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Doomsday predictions for option are premature

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

“The option is still revered at certain high schools, but – despite the zeal of some coaches – the once venerated scheme has been languishing at the college level for years. Now rule changes may doom it there too.” – Sports Illustrated, Oct. 8, 2018 issue.   By Tom...

Army rebuilding began with old Navy coach

Army rebuilding began with old Navy coach

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson found himself reflecting on his coaching tree Tuesday on the weekly Atlantic Coast Conference coaches call.Jeff Monken has rebuilt Army's historic program and Brian Bohannon has founded Kennesaw State from the ground up as a third-year program....

Georgia Tech reboot starts at quarterback

Georgia Tech reboot starts at quarterback

In a 2016 season when longtime nemesis Mark Richt joined their division, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were easy to overlook. A central task of the 2017 season is to regain status as a centerpiece program in the ACC.Georgia Tech dropped three straight midseason games to fall...

Georgia Tech falling behind top ACC teams

Georgia Tech falling behind top ACC teams

Georgia Tech’s 26-7 loss to Clemson was an industrial-strength eye-opener. The impact for the Yellow Jackets was jarring — it went wider and deeper than merely falling behind the ACC champions Thursday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium.The ACC has trumpeted its improved position in the...

Georgia Tech needs big plays to repeat 2014

Georgia Tech needs big plays to repeat 2014

Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas played like a “Man in Full” as a sophomore in 2014. One of his victims two years ago was Clemson and then-freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-6 victory.Thomas was the 2014 third-team All-ACC quarterback behind...

Justin Thomas regaining his sophomore form

Justin Thomas regaining his sophomore form

Obviously, a canyon separates Georgia Tech’s tasks the past two seasons.Traveling to Notre Dame and losing in last season’s third game and — on the other hand — beating Vanderbilt 38-7 on Saturday in this season’s third outing are different beasts. ... Click here for the...

Justin Thomas learns from tough season

Justin Thomas learns from tough season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas now understands the old football axiom that quarterbacks get too much of the credit and too much of the blame applies to option as well as passing QBs.He’s lived both ends of it the past two years directing the Yellow Jackets’...

Hawaii coaching tree is sprouting

Hawaii coaching tree is sprouting

Miami – Ohio, not Florida – once widely enjoyed a college football reputation as the “Cradle of Coaches.”That was especially true in the 1970s, when three perennial national title contenders were directed by former Miami head coaches: Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, who was Miami’s...

Georgia Tech spring game raises red flags

Georgia Tech spring game raises red flags

Georgia Tech football needed to get away from it all after the Yellow Jackets finished 2015 at the bottom of the ACC Coastal standings. Maybe that’s why they agreed to open the season in Dublin, Ireland, on Sept. 3 against Boston College.A sputtering triple-option offense was the...

Georgia Tech can bounce back from losing season

Georgia Tech can bounce back from losing season

Anybody writing a story analyzing a team’s 2016 schedule starts with how many opponents were ranked in the Top 25 and played in bowl games.But any such story about a school with Georgia Tech on its schedule includes the qualifier that the Yellow Jackets’ 3-9 overall record and...