Tuesday, October 20, 2009

GEORGIA TECH NOT QUITE SURE WHERE IT STANDS ON GOAL POST TRADITION

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia Tech officials don’t have a consistent view on the post-game celebration that resulted in a few injuries following the Yellow Jackets big win over Virginia Tech.

Georgia Tech President Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson has called for a review of the "safety procedures" during football games after Saturday night's tearing down of the goal posts resulted in several injuries.

Evidently, a possible broken arm, asthma attack and "hurt" ankle are on the preliminary list of injuries after students tore down a goal post at the end of the game. They carried the post to the president'’s house and used a hacksaw to cut it into pieces – a long-standing college tradition.

According to a GT spokesperson, "The President has asked that the officials that oversee the game environment review safety procedures following (Saturday) evening's activities to ensure that in the future, all appropriate precautions are in place."

Several Georgia Tech students told the AJC that President Peterson wasn’t singing that tune while basking in the glow of victory last Saturday. Eye-witnesses say Peterson met the goal post-carrying crowd at the corner of State Street and 10th Avenue.

"He said, ‘Follow me,'" according to various students and then gave a short speech, congratulating the team on their win.

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