Hill readmitted to GSU and is back with team

Quarterback Kelton Hill has been readmitted to Georgia State University and began practicing with football team today. Hill was arrested and charged with burglary by campus police on June 22. The Fulton County District Attorney has decided not to pursue the charges as long as Hill graduates within four years, according to a letter sent from the Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. to Georgia State President Mark Becker. If Hill fails to graduate, the district attorney retains the right to revise the charges. The letter doesn’t specify that Hill has to graduate from Georgia State.

Calls to Georgia State’s Dean of Students haven’t been returned. The investigation into another student, Omotayo Akintoye, who was listed in the incident report has been dropped, according to Sgt. David Hickey of Georgia State’s Campus Police.

The Georgia State athletics department has suspended Hill for the Sept. 2 season-opener against Clark Atlanta. Coach Bill Curry said Hill will start on the scout team.

“How long that lasts depends upon his attitude and performance,” Curry said.

Hill, who played at Lithia Springs, was projected to be the Panthers’ starter this season. He led the team with 426 rushing yards as a back-up last season. He also rushed for three touchdowns. He completed five passes for 64 yards.

Bo Schlechter is the No. 1 quarterback, with true freshman Ben McLane as No. 2. Drew Little, last year’s starter, was suspended for the first four games of this season after breaking a team rule. Curry said that if Little continues to show a good attitude his suspension may be reduced.

Curry has now gone from an area of weakness to a strength, assuming the players do what he asks.

“I’m glad to have them all out there,” Curry said. “I’m still very anxious to see how each of them perform.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

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Coach Curry

August 11th, 2011
9:26 am

I’m a no-Nonsense guy. I will not tolerate any hanky panky. I played for the Green Bay Packers, and am from College Park, GA. Auburn isn’t on our schedule are they?

PantherTalk.com

August 11th, 2011
9:30 am

http://www.PantherTalk.com had the story on its home page at 8:45am. Once again, the AJC was scooped.

Why

August 11th, 2011
9:33 am

Coach Curry

August 11th, 2011
9:37 am

Hill has done everything we’ve asked him to do. He has yet to rob a waffle house or hold up a GT student. He’s a good kid, and we need a QB. I am a man of character that preaches character to our players. This thug from Lithia Springs is quite a character. Have I mentioned that I played center for the Green Bay Packers? Let me pull my pants up some more. I had to unzip them this morning to brush my teeth. Where’s the stool softener?

Coach Curry

August 11th, 2011
9:44 am

You didn’t think I was going to let a punter be our first string QB did you? Since we couldn’t bring in any transfers at QB, this is the best I could do.

DIlly Bar

August 11th, 2011
9:54 am

Sounds like he would fit right in at Georgia Tech.

UnAthletic

August 11th, 2011
9:57 am

So they just let him back on the team because they didn’t have a QB? No punishment? No suspension? Pretty sad…

Brad Banks Big

August 11th, 2011
10:07 am

You guys are pretty disrespectful to come on the AJCs blog and post Web links to your blogs here. I see GAStBen or whatever his name is doing it and now this. There is like 12 of you talking GSU football here. Why would you bite the hand? You noticed you went from headline blog with a fulltime beat writer last season to bottom page and part time beat this season. I know the banner ads have slipped, thus cutting into coverage, but I wouldnt pile on if I were you guys. Just wait and watch for that first away game byline and see if its a fulltime staffer from the AJC traveling to cover this program. I hope so for this city’s sake, but the way you cats act here might go a long way in bringing in the final ax on this even limited coverage. I saw your crowds last year. You guys need all the help in this market as you can get.

GStateBen

August 11th, 2011
10:07 am

The Fulton County DA dropped ALL of the charges. It’s funny how you guys comment and have no clue what you are talking about.

