Curry press conference tidbits

Greetings, all-

A few notes of note from the Bill Curry press conference.

1) Curry is dialing back practice this week because he said players didn’t have their legs under them against South Alabama. He said he noticed in the second quarter that players weren’t making plays they normally make, which he attributed to fatigue. GSU has gone nine weeks without a bye, plus they go pretty hard in practice. They were in shoulder pads and shorts rather than full pads.

2) Players still aren’t giving full effort for the whole game. Curry said his team has been able to get away with it against lesser teams, but have paid the price against Old Dominion and South Alabama. Curry said it has to start on the practice field, with coaches demanding better effort there. “When the discipline that’s been imposed by the coaching staff becomes incorporated into the hearts and minds of the players on the field, then that’s a really exciting time,” he said.

3) Curry said there are possibilities for playing an FBS team in 2011, but “there’s nothing firm we can talk about at this time.”

4) He gave high praise to Danny Williams, who was at the press conference. He said he can play in the NFL “if he keeps working the way he works.” (I will have a Q&A with Williams Wednesday.)

5) Curry said he was shocked at how fast teams GSU has played are, notably Old Dominion and South Alabama. He thought his team would have more of a speed advantage than it does.

13 comments Add your comment

Debbie Downer

November 2nd, 2010
4:13 pm

If the Panthers don’t play an FBS team next year, how can the A/D replace the $400,000 check that Alabama is paying the school? And how could the team go nine weeks without a bye? Will that happen every year?

GStateBen

November 2nd, 2010
4:23 pm

DD, we will play an FBS school next year (likely in the first half of the schedule) and we will absolutely have a bye week before Week 9. Everyone learns a little more after each season.

By comparison, South Alabama actually had 3 seperate Bye weeks last year and they didn’t even play a 4 year school. In 2009, Old Dominion actually had 10 straight games before a Bye week before their final game vs. VMI.

Good work again Ken.

Panama

November 2nd, 2010
4:33 pm

Nice write up Ken. It has been pretty obvious that South Alabama and ODU were as fast as we are. Some established teams are in for a shock in 2012 and 2013 once these three schools have rosters filled with seniors.

GSUAlumBaseball81

November 2nd, 2010
5:15 pm

Ken,

What’s the word on Bo and Christo’s knee injuries??? Out for the rest of the season???

wsj

November 2nd, 2010
5:59 pm

Hopefully, GSU can schedule a money game for next year. The Alabama game almost pays for the 7 games GSU plays in the dome. I was surprised that GSU managed to have 7 home games this year. Usually only the big time programs have 7 home games. I expect GSU to have 6 home games next year and an FBS money game should cover the cost of renting the dome.

And maybe GSU should try a Thursday night opening game and Thursday night for Homecoming? Maybe the students turn up in large numbers if they are already on campus and there are no competing college games?

Panther08

November 2nd, 2010
8:27 pm

Ken,

Where is the 2011 schedule? Do we at least have some teams confirmed?

Ken Sugiura

November 2nd, 2010
8:49 pm

i didn’t see bo at practice today. i don’t know about olufemi.
wsj – cheryl levick has said she wants to make the thursday night opener a yearly staple. i think more thursday games are possible. in some ways it’d be weird to have homecoming on a thursday night, but i agree it’d probably be better attended at least by students.
08 – off the top of my head, they are supposed to play home games against lambuth, campbell, old dominion, savannah state and south alabama. road games are against texas-san antonio, morehead state and jacksonville state, and i’m sure i’m missing some that are already scheduled. however, the contracts can be bought out so i imagine some of the games will change.

GSU

November 3rd, 2010
9:18 am

I say we play Lambuth for the sake of revenge and buy out Campbell. Then add more challenging and compelling home games.

English

November 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

@ GSU, I agree. We can’t play Lambuth and Campbell in the same season again.

GStateBen

November 3rd, 2010
9:50 am

Bo is likely out until the Alabama game (when we will need him the most). The week off will help his knee next week.

Femi is day to day and I hope we get him back for Lamar. We shouldn’t need him as long as we can tackle better. Will need him to tackle the ‘Bama RBs. He’s arguably one our top ILBs

GSUGrad06

November 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

Great to hear that Levick wants the Thursday night opener to be a yearly event! I think it helps in attendance not only from students already being on campus, but casual fans who are already downtown for work purposes. It will help build that casual fan base.

English

November 3rd, 2010
11:06 am

A 7:00pm Thursday starting time would be perfect. Students who are already downtown in class could stay later to attend. Business professionals/alums who work downtown would inevitably stay. Win-win all around. Definitely more than one Thursday night game would be great.

Veskit

November 4th, 2010
9:33 am

Plenty of alums live and work far from downtown. Plenty of students have night classes at 7pm. A win for some? Sure but I certainly disagree that Thursday night games are a “win-win all around”.