The Good Word
Current Edition: Issue No. 52, April 3, 2008
April 3, 2008
TO: Fans, Friends, and Supporters of Georgia Tech Athletics
FROM: Dan Radakovich, Georgia Tech Director of Athletics
As time marches on I take a moment this week to celebrate my second full year on the job as a Yellow Jacket. It is just incredible how many wonderful people my family and I have met and come to know that are part of the Georgia Tech family. As each day goes by I learn more and more about how special this place is and how generous and supportive Tech fans can be. There is a real sense of pride and optimism.
I would be remiss if I didn't write a line or two on the impending departure of President Wayne Clough, who on July 1 will become the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute. I congratulate Dr. Clough on this magnificent appointment and wish him and Anne only the best as they relocate for the time being to the D.C. area.
Dr. Clough has been a wonderful influence on Georgia Tech Athletics during his 14-year tenure and has presided over many great moments in our history. On a personal note, I have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship and have the greatest admiration and respect for him both as a leader and a friend. I have learned much from his integrity, style and grace.
We anxiously look ahead to the next chapter in the Georgia Tech story, understanding that we must continue to move the athletics program forward as we transition to interim leadership and then through a search for the next President. Our biggest goal during this period is to continue to show our constituents the value and importance of a successful, high-profile athletics program. Our role continues to lie in enhancing the overall experience for students, alumni and fans.
The buzz around Georgia Tech football continues to be high on everyone's radar. Spring practice is progressing well as Paul Johnson and our new coaching staff work overtime to transition our football team to new attitudes and styles. I don't know about you, but I have been extremely impressed with the comments in the media from Coach Johnson, his assistants and the players regarding the work in progress. I think it's a testimony to the kind of young men we have in the program and the leadership we have in place.
Don't forget our Spring Game is April 19 at 1 o'clock. We intend to roll out the whole football show - full band, cheerleaders, video screens and pre-game Wreckfest activities. Plan early and don't miss it. During that same weekend, Georgia Tech will be hosting the ACC Track and Field Championships, so it will be a fun and festive atmosphere. Keep an eye on Ramblinwreck.com for information about traffic access and parking for the big weekend.
In the meantime, I appreciate the diligence of all of you fans in responding to our TECH Fund deadline, which recently arrived. An extremely large percentage of you have renewed your TECH Fund donation and are awaiting the arrival of season ticket invoices in the coming week or so. I am also encouraged by a solid number of new season tickets being reserved. A substantial increase in our season ticket sales over the next few months is our department's No. 1 priority. If you can help in that effort by encouraging others to buy season tickets, by all means pitch in!
And speaking of "pitch," Danny Hall's baseball Yellow Jackets are doing that very well. Last night's win over East Tennessee State pushed our overall record to 24-5. Our 14th-ranked club heads up to play a three-game series with 3rd-ranked North Carolina this weekend in Cary, N.C. Mark your calendars for the huge home series with 2nd-ranked Miami the following weekend (April 11, 12, 13). Game times are at 7, 7 and 1 p.m.
With the success of this year's team, I have received some calls about our radio and TV coverage for baseball. Even though we have not been able to get all 58 baseball games broadcast live on radio, we have worked hard to put together an incredible amount of baseball coverage. WREK has a 31-game radio package that constitutes the bulk of our coverage.
Our staff worked hard to compliment that with a comprehensive TV and internet opportunities. Six other games will be carried on 790 The Zone and we are slated for 12 TV games, most of which will be carried by our partner CSS. And on top of that, don't forget to keep up with Yellow Jacket baseball on the internet via ACC Select. This package brings you 27 games this year streamed live. There are many ways to keep up with Tech baseball. Click here for the full schedule.
And now, let's take it around the horn for a look at what else is happening in Georgia Tech athletics:
WATCH CHIOMA ON ESPN TONIGHT
GOLFERS TUNE UP FOR POSTSEASON
PLAN TO WATCH ACC TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
DEFENDING CHAMPS CLOSE REGULAR SEASON WITH HOMESTAND
MEN'S TENNIS TEAMS WITH WOMEN'S TEAM FOR DOUBLEHEADER
COPELAND SETS MARK
YEE WILL REPRESENT TECH IN OLYMPICS
DEREK MOORE ON TVLAND SPECIAL APRIL 16