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.
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.