A few personnel updates for Georgia State

Coach Bill Curry provided a few updates during today’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Campbell.

Running back Donald Russell ran today and could be available for Saturday.

Running back Travis Evans (dislocated elbow) suffered no structural damage and should return for spring practice.

Nate Anthony will move from defensive back to running back. Anthony started as a wide receiver. Curry said Anthony was also a great running running back in high school.

Kicker Christian Benvenuto tried kicking today. He will be a game-time decision.

Some other notes:

The [paraphrased] quote of the press conference:

Our challenge is to finish the season with dignity and to finally play a complete game. The last four games have come down to one play. Last Saturday would have been overtime had we not had one more turnover inside the 10-yard line. It’s been an increadible run of ineffectiveness and some good plays by the opponents. A lot of has to do with confidence, knowing what we have to do and believing we can do it. We want to finish the season with a win in our stadium against Campbell and use that to launch into our offseason program.

– Coach Bill Curry

Game special for two seniors

I will probably have a story about these two guys later this week, but seniors Robert Truitt and Kevin Thompson have been with the program since the first tryout. They, along with Brandon Jones, are the original three. However, Truitt and Thompson haven’t made an appearance in a game. Curry said he hopes to get them into the game this weekend.

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GSU

November 15th, 2011
4:19 pm

Let’s go out with a win for the seniors.

GSU

November 15th, 2011
4:23 pm

It should not come down to a play or two dealing with the level of competition over the last two weeks. I’m not sure if we have enough D-1 talent. Giving the last few weeks, I expect another challenging game from a team with no scholarship players. It’s one bad season and I can’t wait for it to end!

FIRE CURRY

November 15th, 2011
4:51 pm

HEY HEY WHAT DO YA SAY- FIRE BILL CURRY, START WINNING TODAY!

gsu

November 15th, 2011
4:55 pm

It’s a 2nd year program with 2 seniors who have never played? I think expecting the team to go 10-0 is a bit much, and by the comments I’ve seen on other GSU football threads here, folks need to get over their expectations of instant gratification.

zgoldatl

November 15th, 2011
5:11 pm

Blue.
See y’all in the concrete jungle saturf

Chris Eagle

November 15th, 2011
5:41 pm

@gsu… I agree. Unless they are just a couple of “all-hustle Rudy types”, they should have played by now.

Logical Thinking

November 15th, 2011
5:47 pm

If our running backs are hurting, why not Drew Little at quarterback and Kelton Hill at running back?
Run is what Kelton wants to do, so put him at his natural position.
Not a good plan to accept losing while Kelton learns to pass like a college quarterback.

Who Cares?

November 15th, 2011
8:34 pm

Yawn…….2nd verse, same as the 1st.

Thanks Bill

November 15th, 2011
10:04 pm

FIRE BOND & THOMPSON, THEY SUCK!!!!! That little kid from UWA Coach Hall is 10x better than either of those LOSERS! They are a disgrace to coaching.

Pennsylvania CAA Fan

November 15th, 2011
10:41 pm

Expectations are too high? Nuts.

6-5 last year to 2 -? with losses to teams that are from schools not much bigger than quad A high school programs.

You folks in Georgia give too may free passes to this program. It is ok to be mad and critical of a team that is reeling backwards. “Oh it is a young program or what do you expect, you people are mean and do not support your school”– what a load of feel good, hold no one accountable garbage.

I have been following this team to see what was coming into the CAA. I had high hopes. For those of you who sound off against what is clearly a leadership/coaching issue I salute you. For those who are blind to simple facts then be happy with things the way they are and at best be prepared to be mediocre.

The CAA deserves better than this. I realize the CAA isn’t the SEC but for the love of God– this team is a train wreck.

Thanks Bill

November 15th, 2011
11:03 pm

Amen CAA Fan, been following you too. Always on point you have been the voice of reason all along. I have been waiting for you to turn to the dark side and so you have. It is refreshing to see that the last optimist on earth has finally lost faith.

theRealGsuMy@$$

November 16th, 2011
1:29 am

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha – you know it’s bad when a CAA fan finally calls your program out. I mean, they are the darling of sportsnetwork. How a conference of their authority and magnitude would even consider allowing State to join is beyond me. Yeah, I suppose when every team can find a new way to lose every week and cop out by saying, oh its the toughest conference in the league, State will fit right in.

Junior

November 16th, 2011
11:44 am

Fire Bill Curry!

Shut your MOUTH!!