GSU PANTHER1

August 11th, 2011
10:10 am

I was about to say, obviously the kid had all the charges dropped. You guys are idiots if you think Curry, or the school for that matter, are just going to let this kid back on the team if he was truly guilty of the crime. Good Lord guys, use your heads a little bit. And ‘Coach Curry,’ you sure do know a lot about our team for a guy that seems to hate the school…

Coach Curry

August 11th, 2011
10:12 am

I’m Coach Curry young man, don’t sas me. I played for the Green Bay Packers.

GSwho

August 11th, 2011
10:15 am

Bill Curry, man of ethics, runs a straight program, blah, blah blah. It is all about winning and you know it. Not any was he going to play games with a punter as a QB. So what he stole a laptop, better make sure the lockers are secure at half time.

GSUtimes2

August 11th, 2011
10:15 am

Oh sweet Jesus, this is good news. I really don’t care what the trolls say now. Kelton Hill in the wildcat is going to give other teams fits…Troll on people. We are a new program so we are an easy target. We’ll just keep minding our own business and enjoying the game. :)

Tuscon

August 11th, 2011
10:15 am

Dropped of all charges is good enough for me. If he’s not in trouble with the law, why would he be in trouble with the team? Feeling a lot better about those second two games now. Better, not good. lol

student Athlete

August 11th, 2011
10:19 am

The real question: Is Kelton innocent, or did he get away with it?
I would think, if innocent, there would be no punishment; therefore there must be something to the charges.
Drew Little must have committed a capitol offense.

GStateAlum11

August 11th, 2011
10:20 am

I’m certainly glad he’s back, but let’s just hope he learned his lesson and that ONE of our quarterbacks delivers this season. Especially in those 1 four games without Little. That laptop had better been worth it to miss the first week of practice and possibly your position at first string QB, Hill!!!

GStateAlum11

August 11th, 2011
10:21 am

1st** four games

GSUtimes2

August 11th, 2011
10:28 am

@student Athlete. He’s presumed innocent until proven guilty. This is still America. As for the suspension, just because he’s not guilty of doing something illegal does not mean he was not violating team rules. BIG DIFFERENCE. It could have been something as simple as breaking curphew. That’s not the same as stealing a laptop.

GSUGrad06

August 11th, 2011
10:29 am

This is great news both for Kelton and the team. He was still suspended even though the charges were all dropped. I don’t see this as soft.

We can beat ODU with Kelton but it’s going to be a battle. Anyone looking to watch a good game on September 10th, whether you’re a Panther, Dawg or Jacket, come down to the Dome. This game should not disappoint!

Brad Banks Big

August 11th, 2011
10:31 am

@Panthertalk.com
That is great that you are scooping AJC on Georgia State football news, and I am sure you put a lot of work into what you do, but what I am saying is that this newspaper gives you a platform that you are not going to get on whatever your personal blog is. Period. You may beat the AJC.com’s GSU blog in site visits, and I would assume you would by default, you aint beating the AJC.com’s Sports site and that won’t ever be close. Get right or get left? Thats cute. Just some friendly advice from someone who has been around and behind the scenes at papers like this. They already regret having to fund this position and will not like it too much to see you and yours constantly plastering your Web sites all over the place here. Its bad for business and, in my opinion, very disrespectful. You may not think so, but thats is the way it is viewed.

GSUTax2009

August 11th, 2011
10:50 am

We probably shouldn’t be dissing the AJC for being a little late.

The AJC has to go through channels and what not to verify the information before they put it in print. Whereas on the message board, the slightest whisper, true or not, will be put on the board which is why message boards are not the best source of info.

No more posts about scooping the AJC. It’s not GSU vs. the AJC. We need the AJC. Don’t screw it up. And who cares if we scooped the AJC, and how do you know. The AJC could have known a week ago, but just couldn’t print it because it was fully verified yet.

Bill Curry Fan

August 11th, 2011
10:50 am

I am a ga fan, alson a curry fan.I find this program very interesting much like when ga southern came on the scene.I plan to follow this team and wish them all sucess.Go panthers.

