Curry on discipline, and why Schlechter didn’t play

Bill Curry says his Georgia State team isn’t as far along as he thought it would be this year. The mistakes being made are ones he thought the team would have made last year, its first playing football.

Partially because of those errors, the Panthers are 1-3 this season, 7-8 in their 15-game history.

Georgia State is off this week before Murray State and its high-powered offense comes to town next Saturday.

Curry sat down for a few minutes and answered a few questions (questions and answers have been paraphrased):

Q: Will most of the injured players be back?

A: I hope we have most of them back. Will will probably have Clyde (Yandell) and Ben (Jacoby).

Q: What about Albert Wilson?

A: Hardest thing to predict is a hamstring.

Q: What has been the most disappointing thing about the start?

A: Discipline. We have to be better in every way. That’s the head coach’s responsiblililty. The message is clear that we haven’t gotten the job done. We are turning up the tempo; the demands, the approach to practice. I don’t mean smashing and crashing. We’ve got to be more demanding on the little details. In the past, we’ve been able to coach foolish penalties out within a week. In three weeks we haven’t with this team. Different now, with more punishment because that’s obviously required. By that, extra running, extra conditioning, or the bench. Our chief characteristic has to be that we don’t commit foolish penalties. We will get that done, should have already had that done.

Q: Why didn’t Bo Schlechter play against Houston?

A: Just a matter of…not a disciplinary thing. A matter of thought what would win the game. There are things that the other two guys can do that they bring to the game. Honest answer is it gives us a better chance to win. I Won’t poit inadequaqncies in our guys. One, Kelton (Hill_ runs better and the other (Drew Little) throws more accurately. If you want both in one package it’s Bo. Bo knows he got a fair chance to show he can go out and win.

As coaches, as much as we love to talk about value systems, you better win.

Every decision we make is one that we think gives us a better chance to win.

Q: Will there be any personnel changes?

A: Considering several personnel changes on OL and defense and special teams. But we haven’t decided.

Q: You talked last week about the defensive line getting blown backward and the linebackers not sticking to their assignments. Did you see improvement against Houston, or was the level of competition such that it made that difficult?

A: It’s as if we were frozen. We were trying, it looked like we were running water. Seldom was there a lack of effort, but it’s as if we were intimidated by the speed of the game.

Q: Did that surprise you?

A: It did. Very unpleasant surprise.

Q: Do you regret the schedule and how it was put together?

A: Anytime something doesn’t work out, you have to look at it and question, ‘Would there have been a better way?’ Games 2 and 3 were scheduled before we got here. We did the Clark game and the Houston game and the games that followed. I still think it’s important to play several really tough games before you get into the meat of what you want to be in the CAA, the toughest FCS league in the country.

Given the two gameson the schedule, maybe it would have made sense to do it a different way but you don’t get to go rewind.

Q: Will Bo stay at quarterback or will he switch to wide receiver like he did last year?

A: He will stay at quarterback, but he could play another position. He may go back to wide receiver. He requested that in Houston. ‘If we get an injury let me go and play.’ He’s tough, he catches the ball.

Q: Have there been any pleasant surprises?

A There haven’t been any pleasant surprises. Glad to see w’eve made some progress with the running game, but we still have so much other work to do. We haven’t done anything to celebrate yet.

I am proud that the guys can come back on the field like they did this morning and knock themselves out with effort. Nobody wallowed or moaned. We worked very hard, which we will continue to do.

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

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23 comments Add your comment


September 27th, 2011
2:32 pm

Q: Why didn’t Bo Schlechter play against Houston?

A: Just a matter of…not a disciplinary thing. A matter of thought what would win the game.

So we start Bo against teams we have a chance of beating, yet coach admits that having Drew in would help to win a game…hmm…maybe it’s time for some new blood at head coach.


September 27th, 2011
2:33 pm

Q: Have there been any pleasant surprises?

A There haven’t been any pleasant surprises.

A pleasant surprise would be winning.


September 27th, 2011
2:35 pm

I just hope Bo isn’t starting QB next week…

Panther Phil

September 27th, 2011
3:08 pm

New England’s Brady would not have helped against Houston. Who are we kidding? :)


September 27th, 2011
3:40 pm

When will you be putting out your interview w/ Levick?

