Portee dismissed from Georgia State football team

Defensive end A.J. Portee has been dismissed from Georgia State’s football team for violating a team rule related to academics.

Portee, 6-feet, 4-inches  and 240 pounds, transferred from Connecticut last year. He had 31 tackles and two sacks. A graduate of Mays High School, he was being counted on to be an impact player in the Panthers’ 4-2-5 defense this year.

Coach Bill Curry’s decision to dismiss Portee leaves the team very thin on the defensive line. None of the returnees could be considered an impact player based upon last year’s results.

It’s also another disciplinary issue that Curry has had to deal with.

He suspended four defensive players for portions of the spring practices. Three of those players have been reinstated. Linebacker Dexter Moody has been indefinitely suspended.

This comes on the heels of numerous disciplinary issues on and off the field last year.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

20 comments Add your comment

Dwayne Blupper

April 5th, 2012
2:52 pm


April 5th, 2012
2:56 pm


April 5th, 2012
3:03 pm

This is brutal. Probably the weakest unit on the team just lost it’s best player. Gonna be a long season. Wew.


April 5th, 2012
3:03 pm

How hard is it to go to class and do your work? He did this same crap at UConn. I don’t know what these players are thinking. They need their degrees because football is more than likely NOT IN THERE FUTURE post college. This is becoming a big problem with this program.


April 5th, 2012
3:06 pm

We need guys with better attitudes. To be honest, a few more need to be dismissed to weed out the bad apples. Their crap is cancerous to a locker room.


April 5th, 2012
3:14 pm

We will surive


April 5th, 2012
3:20 pm

We don’t need to lose any more starters but I hope this is addition by subtraction.


April 5th, 2012
3:29 pm

Not funny. Someone using my name again, Doug can see IP addresses.


April 5th, 2012
4:18 pm

It’s a tough loss, but happy to see Curry not letting our players overrun them.

GSU is in Atlanta

April 5th, 2012
5:41 pm


April 5th, 2012
7:42 pm

Facepalm. Sigh, ok, ok. Maybe we’ll get some awesome FBS transfer in place because of our Sunbelt plans. Pipedream?


April 5th, 2012
7:59 pm

Chirp, Chirp… Let’s move on. Word is Houston Nutt wants to coach in the SBC…anyone interested? Anyway not too happy with the sudden silence on our FBS plans hopefully no news is AWESOME news…


April 5th, 2012
8:11 pm

what is it with this program? none of the players can stay on the team for a year without getting some sort of suspension. glad he’s trying to mold these men, but seems half don’t want to listen.

Doug, do you know the policies and rules of the team, or could you ask? would like to know how strict they are compared to other programs.


April 5th, 2012
9:05 pm

Certainly time to look for a BCS-second stringer who wants to play.

[...] Panther football is wrapping up spring practice and walk on OLB Mitchell Vinson continues to shine. Unfortunately, you can add DE AJ Portee to the list of FBS transfer casualties. [...]


April 6th, 2012
8:54 am

It’s unfortunate, but I like the way Coach Curry is handling the discipline. Unlike those bulldogs over in Athens, Coach Curry is handing out serious suspensions, and kicking people off the team. Sad to see the young man go, but I’m glad this precedent is being set. Hopefully it will deter athletes from making these types of mistakes in the future. Go Panthers, bleed blue


April 6th, 2012
8:59 am


April 6th, 2012
10:58 am

Definitely hurts in the short term, but I trust CBC on matters like this.


April 6th, 2012
11:26 am

It’s simple… Got to go to class and pass to play!


April 6th, 2012
11:09 pm

We just cannot seem to get on track. We seem to have talent but then we turn out to be terrible. Seems like when we get highly touted talent we cannot keep them on the team.

I am concerned football was a mistake in our urban setting.