Georgia State predicted to finish last in CAA football, and other notes

File this one in the “irrelevant predictions” file: Georgia State was picked to finish last in football in the Colonial Athletic Association today.

GSU is leaving the CAA to join the Sun Belt Conference next year. That move resulted in:

  • The Panthers not being eligible to play for the conference title, according to CAA bylaws;
  • The Panthers not being eligible to for the FCS playoffs, according to NCAA bylaws;

Georgia State also didn’t have any players selected to the preseason all-conference team, which it was eligible for.

Personally, I’m surprised wide receiver Albert Wilson (37 catches, 772 yards) didn’t make the preseason team.

If you’re curious, Towson was picked to win the league and Tigers running back Terrance West was picked as the preseason player of the year. I’m not sure where GSU would have been picked had this been a normal year. The Panthers went 3-8 last year and during the offseason lost their defensive coordinator, dismissed a few more starters on defense, lost four starters on the offensive line to graduation and have a new quarterback penciled in to start.

Post your thoughts on the the CAA prediction, and feel free to have some fun and post other “irrelevant predictions” in the comments section below.

Happy birthday

This story was relayed to me this morning by GSU’s outstanding sports information staff:

Today is the birthday of Curry’s daughter, Dr. Kristin Hunter.

Curry was telling this story today at CAA media days:

(A few) years ago today, Curry was in this same airport, flying from Baltimore back to Atlanta from training camp.

He was in camp with the Colts, trying to make the team. He had gone to New Orleans in the expansion draft and Colts coach Don Shula picked him up.

Carolyn went into labor while Curry was in Baltimore. Shula told him he could go to Atlanta for one day.

Teammate Mike Curtis let Curry borrow his car to get to airport.

Kristin was born while Curry was in the air. He had no idea until he got off the plane and his dad and his sister were there with pink cigars.

Hunter headed to South Africa

Georgia State men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter is about to take his entire team on a Samaritan’s Feet trip to South Africa. I wasn’t able to hook up with Hunter to talk about this year’s trip. But here’s a story I wrote last year that should help you understand why Hunter devotes so much time to the charity.

Other headlines:

Jordan Giles says Georgia State will have a better chance to make game-changing plays this year.

Football practice starts in less than a week.

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

36 comments Add your comment

RidgeRunner

July 25th, 2012
10:43 am

Can’t wait to see CAA in my rear view mirror.

Panama

July 25th, 2012
10:47 am

Having no players selected to the pre-season All Conference team even as we have had 5 selected to pre-season All-America watch list says all we need to know about the CAA. Good Riddance

A person SMART enough to know......

July 25th, 2012
11:24 am

I think GaState will be better than Last in the CAA sounds like sour grapes.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 25th, 2012
11:30 am

DOUG do you know what …..Dr. Kristin Hunter….does? Medical Dr. or Education Dr.? Either way Happy B-Day Kristin.

A person SMART enough to know......

July 25th, 2012
11:30 am

US Women’s Soccer v France game at 11:30 on NBC Sports.

Argentina Blue

July 25th, 2012
11:32 am

“…went 3-8 last year and during the offseason lost their defensive coordinator, dismissed a few more starters on defense, lost four starters on the offensive line to graduation and have a new quarterback penciled in to start.”

Sounds like Curry when he was at Georgia Tech (with exception of the numerous dismissals).

GSUAlumBaseball81

July 25th, 2012
11:41 am

VAA is a joke! I’m with you Panama, GOOD RIDDANCE!

Roy

July 25th, 2012
11:44 am

I think Ga State wins maybe 2 games. ODU will have the best team in the league!

Sluggo

July 25th, 2012
11:48 am

If I’m not mistaken, ODU was picked last a year ago. Also, ODU’s bye week came at the end of the year. However, It’s bogus that no one was named to the preseason all-conference team. At a minimum, Albert Wilson and Donald Russell should have been named.

GSUtimes2

July 25th, 2012
11:49 am

The CAA will continue to spiral into the lower rung of FCS conferences. #IrrelevantPrediction

Sluggo

July 25th, 2012
11:50 am

I think 2-9 or 3-8 is how we finish our only season in the VAA. We’re still a young program, so it won’t be the end of the world.

Doug Roberson

July 25th, 2012
11:51 am

Towson was picked to finish last in the CAA last year. That didn’t exactly work out like everyone though.

