Little among five players disciplined, Jackson transferring

Four Georgia State players, including starting quarterback Drew Little, have been suspended for various lengths of time, a fifth dismissed and quarterback Star Jackson has left the team.

Little will miss spring practice and the first four games of the 2011 season, leaving the Panthers without arguably their most dependable player from the 2010 season for the season opener against Clark Atlanta as well as key matchups with Old Dominion, Jacksonville State and Houston.

“It’s a fundamental part of building a team,” coach Bill Curry said. “You build in discipline not by writing up a set of rules or by standing up and saying it to the players. You do it by enforcing the rules and making sure they apply to everybody.”

Curry also dismissed linebacker Olufemi Opanubi from the team. Other players suspended are safety Fred Barnes (spring practice, first two games) and wide receiver Danny Williams and linebacker Evan Bostic (both first week of spring practice).

All were for violations of team rules. None involve criminal activity. Curry, who said the suspensions were painful for him, would not comment on the violations beyond that.

“These are all good guys, these are all people we want here and have wanted here,” Curry said. “When they make mistakes, they have to learn that there are consequences and it’s my job to see that they do, even though it’s unpleasant.”

It’s a considerable blow for the team, which will start spring practice March 21. Opanubi, Barnes, Williams and Bostic all started and were among the team’s best players in Georgia State’s inaugural season.

Jackson, who was a ballyhooed transfer from Alabama last summer, played four games off the bench after nearly winning the starting job in preseason practice. He faces limited options to continue playing, as he would have to sit out a year if he transferred to another NCAA school and then only have one year of eligibility remaining. Cornerback Justin Hughes, a starter, has also left the team.

Curry said that Jackson is leaving for personal issues.

“I’m very sad about that,” Curry said. “We’re very sorry. We were thrilled when he came here. He is a tremendous talent. We wish him well. We’re going to help him with whatever he does next.”

Bo Schlechter will return to quarterback, a move that Curry said would have happened regardless of the shortage. Schlechter began fall practice in 2010 as a quarterback but then switched to wide receiver and also punted. He and Kelton Hill will be the team’s only two quarterbacks at spring practice.

The team will bring in Brookwood High quarterback Ben McLane in the fall.

Said Curry of Little, “He’ll have the opportunity to fight his way back and he’s indicated to me that’s exactly what he intends to do.”

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Pepe

March 10th, 2011
10:22 am

Agree with Curry’s point of view, but hate to see the 2nd year start this way…

Rob

March 10th, 2011
10:29 am

I agree that this is a lousy way to start the Spring, but I’d be more ashamed of a program that let things get so out of hand that we eventually had starters with rap-sheets.

This won’t be good for our record this season, but it will be good for our program in the long run.

Go Panthers!

March 10th, 2011
10:32 am

Enforcement of rules are critical. The team is too young to put winning ahead of discipline.

I absolutely hate it that Little is going to miss 4 games. Hate it for him, and hate it as a fan.

But rules are rules. I’m looking forward to his return.

And, I suppose, there is a not-so-subtle hint from Chip Towers that the guy from Boise State could be transferring here?

St. Richt

March 10th, 2011
10:34 am

Its nice to see a coach that has a pair. Night and day from the coach in Athens.

gsu01

March 10th, 2011
10:35 am

Would this kind of discipline ever occur in Athens? Only after multiple felonies…maybe.

Thank you Coach Curry for running this program the right way!

coach richt - please take note

March 10th, 2011
10:36 am

bill curry knows that a good program starts with discipline.

Jee S. You

March 10th, 2011
10:38 am

Clearly BIll Curry is no Mark Richt.

Sucks for us fans though – this is a big hit.

stinger

March 10th, 2011
10:39 am

I have kids, I hate to see get kids punished thish harshly…but sometimes you have to…I’m sure Curry made the right call…I know it was painful for him.

GStateBen

March 10th, 2011
10:39 am

One step back means Two steps forward. While it’s tough right now, we have 5 scholarships and check out Chip’s blog. The news could get better by the end of the weekend.

Panama

March 10th, 2011
10:41 am

Well folks, the law has been laid down just in case any current or future players were wondering how far CBC will go to enforce rules.

Malorie

March 10th, 2011
10:44 am

Good for Curry for actually holding them accountable for their actions! Maybe they won’t become adults who believe that the world owes them something because they can catch a football.

Barack Dawg

March 10th, 2011
10:45 am

St. Richt – Richt has a pair you must be confused and can’t read or you just started reading. But on behalf of all UGA fans – let me just say – Bite Me!

Ken Sugiura

March 10th, 2011
10:47 am

I agree with the sentiment here. In the long run, i think this will be good for the team and players individually.

