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Long forgotten pool discovered during Georgia Tech locker room renovation

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Georgia Tech is in the process of renovating its football locker room, but the project hit a snag when contractors discovered a long-forgotten swimming pool under the ground.

“They weren’t ready for (the pool) because it didn’t show up on any renderings, maps,” Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The old pool was a surprise they weren’t ready for.”

The 25-yard natatorium, part of a gym named after former Ramblin’ Wreck football coach John Heisman, was installed in 1938 at request of the U.S. Navy for a drownproofing class, where students would learn how to remain afloat “for a prolonged period of time with their hand and feet bound.” The class was a requirement for graduation from 1940 through 1986 — which means Stansbury, himself a 1984 Tech graduate, would have taken the class.

A Georgia Tech spokesman told the AJC that the pool discovery would not delay the $4.5 million locker room renovation project. The locker room is expected to open in time for preseason camp in August.

Georgia Tech losing DL Cortez Alston to transfer

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Another day, another college football player deciding to move on.

The latest to realize roster attrition is Georgia Tech, with Paul Johnson offering up a post-practice confirmation that Cortez Alston has decided to leave the Yellow Jackets.  The head coach gave no specific reason for the defensive lineman’s decision to transfer.

 

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Alston made the decision to move on prior to the start of spring practice, which kicked off March 26 this year.

Alston was a three-star member of Tech’s 2017 recruiting class.  He was the highest-rated defensive lineman signed by the Yellow Jackets last year.

After suffering an injury prior to the start of the 2017 season, Alston didn’t see the field last year and took a redshirt as a true freshman.

Georgia Tech finalizes three-year contract extension with Paul Johnson

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Paul Johnson isn’t leaving Georgia Tech anytime soon and the school made it official on Friday afternoon.

The Yellow Jackets announced that they have agreed to a three-year contract extension with their head coach, keeping Johnson around through the 2022 season in Atlanta.

“Aside from Bobby Dodd, no head coach in Georgia Tech football history has won more games in his first 10 seasons than Paul Johnson,” athletic director Todd Stansbury said in a release. “By extending Coach Johnson’s contract through 2022, we not only keep one of the most successful coaches in our illustrious history right here on The Flats, but we also ensure continued stability within our coaching staff. Stability is a vital piece in recruiting and student-athlete development, which are key components to any successful college program. I’m excited that Coach Johnson’s extension is officially complete and I’m looking forward to achieving even more success under his leadership in future years.”

A deal between the two parties seemed inevitable given Johnson’s success at the school and the fact that he had just three-years left on his current contract coming into the 2018 campaign. Given that coaches usually have five-plus years on their contracts at all times to help ward off negative recruiting about their future, the move to extend the Georgia Tech staple was not exactly super surprising.

This will be Johnson’s 11th season with the Yellow Jackets and the option-offense aficionado has been remarkably consistent guiding the program despite recent dips last year (when the team finished 5-6) and two seasons ago (3-9). Overall, the 60-year-old is 75–54 with the team and has just one losing season in ACC play during his tenure.

Georgia Tech wraps up spring practice with their annual spring game on April 20th and kickoff for real on September 1st against Alcorn State.

ACC confirms Charlotte home of football title game through 2030

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A relationship that’s was wobbly as recently as last year has been further solidified thanks to today’s development.

Wednesday, it was reported that the ACC would be announcing future venues — or venue, singular — for its football championship game.  A day later, the league confirmed, as expected, that its title game will remain in Charlotte for the foreseeable future.

The new agreement will keep the game at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium through the 2030 season.  The city was already set to host the game in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

“Charlotte has been a tremendous home for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game and we’re pleased to announce the Queen City as our championship destination through 2030,” said conference commissioner John Swofford in a statement. “With the outstanding efforts by the Charlotte Sports Foundation, Carolina Panthers and city of Charlotte, our game has grown into one of the premier sporting events in the country. We look forward every year to this annual celebration of ACC Football.”

Charlotte had played host to the ACC football championship game every year since 2010 before a controversial bill resulted in the conference yanking the 2016 game from the city and moving it to Orlando.  In 2017, the game was moved back to Charlotte.

Prior to 2010, the first three league title tilts were played in Jacksonville (2005-07) and the next two in Tampa (2008-09).

Virginia Tech will stripe Lane Stadium for Notre Dame game

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Asking your fans to show up to a game in one particular school color is a little old-fashioned. Now, it is all about coordinating your fans to show up in specific colors according to the section they are sitting. This upcoming season, Virginia Tech will give it a shot when they attempt to stripe out Lane Stadium for a big home game against Notre Dame.

Dubbed the “Hokie Effect,” Virginia Tech has a website so fans can enter their seat information so they know whether to show up for the game in maroon or orange. Here is a glimpse at the seating chart, which does not account for the Notre Dame fans that will fill a good number of seats in their blue and gold (and green).

In addition to the stripe out, Virginia Tech also announced a white out for a home game against East Carolina on Sept. 15, an orange out for a Thursday night game against Georgia Tech on Oct. 25, and a maroon out for a Nov. 17 game against Miami.

Of course, Tennessee still holds a decisive lead in the coolest color coordination efforts any time they checker Neyland Stadium.