GStateBen

August 11th, 2011
10:53 am

So far so polite. I’m honestly suprised. I was expecting the trolls out in a big way this AM.

Welcome back KH4!

G-S-U Panthers!

August 11th, 2011
10:55 am

I agree with GSUTax2009. Kind of stupid if you ask me to rip the AJC. We need them way, way more then they need us.

GSU2012

August 11th, 2011
11:00 am

Congratulations Kelton. I am glad u have been given a second chance. Please forgive myself and others for judging your situation. Good luck and here’s to another winning season!

BG

August 11th, 2011
11:01 am

Wow! Kinda shocked he was allowed back on the team.

Panama

August 11th, 2011
11:10 am

I only have two things to say and then I am outta here…

1) Cleared of all charges by Fulton County DA

2) Yet another story broken by PantherTalk.

22 Days until CAU gets smushed.

jweaver

August 11th, 2011
11:11 am

Great news for the Panthers and Kelton and I completely agree with GSU2012’s sentiments. This team is going to turn some heads this year!

GSUAlumBaseball81

August 11th, 2011
11:21 am

Welcome back KH4! This kid can run! Thanks for the coverage AJC!!! GO PANTHERS!!!

GoldGuy

August 11th, 2011
11:28 am

I mean, Cam Newton stole a laptop and he won the Heisman. Kelton Hill going to win the D2 equivalent?

Petty PantherTalk

August 11th, 2011
11:28 am

PantherTalk, you are coming off as a jerk. Nobody cares if you posted this a few minutes before ajc did.
They actually had to get Editor’s approval and check their sources – something I bet you NEVER do with your silly little blog.

To the haters

August 11th, 2011
11:28 am

Guess what? In America, we have a justice system that operates on the premise of innocence until proven otherwise. Kelton was arrested because the police received information that would lead them to do so. Kelton’s case went through the legal system, and the Fulton County DA decided to drop the charges. The reason behind that doesn’t matter now, because justice has been served. Whether or not Kelton actually broke in and stole anything is between him and God now, because our legal system has decided he will no longer be prosecuted for this alleged crime. I trust Bill Curry’s judgement, and I look forward to seeing Kelton take snaps in game 2 and beyond.

Also, props to PT for showing the story first, but it’s important not to fault the AJC for this. They cover anything and everything in the metro area and most of the state. Panther Talk focuses on GSU.

No dog in this fight

August 11th, 2011
11:32 am

I don’t have a dog in this fight; however, to say you scooped the AJC with a story is absurd. Panther Talk.com is a mere blog site for Georgia State only, where as the ajc sports section covers several beats from professional to high school. If anything, you should work hand-in-hand with Doug Roberson and give him leads, so it can reach a broader perspective. Similar to the way former AJC beat writer Todd Holcomb feeds GHSF Daily stories to the prep football blog.
Coach Curry impostor, you are being very disrespectful with your ignorant comments about Coach Curry, Kelton Hill and up-in-coming football program at Georgia State.

hammer22

August 11th, 2011
11:41 am

Glad to have Kelton back.

JohnnyD

August 11th, 2011
11:54 am

WE ARE GSU!!!! GSU.EDU THE REAL GSU CHECK THE LINK! WHY DOES THE AJC HAVE US AS GA. STATE ON THE LINK? GSU GSU GSU GSU

GSUGrad06

August 11th, 2011
12:01 pm

“I mean, Cam Newton stole a laptop and he won the Heisman. Kelton Hill going to win the D2 equivalent?”

Georgia State is D1, just like UGA, Tech and Southern. Valdosta State and West Georgia are D2.

gsuforthewin

August 11th, 2011
12:01 pm

No one pay any attention to Panthertalk….I love georgia state football and frequent the georgiastatesports website, but all the members of the georgia state paper and blogs are so pretentious that it’s borderline pathetic. They seriously think they compete with the AJC (A NATIONALLY KNOWN NEWSPAPER) Most of the georgia state students couldn’t even tell you what our school paper’s name is (the signal) Overall, they think too highly of themselves and hurt gsu more than they help it

Ryan

August 11th, 2011
12:02 pm

Remember, anyone can post under any name they want. Just because someone post as PantherTalk.com does not mean it is from anyone associated with running or reporting on the site.