Doug Roberson

July 25th, 2012
11:52 am

ODU was picked to finish next to last.

GSUBB

July 25th, 2012
11:52 am

I promise that this league will know who Albert Wilson and The Donald are by the end of the year. Can’t get away soon enough.

Doug Roberson

July 25th, 2012
11:52 am

The Tigers won the CAA, going 7-1.The Monarchs went 6-2.

Sluggo

July 25th, 2012
12:31 pm

Thanks for the clarification Doug. ODU found its answer at QB last year. If we’ve found our guy, we could surprise a bunch of teams; especially, if they take us lightly coming off a horrible year where we played QB shuffle.

I might have to revise upward. Go Panthers!

Big Blue From Panther Land

July 25th, 2012
12:43 pm

I boldly predict a Canadian will win the trampoline event at the 2012 Olympics. I predict Norway will hold off Denmark to win the women’s handball. I predict South Korea to win the badminton (sweep men’s and women’s). I predict China might win in table tennis. These are results of seconds of studying and analysis, much like the CAA football coaches put into their poll.

Doug Roberson

July 25th, 2012
12:59 pm

Big Blue: which trampoline event?

pantherfan93

July 25th, 2012
1:11 pm

They picked us to be last in basketball last year too. That was a pick that paid off. Haha

Big Blue From Panther Land

July 25th, 2012
2:45 pm

Mr. Doug… That prediction is for the men’s winner. You mean there are different events? My extensive research of a few more seconds notes that the trampoline was invented by the Eskimos (think firemen holding a blanket to catch someone jumping from a building). A pair of Iowans then built the first actual trampoline that we know in 1936. Whew, research, research, research. If only the CAA coaches knew which of the three GSU quarterbacks to prepare for.

DownTownATL

July 25th, 2012
3:21 pm

Win or lose, I’ll still support the Panthers! Moving up and onward!!

BariBlue

July 25th, 2012
3:38 pm

If anything, this prediction will make our team work harder. Can’t wait to prove everyone wrong! Go Panthers!

Mick Dee

July 25th, 2012
4:07 pm

I predict student fees will continue to support the athletic programs — never falling below 30% of the athletic department’s budget for the next 20 years. Congrats, students, you’re buying a new stadium for the football team.

Paul in NH

July 25th, 2012
8:23 pm

My prediction for GSU – they will play one game in the snow. Orono on 11/10/11 – bring your longjohns guys, you are going to need them.

Paul in NH

July 25th, 2012
8:24 pm

Oops – that would be Orono on 11/10/12

Panther Fever ... catch it!

July 25th, 2012
8:42 pm

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …..

My Mom's Basement

July 25th, 2012
10:09 pm

I am so lonely down here, I didn’t make any friends at GT and need something to make myself feel better. I hope you guys understand :(

A person SMART enough to know

July 25th, 2012
10:37 pm

Very funny, I am not lonely because I have my Real Doll to keep me company.

GSU Eagle Fan

July 25th, 2012
11:22 pm

There’s no way the Eagles finish last in any conference, but when did GSU join the CAA, whatever that is?

Cellar Dwellers

July 26th, 2012
8:38 am

That community college was just cellar dwellers not too long ago. How soon we forget!

2006 Southern Conference football standings
v t e Conf Overall
Team W L W L
#1 Appalachian State †^ 7 – 0 14 – 1
#12 Furman ^ 6 – 1 8 – 4
#23 Wofford 5 – 2 7 – 4
The Citadel 4 – 3 5 – 6
Elon 2 – 5 5 – 6
Chattanooga 2 – 5 3 – 8
Georgia Southern 2 – 5 3 – 8
Western Carolina 0 – 7 2 – 9

A person SMART enough to know

July 26th, 2012
8:44 am

Hey guys, I’m coming out of the closet–I’m really ATLGSUEAGLE and I spend every waking hour sifting through GSU blogs and message boards such as the Sunbelt board.

I am so distraught over GSU’s recent FBS news that I can barely contain myself. I AM SUCH AN EFFING LOSER!

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ATinSAV

July 30th, 2012
9:52 am

Calling Southern a community college is pretty funny considering State always has been nothing but a commuter college. I don’t even know why they bother with sports teams. Do they even have an actual campus? Good luck in FBS, you will need it considering you were not even competitive in FCS.

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