The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are always a force to be reckoned with in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference. Although this may well be considered a rebuilding season after the loss of four top players to the NFL draft, the team’s record is 3-2 as of the first week of October. There have been wins over South Carolina State, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. Their losses have been to Kansas and ACC rival NC State. The Yellow Jackets still have a tough conference schedule ahead of them, with upcoming conference games against Virginia, Clemson, Duke, Miami, and Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jacket’s last game of the season is traditionally played against in state rival University of Georgia. There are four remaining home games this season.
Paul Johnson has been the head football coach at Georgia Tech since 2008. He previously served as the head coach at Georgia Southern University from 1997-2001 and the US Naval Academy from 2002-07. Johnson amassed a 20-7 record in his first two years at Tech, and led the team to the ACC Championship in 2009. The Yellow Jackets also went on to play in the Chick fil-A Bowl in 2008 and the Orange Bowl in 2009.
The Yellow Jackets play their home games in Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field, in the heart of the Tech campus. Built in 1913, the stadium is the oldest on campus stadium in Division I football. The stadium is named for Georgia Tech coaching legend Bobby Dodd, the head coach for 22 years, from 1945-66. Bobby Dodd stadium provides fans with a magnificent view of downtown Atlanta’s skyline. A major expansion of the stadium was completed in 2003, adding additional seating at both end zones, new locker rooms, a player’s lounge, a media room, and coach’s offices. The current seating capacity is 55,000 seats.
Georgia Institute of Technology was founded in 1885. It is considered one of the leading research universities in the country. Located on 400 acres in the heart of Atlanta, Tech has an enrollment of over 20,000 students. US News & World Reports has consistently ranked Georgia Tech among the top ten public universities in the nation. The university offers degree programs in 36 undergraduate majors, 47 master’s programs, and 30 doctoral programs.
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