GSUFan

March 10th, 2011
10:48 am

So happy that we have this coach. He should be an inspiration for not only coaches, but school administrators everywhere. Rules are made for reasons, and Coach Curry is setting a high standard. ( have no idea what the violations were, but I do know I respect his decision to stand by his rule enforcement.

Ken Sugiura

March 10th, 2011
10:48 am

i’d say mikey tamburro (the boise state guy referenced, went to boise state) is a possibility.

gsu01

March 10th, 2011
10:50 am

@Barack Dawg – I hope you’re not serious. It took Richt how many years to start cleaning up that program? The fact that Ealey has been allowed to come back on the team should tell you all you need to know about Richt the disciplinarian.

Bobby

March 10th, 2011
10:51 am

I really enjoyed watching Little last year. GSU will definitely hurt from his suspension, but if he learns from his mistake(s) GSU and him will both be stronger. I renewed my GSU season tickets just this week.

jimmyjohn

March 10th, 2011
10:52 am

UGA should hire Curry next year after Richt is fired, he seems like the right guy to get that sorry excuse for a program back on track.

Ken Sugiura

March 10th, 2011
10:53 am

Tamburo, not Tamburro.

@ gsu01

March 10th, 2011
10:55 am

Please enlighten us with a detailed list of the “multiple felonies” committed by UGA football players.

Adam B

March 10th, 2011
10:56 am

As a UGA fan and graduate, I was excited for students and alumni of GSU to finally get a football program. Now here we are a couple of years later and they already feel the need to take cheap shots at UGA. Maybe GSU fans need to follow their coach’s lead….

BAMMAR

March 10th, 2011
10:57 am

Star Jackson is going to have a tough life if he thinks the world owes him anything. Saban didn’t kiss his fanny and apparently Coach Curry won’t either. The young man needs to grow up.QUICK.

GSU alum

March 10th, 2011
10:58 am

How did you nimrods get Richt into this discussion. Why not the eater bunny? Pathetic!!!

bigdeal

March 10th, 2011
10:59 am

Please, real tough decision by Curry. He suspended players from a team that is not that good. They struggled with weak, very weak teams last year. Maybe he talked to them about being Bart Starr center, or playing for Bobby Dodd. Thank goodness, he did not make too much of a big deal about Dewberry and company. Just love Curry’s name dropping.

PantherPops

March 10th, 2011
10:59 am

Glad to know Coach Curry won’t be facing the same questions that Tressel is going to face real soon. When young men do things that break rules (or laws) the news eventually leaks out. CBC just nipped it in the bud (ass) before it gets out of hand. Thanks Coach for being a man of integrety & representing our school with class. If you suspend the caliber of players that you did, you have proved to the rest of the team that there is definetly a no tolerence policy in effect. I for one applaude you Coach.

GSU alum

March 10th, 2011
11:00 am

alright already, you knew I meant easter bunny.

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GSUGrad06

March 10th, 2011
11:02 am

I’d rather have a program of respectable people and risk a couple wins than have a roster full of kids who are not acting properly and not face consequences. Curry is setting these kids up to be better people in the long run. These kids future families and employers will appreciate this. I appreciate it as an alum and fan.

GSUGrad06

March 10th, 2011
11:03 am

Oh, and I’m not too concerned about the QB position even though Little is out for 4 games. I think there’s going to be a homecoming addition.

Go Coach Curry

March 10th, 2011
11:03 am

You don’t become Sports Person of the Year without some strong values! GOOOO Coach Curry! Definitely renewing my tickets this week!

bigdeal

March 10th, 2011
11:07 am

i would rather have a program that wins and has respectable people. I hope state’s program does well. But Curry is a name and figure head. The game has passed him by a long time ago. Get use to it State fans, you will see more of this. I am sorry but Curry is building that roster on rejects and juco.I promise you will see more of this and I mean much more. Maybe Bart Starr’s former center will touch his golden hand upon the program and it will be sinless and perfect. But wait fans want to win and they will eventually call him out as a nice guy and blah blah, but cant win.

Texas Pete

March 10th, 2011
11:08 am

This is a GA State story so why are people taking shots at UGA and Richt? The only difference is that the Panthers just completed Year 1 and already have 5 players being disciplined affecting next season. Curry acted instead of hiding, same as Richt. If this ends up happening every season with any number of players, exactly how will this be different than Athens, Tech, or any other program at any level? College kids do stupid stuff all the time but it’s only the athletes we make a big deal about. It does happen everywhere. Just hope that you guys never start cheating then you’ll be compared to OSU, Oregon, Auburn, and UT.

Bill Curry is no Mark Richt?

