Georgia State football schedule stuff….UNC! Florida! Charlotte!

Georgia State has had recent discussions about playing football at North Carolina, and past discussions about playing at Florida.

There are no agreements in place with either school, but discussions are ongoing for what are called “payday” games, in which Georgia State is paid to play. Scheduling is fluid right now because of recent conference expansion. Georgia State is moving to the Sun Belt Conference, which plays football on the FBS level. Because of that move up from the FCS level, Georgia State’s athletic department is reviewing its scheduling philosophy and goals.

The Panthers aren’t the only team experiencing changes that may impact future schedules.

The SEC, home of the Gators, has recently added Missouri and Texas A&M, which may impact its teams’ schedules. The ACC, home of the Tar Heels, has added Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

Georgia State does have contracts with FCS schools Lamar and Tennessee-Chattanooga, which were obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an Open Records Request.

However, the most notable and possibly most exciting and lucrative game could occur on Nov. 21, 2015 or at an undetermined date in 2016 with Florida. Those possibilities were part of e-mail and phone discussions between Georgia State and the Gators in Sept. 2010. The Gators already have two non-conference games scheduled against New Mexico State (Sept. 5) and Florida Atlantic (TBD) in 2015, according to the Palm Beach Post. The game could be more attractive for Florida now that the Panthers have agreed to leave the Colonial Athletic Association because teams are allowed to count just one win over a FCS level team toward their bowl eligibility.

The Gators aren’t the only team from a power conference that the Panthers may play.

James Greenwell, executive senior associate athletics director at GSU, had a discussion on Jan. 19 this year with North Carolina about playing in Chapel Hill on Sept. 14 or Sept. 21 in 2013. North Carolina already has three non-conference games scheduled: at South Carolina (Aug. 29), vs. Minnesota (Sept. 7) and at East Carolina (Sept. 28).

Georgia State  has agreed to host Charlotte on Sept. 3, 2015 and are trying to line up a game in 2016 there, possibly on Sept. 3 or Sept. 17. A contract hasn’t been finalized. The 49ers, who are reportedly joining Conference USA on Friday, are supposed to start playing football in 2013. The Conference USA move could cause things to change.

Greenwell had discussions with three teams, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Alabama State and North Carolina A&T, about being the 2013 season-opener. The most recent discussions occurred on Feb. 17 between Greenwell and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The conversations with Alabama State and A&T have ended and the conversations with Pine Bluff are in a holding pattern while Georgia State examines scheduling. The Golden Lions are a FCS level school that plays in the SWAC.

Georgia State has a contract dated Dec. 15, 2010 for a home-and-home series against Tennessee-Chattanooga, a FCS team in the Southern Conference. The games are scheduled to be played Sept. 7, 2013 at the Dome and Sept. 6, 2014 at Chattanooga. Though it’s unusual for a FBS team to play at a FCS team, Greenwell wrote to a UTC official on April 3 that the school intends to honor its contracts, “even ‘IF’ we move to another conference or FBS.” Greenwell said the same is true of the game at Lamar, a FCS team that plays in the Southland Conference, next season.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please be my twitter friend @ajcgsu

41 comments Add your comment


May 3rd, 2012
2:40 pm

That’s awesome! I’d like to see the Panthers have an alternating series with both the Dawgs and the (Members Only) Jackets!! Also, I doubt this is legit, but a buddy told me earlier in the week that Ga. Southern was being eye-balled by the Big East….interesting! Either way, Go Panthers, and Go Dawgs!


May 3rd, 2012
3:30 pm


Atlanta Mafia

May 3rd, 2012
3:36 pm

It is nice to hear about GSU going to these “big” schools but we need to start seeing more discussion about agreements for home-and-home with these ACC & SEC teams or at least some ConfUSA teams. AND Spanky PLEASE! Georgia Southern probably isn’ even coming to the SunBelt so your GaSo rumor to the BigEast is such a fantasy and a pipe-dream! GaSo has nothing to offer! Being the 6-time king of the little turd-hill doesn’t create facilities, or rich benefactors, or new facilities, or a media market, blah-blah!
It is more likely the ConfUSA or BigEast calls on GSU before GaSo even gets out of the FCS!


May 3rd, 2012
3:37 pm

Scheduling a home-and-home with UAB should be considered as well. Easy travel for all parties involved.

[...] Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson just reported via Twitter about several items that he discovered in an open record request.  A few [...]

