GSU 2011 schedule notes, Pt. 2

Greetings-

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

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Ryan

February 15th, 2011
6:50 pm

Ken, any word on game times for this season?

Thanks for the updates!

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Poleesemenses

February 15th, 2011
7:27 pm

Hey GSU, don’t forget to put Mercer on the ticket for 2013. They will need a Thursday night game! And KSU will be around the corner too.

ToccoaEagle

February 15th, 2011
7:39 pm

Georgia Southern would crush Georgia State. Not sure why we would not want to play State (other than the fact that Sam Baker is a moron) or why State would want to play us.

itsmeagain

February 15th, 2011
9:20 pm

Since the above article clearly states that it is in fact Georgia Southern who refuses to play GSU, let us put to rest all this “herp derp georgia southern is so great and would steam roll you” because until the two play, that cannot be said. And clearly it is Southern who doesn’t want to play.

Scaredy cats

wsj

February 15th, 2011
9:39 pm

ToccoaEagle,

Ga State has already taken on tougher teams than Ga Southern. You guys are no big deal.

blackbird13

February 15th, 2011
9:46 pm

I hope Ga State and Tech meet while Curry is still coaching. Score notwithstanding, that would be fun.

Tom

February 15th, 2011
10:05 pm

I would love to see GSU crush the jackets! A Georgia Southern matchup doesn’t interest me either. Chattanooga and Furman sound like great opponents!

Go Panthers!!

February 15th, 2011
10:27 pm

Georgia Southern would be fun.

Furman would be fun.

UNCC would be fun.

Chattanooga would be fun.

Jax State is already fun.

Sounds like Levick is really tuned in to making our non-conference games really compelling match-ups.

ToccoaEagle

February 15th, 2011
10:27 pm

wsj,

Besides Alabama, who has State played that is better than Georgia Southern?

blackbird13

February 15th, 2011
10:36 pm

Jack state, though maybe even, not better.

Hammer22

February 16th, 2011
12:22 am

For a president of an university to reach out to another president to show the positives of the match-up for BOTH and still not be able to get through is pure classless, stupid, and trash. This just adds further proof to how much of a joke Southern really is.

GaStateChris

February 16th, 2011
1:57 am

ToccoaEagle,

We would want to play because it would be a great opportunity for us to show that unlike some programs we have realistic aspirations for FBS. Beating an established FCS program with multiple national titles while still such a young football team would speak volumes.

Southern has no advantage to playing GSU. If they lose, then its a horrible embarrassment. If they win no one cares because they were “supposed to”.

GSUtimes2

February 16th, 2011
8:25 am

ToccoaEagle,

To answer your question. I think an argument can be made for Jacksonville State and Old Dominion being on par, as good, or better than Southern. I’d like to argue that Southern Alabama is better but I’m not convinced of them yet.

Again, this is all fodder anyway until Southern agrees to play us. But, I also think Southern has nothing to gain and everything to lose in playing GSU.

Jee S. You

February 16th, 2011
9:11 am

I really have no interest in playing GaSo – they can take their little stadium in the middle of nowhere. By the time they get around to scheduling us, it will be too late as we will be on to bigger and better things.

GStateBen

February 16th, 2011
9:21 am

Good work as always Ken!

I know exactly why Southern wants no part of us. In 2012, we are not the new kids anymore and will have the vat majority of our roster who has played 2 full seasons of college football. The talent/experience gap may have wide in 2010 and it’s shrinking rapidly for 2011 and we are nearly even by 2012.

We recruit against Southern and Jacksonville State on the defensive side of the ball and actually had 1 recruit in Johnson County WR Zach Walker choose Southern over State because he could play right away (although he won’t see 1/4 of the passes that he would see from our QBs).

I don’t by the lose, lose explanation though. They know they would sell out their game with us down there and we would have, by far, the largest crowd we’ve ever had playing at the Dome. If they want to sit back and make excuses or act like they aren’t interested, that’s fine. Let’s pass them and continue to steal recruits from their once fertile recruiting ground.

Our schedule is already tougher than Southern’s in 2011 based on 2010’s opponents win-loss %. The Southern Conference is not on par with the CAA as it’s very top heavy with Wofford, App State and GA Southern.

Eagle1

February 16th, 2011
9:34 am

Fans of the real GSU would love to play Georgia State. A home and home would be fun. One game, on campus, in the Prettiest Little Stadium in America in front of a crowd that is usually at 125% of capacity and then a game in the GA Dome, in crime riddled Atlanta in front of a crowd that is usually at about 18% percent of capacity.

