Archive for May, 2012

GSU’s Tony Kimbro charged with rape

Georgia State basketball player Tony Kimbro Jr. was arrested and charged with rape on Thursday.

The alleged rape was reported to Georgia State University Police on March 15, according to Deputy Chief of Police Carlton Mullis.

Kimbro and the alleged victim went before a Fulton County judge on Thursday in a show-cause hearing after which the judge signed the arrest warrant. Kimbro’s next court date is May 18.

Kimbro, a 6-foot, 5-inch freshman, averaged 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game last year.

If a Georgia State student has been arrested and charged with a felony, the university code of conduct requires they are placed on in interim suspension. Kimbro has also been indefinitely suspended from the team.

“We have very high standards for our over 350 student-athletes, and we are constantly educating them on their responsibilities as representatives of Georgia State University,” athletic director Cheryl Levick said in a statement.

“Whenever an alleged incident does occur, we …

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Georgia State athletes who will graduate

The Georgia State student-athletes who will graduate on Sunday:

Baseball: Justin Malone, Geography; Ben Marshall, Actuarial Science; Joey Wood, Exercise Science; Tyler Claburn, Chemistry.

Football: Mark Hogan, Finance; Christo Bilukidi, Sociology; Michael Davis, Real Estate; Akeen Felder, Sociology; Roosevelt Watson, Sociology; Deron Jordan, Managerial Sciences; Robert Truitt, Marketing; Olufemi Opanubi, Psychology; Malcolm Smith, Film and Video; Isaiah Ervin, Sociology; Kalan Jenkins, Exercise Science. Masters-Joseph Gilbert, MBA.

Men’s basketball: James Fields, Public Policy; Brandon McGee, Sociology.

Men’s track: Chris Harper, Biological Science.

Men’s soccer: Jacob Hamilton, Criminal Justice; Tim Nixon, Finance.

Men’s tennis: Juan Pablo Gutierrez, Sociology.

Softball: Alana Thomas, Political Science; Christina Reed, Speech; Chelsea Sparks, Psychology; Megan Kallatsa, Exercise Science; Emily Whitaker, Speech; Cassie Boese, Accounting.

Volleyball: Chelsea …

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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, …

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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 …

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Panthers officially announce USC transfer in hoops

Curtis Washington, a 6-10, 245-pound forward from USC,  has transferred to Georgia State.

Washington redshirted last year after having surgery last August to repair a torn left labrum.

Washington didn’t play much for the Trojans, totaling 11 minutes his freshman year. He averaged 8 points and 4 rebounds as a junior and 8 points and 7.6 assists his senior year in Elizabethtown High School in Kentucky.

“I am very excited to be able to add a player of Curtis’ talent to our squad,” coach Ron Hunter said in a statement. “He adds depth to our low post presence and fits the style of basketball that we like to play. Curtis was an immediate fit when talking with our players. I look forward to working with him as soon as he gets on campus.”

Washington may have to sit out a year, per NCAA rules. However, he has petitioned to play immediately, citing that he redshirted last year and that he is transferring to be closer to home. There are precedents.

Here are Georgia State’s …

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Burguillos signs with Georgia State

Denison Burguillos, a 6-9 power forward, signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Georgia State earlier today. Burguillos committed several weeks ago.

Burguillos, a native of Valencia, Venezuela, averaged 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and shot 43.6 percent from the field last season at Casper (Wyoming) College.

“Denison is the perfect type of player for our system,” GSU coach Ron Hunter said in a statement. “He is a lefty who can play in the post and shoot the 20-foot jump shot. He really developed at the junior college level, adding about 40 pounds to his frame and has shown the ability to work hard both on and off the court.

“There was an instant connection for us when we started to recruit Denison. I think he is going to surprise a lot of people on the court for his rebounding ability and defensive prowess.”

Burguillos played in 30 games for the Thunderbirds, swiping 12 steals, blocking 14 shots and dishing out 14 assists. The team often played 11 …

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