Atlanta Mafia

May 3rd, 2012
3:38 pm

Georgia Southern to anywhere outside the FCS ain’t gonna happen!
That is Sofa King We Todd Did. Stop it with those arrogant trolls.

Concrete Cats

May 3rd, 2012
3:53 pm

Too bad Charlotte won’t be a conference opponent. Still, exciting news.

[...] will host Charlotte in 2015 and have had discussions for games against two FBS schools, the AJC has reported.Georgia State will host the Charlotte 49ers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sept. 3, [...]

Auburn Grad

May 3rd, 2012
4:32 pm

Exciting to see Ga State moving up. I’d love to see them become opponents of AU, GT, or UGA. In the beginning, a sure win for them, but a big payday, close by, recruiting tool, and demonstrating a determination to play big time football.


May 3rd, 2012
4:55 pm

I hope GSU is up to the challenge. They need to do some serious fundraising and develop more of a campus to help attract the needed talent in order to field competitive teams.

I can’t see Georgia Southern making a jump to the Big East. The Big East would raid the CUSA or the MAC first. And the CUSA would probably raid the Sun Belt. Georgia Southern has a shot at the Sun Belt. The CUSA would consider Georgia Southern only if they were desperate.


May 3rd, 2012
5:39 pm

Mafia- ..which is why I prefaced with “I doubt this is legit, but…”


May 3rd, 2012
6:02 pm

Atlanta Mafia,

Has Georgia State even won more games than Georgia Southern has won Championships?


May 3rd, 2012
6:56 pm

Contractor- good point! Also, when I was there, Ga. Southern was ranked #1 party school in the nation! True story!


May 3rd, 2012
6:56 pm

….by Playboy, that is! (’92)


May 3rd, 2012
7:06 pm

Gag st doesnt want southern in the conf with them because they cant back up all the bull smack talk they do and would be forced to take a beating in da dome and in the boro every year… punks cant hide your sorry joke of a program forever…. game on we todds!


May 3rd, 2012
7:06 pm

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panther fan

May 3rd, 2012
7:15 pm

why no discussion with ga tech, talk about a cheap travel budget, 80 marta tokens and your done.


May 3rd, 2012
7:17 pm

I am a georgia southern football signee c/o 2012, It is 100% definite that GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY (THE REAL GSU) will be leaving the fcs to the fbs in 2014, its undetermined which conference though, either sunbelt or conference usa. I just got word form my coach that this was true right after they left a meeting regaurding the change from 1AA to 1A


May 3rd, 2012
7:53 pm

Who cares, gsueagle….

As for georgia state, where is mercer on that football schedule for 2013?

Too terrified?

Say What?

May 3rd, 2012
9:06 pm

Looking forward to seeing some big time matchups. Did I hear that right, GASO didn’t have any draft picks? Jaybo……….lol. Makes me laugh everytime I say it, freaking Jaybo who names their kid Jaybo?

Got Six?

May 3rd, 2012
10:15 pm

Ga. State fans have no reason to talk smack to Ga. Southern fans. State has been horrible in FCS and will continue to be horrible in FBS. When Ga. Southern makes the jump to FBS in a few years it will be with 7 national championships (I fully expect GSU to win another FCS titlein the next couple years) and a winning tradition. There is really no comparison in these programs.

Say What?

May 3rd, 2012
10:21 pm

Jaybo………. nuff said


May 3rd, 2012
10:47 pm

southern who?


May 3rd, 2012
11:05 pm

Hey say what….. his name is Jared. Jaybo was a nickname he got as a child. I guess if your mother was around more and cared about you more she might of had a nickname for you other than “mistake” hey stupid what is gag st biggest win in history…… south alabama??? Nuff said BeOTCH!

Panther Pride

May 3rd, 2012
11:22 pm

I’m really not sure where all of this talk of Southern either going to C-USA of Sun Belt is coming from. A school doesn’t decide to move up and then choose its conference; the conference chooses the school and from all indications no FBS conference is looking at Southern.

In fact, today C-USA has decided to add UT-San Antonio, Charlotte and they are are seriously looking at Old Dominion right now. If Old Dominion joins then C-USA will have the 12 members it needs to retain its conf champ game. Also, the Sun Belt has pretty much already selected the 12 members that it will need to hold a conf champ game after all the conference shuffling is done. Southern has not been mentioned in any of this talk and pretty much all the seats at the table are full unless these conferences want to go to 16 teams which I highly doubt right now.