At this time we’ll still take our team, our tradition, and our 6 CHAMPIONSHIPS over playing in the old dome. Best of luck and hope we meet somewhere down the line.

PS: we would love to trade AD’s with you, though!

Ken Sugiura

February 16th, 2011
9:45 am

dream big, Tom.
Ryan – i’ll have some sort of answer for you as soon as i can today. one thing to keep in mind, with tech and uga’s kickoff times variable because of tv, it’s hard to say what would be more advantageous, although i’d think some variety might be nice regardless of when uga and tech kick off.

poleesemenses – a mercer game might draw some attention. i imagine the administration is at least considering it, along with ksu.

True Blue

February 16th, 2011
12:02 pm

I would love to see this game played. I honestly don’t understand why we wouldn’t agree to this game. It would bring in so many people and so much money for both schools. Southern gets a lot of their students from the Atlanta area and obviously State has its own ties to Atlanta. It would be a great recruiting opportunity for both schools and this could be such a great rivalry for years to come. If we can’t get our AD to agree to it then hopefully we will meet ya’ll in the play-offs.

Good luck to you guys next year.

GoEagles

February 16th, 2011
12:28 pm

GS Head Coach told me face-to-face about playing GSU. “They might do a game but they (GSU) would have come down to Stateboro but we’re not going to atlanta”. He went on a say “a team that only be around for one year… Lets face the facts, “they only won 6 games… ever, they can come to us”. GS made it to the final four last year. GSU is no where near the level GS is playing at. Keep dreaming GSU.

rbostic218

February 16th, 2011
12:29 pm

We at southern would love to play gastate or who ever is in front of us. Even though it would be fun at the end of the day most southern fans, me included really don’t care one way or the others in a game with gastate. That’s not something that we think about on a day to day basis.

You guys and also my fellow southern fans are fooling yourselves if you think that the team you saw last year was a good gasou team, it was ok at best. You can ask any one of the coaches included the head coach and they will tell you the same thing. Yes you guys had a nice season and are a little ahead of where we were at this point starting out. Good!!!

We some big games coming up with FBS teams Alabama this year, Neb,Fla,GT and so on and so forth. But me personally I think playing games like that brings pride to your fan base and univ. but it does nothing for you team to loose to a team like that. I would much rather play a Troy, MTSU,FAU,FIU,So.Miss,Tulane and yes when they get established S.Alabama.

Yes a game would be fun with gastate but we are not loosing sleep over the whole thing. Keep on winning and me along with the whole eagle nation wish you guys much success.

GoEagles

February 16th, 2011
12:33 pm

But then again… Coming to the Dome and seeing GS destroys GSU would be a fun to watch. There would be a 2-1 ratio of GS fans over GSU fans.

Good Luck with your season GSU. I guess another 6-5 winning would be good…

Nate Dawg

February 16th, 2011
12:35 pm

@goeagles: A response to your coach would be that it would make a heck of a lot more sense to play such a highly anticipated game in the 72,000 seat Ga Dome in Atlanta rather than a much much smaller stadium in Statesboro. Heck, yall can play in Athens for all I care; that would be awesome!

Kaleb

February 16th, 2011
12:44 pm

Southern would kill State. Period.

GSUtimes2

February 16th, 2011
12:54 pm

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………

www

February 16th, 2011
1:00 pm

and georgia state fan who thinks they would stay within 2 TDs of georgia southern is delusional.

ERK

February 16th, 2011
1:03 pm

It is amusing that Ga State fans think that they are even close what the Ga Southern Football program is. GSU just won three away games in the playoffs this past season. They were a couple of plays away from playing for their SEVENTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. Ga State’s inagural season of playing trade schools is over. State will be more talented but the wins wont increase as the schedule toughens. Ga Southern should embrace a game in Atlanta. They have a number of players from Atlanta and quality of Atlanta recruits would improve.

mike brown

February 16th, 2011
1:05 pm

It’s amusing to read that Sam Baker and Jeff Monken alledgedly seeing playing Georgia State as a nothing to gain, everything to lose game. What if Georgia and Georgia Tech felt that way about playing Georgia Southern as they are scheduled to do in the future. And, in actuality Tech and UGA have everything to lose in playing the Eagles, and virtually little or nothing to gain. I would think GSU-GSU would be a win-win for everyone involved, especially at the box office. It’s a good thing other schools didn’t feel that way back in 1982 or else the Eagles would be lucky to be playing in the Pioneer League today.

