Why no Spring Game? Here’s why

Georgia State’s football team will hold a scrimmage, instead of a Spring Game, this year for three reasons:

1. The Georgia Dome is booked the last two weeks of March because of the NCAA Tournament regional.

2.  The team is in the midst of the first of two seven-week conditioning programs. The second will begin after spring practices conclude on March 30. Coach Bill Curry said he wanted to contain the spring practices to March to allow the players to go through the conditioning programs, as well as to give the players time to study for finals in late April.

3. Lastly, Curry said he wants his team to get as many practices in as possible before the join the CAA. “…Which this team needs desperately as we get ready to play in the best FCS conference in the country,” he said. The Panthers went 3-8 last season.

The scrimmage will be at the team’s practice facility on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on March 24. The team held a Blue-White scrimmage last year at the Georgia Dome. Curry elected to hold a practice that will be open to the public this year.

Spring practice will begin on Tuesday, March 6.

In other notes, the football coaches were visited by Marc Trestman, head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, on Tuesday. The former NFL assistant coach and coordinator has led the Alouettes to two Grey Cup Championships and other appearance in the finals.

Curry said Trestman shared his ideas on play-action, leadership, and defenses, among other things.

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

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Panama

February 16th, 2012
6:45 pm

Thanks for the info Doug

Any idea on how many other Division I programs are not holding a Spring Game?

PantherPower

February 16th, 2012
7:04 pm

Because of strength conditioning… Lame… Push it to mid April.

Doug Roberson

February 16th, 2012
7:09 pm

Mid-april wouldn’t work. Too close to finals.

PantherPower

February 16th, 2012
7:14 pm

Well Doug… What do we do if we make it to the playoffs?

Spanky

February 16th, 2012
7:19 pm

Play-offs?!…you want to talk about play-offs??…psht..you kiddin me?! LOL, name that coach!

Doug Roberson

February 16th, 2012
7:24 pm

Playoffs are a bit different than a spring game. In my experience, spring games don’t do much to help teams.

Big-Man

February 16th, 2012
7:25 pm

The Southern Conference is the best 1-AA/FCS conference.

FunkyColdMedina

February 16th, 2012
7:25 pm

Thanks, Doug! I appreciate your work.

I’m not buying it. Every player across America has finals. Every player needs conditioning. We’re playing CAA teams, not in the SEC. None of those excuses pass the smell test. The truth is welcome anytime.

PantherPower

February 16th, 2012
7:29 pm

You do realize its an event to help drive ticket sales? Showcase what is coming. Games are games.. Finals are final… No matter how you look at it.

FunkyColdMedina

February 16th, 2012
7:31 pm

Doug, the Spring game isn’t only about the team. This is an opportunity for newbies and fence-sitters to see our guys hit and maybe, just maybe, 100 of them will consider purchasing season tickets. 3,000+ people found it worthwhile last year and it means a lot to them. The back-ups and recruits want a chance to earn a spot. The coaches need to see new schemes in action. Wait a minute, I just thought of something. This is brilliant! Levick is doing this to draw media attention to GSU. She’ll announce a Spring Game at the Dome in about a week. That has to be it.

jweaver

February 16th, 2012
7:32 pm

Was this in March the previous two years? Has Curry ever NOT had a Spring Game in any of the years that he has been coaching? Also, wouldn’t as close to a game day environment better prepare the team for the CAA? It is funny how the players were so enthusiastic about hosting this on a Thursday last year…

Thanks for the coverage Doug, but this is a reactionary response full of excuses and I don’t really buy it.

I come in peace

February 16th, 2012
7:34 pm

As a Southern fan, our spring game is a great fan event. Its true for a lot of schools. Really its an excuse to talegate and watch the only football game around.I’m sorry to hear y’all are not getting one(im serious). I disagree with Doug on this.

FunkyColdMedina

February 16th, 2012
7:48 pm

An all-time low when a GA Southern fan feels sorry for GSU and means it.

GSU-Class'98

February 16th, 2012
7:50 pm

Very disappointed in this news. There were over 3,000 at the Dome last year. Only 200, TOPS, could maybe stand along the practice field lines for this. Are we installing bleachers?
Also Doug, ask the AD what’s the deal with our talks with C-USA and where we stand in the schemes of the “Alliance”. We know she knows things. It’s like busting through the Iron Curtain for info.

