this team is going to be fun to watch…

Engineering Majors…

Michael Adams’ recent campaign to add UGA engineering majors (civil, electrical, and mechanical) smells of both envy and desperation.

  • Envy of the fact that Georgia Tech was accepted into the elite Association of American Universities (AAU) research fraternity and the fact that GT’s business and MBA programs have surpassed UGA’s.
  • Desperation over the fact that Georgia Tech and The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are pulling in funding hand over fist as the economy shifts more and more towards technology and engineering.

For years, UGA and the Board of Regents have kept Georgia Tech confined to a narrow curriculum.   After the recent vote, I’m curious to see if Tech will finally make a bid to expand some of our programs into areas where we’ve traditionally been shut out in the past.

I think it would be great if Tech could pick up an education or communications program.  We definitely need more quality math and science teachers and Tech would be a great source of talent in those areas.  And as we’ve seen with the GT management degree and MBA programs, it wouldn’t take long for those programs to become the top talent producers in the state.

Miami…

All bets are off tomorrow as the Jackets and Hurricanes face off behind a couple of young quarter backs.

Georgia Tech may have a slight edge beyond just the home field advantage tomorrow since we’ll have some actual game footage of Stephen Morris.  Miami will only that second half that Tevin Washington played against the Hokies, when Nesbitt went down.

In the end it will come down to defense and special teams and right now I have confidence in Al Groh’s improving squad.  Unfortunately, our special teams has become a liability.

The team that controls field position and time of possession tomorrow will win…no doubt about it…

Go Jackets!

Beat Miami!

23 comments Add your comment

MJC

November 12th, 2010
11:56 pm

First?

GO JACKETS!!!

Biff Pocoroba

November 13th, 2010
12:25 am

Iman must quit shooting if this team has a chance to win. He can’t even make free throws but shoots 12-20 shots a game. Hewitt still has no clue how to run an offense and they will get called for 25-30 fouls a game against by ACC refs playng defense like tonight.

GTracy

November 13th, 2010
1:23 am

I hate Miami! After visiting last season and being treated like a second class citizen by their hateful crude fans, I hope we kick them in the a$$! Time to pay ‘em back Tech! Go Jackets!

Interesting points about the engineering prorams at UGAg, Wouldn’t be surprised if it came down to envy.

Tumbleweed

November 13th, 2010
5:50 am

Just rolling on through

Resign or Re-Sign?

November 13th, 2010
6:00 am

One of the interesting sub-plots of Adams’ campaign is the claim that there are a lot of engineering students that don’t want to attend college in Atlanta and end up “rural” (as versus “urban”) out-of-state at schools such as Auburn. Also, the Board of Regents will consider the Georgia State curriculum before approving any competing programs at Tech. Tech will find itself competing with Georgia State more for additional curriculum than the school in Athens. That is why Tech students need to transfer to GSU for certain graduate degrees now; and it will only get worse in the future. There is a lot of envy present in the other state universities due to the enormous amount of research money Tech is granted each year; and this envy will result in Tech’s being out-voted on the Board of Regents and limited in any additional programs in the future. The other schools want a piece of the pie and they have the votes to get it.

Resign or Re-Sign?

November 13th, 2010
6:03 am

Wow; too early; lots of typos: “and end up at “rural” (as versus “urban”) out-of state schools such as Au-Barn.”

Road Scholar

November 13th, 2010
9:25 am

Coach Hewitt: Why don’t we have more than 3 players whose height is over 6-6? Is it because you have never developed a big man since your time of becoming Tech’s head coach? Crappy 3 point shooting, Crappy free throw shooting, crappy rebounding! What have you been working on since last year? I was thinking of rebuying season tickets. Silly me!Form the search committee now!

Road Scholar

November 13th, 2010
9:27 am

Do you know why UGA wanted an engineering program? So their graduates in other subjects can learn how the McDonald’s french fry machine works!

moboman

November 13th, 2010
12:03 pm

Is history repeating again? Moe Miller gets 12 minutes PT while Shumpert jacks up and misses shot after shot. Will it take until the ACC tourney again to get Miller off the bench????? Cant endure another season of watching Hewitt misuse talent.

moboman

November 13th, 2010
12:07 pm

3 for 22 from beyond the three line? And 15 for 28 from the FT line. Really coach? Is this what we are building our offensive strategy around?

Biff Pocoroba

November 13th, 2010
4:01 pm

It looks like Hewitt coached the football team today. This team has as much heart as the last Bill Lewis team. When a guy doesn’t even care enough to try and fall on a fumble at his feet, there is a serious lack of leadership.