ONE MORE TIME

February 16th, 2011
1:05 pm

In a rebuilding year we were one of four teams left in the FCS playoffs. Georgia Southern is back and playing State would be a complete waste of our time. Maybe a few years down the road when they have been consistent and established themselves a little bit a game would be cool.

ERK

February 16th, 2011
1:06 pm

Oh yeah, They were all away playoff games beacuse the morons in the atletic department didnt file paperwork to request a home playoff game. Everyone should have been fired that day!!!!!!!!!!!!

GSUPAnTHER

February 16th, 2011
1:14 pm

What recruit in Gods name would want to go to school down in Statesboro GA when they have the option to get a ton more exposure in Atlanta. Thats not even including how much better the quality of life is in Atlanta than in that po-dunk town. Where is Statesboro anyways? Its only a matter of time until GSU dominates Southern in recruiting as well as W’s. Maybe you can let us get some seniors on the team before you get too excited about how bad you would beat us. Until then, enjoy living in Statesboro and playing in your high school stadium. I can only wish I could get a spot on the grass hill for a college football game like I did when I was in middle school.

Coach

February 16th, 2011
1:15 pm

GA State fans crack me up. Please beat somebody I’ve heard of before you ever talk junk about playing Southern, Tech, or Uga.

Well

February 16th, 2011
1:24 pm

GSUPanther- Most kids like the feel of a college campus/town. Attending school in the inner city isn’t that appealing to most.

ERK

February 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

GSUPA

Just ask everyone getting robbed across the 15 lane highway at Ga. Tech how fun it is to go to school in Techwood, I mean the ATL. Georgia Sate’s campus of Five Points and Underground just scream college. It is great walking the campus with thugs and panhandlers. I’ll take the coed’s in bikini’s and cold kegs any day. Get real.

NO GSU PRIDE

February 16th, 2011
2:00 pm

Jacksonville State is not better than Georgia Southern. JSU has not won a playoff game since 1994. ODU is a startup and until they do something then they are not counted. GaState playing pathetic Clark Atlanta and TRAVELING to Div. II West Alabama. So much for credibility there. First Georgia State should worry about beating startup programs like USA and ODU and lowly NAIA programs like LAMBUTH. Also playing S.C.State is nothing. Everyone knows MEAC football is a joke. I don’t think they have ever won a FCS (I-AA) playoff game since FAMU won it all 1978. I like how GaState is trying to live off the reputation of the CAA. Just like in basketball, you all will be the CAA’s whipping boy. I’m sure the conference is eagerly awaiting you all 2012 arrival. Losing to CAU and at West Alabama will probably give you all a dose of reality.

Too Easy

February 16th, 2011
2:09 pm

What a refreshing break: GSU slamming GSU, and vice versa.

GStateBen

February 16th, 2011
3:06 pm

To [allegedly] have your first year head coach slam us as a program saying we “only” won 6 games is hilarious. You tend to slam those who you fear the most. We place billboards on I 16 headed toward Stateboro on the North and South bound side of the road.

We have won a few recruiting battles and we’ve lost a few recruiting battles with Southern. While it’s great that you were oh so close to a championship, you beat a mutual opponent in Savannah State, lost to a 4 loss Samford bunch and lucked up that Jacksonville State collapsed in their first round game at home vs. Wofford to draw the Terriers again. We can claim to almost beating Jacksonville State in our first year and it holds a much weight as you almost winning another FCS title. It’s the same argument.

Jacksonville State had enough talent to beat you guys and the defensive front 7 size to stop the vaunted option. You guys play Alabama this season, they are stronger in 2011 then they were in 2010 when we played them. Smile, take the beating and the paycheck just like we did.

STEINER

February 16th, 2011
3:11 pm

GSUPAnTHER:
Can tell you don’t know much about football or Georgia Southern Football…You will have the same problem recruiting that Tech does in Altanta…Muggings, carjackings, beatings, knifings, shootings, you name it, you got it in the big A..Might move from the Tech campus to the Georgia State Campus…Probably already has….We won’t be swapping our college career in Statesboro for one in Atlanta any time soon…AND YOU CAN’T FILL PAULSON STADIUM WITH 20000 SEATS, MUCH LESS THE DOME WITH 72000…MUST BE LONELY IN THERE….Swap Statesboro for Atlanta, you gotta be kidding….

