Bell officially joins GSU; Moody officially dismissed; Levick contract being worked on

Quarterback Ronnie Bell will transfer into Georgia State in June, while Dexter Moody has been dismissed from the team, coach Bill Curry announced on Friday. Bell announced his intention to transfer to Georgia State in February.

Bell won two state championships while leading Sandy Creek to a 29-1 record. He passed for more than 4,400 yards his last two years.

Bell, 6-0, 175 pounds, signed with Ohio, where he redshirted last year. He decided to transfer because the Bobcats were very deep at quarterback and he wanted to play closer to home.

“We are just really pleased to add Ronnie Bell to our team,” Curry said in a statement. “The best thing I can say about him is that he was 29-1 as a starter and won back-to-back state titles in Georgia high school football. And the one game they lost was his first one.”

Bell will enter the quarterback derby currently being led by redshirt freshman Ben McLane. He will also compete against Kelton Hill, who started five games last year, and a pair of incoming freshmen.

Moody was dismissed after violating team rules. Moody, who was suspended from the team in March, was one of several players involved in an alleged bar fight in Buckhead in April. Moody, a redshirt junior who attended Emanuel County Institute in Twin City, led the Panthers with 65 tackles last season.

Christian Benvenuto was also suspended as a result of the alleged fight. His status hasn’t changed. Benvenuto was GSU’s second-leading scorer with 46 points. He hit nine of his 17 field goals. Six of the misses were from 45 yards or longer.

Levick contract extension

Georgia State is working on extending athletic director Cheryl Levick’s contract. Details of the extension haven’t been released.

Levick signed a five-year contract in 2009 that included a two-year extension that could be exercised after Feb. 28 this year. The extension would take the contract through 2016. Levick’s base salary is $220,000.

During the past three years, Levick has helped Georgia State move to the the Sun Belt Conference. She hired Ron Hunter, who led the men’s basketball team to 22 wins last year, and spearheaded the building of the football practice facility.

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

22 comments Add your comment

Sluggo

May 4th, 2012
12:38 pm

Any others who are malcontent can leave with him. Addition by subtraction in my humble opinion. Welcome Mr. Bell.

OutSTATEd

May 4th, 2012
12:52 pm

Welcome Ronnie!! Sorry to hear about Dexter but two things happen when you play for CBC, One you become a man and Two, you become accountable. In order to acheive either you must acheive both.

Panther08

May 4th, 2012
12:54 pm

Thank You Coach Curry for Dismissing Moody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome to the team Bell!

Joe

May 4th, 2012
1:29 pm

That Moody may have a chance to set a record for most dismissals if he can find another sucker to try him out. UGA and GA ST are down, who is next?

Jee S. You

May 4th, 2012
1:46 pm

Good to see us moving on from Moody. Hopefully that is the last of the attitude that cost us last year. Hope Bell can get in, work hard, and pressure for the starting position.

Incompetency=Extension?

May 4th, 2012
1:53 pm

Levick is getting an extension? And I thought Becker knew what he was doing! It will be funny to see his reaction later this year when he sees the plummeting PAC donations. The staff turnover related to the people she hired is disturbing. I mean at what point does the person who actually makes the bad hire takes some responsibility? And the development staff is bailing because they have an impossible job to do. Yet, the corporate sales dimwit gets a promotion and raise for doing what exactly? Our lack of relationships with the local business community is a joke!

Becker drops the ball on this one big time.

GSUBB

May 4th, 2012
1:59 pm

Oh the comments in this post are going to be fun.

Sluggo

May 4th, 2012
2:04 pm

Lynn Hickey > Cheryl Levick.

Smuggo

May 4th, 2012
2:23 pm

Judy Rose > Cheryl Levick.

Righty-yo

May 4th, 2012
2:36 pm

Atlanta Spirit Group > Cheryl Levick

You-know

May 4th, 2012
2:40 pm

Joe Schmo > Cheryl Levick.

Spuggo

May 4th, 2012
2:40 pm

Billy Knight > Cheryl Levick

Righty-yo

May 4th, 2012
2:43 pm

Sheldon Williams > Cheryl Levick

Spuggo

May 4th, 2012
2:46 pm

Candace Parker > Shelden Williams > Cheryl Levick

[...] Coach Curry on Bell: “We are just really pleased to add Ronnie Bell to our team,” Curry said in a statement. “The best thing I can say about him is that he was 29-1 as a starter and won back-to-back state titles in Georgia high school football. And the one game they lost was his first one.” [...]

GSUAlumBaseball81

May 4th, 2012
5:39 pm

Welcome to Ronnie Bell! Hope you can bring leadership and a winning way to our PANTHERS! Please get rid of the all the garbage CBC.

Correction

May 4th, 2012
11:59 pm

Atlanta Spirit Group < Cheryl Levick

Howdy Doody

May 5th, 2012
10:37 am

Richard Simmons > Cheryl Levick

Doo Doo Central

May 5th, 2012
10:44 am

Mediocrity > Cheryl Levick

Doo Doo Central

May 5th, 2012
8:49 pm

Doug,

Just curious……The Panther faithful are dying to know………why our AD doesn’t communicate like this?

Is it just too much work?

http://www.txstatebobcats.com/sports/2012/5/3/GEN_0503125343.aspx?id=340

Alec Baldwin

May 5th, 2012
11:29 pm

Because she keeps everything to herself and her inner circle. She doesn’t care or know who half of her employees are! Believe it or not, she’s had more people leave under her watch than MCELROY had. That’s saying something… If the pres. was able to survey the staff he would be surprised at what he found.

OutSTATEd

May 6th, 2012
5:10 pm

@ Doo Doo… Thanks for putting up the link. Not a clue why we are not doing this. She really ought to take note…