What’d Curry say today?

A transcript of Georgia State coach Bill Curry’s press conference today, courtesy of the SID:

On how the team used the off-week…

“What we have to do is obvious and you can’t do it with talk. What we have to do is perform. We’ve been working at that everyday around the clock, learning what it takes to be a disciplined football team at all times. Preparation has been good over the last week that we’ve had. The off-week came at a very fortuitous time for us and we’ve used it well.”

On Murray State…

“Murray State is yet another pass oriented offense that moves like lightening. They snap the ball repeatedly within seconds and force you to deploy in a hurry. The last time we faced that in Houston, we became disoriented and didn’t handle ourselves well. We did not maintain the speed of the game and we will have to do that this time.”

On the team’s progress…

“We must take the next big step in our program and, as I said before, we aren’t going to do that by talking about it. We’ve got to play a balanced football game, offensively and defensively, mount long drives to keep our defense off the field as possible. We know that that is part of our issue, part of our challenge all of the time. We have had surprisingly good preparation and attitude. We want to get back to loving to play football, but with a lot more execution.”

On establishing the running game…

“It’s really been a priority since we got here. A lot of the things we hang our hat on have not developed nearly as quickly as I think they should. Your ability to run the football and stop the run [on defense] are so fundamental and has been a major project that we continue to work on daily.”

On how the team has prepared…

“What we’ve done to ourselves three weeks in a row is not easy to recover from, but we have recovered really well. I’m proud of the guys for that. Having said that, it doesn’t count for anything unless it happens on the field Saturday. The way we’ve prepared is good, but we’ve said that before. We need to go out there and play a football game the way we are capable of playing.”

Senior Linebacker Michael Hall

On the mindset of the defense during the bye week:

“We had a lot of opportunities, given the bye week, to really think about what our season thus far has meant to us and what we wanted to get out of this season. Given the time, we made a personal decision that we weren’t going to lie down and take this. We want to improve and that’s what we decided we want to do. We made a tremendous effort to make sure we showed up for practice. There’s a difference between going to work and going to work.

On the changes he’s seen with the defense from the first game:

“We didn’t go through the motions. We were an excited defense. Sometimes when you’re a little too edgy and excited about what’s going on around you, you tend to lose focus. You have to learn that balance between what is focused play and what is undisciplined play. We’re definitely seeing that balance now.

On Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman:

“We do understand that thus far, he’s had tremendous performances. He will be respected. We’ll respect him just like any other opponent and we’ll do what we’re coached to do.

23 comments Add your comment

VSU Alumnus

October 4th, 2011
5:25 pm

I hope to catch your game on TV saturday. Good luck and Go Panthers !


October 4th, 2011
5:47 pm

I hope he has the guys mentally ready this week.


October 4th, 2011
6:39 pm

I don’t care if ATL is State’s hometown… I can’t understand WHY State gets so much press when they can’t buy fans to come watch them lose at the dome and the REAL GSU is ranked #1 & undefeated, the AJC can’t be bothered to put up even a wire story more than once a week on Sunday.


October 4th, 2011
7:07 pm

Statesboro might as well be in Asia. Sorry man, but most people up here won’t even go outside the perimeter let alone give a damn about what happens 6 hours from here. Even if it did matter you will choke again this year like you have for the past 11 so why bother.


October 4th, 2011
8:46 pm


You think the AJC would bother reporting on an FCS team over 200 miles away? Clemson and Auburn are more important and half the distance from Atlanta. And really, FCS #1 is pretty meaningless in college sports. Georgia State is a local team and accessible. Georgia Southern should schedule annual games against Georgia State in Atlanta if you want press coverage.

Best of luck to Georgia Southern. I’m sure you make the folks in Savannah proud.


October 4th, 2011
9:41 pm


GS alumni in Atlanta: 16k
GSU alumni in Atlanta 100k

GS distance to Atlanta: 210 miles
GSU distance to Atlanta: 0 miles

The fact that there is only one GSU and its in Atlanta, priceless.

