The Good Word

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

FROM: Dan Radakovich, Georgia Tech Director of Athletics

Not only does our seventh-ranked Georgia Tech football team have an opportunity to claim the Coastal Division of the ACC at Duke this weekend, but Jacket fans have an opportunity to celebrate the good times right here at home with a host of great events, featuring more of our nationally-recognized programs.

A tip of the cap also goes to you, our great Georgia Tech fans, for pushing hard to support us both financially and in spirit and voice. Thanks for coming out in great numbers last Saturday to help us through that nail-biter with Wake Forest. I know you’ll be there in full force for our annual battle with UGA in a couple of weeks. I feel good that our Georgia Tech season ticket holders were responsible for purchasing every available ticket for the big game this time around – except those that were contracted to UGA. We should find out Monday what time that GT-UGA game will kick off, obviously hinging on where the television gurus would like to place it in their pecking order. I’ll have much more on this game in my Good Word column in two weeks — which will be delivered on Tuesday the 24th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The dance card for Friday and Saturday is packed with fun. It all starts when Tonya Johnson’s volleyball team continues its quest for an ACC title with matches on Friday night at 6 p.m. vs. Miami, and Saturday at 4 p.m. vs. ACC leader No. 15 Florida State. Tech stands tied for second in the conference going into the weekend with a 12-3 league mark in Tonya’s first season with us. Four of our last five matches will be played in the friendly confines of O’Keefe Gymnasium on our campus.

Both of those volleyball matches precede top-20 basketball action across the street at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. On Friday night, our 19th-ranked women’s program opens play in the Preseason WNIT Tournament with a home game vs. Winthrop at 7:30 p.m. MaChelle Joseph’s team is shooting for its fourth straight NCAA appearance and is continuing to become one of women’s basketball’s elite programs.

Paul Hewitt’s men’s team opens a season of high expectations on Saturday night when the 20th-ranked Yellow Jackets host Florida A&M at 7 p.m. By the time that game tips off, we’re all hoping to be celebrating a great football outcome up in Durham. How fortunate to have a program with this type of success in every direction you look. It is a tribute to our coaches, our support team and mostly to the student-athletes themselves who continue to perform at an incredibly high level.

I want to remind you season ticket holders to take a minute to complete your post-season football order forms by the Nov. 23 deadline. It is the only way to ensure that your A-T priority points are used to assign your seats for any post-season play by our football team. We would urge you to do this on line at http://ramblinwreck.com/bowl. This is the easiest and most convenient way to communicate your ticket requests to us.

And just to clear up a little confusion out there regarding our ticket operation, let me restate the change we made back during the summer. It is important that you all know that our ticket office or box office is still a fully functional unit within the GTAA. Your calls, e-mails, requests and inquiries are still directed to our ticket staff here on Bobby Dodd Way for processing. The new component is our partnership with the Aspire Group (now the Georgia Tech Ticket Sales Team). This is a group of dedicated individuals who are involved in outbound telephone and internet sales only. This call center is located in Alexander Memorial Coliseum, and our highly-trained team continues to reach out to thousands of Georgia Tech constituents that we consider to be good prospects. In just 17 weeks, this unit has already generated more than $500,000 in new ticket sales.

We hope to be fully geared up for our 2010 season ticket push in January and we have great hope that with the excitement and enthusiasm generated across the city and this high-energy sales force in play, we will have a banner year. But we’ll get to that soon enough. Right now it’s time to go play for a division title and a trip to Tampa!

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