Doug Roberson

September 27th, 2011
4:55 pm

Part I on Wednesday and Part II on Thursday.

It was a long interview so I might break it up into three parts.

GSU fan

September 27th, 2011
5:33 pm

I agree GSU Panther. It has been nice of Bill to help get this thing started, but he shouldn’t remain in that position for much longer. He’s a football icon, but he was out of the game as a coach for too long…It’s passed him by. The game changed light years since 1996!!!!! I would like to see him resign at year’s end and GSU get a younger, more fiery, more innovative, more in-tune coach that can recruit and coach up the athletes GSU is capable of getting. Really, why would a kid pick Georgia Southern over Georgia State? Identity and a belief that the program will be a winner…That’s it. Georgia State offers neither, and I think Curry is at the core of it. Georgia State provides, in my opinion. a better platform from substantial coverage in the AJC to playing in the Dome. But, Bill wouldn’t do it for me as a recruit…He certainly wouldn’t do it for an 18 year old recruit these days. That being said, I’m extremely grateful for what Bill Curry has done to this point for Georgia State.


September 27th, 2011
6:06 pm

Old school, I can never tell if Curry says stuff because he believes it or he knows it is stupid to say anything else. Johnson and Spurrier are not pc but they ,at the end of the day, run very clean programs and win. They don’t sound or look like politicians but they get the job done. Maybe the world needs more straight talk and less calulation.


September 27th, 2011
6:19 pm

Great piece Doug. Regarding his comments, my only concern is that he thought Bo could win in the other games. I would have liked to have see us take them a little more seriously. I believe if we had sent in Drew and Kelton (materially) in the ODU and Jax St. games it would have been much different.


September 27th, 2011
6:37 pm

GSU lost 56-0. Did you think at any point you should try playing him? Its not like Houston scored all those points in the 4th quarter.


September 27th, 2011
6:45 pm

I think the thing that everyone’s missing here is the fact that it takes a team to win in football. It’s not Bo, Kelton, or Drew on their own that is going to win the game, it’s the TEAM. Yes, their play will have an impact particularly if they make terrible mistakes but in order to win consistently EVERYONE must play their best, understand their role and contribution and above all focus on the guy in front of them. We can blame the coaches, the players, the AD, the band, or the cheerleaders for that matter but the only true people to blame are ourselves for not having realistic expectations of what a new program is supposed to look like. Okay USA and ODU seem to have the upper hand, but I bet ODU has a worse record than us this year. USA has lost the only two games in its history that were challenging, and last week against Kent they looked awful. Once they get into conference play the REAL USA will emerge and I bet it won’t look that dissimilar from us. Rather than point fingers and Monday morning QB what we need to do is be in the stands supporting our kids no matter what. I promise you the more they see the support from the fans, the better they’ll play and the more they’ll win. Anyway just my opinion….


September 27th, 2011
6:57 pm

@ STATEment, good points. Certainly hope you’re right about ODU this year. Funny how folks are slow to support but quick to jugde. Look at UCF, lost to FIU and then FIU loses to LA-Lafayette the next week. You never know what can happen……


September 27th, 2011
7:29 pm

For the record, I don’t think Coach Curry should quit at the end of this season or anytime before his contract is up. As much as I hate to admit it, the troll posting as Bill Curry has a point; without him this program would be nothing. So we had a bad start this season? We believed going in that both Drew and Kelton would be out, and under those circumstances we wouldn’t have half as much to complain about. I wouldn’t condemn a man because of three games of football, especially while he is trying to keep his ship in order and actually hold his team to certain standards. We still have almost 3/4 of the season left, we shouldn’t start shooting ourselves now.


September 27th, 2011
8:13 pm

Bo Schlecter is the shizzy.