We appreciate any coverage from AJC and know the importance of our hometown paper covering GSU sports.

Now back to the topic on hand, welcome back KH4. I hope you learn and grow from this.

GSUGrad06

August 11th, 2011
12:04 pm

gsuforthewin – you can not like some of the personal opinions of people on PT or how something was handled. However, you can’t ignore the fact that if you’re looking for GSU sports information anything to know is likely there.

GSUGrad06

August 11th, 2011
12:05 pm

Great point Ryan. Just like this guy posting as “Coach Curry” or someone pretending to be a State fan who is just here to cause trouble and show a bad name for GSU.

Browncoat

August 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

I thought he had transfered to Uga.

panther prowler

August 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

Glad to see a story after 7 day’s of no coverage. He has beeen cleared. Good for him but he missed all of the summer workouts and 7 on 7’s. In today’s football world that should put you at the back of the bus. The other qb’s have been earning their opportunities. Curry will take care of that. Ben stated he missed only 8 practices but in reality he missed a whole summer (5 workouts a week with team).

GSUgrad91

August 11th, 2011
12:27 pm

The young man will still have to pay a penalty, and hopefully learns from past mistake(s). Deserving of second chance, let’s hope he is successful.

hammer22

August 11th, 2011
12:32 pm

Kelton has been in the system for 3 years now. I think he’ll adjust.

Ga Panther

August 11th, 2011
12:48 pm

Being in the system has nothing to due with it! It’s about team chemistry. Being with the team. Putting your work in all summer with everyone else. This has embarrased the program and he should be put on the scout team until he earns the respect back of his teamates.

Oldschool

August 11th, 2011
1:03 pm

WOW, GA Panther did you just really say that???? I don’t care what system he’s been in, you still have to do the workouts and be with your team mates. You have this thing called timing and the relationships with your team. You people kill me. Last year all we heard about was Star Jackson and now you back on Kelton Hill. You people really should be worried about Drew Little. If I rememeber correctly, he was the one that took this team to a winning record. Ben you are just out there dude. You say that we should not show favoritisim towards a player, but you have been trying to push Kelton down everybodys throat since day one. Now that Drew is out for the first 4 games, it feels like your right back to your agenda. Drew should have his knocked down to 1 game also. Panama you are still the same. Its good to see that nothing ever changes.

Montinod

August 11th, 2011
1:05 pm

Keyboard courage is one hell of a drug…

It’s good to hear Kelton’s legal issues are a thing of the past. Whatever CBC and the administration deem appropriate with regards to his punishment, I am behind 100 percent.

GSU fan

August 11th, 2011
1:06 pm

As a fan of Georgia State Football, you need to slow your roll PantherTalk.com. The AJC is a resource not many D1-AA (or whatever it’s called now) football programs have. The AJC offers exposure that Georgia Southern and other small market programs do not receive. You should be more grateful about the AJC’s coverage of Georgia State, and perhaps work with the AJC, instead of trying to create an enemy. The goal is to promote Georgia State football, especially in it’s early stages, not PantherTalk.com. Which do you really care more about?????

Oldschool

August 11th, 2011
1:09 pm

All you Panther talk people. Why would anyone ever go on that blog. You can not say anything that Ben and Panama doesn’t like or they will ban you. Trust me I know. I am still ban from last year. Oh, by the way. I broke the story that Drew would be the starter and not Star Jackson. I guess that made Benny mad, because I was ban two days later. Love that Blog!!!!!!!!!

Timewise

August 11th, 2011
1:15 pm

Panthertalk.com is absolutely detrimental to the growth of the GSU Panther program. Always trying to be “first” or “best”, be happy with the coverage that the AJC gives you, or it might get yanked.