GSU is in Atlanta

October 4th, 2011
9:42 pm


Jealousy is a stinky cologne, and you are wearing way to much of it.

Doug, thanks for posting this summary. We appreciate your coverage even when the times are tough for GSU Football.


October 4th, 2011
9:43 pm

Great presser today and the Michael Hall story is a great story. It’s what college football is all about.


October 4th, 2011
9:56 pm


As I have stated time and again, no one cares about FCS football. Being No. 1 in FCS football equates to being No. 1 in D. II, D.III, and NAIA. Sorry man, just the truth as NO ONE CARES!

Uncle Johnny

October 4th, 2011
9:57 pm

For real…I heard they had to reserve the top section of the dome for the AJC press corps…. no seriously I heard from a Guy that went to Southern that b/c AJC sends a ton of reporters to the GSU games that they had to do that. Seriously its true. GSU gets a ton of press. I heard they get reported about on the “internet” too.


October 4th, 2011
11:37 pm

LOL at Georgia Southern…


October 5th, 2011
12:01 am

Man. Thanks Doug. Lets start turning this season around.


October 5th, 2011
4:30 am

Crucial game for us. We really need to get a win.


October 5th, 2011
4:55 am

@*State*is in Atlanta:

Jealous of what? Losing? Pot and Kettle moment.

@ *other*GSU:

Someone must care. I mean, look at all the buzz one little comment by one REAL GSU alumnus caused. HEY-OH!


October 5th, 2011
7:40 am

Here’s to hoping we only lose to Murray State by 2 TDs or less. This season is just a let down.


October 5th, 2011
8:17 am

We really need to get a W this week. It will boost the troops morale and potentially bring some more fans.

Unfortunately GSU did this to themselves. To go 6-4 in a first year program is fantastic. The bar was set high this year and I think maybe some of the players thought they wouldn’t have to work hard. As a result, the teams we play have put a ton of emphasis on GSU b/c they don’t want to lose to a 2nd year program.

It will probably be another 2-3 years before GSU really gets consistent. In that 2-3 year window you will see recruitment, possibly more facilities, and a more solid fan base develop.


October 5th, 2011
8:18 am


Isn’t State in the FCS too? Dumb come back. You need to http://www.gsu.edu guy to help you!! That’ll show everyone!!

Doug Roberson

October 5th, 2011
8:33 am

Alright guys, though it dominates most of the comments, I think it’s time to curb the arguments between Georgia State fans and Georgia Southern fans. I welcome discussion about the Panthers football team. Anything that strays away from that will result in me either turning the comments off, or temporarily banning the offending poster.



October 5th, 2011
8:40 am

When I read this blog, I was happy that there were several comments posted. Then I find out that most of them are responding to a Southern troll complaining that his team doesn’t get any coverage from Georgia State’s hometown newspaper (BTW-This is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, not the Statesboro Journal-Constitution). Why can’t we just igonore them? They say the same things on every single blog. Let’s focus on our own team.


October 5th, 2011
8:42 am

Thank you Doug


October 5th, 2011
1:50 pm

Thanks Doug, but you must be new to college sports. ;) Check out the discussions between UGA and Tech fans. ;)


October 6th, 2011
7:10 pm

NOT A TROLL, THEO! Atlanta is my hometown and I like to read about my home-state alma mater in my hometown NEWSPAPER! There are many more like me! You need to get a grip on reality, Theo. Not everyone in Atlanta went to State! (Yes, I know I currently live in Statesboro [ATL traffic made me reconsider going back home]). Atlanta is home to over 1/3 of our 20,000 student body and has been since I was a collegian some time ago. (the following is for AJC… Not Theo) Time for the AJC to be ‘above’ the I.D. struggle going on in the REAL GSU’s AD’s office. Rose Carter is your enemy, NOT the most storied FCS program in history. We need media attention, too.


October 6th, 2011
7:26 pm

Doug, no disrespect meant. Just tired of reading about a sub-par State team, when you’ve (meaning AJC) got a FCS #1 in the state. Thanks for your FCS work.