Thursday, May 12, 2005

Football Notes

Well, here's more on Travis Parker...... Also note that the article indicates that Joe Anoai did in fact have surgury following spring practice, but is expected to be ready for the fall...... Here's the Macon Telegraph version.......... It also appears that Kyle Belcher is considering leaving the team:

Also, punter Kyle Belcher, who handled kickoff duties last season as a freshman, has told Gailey that he's considering leaving the team. Belcher, expected to be the team's starting punter as well as retain his kickoff responsibilities, will decide make his decision this summer.

I had gotten wind of this a few weeks ago. From what I hear, he's just trying to figure out if he even wants to play football and be at Georgia Tech. This does not appear to be the case of a kid trying to play football for another school. Guess we'll hear more soon.......... Hey, sports aren't for everyone, and neither is GT.......

On the scheduling side of things, with the new 12th game, this should come as no suprise - Georgia Tech has agreed to play Samford at Grant Field in 2006 and 2007 and Jax State in 2008 and 2009.

There really isn't enough money for us in playing UAB or Troy. They are building their programs, and obviously their gate isn't there yet. I think it would be good to play them, but if you can only get one game, you've got to go for as many zeroes as you can."

Fuller praised Georgia Tech's Larry New, a senior associate director of athletics, for scheduling the games.

"This is really significant, particularly from where Georgia Tech is concerned. Not only for us, but for Samford, too, when we can't even get in a conversation with some of the D-1 schools in the state of Alabama," he said. "Tech is willing to jump out there and do it."

Meanwhile the ACC is finalizing plans for the ACC Championship game, which includes an 8:00pm kickoff in Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, which is head-to-head with a portion of the SEC Championship game. Each participating school gets 8000 tickets, and the rest get 100 (guess which dignitaries will take those). They anticipate selling out the game, and the stadium holds 77,497 people. The day before the game, there will be a Friday night banquet honoring all the ACC player awards...... Also with the 12th game, it looks like we won't be the only team playing Thanksgiving weekend......