Category Archives: Georgia Tech Football

TFW branding is all you’ve got to be excited about

I just…

This is a man who’s got his work cut out for him.

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Out of the frying pan…

… and into another frying pan.

Damn, son, you get one crack at the transfer portal to escape a cesspool of mediocrity and that’s the best you can come up with?

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“Georgia Tech 1, Georgia 0”

If there’s one consistent thing about Stingtalk, it’s how the fans there will take their victories where they can find them.

They’ll be referring to 2020 as The Year of the Forfeit as long as there is a breath to take.

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“I think what coach Collins is doing is going to be epic.”

There is so much to unpack from this article about Georgia Tech’s 2021 class, starting with the fact that the Jackets have a “football general manager”.  No, really.

Collins and Suddes take a more precise approach to the transfer market, honing in on positions where the team needs to add experience or depth, as opposed to having a broader shopping list for high-school signees. (Aside from offensive and defensive linemen, which always are in demand.) Suddes compared it with the NFL.

“You’ve got to build through the draft, but you’ve also got to add some key free-agent pieces,” Suddes said. “We can definitely use that to our advantage here in Atlanta.”

I can’t wait to hear this dude discuss the salary cap and potential trade options.

Seriously, given the overwhelming talent deficit Coach ATL faced walking in the door, I don’t blame Tech one bit for chasing transfers to fill in the holes.  It would have been negligent not to do so.  And, to their credit, it looks like they’ve brought in some players who can contribute.

That’s a good thing, because Waffle House dude has slipped on the recruiting trail with this next class.

As for the high-school signees, the class ranked 46th in the FBS and 11th in the ACC as of Wednesday evening, according to 247Sports Composite. It’s a considerable drop from Collins’ 2020 class, which was 27th, Tech’s highest ranking since the celebrated 2007 class. (The ranking does not incorporate transfers and won’t be final until after the February signees are added.) The class has one four-star prospect (BlackStrain) compared with four in the 2020 class, although Harris and Watson were four-star prospects coming out of high school.

“We all know as a class, we’re more of an underrated bunch,” BlackStrain said. “We’re all just ready to get in and work for everything.”

Yeah, underrated.  That’s how you sell the ACC’s eleventh-rated group.  Not good in a conference where Clemson’s gonna Clemson, North Carolina and Miami have considerably upped their respective recruiting games and even the likes of Pittsburgh and Virginia are showing some recruiting momentum.

Collins is gonna need a bigger coffee cup.

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TFW you have lower standards than Georgia Tech

Shot.

Georgia Tech has determined that its season has come to a conclusion.

While a news release on Friday announcing the cancellation of the team’s game against Miami this Saturday left open the possibility of considering a bowl invitation, the determination has been made that playing in a bowl game would not be in the best interest of health and safety, team spokesman Mike Flynn confirmed Monday to the AJC.

Players have been released and will not gather again until the start of the semester in January. The Miami game was also canceled for reasons of health and safety.

Coach Geoff Collins’ second season ends with a 3-7 overall record and 3-6 in the ACC.

Chaser.

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Stay classy, Geoff.

Coach Collins showed his ass last night.

Yeah, the game was chippy and the refs sucked, but that’s no excuse for Coach Waffle House to take it personally.

Afterward, Tech coach Geoff Collins had a terse meeting at the center of the field with his Panthers counterpart, Pat Narduzzi.

Collins extended his hand for a shake but quickly snatched it away and left Narduzzi looking befuddled.

“I told him, ‘Hey, you’ve got a great team,'” Narduzzi said. “He said, ‘Baloney,’ or some other nice words, and walked off. I don’t know. I thought it was a good game.”

Collins insisted that he didn’t intend to get into it with Narduzzi.

“I was just focused on getting our guys over to the band to celebrate,” Collins said. “I don’t even remember what I said, to be honest with you.”

I’ll bet.

Needless to say, the outrage on Stingtalk is so thick you could cut it with a knife.

Damn, I wish COFH were a thing this year.

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The “three-ingredient recipe” and a contingency plan

Bad news came late this week.

A tad more than 24 hours before kickoff, Georgia’s finale at Sanford Stadium against Vanderbilt got postponed. The Bulldogs were ready to recognize 23 seniors and mark a milestone in a chaotic, pandemic-shortened season. It got called off, much to the frustration of administration, football coaches and players. Georgia also had its Nov. 14 game at Missouri postponed due to COVID-19 issues.