And if you notice UT San Antonio started its program in 2010, Charlotte has yet to play its first game (they start in 2013) & Old Dominion started in 2009. Notice how none of these schools have ‘natl titles’ or ‘tradition’ but what they do have (or at least two of them) is location…meaning they are located in cities which equates to media market.

FBS conferences do not give two cents about all your winning tradition…I mean Tech actually has more national titles than UGA but you wouldn’t know it based on the state of the two programs today. The Ivy league schools were huge at football at one time and so were Navy and Army. Notre Dame is even struggling to beat mediocre FBS teams now a days and they used to be a perennial power. Things change and the one thing about history and tradition is they do not guarantee wins or future prosperity in college football or any other place in life.

If you’re always focused on the past then eventually that’s exactly where you’re going to get left. We’ll see where all these football programs are 5-10yrs down the road


May 4th, 2012
7:03 am

Good points Panther Pride. To their credit, Ga. State has moved up quicker division wise. IMO Southern being located in Statesboro has a stronger fanbase and performs better on the football field. If the two teams played each other during the next 4 years, Southern would win every game. People forget that Southern has been playing the likes of FSU, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, etc. for years. Ga. State has the Georgia Dome (until the Falcons help tear it down) and plays in a large city. I guess that is the attraction for the Sun Belt.

Butthurt Alert

May 4th, 2012
7:37 am

The Ga. Southern fans sound……….scared.

You guys should go to Charlotte’s blogs and lecture them about titles and tradition. I wonder if they even know who or where Ga. Southern is?


May 4th, 2012
8:03 am

i’m going to ask again…. southern WHO?!

Say What

May 4th, 2012
8:16 am

@gagstate HA even worse. Mother nicknamed him that and he was too stupid to stick with it? Guess that explains why he chose Southern…. and that’s the real mistake.

Ptc Dawg

May 4th, 2012
8:22 am

Not sure why the State fans seem bothered by GSU’S success.

I hope they both do well.

That said, right now GSU would roll State on the field.

Erk Russell

May 4th, 2012
8:24 am

I cannot believe you pathetic inbreads cannot even come up with enough $ to build me a damn statue. If I had known this, I would have had myself mumified and proped up outside the grassy knoll I bulit, you ingrates.


May 4th, 2012
8:32 am

I am with those who want to see some opponents from the big 6 conferences in the Dome. Let’s schedule some home and home or 2 and 1 contracts with these guys. Getting a big southeastern school with fans in Atlanta to come here would be great for all concerned.

And yes @Auburn Grad, I would love for GSU to host you guys. It would be a chance for all those Atlanta Auburn folks to see their team and we get to sell out the Dome…win-win.


May 4th, 2012
8:37 am

@ajg… YES!! Auburn @ the dome would be awesome. Also like South Carolina, Clemson, UT, UF, I think all of them would draw huge crowds.


May 4th, 2012
10:18 am

Its good to know one college football team in Atlanta has the cajones to go up against the Gators. All the North Avenue crowd does is take pot shots at UGA for losing to them but they never play them. All talk and no walk. Georgia Tech football is bush league material.

Good luck to the Panthers. As a native Atlantan I’m thrilled to finally have a hometown college football team to be proud of.


Eagle from REAL GSU

May 4th, 2012
10:22 am

Thanks, Ptc dawg, but we can fight our own battles. Get the hell outta here, dawg breath.

Argentina Blue

May 4th, 2012
10:26 am

Georgia State had better figure a way to get big name teams to come play them in Atlanta if they hope to sell any volume of tickets since A) they have no real fanbase of their own and B) the students and alumni don’t care about the football program.


May 4th, 2012
11:38 am

Breaking News! Georgia State has a football team.

GSU alumni

May 4th, 2012
1:39 pm

Let invite Boise State to our turf.

Go Panther!!!!

VSU Alumnus

May 4th, 2012
1:54 pm

The most interesting football news to me is Mercer football in 2013. I will always be a blazer ,but I find the concept of 1-AA non-scholarship football interesting. Watching true student athletes will be fun. See you in Macon.


May 5th, 2012
12:06 am

I too am excited to here more about future home and home series.


May 6th, 2012
10:27 pm

It should be noted that “dawgfan” is the official stool Inspector of CMR”.

Good luck Panthers! Go Georgia State!