GSU is in Atlanta

February 16th, 2012
7:58 pm

I hope we have over 3000 come to this spring practice just to show the athletics dept. how ridiculous this is. Where in the world are we going to park, tailgate, stand, and sit during this event?

GSU is in Atlanta

February 16th, 2012
7:59 pm

I hope we have over 3000 come to this spring practice just to prove how bad of decision this is. Where in the world are we going to park, tailgate, stand, and sit during this event?

Disappointed

February 16th, 2012
7:59 pm

Doesn’t suprise me one bit. Levick is doing everything she can to undermine the program. At least we still have the tradition of losing, having our games rescheduled, and printing stadium cups and Tshirts that are wrong.

GSU

February 16th, 2012
8:11 pm

So, what’s the reason for the Georgia Dome not being able to be used all of April. I’m tired of these excuses. Levick just ruining what we have worked so hard to build.

Doug Roberson

February 16th, 2012
8:15 pm

Curry said he preferred, for what he thinks is the good of the program, to hold the spring practices in march so that they can do the conditioning programs and finals.

Doug Roberson

February 16th, 2012
8:16 pm

There will be bleachers

Doug Roberson

February 16th, 2012
8:16 pm

A Spring Game in March isn’t going to do one thing to help the team in Aug.

Disappointed

February 16th, 2012
8:17 pm

Hey this makes sense…. They are canceling becuase of spring commencement….oh wait, they canceled that too. Looks like the only thing not cancelled is begging for money and losing. Listen closely Cheryl, et al.. This is absolutely the last straw for me. Either you step up and show me that you are doing things to build GSU into something to be proud of or I will take my hard earned money elsewhere.

Ryan

February 16th, 2012
8:21 pm

@FunkyColdMedina Thanks. Starting to think the naysayers were right. We just cannot get anything right.

This coming from a guy who has not missed a home game and been to several away games including one in Texas.

GSU2

February 16th, 2012
8:31 pm

Re:Disappointed

Hey just go ahead and pack up and LEAVE…..you have such a sour puss attitude. Do all of the real GSU fans a favor. Change disappointed to DISAPPEAR :)

Alum1988

February 16th, 2012
9:01 pm

@ Disappointed I’m with you man. GSU2 is a loser. Have fun in the septic tank. This is a train wreck.

Sluggo

February 16th, 2012
9:12 pm

Don’t buy any of the lame excuses. This is absolutely unacceptable.. Quite frankly I’m tired of Levick’s style of management. Furthermore, if Curry and staff mismanage this team as they did last year, they can all get out of town. Insane!

Bryant-Saban Stadium

February 16th, 2012
9:21 pm

College Football > College Basketball

Bill Curry

February 16th, 2012
10:33 pm

Do you know how expensive it is to rent the Dome? That’s the real reason for no spring game.

Alum1988

February 16th, 2012
10:37 pm

Okay Bill… Why don’t you give up some of your salary since you DID NOT EARN it last year?

Disappointed

February 16th, 2012
10:41 pm

Yeah Bill…. BLOWN out by Jax St. ODU, Murray St? Lost to UTSA, UWA and friggin St Francis. LOL the St. Francis coach got a huge job offer because of his beatdown of your team!! We need more DAWGS Bill. Hopefully Pollard is working the hell out of those kids because they sucked last year!

GSU is in Atlanta

February 16th, 2012
10:48 pm

Pollard is working those kids to death, and for good reason.

Kevin

February 16th, 2012
10:50 pm

I support our Panthers but this administration is making it very difficult.

GSWho

February 16th, 2012
10:59 pm

There is no way I am sitting on bleachers in the ghetto watching practice while my car is put up on blocks. Mark Becker is a pathetic excuse for a leader. It’s bad enough he wants to open the University to all the needy riff raff in the south(i.e. strategic plan) but if you are going to destroy the school at least let it have a decent athletic program (i.e. LSU)

GSU is in Atlanta

February 16th, 2012
11:12 pm

@GSWho…Seriously, you are scared of going and parking near the practice field, hahahaha! Parking near the dome is a million times worse. Also, if you see the strategic plan as an open arms policy to “all the needy riff raff in the south” then your perspective of the strategic plan is pretty skewed.