November 16th, 2011
11:44 am

Whatever, can’t wait to see you get pounded by Alabama this weekend. Anyway a little disappointed by the teaser Doug. Was hoping the line included some coaching changes as well. Chris Ward, and Mike Riddle need to be shed along w/ Bond and Thompson.

Resume'azing

November 16th, 2011
11:57 am

Have you ever seen a weirder resume? Make me dizzy just looking at it.

John Thompson came to Georgia State in July 2008
2007 season as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Ole Miss.
One-year stint as athletics director at his alma mater, the University of Central Arkansas,
He served as co-defensive coordinator at South Carolina in 2005.
As the head coach at East Carolina in 2003-04,
Thompson was the defensive coordinator at Florida in 2002,
He also spent two years at Arkansas, serving as co-defensive coordinator in 2000 and then defensive coordinator in 2001.
Thompson’s first position as a defensive coordinator came at Northwestern State, where he served from 1983-86,
and again from 1988-89 after spending the 1987 season at Alabama.
In 1990, he became the defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech for two seasons
Moving to Southern Miss as defensive coordinator in 1992.
In one season at Memphis in 1999,

Thanks Bill

November 16th, 2011
12:00 pm

Probably looks like most of the bums “occupying” Atlanta

Say What

November 16th, 2011
1:01 pm

theRealGsuMy@$$

November 16th, 2011
1:40 pm

@shut your mouth – “pounded” by Bama?- I’m guessing it won’t be 63-7 like “the real gsu” from last year. Thanks Captain Obvious – unlike Gag State fans, Southern fans aren’t expecting to go dominate a superior team. It’s a pay day and an opportunity for exposure, nothing more. Of course, I guess I’d rather us take a big pay day and lose to Bama than get “pounded” by the 8 teams that ran through State this year. Have fun watching some good football in the Dome finally, thank God for high school playoffs!! We’ll be hosting division 1 playoff games!

Sluggo

November 16th, 2011
3:24 pm

Thank goodness for some of these postings by Georgia Southern fans. Their dribble does provide some comic relief to the season. I do look forward to the day when Georgia State and Georgia Southern meet on the football field. It will make for a great atmosphere once the Ga State program gets to a consistent level of competitiveness. It will have the same fervor that the Tech/UGA rivalry has. The two schools are finally playing again on the basketball court and now they need to get back to facing each other in baseball.

FIRE BILL CURRY NOW

November 16th, 2011
3:31 pm

FIRE BILL CURRY NOW MY GOD THE MAN IS TERRIBLE!

GStateBen

November 16th, 2011
3:47 pm

What channel is Southern-Alabama on again? Oh…it’s Pay Per View…at Noon.

When we played them, we were prime time on ESPN.

That’s the same right?

Kaleb

November 16th, 2011
3:54 pm

@GStateBen

So…you’re proud that murder was on prime time for all to see?

UWA?? WHOSE THAT?

November 16th, 2011
4:21 pm

GStateBen… lol.. Im stumped… you got us. Didnt GPTV bump State for Southern earlier? Oh that’s right!

Six Flags and Counting ...

November 16th, 2011
4:25 pm

GStateBen… we’ve missed your insight. I guess reality is a hard pill to swallow. Now… once your back on earth lets talk about how to make yall competitive. In State game would be awesome if y’all pick it.

GSUAlum89

November 16th, 2011
4:31 pm

GStateBen- I’m a GState fan also but that has got to be one of the worst excuses for attempted smack talk I’ve ever heard. Who cares if we were on ESPN once! Southern has most of their games on ESPN3 and we are freaking 2-8! Wake up!

GSmackBen

November 16th, 2011
4:34 pm

Georgia State vs. West Alabama, Lambuth, St. Francis (all-time)- 0-3

TSC SPORTS

November 16th, 2011
4:35 pm

This is going in the Ben Moore collection of quotes for TSCSports.. what smack talk.

GSmackBen

November 16th, 2011
4:37 pm

Georgia Southern vs. South Florida, Nevada, Idaho, Florida International, UConn, Arkansas State (all-time)- 9-0

SOCON CHAMPS!!

November 16th, 2011
4:53 pm

Nice GStateBen!! Epic smack talk!!

@GstateBen

November 16th, 2011
4:58 pm

Stop embarrassing us Ben.

NoMoorePlease

November 16th, 2011
5:09 pm

Ben.. you idiot. We are 2-8. Your fan status needs to be removed like our coaches.

In 10 years, your alma mater will no longer have football, GStateBen.

November 16th, 2011
6:01 pm

<—————————————————————————– This.

