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Alabama, Georgia Tech schedule future home-and-home

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We interrupt LSU Day here (and HERE and HERE and HERE) at CFT for some Alabama Crimson Tide football scheduling news.

Earlier Wednesday, both the Alabama Crimson Tide football program and their counterparts from Georgia Tech announced that the two schools had reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series.  The Crimson Tide will travel to Atlanta on Aug. 31, 2030, with the Yellow Jackets making their way to Tuscaloosa on Aug. 30 of the following season.

The two schools are actually old rivals, playing 52 times between 1902 and 1984.  That 1984 game, though, was the last meeting between ‘Bama and Tech.

The Tide leads the all-time series 28-21-3.

“We are excited to announce the addition of another outstanding home-and-home series,” Alabama Crimson Tide football head coach Nick Saban, who would be 78-years-old at the time of the first meeting in the home-and-home, said in a statement. “Our administration has made it a point over the past several years to continue to improve our schedule and this is another great example. Georgia Tech and Alabama have a long history of great football games and we are looking forward to continuing that tradition.”

“We’re excited to announce the additions of Alabama and Georgia State to our future football schedules,” Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury said in his statement. “In addition to being one of the nation’s top programs, Alabama is one of Georgia Tech’s oldest and most frequently played rivals, so we are very proud to renew the series for the first time in nearly half a century and allow new generations of fans to enjoy the excitement of the rivalry.”

Georgia Tech QB Lucas Johnson enters transfer portal

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Georgia Tech quarterback Lucas Johnson has announced he is entering the NCAA transfer portal. This will begin the process of evaluating all of Johnson’s options as he looks for a new program to suit up for in 2020.

“[My] family and I have decided that it is in my best interest to enter the transfer portal, as I have two years of eligibility left to play football,” Lucas said in his released statement via Twitter.

Johnson appeared in five games this season for Georgia Tech. He completed 21 of 37 pass attempts for 187 yards and a touchdown with one interception.

By entering the transfer portal, Johnson may have contact with any other college football program interested in recruiting him. As a graduate transfer, Johnson will be eligible to play with any other FBS program he transfers to in the 2020 season. And as noted by Johnson, he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Barring any unforeseen changes, Georgia Tech’s passing game may still be led by James Graham in 2020. Graham appeared in 11 games for the Yellow Jackets and passed for 1,164 yards and 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions. But there could be a pretty open competition for the job beginning this spring with a pretty stocked quarterback position to sort through. Freshman Jordan Yates only appeared in three games last season, preserving a year of eligibility under the NCAA’s redshirt rule.

Death of 2020 Georgia Tech signee hit by freight train ruled a suicide

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The horrific death of a 2020 Georgia Tech signee by train has taken a turn toward the unimaginable.

Monday, Tech confirmed that Bryce Gowdy had died earlier in the day.  While the school didn’t reveal the cause of death, multiple media outlets reported that Gowdy died after being struck by a freight train in his hometown of Deerfield Beach, Fla.  The accident occurred at around 4:06 a.m. local time Monday morning.

According to CNN.com, the Broward County Medical Examiner’s office has since ruled that Gowdy’s death was a suicide. It had previously been reported that “the pedestrian (Gowdy) jumped in front of the train.”

Homicide detectives from the Broward Sheriff’s Office had been investigating Gowdy’s death.

Gowdy was set to begin classes at Tech Jan. 6.

“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is devastated by the news of Bryce’s passing,” first-year head football coach Geoff Collins said in a statement Monday. “Bryce was an outstanding young man with a very bright future. He was a great friend to many, including many of our current and incoming team members. On behalf of our coaches, players, staff and families, we offer our deepest condolences to Bryce’s mother, Shibbon, and his brothers, Brisai and Brayden, as well as the rest of his family members, his teammates and coaches at Deerfield Beach High School, and his many friends. Bryce and his family will always be a part of the Georgia Tech football family.”

Gowdy was a four-star member of Tech’s 2020 recruiting class. Only two signees in Collins’ class this cycle were rated higher than the 6-3, 210-pound Gowdy.

The wide receiver signed with the school in mid-December and was set to participate in spring practice.  And, again, he killed himself exactly one week before he was set to begin classes at Tech.

Sadly, this needs to be driven home.  Again.

Everybody needs help at some point.  Male or female, if you’ve gotten to that point, reach out for help.  It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s the ultimate sign of strength.  Talk to a family member, friend, co-worker, clergy, anyone.  If you’re too embarrassed to talk to someone you know, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is just a phone call away at 1-800-273-8255.

Just talk to someone.  Whether you believe it at the time or not, your life is worth it.

Georgia Tech mourning loss of 2020 signee Bryce Gowdy, who died Monday after being hit by freight train

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Georgia Tech and its extended football family is mourning the loss of Bryce Gowdy following an unimaginable tragedy to start the workweek.

Monday, Tech confirmed that Gowdy died Monday.  While the school didn’t reveal the cause of death, multiple media outlets have reported that Gowdy died after being struck by a freight train in his hometown of Deerfield Beach, Fla.  The accident occurred at around 4:06 a.m. local time Monday morning.

According to ESPN.com, homicide detectives from the Broward Sheriff’s Office are investigating Gowdy’s death.

Gowdy was set to begin classes at Tech Jan. 6.

“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is devastated by the news of Bryce’s passing,” first-year head football coach Geoff Collins said in a statement. “Bryce was an outstanding young man with a very bright future. He was a great friend to many, including many of our current and incoming team members. On behalf of our coaches, players, staff and families, we offer our deepest condolences to Bryce’s mother, Shibbon, and his brothers, Brisai and Brayden, as well as the rest of his family members, his teammates and coaches at Deerfield Beach High School, and his many friends. Bryce and his family will always be a part of the Georgia Tech football family.”

Gowdy was a four-star member of Tech’s 2020 recruiting class. Only two signees in Collins’ class this cycle were rated higher than the 6-3, 210-pound Gowdy.

The wide receiver signed with the school earlier this month and would’ve participated in spring practice.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all impacted by the young man’s tragic passing.

Oregon State suing Georgia Tech AD over buyout

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There’s only one Pac-12/ACC matchup this bowl season but the far more interesting meeting between the two leagues might be taking place in a court room and not between the lines.

As reported by the Oregonian, Oregon State has sued former athletic director and current Georgia Tech boss Todd Stansbury for breach of contract relating to the seven figure sum he supposedly owes the school as part of his buyout.

“As a state university, we feel it is important to conclude the contractual obligations Oregon State University and Todd Stansbury agreed to,” OSU spokesman Steve Clark told the paper.

A former Yellow Jackets football player, Stansbury was hired in the fall of 2016 by his alma mater after spending just over a year in charge of the Beavers. As part of his deal with OSU, his buyout to leave for another job was set to be in the $2 million range.

Stansbury did just that in departing Corvallis for Atlanta and was making payments to Oregon State but stopped this past summer after paying roughly $500,000 and not the full amount. The Beavers don’t want to be shortchanged so they filed a lawsuit last week in a local county court trying to get the remaining amount.