The Good Word

Feb. 22, 2007

TO: Fans, Friends, and Supporters of Georgia Tech Athletics

FROM: Dan Radakovich, Georgia Tech Director of Athletics

Great win for our men’s basketball team last night against Wake Forest! The next 10 days will determine our postseason fate. After Saturday’s game at Virginia, we finish with two huge, nationally-televised home games in four days, with North Carolina on Thursday, March 1, and then the regular-season finale against Boston College on Sunday, March 4.

It goes without saying that we need to have tremendous home crowds for those two games, so please come early, show your gold and be loud and proud. Our staff is working on a special video introduction for the North Carolina game, so be in your seat for the introduction of starting lineups. As always, we ask that if you cannot attend a game, please give your tickets to another Tech fan and make sure they go to good use.

We’ll be honoring senior Mario West prior to the Boston College game, so please try to be in your seat by the 10-minute mark to give this classy young man a proper sendoff. What an inspirational story he is – a former walk-on who already has his degree, someone who has maximized every ounce of his ability with flat-out hustle. And how about those shots he blocked last night!

“CHANCE TO DANCE” FOR WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

I hope you have had a chance to check out our women’s basketball team. MaChelle Joseph’s squad is enjoying one of the best seasons in school history and has an excellent chance to earn an NCAA bid.

We play our final ACC game tonight, hosting Virginia at 7 p.m. with a chance to pick up a school-record ninth conference victory. The we close the regular season with a non-conference game Sunday at 2 p.m. against Longwood before heading to the ACC Tournament next weekend. Seniors Stephanie Higgs and Kentrina Wilson will be honored before Sunday’s game. Please come out and support our women’s team as they make the most of their “chance to dance.”

SPRING SPORTS IN FULL SWING

Looks like we’ll have some nice spring weather this weekend, a great opportunity to see our third-ranked women’s tennis team, which hosts Denver Saturday at 12 noon, in preparation for next week’s match at Georgia (Feb. 28, 2:30 p.m. in Athens). Baseball is also at home this weekend, hosting Duquesne Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The golf team, which finished fourth in its first spring tournament, head to Puerto Rico this weekend, and softball and men’s tennis are also on the road.

Good luck to our men’s and women’s track and field teams and our men’s swimmers, which are competing at the ACC Championships this weekend. Congratulations to diver Stephanie England, who last weekend became our first female all-ACC diver.

Spring football practice begins next Thursday, March 1.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

Congratulations to our ACC Postgraduate Scholarship award winners: all-America golfer Roberto Castro, tennis standout Alison Silverio, softball player Kristina Hull and swimmer Ofer Finkler.

NOTE ON BASKETBALL PARKING

The Atlanta Police Department has asked me to remind our men’s basketball patrons that there is no parking anywhere on Techwood Drive between 14th Street and 10th Street, including the area in front of Turner Sports and the ramp to 10th Street west. This is a serious safety issue, and the Atlanta Police will be ticketing and towing in this area. If your vehicle is towed, you must contact the Atlanta Police Department, Property Management Section, 640 North Avenue, Atlanta, GA (404.853.4330).

As always, we welcome your feedback ( goodword@athletics.gatech.edu ). Please know that even if I’m not able to send a personal response to everyone, I do read each email, and I appreciate the support and passion of every Georgia Tech fan.

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