Part III: Curry on negative recruiting and scheduling opportunities

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

33 comments Add your comment


April 25th, 2012
7:24 am

Interesting. Keep it coming.

Cheryl Levick, Vampire Hunter

April 25th, 2012
7:31 am

You sly dog, you.

Max Sizemore

April 25th, 2012
7:52 am

Doug, you need to drop the “e” from rationale in that next-to-last graph. Of course, maybe that’s the correct spelling in Italian.


April 25th, 2012
8:20 am

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April 25th, 2012
8:26 am

Great Interview(s) Doug


April 25th, 2012
9:44 am

He means big time programs coming to the Dome, right?


April 25th, 2012
9:59 am

Thanks again, Doug. Very informative interviews.

GSU Bleed Blue

April 25th, 2012
10:57 am

April 25th, 2012
11:20 am

“Big-time programs. Big, big, big-time programs.” From a former Alabama coach – that means something.


April 25th, 2012
11:56 am

Excellent job Doug! Great read and I appreciate your continued coverage. GO GSU PANTHERS!!!


April 25th, 2012
12:05 pm

I certainly see why some people, mainly Southern fans don’t like State. I don’t get what it comes from, but apparently State has a sense of ENTITLEMENT. Why do you think that you are automatically entitled to be I-A just because you have a football team now after 95 years.

I assume know that you’re in the SunBelt you’re all gonna be asking when you’re gonna be BCS?

New GSU student

April 25th, 2012
12:15 pm

I am glad i am official GSU fan now while my HS friend goes for UT.

I am looking forward to GSU – UT game where we ‘d beat the Vols for a hefty score.

Go blue Panther!!!


April 25th, 2012
12:38 pm

@GT, I do not think any one should ever apologize for wanting to play at the highest level and should always strive for that.

I am not sure where you get a sense of entitlement from our fan base. I often hear and see the exact opposite of that.

Great job as always Doug. Thanks for your coverage. Really enjoyed this series.


April 25th, 2012
12:40 pm

Sign that contract extension coach! Ride with us onto the next level!


April 25th, 2012
1:03 pm

I see a sense of entitlement when the AD says she calls alum that say call me back when you move up. And here Coach said people have been asking him before he ever played a game when they’re gonna move up.

Personally, I’m of the opinion that you should have to earn your way up. I think the established programs like Southern, App St, Youngstown St, etc. should be the first to move up.


April 25th, 2012
1:23 pm

GT_S’paw_99. I understand your point. Hoewever, ther are extenuating circumstances that are preventing those schools mentioned to do so.
By the way, it is 99 years. Plenty of big schools do not have football.
Furthermore, why is it that everyone cannot become an Astronaut?


April 25th, 2012
1:46 pm

Did you ask Curry about North American Thrift Notes?


April 25th, 2012
1:50 pm

GSUWI99: I do agree that are unique circumstances. I think he big think is the modern era of College Football where it is purely a Business. It’s about TV $$$, and the SunBelt saw State as a way to get into the major Atl media market & use that to get a bigger TV deal. The other schools I mentioned are very successful programs, but none of them are in major media markets, therefore I-A conferences aren’t that interested in them.

Walking with a Panther

April 25th, 2012
1:57 pm

You know southpaw, I think you should worry more about issues at GT and there are many. Like how will you ever win another game against UGA in football, rebuilding your basketball team, losing your ACC championship, etc. Georgia State will be fine.


April 25th, 2012
2:05 pm

Waling, I agree that GT has plenty of issues. And unless the administration is willing to make some changes to the academic standards for athletes we should stop playing UGA every year. They’re asking us to beat a team that is physically Bigger, Faster, and Stronger than us at every position across the board. .

I think both GT and State made good hires on B-ball coaches last year. Relative to the level that each competes at, Hunter inherited a lot more talent than Gregory. Gregory has a really good recruiting class coming in, and I think he’ll have Tech back competitive in the next 2-3 yrs.

Personally, I was glad to see Hunter having State playing well. I think the state of Coll B-ball in the state is sad when UGA & GT both struggling, and was glad to see State at least be competitive.


April 25th, 2012
2:18 pm

Doug, you didn’t ask Coach Hunter about his meltdown at Mercer….


April 25th, 2012
2:31 pm

“Q: Can you see yourself on the sideline next year, coaching at Troy?” —– Ha! Well played Doug! Nice try.