I am actually glad that this and other issues have riled our fans up, whether their demands and views are realistic or not. The reason being is that it shows that we have fans who actually care, a lot! I hope that we stay non-complacent because the complacent attitude is what drove GSU sports for almost its entire existence.

GSUFootball2012

February 16th, 2012
11:17 pm

Just pulled my season tickets and donation to PAC. Hopefully they bring back the spring game next year and I’ll bring back my funding. Their loss.

GSU_2012

February 16th, 2012
11:33 pm

GSUFootball2012, good to see your money go. I doubt that it really did, but if your investment in our athletics program is going to get pulled because of one decision like this then your money was not worth the schools trouble.

Personally, I like the idea of us showing up in masses to watch this spring game. If over 500 people show up, what will that show the school? It will probably be the most united thing ever done by the fans at GSU. We will be packed in and the players will see that they have full support. To me, that sounds like the most powerful thing that can be done.

Panama

February 16th, 2012
11:35 pm

Great job tracking this down Doug,

One more question, Spring Practice ends Friday March 30th. Did they think it would be too disruptive to shift Spring Practice by 6 days and have the Spring Game Thursday April 5th?

Again thanks Doug

GSUFootball2012

February 17th, 2012
12:02 am

People saying things like “good to see your money go” make me laugh. I guess GSU football is well off enough that they don’t need every dollar they can get.

Also, if more than 500 people show up to the spring “scrimmage”, the police and fire marshalls will just kick the additional fans out. Then, it’s a complete waste to show up to the event. What a joke.

eagle fan

February 17th, 2012
12:12 am

Please… please… take pictures of this spring game. i can’t wait to see them.

Amanda Scott

February 17th, 2012
2:18 am

Doug with all due respect, it isn’t your job or place to be the one who puts this information out. It is our athletic department who owes all of us an explanation.

April does work. And your statement that a spring scrimmage game will not do anything to help the team in August is the most idiotic statement.

I no longer respect you as a writer.

Who is feeding you this info? Our inept marketing department? Tiffany Daniels? Mike Holmes? John Portland? Development staff?

Doug Roberson

February 17th, 2012
7:56 am

I think April 4th and 5th are Easter weekend.

STATEment

February 17th, 2012
8:27 am

Doug, Your coverage is great and much appreciated. Our AD sucks and without you we would know almost nothing. Keep doing your thing and let the haters hate.

GSU

February 17th, 2012
9:16 am

Easter is on April 8th. I’ll give them a pass for that weekend.

April 14th? April 21st? April 28th? Anyone? I find it interesting that schools like UGA, GT, Georgia Southern all still manage to somehow squeeze in spring games despite the same conditions (exams, practice schedules, holidays, etc.) yet we can’t.

PT

February 17th, 2012
10:11 am

Doug, what do you think would help GSU this year with their football program?

Dusty Rhodes

February 17th, 2012
10:17 am

Thanks Doug. Disappointing to not have a spring game, but if it makes us better in the fall then I can support that. Better communication of this would go a long way though IMO

GSU_MEX_ALUM

February 17th, 2012
10:20 am

Fire our AD! No spring game is a bunch of crap and the excuses they give us are crap too.

Our football team needs a new direction because all I see is DISAPPOINTMENT for the future.

Thanks for the coverage DOUG!

PT

February 17th, 2012
10:22 am

I don’t care about the spring game. I just hope they make it through the season without getting someone killed. seriously!

Doug Roberson

February 17th, 2012
10:41 am

What would help with the football program?
I think they are doing what they need to do….improving their S&C program and working hard.

It’s obvious some of you disagree, which is what makes blogs fun, but a Spring Game has zero bearing on a team’s success in the fall. I don’t know of a coach that likes the games. What was a scrimmage eventually transformed into a marketing opportunity. When you own your stadium, and therefore don’t have to rent, holding a spring game isn’t that much of a deal.

Panama

February 17th, 2012
11:01 am

Ok, done. No more Spring Games.

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Panama

February 17th, 2012
11:01 am

Ok, done. No more Spring Games.

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