Hope this finds you well. A few other notes about the 2011 schedule, released last week.
1. Georgia State had agreed to play Coastal Carolina but canceled the game when Houston made its pitch to play a payout game. Athletic director Cheryl Levick also bought out Morehead State, which had a home-and-home agreement with GSU. That was necessary, she said, to have the Thursday night opener.
2. South Carolina State will be a home-and-home. The Bulldogs will come to the Georgia Dome in 2012.
3. The school is working for a game with Georgia Southern, but I don’t think anything will happen anytime soon. Levick said that president Mark Becker has talked with Georgia Southern president Brooks Keel about it and that she has done some “gentle calling to see if there’s any interest at all.”
I talked to Georgia Southern athletic director Sam Baker and coach Jeff Monken about it last fall and didn’t get the impression either was terribly interested. They didn’t say it, but for them there’s little to gain and a lot to lose. That said, I remember Bill Curry being asked about it on his radio show last fall and he made a comment about how both teams’ conference schedules are (or will be, in Georgia State’s case) already pretty rigorous, implying that from a football sense there might not be much to gain for either team. But, from a fan interest standpoint, you couldn’t do better, at least at the FCS level.
Levick acknowledged that Georgia Southern is scheduled out, so it’d likely take some re-arranging, but said “I just think that the state of Georgia would love to see it.”
4. The non-conference schedule for the next three years (2012-14) should be done by September. The CAA schedule will allow for three non-conference games in 2012 and four in 2013 and 2014. Levick acknowledged that something could change that, i.e., schools leaving or joining the conference.
5. The goal for season tickets if 6,000. Last year the school sold about 5,000.
6. Two teams that Levick wants to schedule are UNC Charlotte and Chattanooga. The thinking is both are drivable and could make for a rivalry. I asked her about Furman and she said “it’s on a list that we’re looking at.”
What do you think?
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Ken Sugiura, Georgia State beat