Mikey

February 16th, 2011
3:14 pm

From a recruiting standpoint it will be a killer for the loser since they’re both 1-AA programs.

STEINER

February 16th, 2011
3:15 pm

GStateBen :
COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA….JAX STATE BOWED OUT GENTLY IN THE PLAYOFFS NOT WANTING ANY OF THE GEORGIA SOUTHERN TRADITION….WE WOULD HAVE OPTIONED THEM TO DEATH….

egeagle

February 16th, 2011
3:20 pm

GSU Pabthers– Rotweiler mouth with a chihuahua behind. And what cretin said State had a better first year than we did? 7-4 and barely missing the playoffs in 84 beats 6-5 in ‘10. And mike brown, GT STILL hasn’t played us in over 25 years of football. UGA, out of respect for Erk, has played us most. We’ve been to Auburn, Miami, FSU, UNC, Oregon State, Colorado State, and more. Dawgs, LSU, Bama, and finally Tech coming in the near future. Weee’re baaack!. Check our roster and just wait until WE have a few seniors. We rebuilt last year, returning to our roots, and sent Bill and Mary packing. We did lose to UD this time, but we’ve beaten them before. CAA stirs no fear in the top of the SoCon. Our pitiful little team, stadium, and school outdrew you, outplayed you,and has a real tradition to call our own. Just when I start to think you guys might be worthy of pulling for, you open your mouths and kill all respect we might have had for you.

Tron

February 16th, 2011
3:28 pm

Southern is a second rate direction school that State should have no interest in playing.

Until State is FBS and in a BCS conference THEN they should try to schedule Southern as one of their preseason games in the years that UGA and the Joke by Coke don’t have them scheduled.

Hail Southern

February 16th, 2011
3:30 pm

Anyone that says the campus at Georgia State is better then Sothern’s has never been there. Georgia State is just a crappy commuter school for a bunch of old, unemployed people that cant find jobs so they go back to school. Southern has a real college atmosphere with great parties and long days spent at the pool. I graduated in 2005 and loved every minute of the four years I spent there. Hail Southern, and I would love to watch Southern crush Georgia Commuter State.

Case Quarter

February 16th, 2011
3:32 pm

As a proud GSU (Statesboro) alum living in ATL, I’d love to see GSU v. GSU. I rarely get a chance to get to the ‘Boro.

SouthernDoc

February 16th, 2011
3:51 pm

It’s pretty simple. If Georgia State wants to play Georgia Southern, they should just make the playoffs. Maybe then will GState be worth the slightest bit of Southern’s attention.

Eagle1

February 16th, 2011
4:17 pm

We could play a home and home series, but GSU is the only one with a HOME! GSU could rent the GA Dome just as easily as GA State does.

Personally I think it’s great to debate all of these topics and look forward to meeting the Panthers on the field one day. Why not take the matter out of the hands of the administrators and just meet on the filed in the playoffs?

GSUPAnTHER

February 16th, 2011
4:19 pm

I’m just trying to get this straight, you guys are actually bragging about living in Statesboro, GA? If thats the case then I feel really bad for you all and our argument should probably just end right now. And yes, there is crime in the city of Atlanta. I guess that makes the entire city just horrible. Guess New York, Chicago, D.C, L.A, Dallas are all awful cities as well because guess what, crime happens in any big city you goofballs. The fact that we are arguing the better city to reside in is a joke. I’m done with this stupid argument.

erkseagle

February 16th, 2011
4:20 pm

Atlanta a better place to go to school that the boro? Half the city empties out every weekend to drive down I-16 while on their way to Hilton H., Tybee, and SSI. We used to day trip those beaches when I was in school. AND, nothing beats the tailgating/football game atmosphere in Statesboro!

GSUtimes2

February 16th, 2011
4:26 pm

I’m glad to see that at least Hail Southern is a graduate of GaSouthern. I was beginning to wonder based on the fact that all these Southern trolls couldn’t quite spell (note above one couldn’t spell ‘Southern’.) But, I guess that could also point to the quality of the education. Ok, go ahead and cling to your fantasy world that Statesboro is the Mecca of FCS football. We’re a new program and expected some jealousy from the red headed step-child of GA football. I just didn’t realize the extent of the jealousy. Geez, you guys are classy. BTW, if you spent half as much time calling your AD as you did trolling the real GSU blog, maybe we’d have that GSU-GSoU game sooner rather than later. Oh, and i know you love Erk, but it seems it didn’t really go both ways, did it? —-> http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=163856&c=3