GSU Eagle

November 16th, 2011
6:17 pm

Okay, that’s enough! Leave GStateBen alone. He has had enough already. He is already in the fetal position, sucking his thumb over the 2-8 record. Quit piling on with more smackdowns on here!

It’s going to be okay Ben. Hang in there. The season is almost over. Then you can turn your attention to recruiting. And all of these mean Georgia Southern fans will leave you alone as their attention will be focused on the playoffs. Oh and Ben, don’t forget…..get that letter out to Mike Slive and tell him once again how State is a perfect addition for the SEC.

GStateBen

November 16th, 2011
7:32 pm

Never that. $11 million budget vs. $23 million budget. It will be over soon Southern fans.

Sluggo

November 16th, 2011
7:38 pm

Isn’t there a meeting between Ga State and Ga Southern on the basketball court soon?

straightshooter

November 16th, 2011
8:17 pm

If GA State is spending $23 million on athletics and this is all they’re getting, someone is getting hosed…By the way, the only reason GA State even got a sniff from ESPN was because they were giving Curry a payback from him announcing days.

theRealGsuMy@$$

November 16th, 2011
8:31 pm

wow – GStateBen – as your own fans have pointed out. That was weak. I guess you are right though. Our game is not on ESPN in prime time. I’ll settle for ESPN2 on a Friday or Saturday night in December though…and then again in January. Guess you wouldn’t know nuttin bout dat tho………go back to your kool-aid. You have the weakest remarks and no credibility amongst your peers outside of your 2-bit message board that even half of the 12 posters you have think is just a portal for you to vent and impose your views on theirs.
Good luck again with Campbell this weekend……….maybe you guys can actually win a game with all your “BCS” talent and if not, maybe you can take some of that athletic budget you seem to be so proud and go buy some talent……

GStateBen

November 16th, 2011
8:50 pm

Dec. 22nd Sports Arena. Southern fans are invited to come on over. Witness the beat down.

GStateBen

November 16th, 2011
8:54 pm

@straight shooter No ESPN did not nor have any reason to any favors to a former employee. I have talked personally to Curry and other ESPN employees about that fact.

Combine the story and other options being less favorable and we are on ESPN in our 11th game ever.

Too many people forget that this team has players who are not pulling their weight and causing the team to sink. The offseason begins Sunday and a ridiculous recruiting class has already formed (16 commits as of yesterday). They will play early and take their knocks.

We are taking our lumps after playing a tremendous schedule and realizing that guys who did not work hard this offseason have cost us dearly. There are also knucklehead players who have been/will be run off.

Hail Southern!

November 16th, 2011
9:38 pm

So are your giving more free tickets to the basketball game as well?

I mean… nobody gives free tickets to any sport right?

In 10 years, your alma mater will no longer have football, GStateBen.

November 16th, 2011
9:40 pm

@GStateBen What an idiot. House in ATL=$230,000. Same house in Statesboro=$110,000. You idiot. Its not money invested in some money market account. Money taken, money spent. Overhead and expenses, dummy. You don’t really think GSOU is going away, do you? Because the same can’t be said for GState football. Its on a thread. So is your athletic dept. And hate poor and dumpy Statesboro all you want. But this sleepy town will support these athletics till the world ends. And you wont draw flies. Not flies from that town. Not flies from your student section. And not flies, period. Hate all you want. But in the end, GState is a trash fire and you know it. Deep down inside, when its quiet and your walking outside your house trying not to get pick pocketed or killed over the cash in your pocket, your athletics will be a disaster. And GSOU will just keep on. Its reality, bud. Your lack of knowledge in both the ”cost of living” and “athletic budgets” world is a riot. Apples and oranges, moron. Even your own fan base has told you to go kick rocks. You should listen. And to this “sorta” GState fan base, you realize GSOU fans could take this blog over real, real fast, right?

GSUAlum89

November 16th, 2011
9:45 pm

Anybody else participating in the walkout at the game this Saturday? A bunch of fans are leaving at halftime to show their disgust with the coaches.

qwerty

November 16th, 2011
10:36 pm

Housing in Atlanta costs almost twice as much. In everything else Statesboro and Atlanta are about the same.

ODU has finished its 3rd season and are #9 and in the playoffs. Georgia State has lost to a 3-6 team in its first season, UTSA, an NAIA team, St. Francis, went on the road to play a team one division below them, DII West Alabama, and lost. State’s last opponent is FCS non-scholarship Campbell, so if State loses that would be another bad loss.

I saw somewhere that Curry is the best paid coach in the FCS. Georgia State is not getting its money’s worth. State should hire one of ODU’s assistant coaches to be its new head coach.

In 10 years, your alma mater will no longer have football, GStateBen.

