Archive for June, 2012

Georgia State basketball season-ticket prices will see some slight increases

Georgia State will keep season-ticket prices for most current customers the same for the 2012-13 basketball season. However, all season tickets for court-side seats will see a 100-percent increase to $1,000.

The price for lower-level season-tickets will stay at $145 for current customers. That price will increase to $165 for new customers. Mezzanine-level season-tickets will stay at $105 for current customers, and to $115 for new customers.

The ticket packages will be put in the mail next week.

Tiffany Daniels, senior athletic director, said it’s the first ticket increase in at least three years. The change is necessary she said because of the growth and direction of the program. In coach Ron Hunter’s first season, the Panthers went 22-12.

Georgia State is considering what types of additional benefits it is going to provide for court-side fans. Daniel said one of the ideas being considered is more personalized service. For example, when they arrive at the game and check in …

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Georgia State does well in APR

I didn’t post this yesterday because I thought y’all would likely be more interested in the Georgia State-Duke men’s basketball game, but the Panthers posted solid scores in the NCAA’s annual Academic Progress Rate, which was released yesterday.

Here’s a copy of today’s story in the AJC, and below are the scores for the past years.

School
State
Academic Year
Multi-Year Rate
Penalties
Postseason

Baseball
Georgia State University
GA
2004 – 2005
889

Baseball
Georgia State University
GA
2005 – 2006
899

Baseball
Georgia State University
GA
2006 – 2007
905

Baseball
Georgia State University
GA
2007 – 2008
907
Immediate Penalty – Scholarship Reduction = 0.21

Baseball
Georgia State University
GA
2008 – 2009
945

Baseball
Georgia State University
GA
2009 – 2010
963

Baseball
Georgia State University
GA
2010 – 2011
981

Men’s Basketball
Georgia State University
GA
2004 – 2005
907

Men’s Basketball
Georgia State University
GA
2005 – 2006
894

Men’s …

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Georgia State will play Duke in men’s basketball

Georgia State will open its men’s basketball season at Duke on Nov. 9, according to coach Ron Hunter. The game will be televised by ESPN on one of its channels, Hunter said.

Georgia State will receive $75,000 for the game. As if playing at Cameron Indoor Stadium weren’t tough enough, the Panthers’ next game will be at BYU on Nov. 13 in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Those games were two of several that Hunter could confirm on Tuesday. He said more of the schedule could be released in a few more days. The full schedule likely won’t be released until Georgia State resolves if it will be in the Colonial Athletic Association or Sun Belt Conference in the fall.

Hunter had already begun putting together a challenging non-conference schedule before the CAA announced on Tuesday that the Panthers won’t be allowed to play in the conference tournament because they are moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2013-14.

Hunter said he wanted tough games for two reasons: he wanted to show …

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Georgia State won’t be allowed to play in CAA tournaments — updated with Sun Belt news

Georgia State will not be able to compete for Colonial Athletic Association tournament team championships in the upcoming year, its last before joining the Sun Belt, CAA commissioner Tom Yeager announced on Tuesday. A vote was taken by the conference’s presidents during a meeting last week. The results were unanimous, reinforcing a long-time CAA bylaw.

“The conference believes that the championship opportunities should be reserved for those student-athletes that are continuing members of the conference,”  Yeager said.

GSU President Mark Becker said in a statement they “were very disappointed” in the decision, which  prevents the Panthers’ teams from the chance to earn automatic berths into NCAA tournaments.  The sports affected are baseball, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. The conference will allow individuals to compete in  cross country, swimming and diving, track and field and wrestling, but team points …

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GSU’s CAA fate decided, but won’t be known for a few more days

Georgia State’s ability to play in Colonial Athletic Association tournaments next year has been decided, but the conference said on Wednesday that isn’t ready to announce the news until after a few more points have been clarified.

Commissioner Tom Yeager has been tasked with finding those solutions after the conference’s presidents had their summer meeting in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Yeager said the questions are more operational in manner than legal, and that he hopes to have the answers within the next two days.

During the D.C. meeting, GSU President Dr. Mark Becker and Old Dominion President John Broderick asked their counterparts to allow their schools, which are leaving for new conferences next year, to play in the CAA’s postseason tournaments in 2012-13. The conference’s bylaws exclude schools that have resigned from being allowed to play. GSU and ODU contend that the schools can decide when their resignations are effective. Allowing the resignations to go into …

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No news yet from CAA meetings

Georgia State University President Dr. Mark Becker asked his counterparts in the Colonial Athletic Association on Tuesday to vote to allow the Panthers to participate in the conference postseason tournaments. As you know, GSU is leaving the CAA to join the Sun Belt next year. CAA rules prohibit schools that have resigned from playing in conference tournaments, unless the remaining members vote otherwise.

The CAA didn’t issue any statements Tuesday, other than to say they would issue a statement Wednesday.

Becker issued this statement Tuesday night:

“At today’s annual meeting of the CAA Presidents, John Broderick of Old Dominion and I made our formal request to the remaining nine conference schools to allow our student-athletes to compete in postseason play in 2012-13. We were asked to leave the meeting after we presented our case and answered questions. We look forward to receiving an answer when a decision is finalized.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter …

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GSU not giving up on playing in CAA tournaments — updated

Georgia State’s desire to compete in Colonial Athletic Association championship tournaments received very little support from the conference’s athletic directors at their annual meeting in Hilton Head earlier this week.

The Panthers are leaving the CAA for the Sun Belt Conference in 2013, in part to further the development of their football team. CAA bylaws state schools that are leaving are ineligible to compete in its tournaments. It is believed to be the only conference in the NCAA to have this rule. However, the bylaws also state that the remaining conference members have the right to determine whether the school that is leaving can participate in the conference championships during the upcoming year.

Citing that provision, GSU president Dr. Mark Becker will ask his conference counterparts to vote to allow them to compete through June 30, 2013 on Tuesday during the conference’s annual presidents meetings in Washington D.C.

According to the CAA constitution, a …

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Thompson dismissed from GSU football team

Rod Thompson, a redshirt freshman, was dismissed from Georgia State’s football team today for violating team rules.

Thompson, a graduate of Mays High, is one of several players on the defensive side of the ball who have been released by coach Bill Curry in the offseason. Thompson, a 6-3, 235-pound defensive end, joins starting defensive end A.J. Portee and starting linebacker Dexter Moody among the players who won’t return.

In other news, the women’s tennis team’s recruiting class was ranked No. 1 in TennisRecruiting.net’s annual list of the top mid-major programs.

GSU is adding Natallia Vavulina and Linn Timmermann for the 2012-13 year. Vavulina has been ranked as high as No. 112 in the ITF rankings. Timmerman went 33-2 last year at Saddlebrook Preparatory School in Wesley Chapel, Fla.

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

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Look at the map and let me hear your plans for Georgia State

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Forgive me, but I wanted to try something.

Above is a link to a google map of the area around the southeast of Georgia State. I thought it might be fun just to take a look around and see what might suitable for the new facilities that the athletics department would like to build.

In a pie in the sky exercise, looking at the map what do you think would be best, based upon the empty lots you see on this map. Let’s say you can’t destroy buildings, unless you know they are vacant (such as the candy factory down the street from the football practice facility).

And if anyone can figure out how I can cut and paste this map directly into the blog, let me know.

Doug Roberson, AJC

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