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The Good Word

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

FROM: Dan Radakovich, Georgia Tech Director of Athletics

T-DAY GAME IS SATURDAY AT NOON

Coach Paul Johnson and our Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will put the finishing touches on spring practice with our annual T-Day Game Saturday at noon in Bobby Dodd Stadium. I hope to see a great crowd out on the Flats. There is no charge for admission.

Coach Johnson and the staff have split up the squad prior to Saturday’s game, which is expected to last around two hours.

Here is what fans should know about Saturday’s activities:

Parking – Limited parking is available in Peters Parking Deck, Klaus, the Student Center, Fowler Street, East O’Keefe and W21. Parking before noon is free. At noon, there will be a charge to park in the Peters and Klaus decks. For fans coming from Marta or the Varsity on North Avenue, the Third Street walking tunnel will be open.

Pre-Game Festivities – Activities, including games for kids, a DJ, Buzz the mascot, the Rambling Wreck and more begin at 11 a.m. on Callaway Plaza (located outside the north end of Bobby Dodd Stadium).

Game Entry – Gates 4, 5, 7 and 9 will be open beginning at 11 a.m.

Concessions – Will be open on the north, east and west concourses.

Weather — The forecast for Saturday includes temperatures in the low 80s under partly-cloudy skies.

Post-Game – The football game will end in plenty of time for those wanting to attend the 3 p.m. baseball game between Georgia Tech and Boston College at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis at ACC Championships

Coach Kenny Thorne and the Georgia Tech men’s tennis team have drawn the No. 5 seed in this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. The Jackets opened play with 12th-seed Boston College this morning at the Cary (N.C.) Tennis Center.

The Yellow Jackets, ranked 16th in the nation with a 17-4 overall record, finished the regular season tied with Miami for fourth place at 8-3, but the Hurricanes got the fourth seed and a first-round bye by virtue of their 4-3 victory over Tech on March 13 in Coral Gables. The winner of the Tech-BC match will advance to face Miami at 9 a.m. Friday.

For complete coverage, follow the Yellow Jacket men on Twitter, @GT_MTEN. Also, here are some links:

Livescoring of Georgia Tech matches
ACCTennis Championship Site
ACCMen’s Tennis Tournament Bracket

Meanwhile, the Georgia Tech women’s team began its quest for a fifth ACC Tournament title at noon today when the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (12-9, 5-6 ACC) opened play against the 10th-seeded Maryland Terrapins (13-8, 3-8 ACC), also in Cary, N.C.

The two sides faced off on April 1 in Atlanta with the then 28th-ranked Terps defeating the then-No. 11 Yellow Jackets, 4-3. The winner of Thursday’s match will face second seeded and No. 4 ranked North Carolina at noon on Friday.

As always, fans are encouraged to follow Tech tennis on Twitter, @GT_WTEN, for instant updates. Live scoring will be available through RamblinWreck.com.

Livescoring of Georgia Tech matches
ACCTennis Championship Site
ACC Women’s Tennis Tournament Bracket

Track and Field in ACC’s at Duke

The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s track and field teams return to the track for the ACC Championships today through Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium on the campus of Duke University.

The meet kicked off with the multi-events this morning and will conclude Saturday night with the 4×400 meter relay.

Senior Joanna Wright heads into the ACC Championship ranked fifth in the nation and first in the ACC in the pole vault with her career best and school record jump of 4.31 meters (14-1.75) recorded at the Seminole Invitational on April 8. Her counterpart Aaron Unterberger is also in top form.

Also excelling on the year is senior Leslie Njoku who ranks 21st in the nation in the 400 meter hurdles with a season best time of 58.39 and freshman jumper Julienne McKee who is in the top-50 in the country in both the long (49th, 6.05 meters) and triple jumps (32nd, 12.62 meters).

On the men’s side, Shawn Roberts ranks in the top-100 in the 1,500 meter run.

ACCOutdoor Championship Website

Golfers Tee Off Friday at ACC Championship

Bruce Heppler’s fourth-ranked golfers open defense of their ACC title on Friday morning tackling the always challenging Old North State Course in New London, N.C. The Jackets are fresh off an impressive victory in their own Yellow Jacket Classic last weekend.

Paul Haley shot a 4-under-par 68 Sunday, rallying past two teammates to win medalist honors and lifting Tech to a 17-stroke victory at the Golf Club of Georgia. Tech shot rounds of 284 and 283 for a 9-under-par total of 567, while UNC-Wilmington finished second at 10-over 586. UAB was third at 605, followed by Georgia State at 607 and Troy at 627.

Our golfers have either won or shared the ACC Championship in four of the last five events.

ACCMen’s Golf Championship Site
LiveScoring
ACC Networkon theACC.com (April 23 – 1:30-until end)
ACC Networkon theACC.com (April 24 – 1:30-until end)

Softball Looking To Extend Streak

Sharon Perkins’ softball team will look to extend its ACC record conference series winning streak to 22 this weekend when the Yellow Jackets head to Charlottesville to face UVA. Georgia Tech and UVA will play a doubleheader Friday at 5 and 7 p.m. and then close out the series Saturday at noon. Tech is currently 37-8 overall and 11-1 in ACC play, which is good for a four-game lead on second-place Maryland. There are just three weeks left in the regular season before Georgia Tech hosts the ACC Tournament, May 13-15 at Mewborn Field. In the latest NCAA RPI, the Yellow Jackets come in at 14th, which is right on the edge of earning a No. 1 seed in the fast-approaching NCAA Tournament.

Baseball returns home to host Boston College on Easter Weekend

The baseball team, ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation, returns home after a four-game road swing to host Boston College this weekend at Russ Chandler Stadium. Danny Hall’s young club is 27-11 overall and 14-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Jackets are currently second in the ACC Coastal Division standings.

Tech will play at 7 p.m. on Friday, at 3 p.m. on Saturday and conclude the series with a 1 p.m. start on Easter Sunday.

Sunday is a great opportunity to bring the family to the ballpark, as the team will hold Junior Jacket Day. There will be an Easter egg hunt after the game, with plenty of prizes for all youth in attendance.

Tuesday’s Caravan Stop Will be Memorable

The final Yellow Jacket Caravan stop — Tuesday night at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta– will be the biggest of the season.

Our new men’s head basketball coach Brian Gregory, who has worked non-stop on the recruiting trail and with individual instruction since he was hired, will make his first and only appearance on the caravan.

Football coach Paul Johnson, a popular speaker at every caravan stop, will be on hand along with women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph and golf coach Bruce Heppler. Wes Durham will serve as our emcee.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public, although guests are asked to pre-register online (see below). Yellow Jacket fans are welcomed and there is no charge for admission. However, those planning to attend are asked to register in advance here

Light snacks and a cash bar will be available.

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