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Postcards From the Final Four -- Friday

April 2, 2004

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas–Georgia Tech went through its required 50-minute workout at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Friday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets started the morning with a heavy walk-thru at nearby Trinity University. The afternoon’s workout was also the first time that B.J. Elder has worked out in public since the Kansas game.

It is near impossible to tell how effective Elder might be in tomorrow’s national semifinal against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys of Eddie Sutton went through a full-practice at nearby St. Mary’s University this morning. OSU went through a series of drills and shooting practice when they reached the Alamodome on Friday.

The Friday workouts before the Final Four have usually been sold draws, but because of some noontime rain showers, only about 5,000 people attended the session at the Alamodome.

HEWITT SIGNS ON AND KEENER DEPARTS

Within hours of head coach Paul Hewitt agreeing to a new contract with Georgia Tech that keeps him in Atlanta until 2010, top assistant Dean Keener accepted the head coaching vacancy at James Madison University. Keener will arrive in Harrisonburg for work on Wednesday, after spending four seasons with Hewitt in Atlanta. Both were graduate assistants under George Raveling at Southern Cal before beginning their respective careers

Keener’s departure is not entirely unexpected after he was a finalist for the job at East Tennessee State last season.

Hewitt’s new contract will also squelch plenty of talk about other vacancies that he could be rumored for.

SCOTT LEADS FRIDAY CHARGE

Paul Hewitt said earlier in the week that former Tech star Dennis Scott would talk with the current Jackets before Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State. Scott attended Friday’s workout in San Antonio, but would not reveal his words of inspiration for the Jackets. Scott, along with former guards Drew Barry and Brian Domalik, lead a heavy group of former letterman that are expected to be in San Antonio for Saturday’s game.

IN HOUSE RADIO SIGNAL

After receiving approval form the NCAA, we will utilize our “in-house transmitter” on Saturday in San Antonio. You can hear the radio broadcast on 96.5 FM, only inside the Alamodome. The signal will be available shortly before tip-off.

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