The two games are set to be played Dec. 12 at Missouri, then on Dec. 19 to close out Georgia’s regular season by hosting Vanderbilt.

McGarity received an “alert,” as he called it, from the SEC on Thursday night. He was told that Vanderbilt “may have a problem.” At that moment, the Bulldogs started to develop contingency plans. But Georgia didn’t get another update until Friday morning.

As of 11:29 a.m. Friday, the game was still on. A conference call happened at 11:30 and the news broke. Georgia’s administration was told Vanderbilt was “well, well under” the 53-player recommendation, McGarity said.

Remember, it’s not just being below 53 players that’s an issue.  It’s also that a team may be severely lacking numbers at a particular position.  And I’d guess when you’re “well, well under” 53, that’s a realistic possibility.

So, evidently, is this.

The SEC’s decision to postpone Saturday’s game comes after Vanderbilt failed to meet the recommended minimum requirement of 53 scholarship players. McGarity said it came from a combination of Commodore injuries, COVID-19 issues and opt-outs, and that a three-ingredient recipe such as that “is not good,” the outgoing Georgia athletic director added.

The Tennessean reported that Vanderbilt players considered opting out after Sunday’s firing of seven-year head coach Derek Mason…

“That’s the fear,” McGarity said on the hesitancy of playing the rescheduled game Dec. 19. If Georgia is eligible to represent the SEC East in the conference title game, then a makeup contest with Vandy will be deemed a no-contest. “If they’ve got that same mixture, those three ingredients still in play, you just worry due to the whole dynamic. We’re hopeful.”

Being hopeful isn’t a plan.  It hasn’t been one all season.

But you know what would be a plan?  Dredging up the dead horse I’ve been beating for the past couple of weeks:  go lobby Greg Sankey to make an exception to the ban on non-conference games and allow Georgia to play Georgia Tech in the event Vanderbilt can’t suit up.  If making sure every SEC team gets a crack at a 10-game schedule is important, there’s no logical reason to prevent the two programs from facing off.

Use some of that anger in a positive way, Greg.  It would make for a nice going away present to the fan base.

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UPDATE:  A reader points out that Tech is scheduled to play Miami on the 19th.  Checking the conference schedules for both the ACC and SEC, barring some untimely COVID news, which I’m certainly not pulling for, I don’t think there’s a way to pull off what I’m asking.  Shit.

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It’s not going to be a normal bowl season. That should mean only one thing.

Two of college football’s preeminent bowl games will not allow fans to attend when they kick off early next year.

The Rose Bowl, one of the College Football Playoff semifinal games, and Fiesta Bowl made their announcements Thursday.

The Tournament of Roses said it requested special permission for a limited number of fans or select number of guests of both teams to be in attendance for the Rose Bowl, which will be played on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California, but was denied because of COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the state, county and city of Pasadena.

Let’s face it, this year’s bowl season will be unlike any other.  Either no fans in attendance at all, or in very limited numbers.  And no win requirement means… well, this.

Fans or no fans, ESPN is going to churn out its usual amount of broadcast product.  I think there are something like twelve slots in the postseason available for SEC teams right now.  Jeremy Pruitt lobbying for his 2-5 team to play in a bowl game isn’t as much of a joke as we’d like to think it is.

So, allow me to beat that dead horse again.  Greg McGarity will be spending the next three weeks taking his retirement victory lap.  Josh Brooks, you want that job?  Show me how much.  Throw out the rule book and lobby hard for Georgia to play Georgia Tech in a bowl game.  Might I mention that the Jackets have the same number of wins right now as do the Vols?  It’s not even that much of a stretch to make the argument.

I’d much rather get my annual dose of COFH than watch the Dawgs face the third or fourth best team from the Big Ten.  I suspect much of the Dawgnation feels the same.  Just do it, guys.

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“Come on, dog. It’s a game.”

Syracuse pulled a Reggie Ball in the waning moments of its game against NC State.

And, yes, to make things even more perfect, that’s former Tech announcer Wes Durham on the call.  He must have had some serious flashbacks watching that go down.

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Alex, I’ll take “Colossal Dumbassery” for $200.

What is

Greg, I ain’t letting that bowl game proposal go.  Just so you know.

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