Archive for October, 2011

GSU vs. Murray State no longer on GPB — updated

Georgia State’s game against Murray State will no longer be televised by Georgia Public Broadcasting on its digital channel, Knowledge.

The game was originally scheduled to kick off at noon. However, Georgia State decided to change the kickoff time to 2 p.m. in an attempt to increase attendance.

The decision had a ripple effect because of an already-scheduled 3 p.m.  between Georgia Southern and Tennessee-Chattanooga that will be broadcast on GPB’s Channel 8,  according to Nancy Zintak, vice president of communications and marketing at GPB.

Because GPB can’t air commercials, it was prepared to cover the commercial spots with underwriting spots for the noon start, but the start time change would have required hiring extra staff to cover both Georgia Southern’s  game on the main channel and the Georgia State game on its digital channel. Unfortunatley, the dollars just weren’t there to cover additonal staff on short notice.

“We were excited about broadcasting Panther …

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Video: GSU Muasau brothers perform the Samoan “Haka” dance

AJC photographer Jason Getz put together this video of Jake and Louie Muasau leading the Georgia State football team through the “Haka” dance before the game against Old Dominion.

It’s a short video, but it’s cool to see it up close.

Here are some other versions:

Rugby team

Performance

Here’s some history, courtesy of wikipedia (so take it for whatever you think it’s worth)

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

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Several players will make their return; the QB shuffle

Georgia State will be bolstered by the return of several players for this week’s game against Murray State who have missed all or parts of some of the past few games.

Center Ben Jacoby (knee), injured during the loss to Old Dominion, will return. Saftey Brandon Jones (undisclosed), who has missed the past two games, is healthy. Wide receiver Jordan Giles and tackle Clyde Yandell, who picked up injuries in the recent loss to Houston, should be back, as should running back Donald Russell (knee), who missed the Houston game after suffering a minor injury in practice. Wide receiver Albert Wilson (hamstring), the team’s fastest player, is doubtful.

Bo Schlechter may also punt for the first time since the season-opening win against Clark Atlanta. He has played quarterback but hasn’t been able to punt because of a foot injury.

QB shuffle

Drew Little and Kelton Hill will split time at quarterback, but Curry said it hadn’t yet been decided how much either will play. He said that will …

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Curry pleased with practices, but “talk is cheap”

Note: before we get into today’s posts:

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.

Thanks.
Doug

Georgia State has had two “surprisingly” good weeks of practice following its three-game losing streak, according to coach Bill Curry.

“What we’ve done to ourselves three weeks ago is not easy to recover from and we’ve recovered well,” he said. “Of course, it doesn’t count for anything unless it happens on the field.”

The Panthers will host Murray State at the Georgia Dome on Saturday with a chance to win just their second game this season and start what the players are hoping will be a seven-game win streak.

The Panthers have been outscored 133-38 during the losing streak. Predictably, the team has …

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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 …

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