Here is part III of a Q&A with Georgia State football coach Bill Curry:
Q: Switching back over to the Sun Belt. Coach Hunter told me that there has been some negative recruiting related to the switch from the CAA. Has it been the opposite for you? Has there been more positive feedback.
A: There’s been a lot more positive feedback but will there be negative recruiting? Of course there will be. Do you think in the Presidential election there will be some negative ads? Yes, there will be negative recruiting because that’s what people do.
We try hard to sell the positives of Georgia State. I don’t allow my coaches to get into negative recruiting or say snide remarks about the other side. But we know we are going to catch all kinds of stuff about that.
Q: Since the Sun Belt moves, have there been more scheduling opportunities for Georgia State?
A: Yes. There will be more scheduling opportunities and the economic benefits are simply obvious.
Q: Care to name any of the schools?
A: I don’t care to.
Q: ACC, SEC, any hints?
A: Big-time programs. Big, big, big-time programs.
Q: What is left for you between now and August to get ready for this season in the CAA?
A: We are going to work on the details of the scouting reports. We are going to work on the specifics of sideline communication. We are going to work on time allocation to special teams. We will evaluate everything we’ve ever done, just like we did going into the spring, to make sure we are doing it better. Even though coaches can’t be involved with guys during the summer, we will be aware of the strength and conditioning program to the extent that it’s legal.
Q: Same question, but for the year 2013. What can you do between now and then?
A: We’ve got serious recruiting to do starting next week. We will be on the road because we are behind. We are assuming that there will be some additions to the grants-in-aid. Even though we aren’t losing many seniors hopefully we will get to sign a large number. We are spending a lot of time on our recruiting board and the names we have on it and evaluating recruits. Coaches will l be in schools starting Monday. We will be out there all the days that we are allowed in April and May.
We are staying engaged with our guys on a daily basis on their academic performance and reminders of academic honesty and why that’s a major factor for us.
We work every day on what’s going on with our players’ minds. When we do have a disciplinary incident that shows there are some guys we didn’t reach, we carefully evaluate why we didn’t reach that guy, what was it that made him think he could get away with it.
Q: What’s been the mood of the players about the Sun Belt?
A: I don’t think they were as surprised as I was. The first day I got this job in June 2008, I’m walking away from the table at the press conference and somebody grabs me and asks, “When are we going I-A?”
“I-A? I-A? We don’t have a ball. We don’t have a player. We have a coach and a SID. Allison and me, that’s it. You want us to play the Dawgs next week?”
I’ve been asked that question every day since then.
It’s almost like when the players came in, they asked when are we going to go FBS? I just said I don’t know. That was an honest answer.
I think they thought this is cool. We’re here and we ought to move up. I know they are excited about it, but I don’t think they were surprised.
Q: Can you see yourself on the sideline next year, coaching at Troy?
A: I don’t look that far. That was clever though.
Q: Will the disciplinary issues factor into your decision to come back?
A: Earlier in my career, anytime I had a real tough disciplinary thing I always felt like I was being put upon, that I shouldn’t have to deal with things like that.
That was stupid and immature.
At this age, there are some disadvantages, but when the hard times come I know this is why I’m here. I’m here to make decisions that are in the best interests of our university and our students and I take that very seriously. I don’t get morose and feel sorry for myself. I try to be rationale and do the right thing for the students and the student-athletes.
It’s as if it’s a mission thing.
– Doug Roberson AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu