This is a man who’s got his work cut out for him.
This is a man who’s got his work cut out for him.
… 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greg, I ain’t letting that bowl game proposal go. Just so you know.