Butts Wagner

November 13th, 2010
5:05 pm

Was reading an nba article the other day, and there was a small note about how Favors has been better than expected so far. Yet another Hewitt recruit who is surprisingly good to NBA followers because all they saw of GT is the clogged toilet offense.

Rashean Dickey

November 13th, 2010
6:51 pm

I’d be in the nba right now if I would of had a college coach.

Lewis Clinch

November 13th, 2010
7:06 pm

Javaris Crittendon

November 13th, 2010
7:10 pm

Somehow I made it but I can’t shoot!! with a ball or a gun!

Anthony Morrow

November 13th, 2010
7:16 pm

I was player of the year in North Carolina in HS. North Carolina!!! After 4 years with Hewitt I couldn’t even get drafted. I got a shot as a free agent. I scored more than 50 pts in my first nba game No thanks to coach Blewitt. I will gladly contribute to a fund to buy him out!!!!!!

JUST SAYING

November 13th, 2010
7:40 pm

if UGA is going to add Engineering, then GT needs to offer journalism, business, communications, physical education, nurses, teaching and all other programs, why not? That way we can compete in recruiting and also keep players by getting them into grad school instead of having to leave to play elsewhere…so sick of it

Mohammed Faye

November 13th, 2010
11:44 pm

I actually saw playing time at GT. Coach saw my potential!

moboman

November 13th, 2010
11:45 pm

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cdawg

November 14th, 2010
12:48 am

gee if you are making money hand over fist why wouldnt uga want some of the money and we could get a program so we wouldnt just “have to be envious” like yall are with our football program, belive it or not bees uga is quality university but guess you are too worried about the dawg football team to notice.

Bob Baldwin, PE/PLS

November 14th, 2010
1:25 am

Auburn Graduate here; 1968. Georgia is probably the only State in the country with only one (1) state supported University offering a
full Engineering curriculum (don’t confuse this with engineering technology degrees). This State needs to catch up with the times.

As far as football goes; every school (Tech included) finds a way to recruit and retain players that perform a the higher level. The Military academies and schools like Duke and Vandy are exceptions.

TallahasseeWrek

November 15th, 2010
12:13 am

Hey Bob,
The state of Alabama spreads its engineering dollars among Alabama, Auburn, UAH, UAB, and South Alabama. And you think this is better?

Gerald

November 15th, 2010
2:21 pm

TallahasseeWrek:
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Ummm … yes it is better. Alabama, Auburn, UAH, UAB and South Alabama produce quality engineers that have no trouble becoming certified and finding work all over the south. Oh, you mean that none of those schools are as highly rated as Georgia Tech. Well news flash: none of those schools are as highly rated as UGA or Emory either. It has to do with those schools being in ALABAMA and not their splitting up engineering programs.
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So why not compare apples with apples, then? Start with California. They have 7 of the nation’s top 25 engineering programs. Then move on to Texas, which has great engineering schools at UT-Austin and Texas A&M, plus very good ones at Houston, UTEP and Texas Tech. Then go on to Florida, which has strong engineering programs at UF, USF, UCF, FIU plus other programs at UWF, UNF, FSU, FAMU and FAU. Then go to North Carolina, which has very good engineering programs at NCSU and UNC-Charlotte plus programs at East Carolina and North Carolina A&T.
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You Georgia Tech fans know how engineering education is done in other states. You are just trying to protect your little monopoly like the teacher’s unions. Also, if Georgia Tech wants to offer more liberal arts majors … more power to you. MIT does. Cal Tech does. Big deal! The only reason why you guys haven’t done so is because you all wanted to concentrate all your effort on being a top 5 university. Well, the days of Georgia Tech’s advancing their own agenda at the expense of the rest of the state are over.

So go ahead. Start your school of education. These charter schools that are popping up all over metro Atlanta and the state will be glad to hire all the math, physics, biology, chemistry etc. teachers for their AP classes. And the result will be – gasp! – students better prepared to enter the new engineering schools at UGA and at Georgia Southern!

And that is the hypocritical thing. You guys are only moaning about the new school at UGA. No one is talking about the new school at Georgia Southern. Gee, wonder why? Because Georgia Southern isn’t a threat to your monopoly. Georgia Southern has as much chance at competing directly against GT for research money as does SPSU. But UGA … that’s a different story.

Sorry guys, but UGA is going to be joining you in the AAU soon, and the entire state will benefit. I used to loathe Michael Adams over what he did to Vince Dooley (and for bringing Mark Richt into our state), but this more than makes up for it.