September 27th, 2011
8:28 pm

@ STATEment

Great points! This season has not been an improvement from last year thus far. You can blame it on many developments from players being suspended to the defense being on the field too much to stupid penalties and play calls on offense and defense. Maybe the schedule has been too tough? Oh the 3-4 is not a defense we can master with our current defensive personnel and so on and so on! One thing, I have noticed since the opening game is where are the fans and especially the students. Just like last year after the Shorter game. Traveled to Jacksonville State and it was an easy drive and a great FCS football venue. We should have had 1,000 fans there at least. Tailgating was great but where were the GSU fans and students? There were two guys (students painted blue and white) and they were awesome. But where were your peers? I am tired of hearing we are a second year team and we shouldn’t expect a great fan turn out until we run through a four year cycle of students living on campus with football being played. Where are you GSU alumni? Where are you 100,000 strong Metro Atlanta GSU Alums? I say we need to have our GSU Alums, GSU students, GSU teachers and employees all come out for the Murray State game and support our men at the Dome and then we will give our team something to get excited about and then I will be proud of my University! Until then, I guess more of the same. But don’t get on this Blog or Panther Talk and express your opinions unless you are going to the games and giving of your $$$ to support this the team and GSU athletics! Panther up and help your University move into the big time! GO GSU PANTHERS!!!

The Dome Is Our Home

September 27th, 2011
8:30 pm

STATEment said, “Okay USA and ODU seem to have the upper hand, but I bet ODU has a worse record than us this year.”

Isn’t ODU 2-0 against us? Isn’t that the record that matters? Don’t they play a better schedule then us that doesn’t include not one or two but THREE D2 teams? THAT’S THREE EASY WINS FOR US THAT THEY DON’T HAVE!!! It doesn’t matter if they have a worse record then us because they’re undefeated against us. Theyve played as a team against us better then we play as a team!


September 27th, 2011
8:40 pm

Oh and by the way, I believe we were very lucky to have Fred Barnes # 36 return to our team because he is a pure defensive animal and he makes tackles all over the field. He can hit and he should probably be teaching others the art of tackling in the purest sense. Go FB36!!!

Doug Likes To Copy and Paste

September 27th, 2011
8:58 pm

ODU is 3-1 with wins over Campbell, Hampton and us. They took #6 Delaware to the 4th quarter down 13-10 in their first ever CAA game. Their athletic dept. does everything right.

South Alabama threw 3 INTs vs. Kent State in the first half and rallied back from a 33-0 deficit to lose 33-25. They have 85 scholarships and should beat us soundly. They are the second best team on our schedule. Their RB Demetre Baker went for 117 yards and a TD at NC State. They are no joke.

Both teams will finish with a better record than us because they have an additional year (in ODU’s case) and additional scholarship players (in South Alabama’s case).

I still believe this team can finish 5-2 down the stretch and clinch another winning season on Senior Day at home vs. Campbell.


September 27th, 2011
9:08 pm

Nice interview Doug. I just wish they figured out the QB thing earlier, I know I had it figured out after the first game.

On to Murray State, don’t forget to wear your white and bring a friend or 2.


September 28th, 2011
9:05 am

@ Doug Likes to C&P, Go back and watch the video of Kent State. They put in their 2nd and 3rd string for the 4th qtr. There was no chance they were going to come back in that game. As far as ODU and Delaware, the Blue Hens underestimated them as most teams on that level would. The rest of the teams in the CAA will not and I do not believe they will win another game this year.


September 28th, 2011
9:20 am

I would hate to see coach Curry leave the program at this time. So much of the college game is about the assistant coaches, your OC and DC and how they approach the game. I think many of the guys coming in next year are coming because they see Ga. State’s commitment to getting better and coach Curry is a huge part of that!

Go Panthers

September 28th, 2011
9:30 am

Great point regarding attendance and I am trying to do my part. Will be buying 13 tickets to the homecoming game. I have seen 3 games on TV this year and that creates a dilemma. I pose a question for debate. Can GSU attendance goals be met when the game is televised. Doug this is a question I would like for you to ask Cheryl Levick. Has there been any study performed on attendance when the home games are televised?


September 28th, 2011
9:47 am

@GoPanthers It is a tough decision. There is part of the fan base who would like only our away game televised because many away games are not within traveling distance.

It’s an extremely small sample size but I ran the numbers:
3 Saturday Home Games on TV: 14,364
4 Saturday Home Games Not on TV: 13,905

The exposure and chance to basically advertise the program on channels like CSS that reach 6 million subscribers in 13 states (as far South as Florida, as far West as Texas, as far north as Kentucky and as far East as Virginia). All of these are within the recruiting footprint of where Georgia State recruits for 2012 and 2013 prospects.