GT – Sense of entitlement by State to go FBS? We’re in Atlanta where people don’t know what Division 1-AA is…it might as well be Division 2 to them. Our alumni are not interested in FCS football so it wouldn’t work here. There are other schools that recently started football that jumped right into FBS, at least we will have played 3 seasons at FCS level before the jump.


April 25th, 2012
3:52 pm

Good interview, bright future for the Panthers


April 25th, 2012
10:26 pm

If the Falcons get their way and tear down the Georgia Dome just to build another stadium, where do you guys see Georgia State playing their home games? Hopefully the Falcons will share the field. I don’t believe they would use natural grass for their semi-indoor/outdoor stadium.

Panther Princess

April 26th, 2012
12:29 pm

Phil… It wasn’t a meltdown. It was one pissed off coach because clearly, the game was being handed to you on a platter by the WORST officiating in the history of basketball. You, my friend, are a blabbering idiot.

Argentina Blue

April 26th, 2012
2:32 pm

@GT_S’paw_99 – Even though I graduated from Southern and State, I’ve been a GT fan for a long time. The argument that the Yellow Jackets can’t beat the Bulldogs because UGA is “bigger, faster, and stronger” and should stop playing them every year if the Tech administration isn’t willing to make academic changes is wrong. True, Tech can’t be expected to win the game EVERY year, but the Jackets have squandered LOTS of opportunities to beat Georgia in just the past eight years. Last year’s loss and the inexplicable 2009 loss were both examples of Paul Johnson being outcoached, period. And don’t get me started on Gailey. Last time I checked O’Leary could beat the Dawgs (at GT and UCF!).

@GSUGrad06 – State’s alumni don’t care about the football program at the FCS level, and they won’t care at the FBS level, either. Same for the student body. It shouldn’t be hard to see why. Most of the alumni graduated at a time when there was no football program at State and many of them were grad school commuters who simply went to night school, got their degrees, and moved-on. And students are understandably unexcited by a coach like Curry and a team that plays in a professional sports dome and loses to every level of competition.

UGA/GSU grad

April 26th, 2012
3:04 pm

The best way I have heard ‘GeorgiaStateFan’ described is as an anology as the snotty, rich kid who has no job, lives off his rich parents and doesn’t understand why nobody at the party respects him so he feels to compelled to act even worse. I actually was excited about getting football, knowing a handful of grads that actually loved State before football. But after reading the ten fans here over the last three years, it is almost impossible to root for these people. Have some respect, people. Just because our school is in Atlanta or “our parents were blessed with a ton of money” doesn’t mean that we have earned anything. We have not beaten anyone halfway good or “we don’t have a real job yet” and that schedule is going to be brutal next year. Piece of advice: humble yourself before you are humbled by others. But knowing what I have read here I am sure the seven fans here will lash out at me and call me a troll, whatever that means. Either way, I only hope people wisen up and this program does big things, the right way.


April 27th, 2012
12:11 am

I’m not sure why people would have an attitude like that. Apparently we should feel embarrassed about our program. Well, i’ll tell you right now, i will never feel embarrassed for GSU. It doesn’t matter who we lose to, i’ll still be at the Dome. It doesn’t matter how young we are, or how bad other fans try to make me feel, i will still be proud of GSU and i will still show my love for it to the level that some people might find it obnoxious. And if you aren’t proud of your school or your team, well then i’m not sure you can call yourself a fan can you.


April 27th, 2012
12:13 am

Also, don’t blame us for moving to FBS. Are we supposed to want less from our program? Are we supposed to be happy not trying to move up? I really don’t understand the comments from some people. We are going where we want to go and we aren’t going to let anything get in our way. I’m sorry if that offends you georgia tech guy.

Cheryl Levick, Vampire Hunter

April 27th, 2012
11:46 am

Sell the Dome to Georgia State! Then just change out those red seats and we’re in business!

Doug, this is a topic worth investigating!

Tre Britt

April 27th, 2012
12:16 pm

I’m a future panther can’t wait for the UT game


April 27th, 2012
12:46 pm

Starting from nothing we have played two years of FCS Independent Football 9-14. Get over it naysayers! The ten plus GSU Loyal Alums posting on the AJC GSU board will be at the DOME for every home game. You can count on it! It’s a amazing that if you did graduate from GA STATE then why would you waste your time pulling against your University or ignore GSU for TECH or UGA. Why did you go to State in the first place?


April 28th, 2012
10:39 am

Proud to be a Panther! The better my school gets the better my diploma looks :)