March 10th, 2011
11:10 am

…well DUH – why try to compare this with UGA? In actuality, he is no Jim Tressel…

Tony

March 10th, 2011
11:10 am

Hear, here. Coach Curry is making the right — albeit painful — decision. I hope the team appreciates this and understands that Coach Curry is not being an unreasonable man. These young men are fortunate to have a coach that expects so much of them. While on one hand he sets high standards for his players, they should also respect the fact that he’ll wade through hell for them, too.

These are good men and a good team. Honor and values — not merely over-hyped talent — is how you build enduring and respected football programs.

bigdeal

March 10th, 2011
11:10 am

Real GSU

March 10th, 2011
11:11 am

Wonder if the State campus environment had anything to do with these “violations”…Keep that pimp hand strong Curry, we in the Getto now baby

Go Panthers!

March 10th, 2011
11:11 am

Richt is irrelevant to this thread. The measuring stick at UGA is entirely different than the one at GSU.

Curry is the right man for GSU. I believe Richt is the right man for UGA, 2010 record pending.

Really, the most interesting news here is that Star is leaving. I can only speculate as to what happened, but I’m easily able to accept that it’s for the best.

CBB1

March 10th, 2011
11:13 am

Amazing how players from a local college get in trouble and Coach Richt gets bashed instead of Coach Curry. If it were UGA players getting into trouble, Coach Richt would still get bashed but you wouldn’t hear Coach Curry getting bashed. GSU and GA Tech fans, clean up your own backyard before you start bashing on Coach Richt. Need to worry about your own football programs instead of the bigger, better University to your east. Just sayin’.

Go Panthers!

March 10th, 2011
11:13 am

Damn! 2011. Hopefully I can stop writing 2010 before much longer.

Uh, gsu01...

March 10th, 2011
11:14 am

…you wrote “The fact that Ealey has been allowed to come back on the team should tell you all you need to know about Richt the disciplinarian”.

Please explain how Little being SUSPENDED and then being allowed back next fall differs from the Ealy matter?

bigdeal

March 10th, 2011
11:14 am

amen was for Texas Pete. again big deal he suspended a few kids from a struggle program in terms of talent and money. He did his job. Big deal. Thank you Curry for doing job and suspending those players from your team. Thank you for expecting so much from your players.

CBB1

March 10th, 2011
11:15 am

Great comments, Texas Pete!!

He cant beat Auburn

March 10th, 2011
11:20 am

No, I don;t want Mark Richt to be like Bill Curry. Curry sucked as a coach. Alabama threw bricks through his window for crying out loud. He probably doesn’t like the “urbanization” of his hometown College Park, and the kids probably made fun of him when he talked about Bart Starr’s hand being on his sack all the time when he was snapping to him. Curry is a nothing, he’s not even a has been. He’s NEVER been anyting.

GSU alum

March 10th, 2011
11:29 am

I think we have enough to worry about right here at home and gosh knows, chunking rocks at the other schools never won a game for anybody. Let’s “class up” and pipe down the UGA bashing.

Paul Little Johnson

March 10th, 2011
11:30 am

I would’ve punched them in the face.

mickey

March 10th, 2011
11:32 am

Saint Curry? I think not. There sure weren’t any discipline actions when Saint Curry coached at the Institute, Bammer, and UK. Discipline wasn’t important, wins were. It is easy to be a stern disciplinarian when you have a new program that is going to be pathetic no matter whether you kick em off or keep em on the team. they wouldn’t be at GSU if they were great players or else had issues with grades and/or discipline. Maybe Saint Curry will bless the down town connector and do away sith the traffic jams.

Code Blue. Go State!

March 10th, 2011
11:32 am

I am glad that CBC took the needed steps. Its always nice when you make your team follow the rules… and laws… A swift kick in the but for these kids that failed two drug tests in a row is needed… Way to go Bill!

Panama

March 10th, 2011
11:33 am

@Adam B

Uhhhh…I didnt JUST start taking shots at UGA. Lack of a football team did not preclude my hate for your school/

Tech Buzz

March 10th, 2011
11:35 am

If they used these same discipline rules at Georgia, the dogs may not even be able to field a team. Coach Johnson and Coach Curry make sure that players follow rules.

Directions

March 10th, 2011
11:38 am

It was actually the GSU people that brought Richt name into the conversation. College coaches suspend players all the time. No big deal. Let’s not crown Curry the king of discipline for this. This past bowl season, just about every team in a bowl had at least one player suspended. Curry to replace Richt, give me a break. Curry is 20 games under .500 as a coach. In three years at Tech, Paul Johnson won more games than Curry in eight. Curry is a nice little fit for the GSU’s little program, but he has proven with stops at Tech, Alabama and Kentucky that he can’t compete in the big time.