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"OMG It's Almost the Weekend!!" News

Not a lot of Tech news today, but I feel like a quick update.

Realfootball365.com is giving some props to Georgia Tech, in an article discussing the Fighting Irish and their tough quest for a national title.

Larry Smith, a young QB from Alabama, attended GT's football camp recently and sounds pretty impressed. It looks like academics are big for this guy, 'cause he's also visiting Vandy and Purdue. I don't know anything about his quality as a player, but apparently Pat Nix was impressed.

ESPN has their 2007(!) Bracketology goin'. These a-holes say Tech will have a #10 seed in the San Antonio regional. I say F that! Everybody knows we're going to be seeded #7 in the St. Louis regional. Sometimes I wonder where ESPN gets these blockheads. (HT: BON)

Bill Curry, after not landing the Tech AD job, is now teaching at Baylor. No, not that Baylor, silly; The Baylor School in Chattanooga! (Choo choo!) Curry will be "teaching leadership," whatever that means, to high school kids.

An old rival of Tech's is (again) discussing bringing back football. Mercer's new president comes from the interim presidency at Baylor, and since they're such a football power (hahahahaha), this has again raised the idea of bringing back the football program. Before WWI, and then briefly before WWII, GT played Mercer with some frequency. In fact, Tech's first game was in Macon against Mercer.

One comment on the article, though. The writer says, "I hope the football question remains a sideshow," so as not to distract from "Dr. Underwood's intentions of raising Mercer's academic standing to 'national university' from 'regional university.'" I disagree that football would hurt these efforts, so long as academic programs receive strong attention. Nearly all "national" universities I can think of have football programs, and even a D-III program would work to greatly increase a university's name recognition. Regardless of Emory's pride in not have football, featuring America's most popular sport does not hurt an institution's academic reputation (just ask Harvard, Stanford, and Yale).