I think we've reached a good stopping point. Another mailbag two hours plus. thanks again for a lot of great questions. It really makes this an enjoyable exercise for me. Hope everyone has a great rest of the week. Enjoy the game Saturday.
No knock inferred. I imagine there are writer who, by coincidence or other reason, are fans of the teams they cover. I think it would make doing my job more complicated and I'd be concerned about how it would perhaps influence how I perceived what I was seeing/hearing. I think it's kind of become ingrained into how I view Tech. Further, I think it would make it harder to claim impartiality, even, or especially, to myself. But I appreciate the thought.
I think OK. From a time perspective, it's not an issue for just about all of them. Maybe 10 players have had requests. Yesterday, some of them were in the football lobby (where interviews are conducted) a lot longer than usual (maybe 20 minutes compared to five minutes). That said, seeing people talk about you on ESPN and in such glowing terms is pretty new territory. I don't know how that will impact them. Perhaps not at all.
I know they're wearing white helmets. Not sure about the rest of the uniform. I'll try to find out.
Security were taking the hedges from players as they left the field. Tech's allotment is sold out, but you can purchase seats in the section next to Tech's through the school. On Stubhub, there's still tickets available. The least expensive are around $40
ha ha. It's a tough schedule. Notre Dame, FSU (again), Clemson, Georgia and all of the Coastal teams. It could be the toughest schedule Tech has had in Johnson's tenure, possibly longer.
No, I didn't. While I was glad for Tech fans and for the team and felt fortunate to have been able to attend and cover the game, I didn't take personal satisfaction in the outcome. It's just not how I see the team.
I think maybe the first thing is it'll make it easier for Tech to hold onto its commits for 2015. I imagine those prospects must be feeling better and better about their choice. Going forward, I think the attention is probably bringing Tech to the forefront for more prospects who might not otherwise have considered Tech, or made it a more legitimate destination. Tech has an opportunity Saturday to show a national audience that it's a hard-hitting, fast, determined team that gives a lot of players chances to get the ball. That has to help.
Is that it for this week?
I believe he could have been, but he got an offer at FSU that he couldn't pass up.
I don't remember Johnson using those words, though I don't doubt he would. I don't know remember him saying that about any other player, though, though he has spoken very highly about a lot of his players. I don't want to delve too deep into Johnson's thoughts or emotions, but this offense is so part of his identity, and in Thomas he has a near-ideal player to run it exactly the way he wants, and has a lot of the attributes you'd want in a player. He is tough, smart and confident. He is a likable person and, to the best that I know, has character.
I don't think it will impact whether he's available to play or not. I don't like to consider what impact a trial like this has on a football game, as it sort of trivializes it, but it's causing them a considerable distraction. The practice times are being pushed back, for instance, and I'd think it's occupying a lot of space in Winston's head. If he's found guilty, I don't think it would force FSU to do anything, as it wouldn't be an NCAA infraction.
Those would be two good ones. Maybe the Georgia Southern fumble and ensuing drive, because it was first. I know I've said recently that it seems like the season has flown by, but that Virginia Tech game seems like a year ago. No one even talks about that fourth-and-15 anymore. That was gigantic.
I agree. I think it's possible. Crazy to think about.