I asked for y’all to send me some questions, and you obliged with some excellent queries. So, here we go….
Q: With the move to FBS, are there plans to move out of the Ga. Dome and build an on-campus stadium?
A: Not as of a few weeks ago. There are two problems with wanting to build an on-campus stadium: where and with what money? If you can solve either with a sizable donation, I’m sure athletic director Cheryl Levick would like to talk to you.
Q: When will the Panthers release a depth chart?
Q: Any news on Nermin Delic and Theo Agnew?
A: No. I’m sure Georgia State is tired of me asking. I e-mailed an NCAA official two weeks ago. He never responded. There’s really no telling, which is understandably frustrating for everyone.
Q: How has Coach Curry’s announcement of retiring effected recruiting if at all since it occurred right before football season?
A: That’s a good question. B.J. Clay said “it hasn’t affected mine. I still want to go to Georgia State. It’s a good program and I know Bill Curry has built up the program. The campus was a very good environment, my family liked environment and I liked the environment.”
Q: Has recruiting interest increased or remained stagnant since GSU announced they are going FBS?
A: Curry has said many times that Georgia State is having conversations with players that they may not have gotten more than polite interest from since the FBS move was announced.
Q: Does the fact that GSU will not play in the postseason for yet another two years hurt recruiting?
A: Who knows what goes on in the minds of 17- and 18-year-olds? From a reason standpoint, it would have no effect on this year because the student-athletes being recruited this year obviously can’t play this year. As for next year, very few true freshmen ever crack the depth chart, so it wouldn’t affect them next year either.
Clay said it doesn’t bother him and that his goal is to get used to FBS football next year and then make it bowls in the next years.
Q: Will AD Levick begin looking for a new coach during this upcoming season or will she wait until after the season?
A: I’m sure, if the price is right, they would. I would guess that a new stadium, which esteemed colleagues Tim Tucker and Leon Stafford reported could be finalized by the end of the year, is going to need as many sources of revenue as possible to pay down the hundreds of millions of dollars in bond debt that will be needed to pay for construction.
Q: Have there been any efforts to ensure better student attendance at home games this year?
A: Georgia State has seemed to increase its advertising with billboards, bus wraps and other devices throughout downtown.
Q: I see that Southern is playing UGA this year, is there any talk on a future matchup between G-State and either one of the in-state big time programs (hopefully this would not occur until we increase our depth with the added allotment of scholarships)?
A: I haven’t heard of any talk yet. Frankly, I would be surprised if this ever occurred, particularly when Georgia State moves to FBS. I can see Georgia State playing the out-of-state teams like the Tennessee’s, Houston’s and Alabama’s, but I don’t see Georgia Tech or Georgia ever wanting to play Georgia State. The risk is too great. They won’t even play the Panthers in men’s basketball.
Q: Has the fact that Kennesaw State is getting a football team effected our recruiting?
A: No. The Owls haven’t officially launched the program yet. They are putting together a financial plan that they will present to the Board of Regents at some point.
Q: Any scoop on future out of conference opponents GSU may be facing or hosting?
A: No, but I’ll ask.
Q: Any idea how many season tickets have been sold thus far?
Q: I’ve heard we will know something in November about the coaching position, does that mean we have someone in mind? Will the search be regional or nationwide?
A: The search will be nation-wide and will be assisted by a firm. [ click on the link above]
Q: Is our approach to CBC’s replacement to find a known quantity or “up and comer”? Will CBC be involved in sourcing a replacement?
A: Levick wants the best possible candidate. She prefers someone with head-coaching experience. I get the feeling she wants someone who is either currently a head coach, or has been one recently. Curry said he will be happy to be involved in the search if asked, and won’t be upset if he’s not asked.
Q: Can we survive the 4th quarter?
A: Fantastic question because the team flat got outplayed in the fourth quarter last year. Georgia State scored 34 points in the fourth quarter last season and allowed a whopping 123. The team didn’t give up more than 86 in any other quarter. Curry said the team’s improved strength and conditioning should help them win the final period this year.
Q: How much contact does the team have with Christo and Jake, and what sort of impact have these two had on the team’s attitude?
A: Well, Jake’s brother Louie is working with the team this year so the players do have an outlet to Jake. There’s also twitter….
Q: With the move to the CAA this season, can we still purchase beer inside the Dome? The next seasons?
Q: Has Georgia State exceeded expectations this fall camp? Do you think we’re poised for a good season?
A: I guess that depends upon your expectations. Coaches say the team looks better, but they will never say the team is meeting expectations.
Do I think you’re poised for a good season? So much will depend upon the team’s confidence and health. If the offense can click early and take some of the pressure of the defense, I think you could have a good season. I would say your skill position players are very solid, but redshirt freshman quarterback Ben McLane has to get them the ball. He’s been accurate throughout most of camp, but how will he perform when the games are for real? He’s a confident, but not brash, guy.
If injuries mount and begin to affect both sides, things could get sideways.
There’s also the issue of special teams, which weren’t good last year. Teams that are learning to win, as Georgia State is, must take advantage of every scoring chance and can’t give up silly yards or points.
Q: How long before Christian Benvenuto is back?
A: Benvenuto is suspended for at least the first game after being involved in an altercation outside a Buckhead bar earlier this year. Curry hasn’t said when he will return. If it’s similar to Kelton Hill’s situation last year, Benvenuto won’t return until he tells the whole team he’s ready. I don’t know if that’s what Curry is waiting on.
Q: Doug….why is the NCAA taking so much time deciding on the eligibility of the three transfers? It makes me think there is something ambiguous/vague in the NCAA bylaws regarding this matter.
A: I wish I could answer this, but the NCAA can be glacial regarding some things. As noted above, I emailed them two weeks ago Agnew, Delic and Ronnie Bell and have yet to hear from them.
A: First, the stadium is apparently in horrible shape. Second, the stadium only seats 15,000, which isn’t nearly enough for FBS crowds. Third, I’m not sure it’s proximity to GSU’s campus is desirable.
Q: Doug, will you be at some of the games this year?
A: I should be at all the home games, as well as the trip to Rocky Top. Too soon to tell about some of the others.
A: African or European?
It doesn’t matter, she’s a witch.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajgcu