JU head coach prepares for return to Georgia Tech

Dec. 20, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Thursday's game against Georgia Tech will be a homecoming of sorts for JU head coach Cliff Warren.

It will be Warren's first trip back to Alexander Memorial Coliseum and he will have a different view than his last time there. An assistant to Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt for five seasons, Warren returns to Atlanta to face his mentor on Thursday at 7 p.m.

"We're going to treat this like any other game," Warren said. "This is a business trip and we're going to go through our normal routine for a road game like we always do."

It is the first meeting between the two teams since 1985 and JU holds a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series. The Dolphins also have won on their last two trips to Alexander Memorial Coliseum. When: Thursday, Dec. 22 (7 p.m.)

Where: Atlanta, Ga. (Alexander Memorial Coliseum)

Records: JU (1-6), Georgia Tech (4-3)

Series: JU leads 5-3

Radio: Live on ESPN 1460. Pregame show airs at 6:45 p.m.

TV: None

Web: Live audio on JUDolphins.com at 6:45 p.m.

Stroylines: Jacksonville wraps up its five- game road trip in search of its first road win. The Dolphins face their fourth BCS conference opponent of the season. Head coach Cliff Warren returns to the school where he served as an assistant the past five seasons. He is facing Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt for the first time after serving as his assistant for the past eight years.

JU Notables: The Dolphins are looking to break through for their first road win of the year after dropping their first five. JU's 1-6 start is the slowest start for the Dolphins since the 1996-97 campaign. Whether Jesse Kimbrough plays in tonight's game will be a gametime decision. If he does not start, Bryan Hipsher will take his place in the lineup. Aubrey Conerly has scored in double figures in four straight games and has dished out at least five assists in each as well. Jacksonville is trying to break out of a shooting slump, having hit less than 40 percent of its shots in the last two games.

Georgia Tech Notables: After Thursday's game, Tech will practice Friday, break for Christmas and reconvene in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Dec. 26 to prepare for its Dec. 28 game with Air Force. Saturday's game marks the 33rd straight sellout of Alexander Memorial Coliseum, where the Yellow Jackets are 4-1 this season. The streak began on Dec. 6, 2003, against Tennessee State, on the heels of Tech's Preseason NIT championship. The Jackets won that game, 94-43. In its sixth season under head coach Paul Hewitt, the Yellow Jackets are 100- 69 overall with four post-season appearances in five seasons, and are on a quest for a third straight NCAA Tournament berth. Hewitt earned his 100th Tech victory with the Dec. 10 win over Tennessee State. Tech is 43-18 in the months of November and December under Hewitt, 25-12 in December alone.