November 17th, 2011
8:58 am

Housing was just an example. How about this: Flying Women’s volleyball to Delaware and everywhere else in the Northeast=$2,300. Driving Women’s volleyball everywhere in the SoCon=less than $1,100. Cost of renting your stadium, when 7,000 people show up as opposed to owning your stadium with 20,000 people show up. Look, you cats are going to spin this however you want. Fact is its apples and oranges and anyone in athletics or anyone that knows anything about budgets can tell you that the only benefit of a larger budget is whats leftover to recruit with. And when you lose to NAIA (I can’t beleive that happened twice, what a joke) and Div. 2 schools in front on 73 people, recruits aint coming. Oh, yeah, you will get guys like Moody and others like that that established schools wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, but you won’t get anyone significant. And, oh by the way, in case you guys didn’t know, you guys are about to get hammered in the CAA. I mean hammered. In fact, that big number budget that you like to brag about Benny Boy might very well be your downfall. I will let you read that again and let it sink in. Starting to get it, yet? If you know anything about college sports, you know exactly what I speak of. You think any administration will look at a 23M line item in the budget thats obviously not working and not do something about it in this day and age? In this kind of economy? You know its coming. Tick, tock, tick, tock.

GStateBenDover

November 17th, 2011
10:43 am

@GstateBen Your credibilty is sinking fast. Starting to look like Herman Cain about now w/ out the white chicks screaming out your name……

GStateBen

November 17th, 2011
11:28 am

Just wait until what I’ve been writing and saying for more than 16 months comes to fruition. Then what?

Happy Thanksgiving Southern fans!

Theaveragejoe

November 17th, 2011
11:37 am

Bill Curry is a fine man but a horrible football coach unless you like losing. At the major college level you could have given him the fifty best recruits in the country and he still could not have won a national championship.

A Southern Supporter

November 17th, 2011
1:31 pm

I really hope Southern and State play one day. I really do. It wouldn’t settle a lot of this but it would be good to guage where each program is. State is not ready for the CAA anytime soon. One day, maybe, but not in the next few years. My heart goes out for those kids at State who expected better and got less. Perhaps they will redeem themselves with Campbell. If not, then pack up the gear and plan for next year. As far as Southern goes, they will have a handful with Alabama, but they will play with optimism and enthusiasm. We prepare for the playoffs..

In 10 years, your alma mater will no longer have football, GStateBen.

November 17th, 2011
2:24 pm

@GStateBen Whatever, bud. Choose to believe what you want. Believe that because you put up the bare minimum, or actually well below that, in a top market, that someone will want you automatically because you are in a large media market. Gather round, Ben, and let me fill you in on a little secret that apprently everyone has heard but that you have not. (waiting for the gather, looking around to make sure that nobody is listening…) (whispers) “That, ‘media market desired’ argument that the media uses to explain conference realignment…(wait for it)…that is called the media needing an answer and being lazy.” Its talking heads dude, having to fill time with no answer other than “conferences pick which schools that excite them the most.” And these media markets don’t shoot this down because, (and here comes a real shocker) it helps boost conversation and helps sell market power for agency dollars. Small markets are not heard and big markets won’t argue it. Don’t believe me? Hey Ben, line one is for you. Its Tulane in New Orleans. And Towson in Baltimore. Its FIU in Miami. Its Temple in Philadelphia. Its Houston in Houston. Its UNC Charlotte in Charlotte. Its Northeastern in Boston. Its Hofstra in New York City. Yes, some of these have moved up over the years and may be in a position that you wish for. And some have dropped football. But have you seen major clamoring for any of these schools? I mean, ‘we HAVE to get this school in our fold?’ No. Its a lazy, bad argument and its makes your fan base look bad. And ignorant. Conferences want schools with endowments, tradition and passionate fan bases and alumni with disposable income, etc on top of other factors. Media market is a big plus, but not top of the heap. But keep dreaming. I swear, its like you don’t talk to anyone in the real world about these issues. And I know you don’t listen and thats fine. But I hope other GSU fans listen because, if you can find a way to get it together, I think there is a chance, albeit small, that this program finds a way to be competitive. And this state is in big need of another good Div 1 program. But as it stands, GSU may not survive this. Or, as you say, they move up. Which one sounds closer to the truth?

GSmackBen

November 17th, 2011
2:25 pm

@GStateBen

“Just wait until what I’ve been writing and saying for more than 16 months comes to fruition”

The part where you wrote about Georgia State improving on their 6-5 season last year and that they play the hardest start up schedule in the history of NCAA football? Get a life.