If they (coaches) do, I don't think they would probably say so publicly.
I haven't; he has not been made available yet to media, so I can't answer that for certain. I'll see if I can find a way to pass along your encouragement. In trying to graduate, he was pretty overloaded with his classes from what I understand, so I don't think there's a lot of shame in falling a little short.
He'll play tackle. Apparently, he's in the mix to at least be on the depth chart.
As mentioned before, media aren't allowed to watch practice. the first opportunity will be Saturday. But I've heard he's throwing deep balls well.
Interesting. I think so. Not from a "Hooray, Tech wins! I heart the Yellow Jackets!" standpoint, but more from a standpoint of covering a team that people want to read about. I'd say, too, it's more pleasant to ask coaches and players why they're winning than why they're losing.
here's the link to the Gotsis blog post i mentioned, by the way.
We've got time for a few more questions if you've got any.
My guess is if fans are getting bored with the offense, they're probably more bored with winning seven games. If the offense was helping Tech to 10-win seasons, I imagine most people would feel differently.
We're not allowed in practice, so i can't speak to it directly. I confess I haven't brought this up yet. I've been working on a few different stories and it escaped my attention. Thanks for the reminder. I'll ask the next chance I get.
They've been running three huddles thus far (first, second and third string). I haven't asked specifically, but I'd think each to this point gets a third or more. It'll change, I'd think, as they get closer to the start of the season.
Good question. it doesn't help, obviously. In recruiting, I'm sure coaches will say whatever they think will sway a recruit's mind away from another school. Tech coaches can point to the graduation and APR success to show that it's possible (and even common) to stay eligible and graduate, but an opposing coach could easily say, "look at all those guys who left. It's impossible there." Not to say that's the reality of the situation, but it's certainly something a coach could say.
Thanks. I appreciate you saying that. i've had a lot of fun interacting with readers about Tech.
That would be pretty crazy.
will lose the rest, but that's one way to seven.
I think it's possible. They ought to be 3-0. For starters, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and N.C. State are all teams they could beat to get to seven wins. I'm not saying they'll win these, or that they
We're all about the relationship questions today. I think they're closer, if for no other reason than they're more alike, both in personality and football philosophy.
First, I don't think a writer's job is to be rooting for or being a defender for his or her city's teams, though I don't know if that's what you're saying a writer should do. But, I would say that any writer covering any team in any city is probably going to be more honest and unsparing (and maybe crtiical) than an out-of-town writer, simply because he/she knows the team and players better and warts and blemishes (as well as beauty marks) become more apparent. But, again,I don't feel like any writers, at least at the AJC, have axes to grind with Tech.
You've heard correctly. Fast and quick, which I think serves the offense in the direction it's trying to go (back to the option). He's a fairly quiet guy, but I think has become a leader of the team. He's another of the big X factors on the team.
It's interesting - when Johnson brought it up, he said it so matter of fact that it caught everyone by surprise. I'm sure coaches were disappointed, but there's not much they can do at this point. It's funny, though, I asked a player about Whitehead when it was thought he was going to be eligible, and he wasn't even aware of the situation. So coaches probably yes, players probably less so.
More germane to today, Johnson is having a post-practice media session around 11:30, so I may have to leave abruptly, but I'm planning to return after that. So, hope you can bear with me. Given the situation, let's go ahead and get started now with any questions you have.
Hope everyone is having a good week. A little bit of housecleaning. I wrote last week that Paul Johnson has two years remaining on his contract. To be clear, he has two years remaining after this season.
Unfortunately, I don't. I have a pretty strong suspicion, but nothing I feel comfortable enough committing to in a forum like this.
ha ha. not much. I don't get to see Chip that much, unfortunately. we talk a little about how our respective teams are doing, but mostly it's just catching up.
without looking at all the previous schedules, it's one of the best if not the best. the 2010 and 2011 schedules set up similarly, with three non-conference games to start. Starting with VT in conference play, on the road no less, is a bear. Maybe 2011 was a little better. But the two byes are in pretty good spots.
I think that's a pretty good guess. I don't know if Byerly necessarily will play more early (you'd think you'd want to get Thomas as much playing time in seemingly winnable games), but I do think there'll be a regular place for him during games, maybe as a short-yardage guy.