Curry bemoans turnovers; GSU retains Parker to help in football search

Georgia State coach Bill Curry bemoaned the seven turnovers that doomed his team in Saturday’s 35-3 loss at William and Mary.

“You can’t turn over the ball seven times against anybody and expect to win,” he said during Monday’s Colonial Athletic Association weekly call. “It seems as if every time we did something well to not only get back into the game or take the lead we would make yet another mistake. William and Mary took advantage of every single one of them.”

The Tribe converted four of the turnovers into 28 points to turn a close game into a blowout.

Curry praised his team’s effort on defense, saying they did as well as they could considering how many times they would make a stop only to be forced to go back onto the field again.

The Panthers allowed 413 yards in offense, which seems like a lot but was less than their season average, and were on the field for 34 minutes, 2 seconds.

Curry said two of the turnovers were the fault of Ronnie Bell, who was making his first start at quarterback and threw four interceptions. Curry said the other interceptions were the fault of receivers who either ran the wrong route, or had a chance to break up the interceptions and didn’t.

Curry said he, offensive coordinator John Bond, Bell and Ben McLane watched film yesterday and both quarterbacks understood what went wrong in the game. Bell passed for 157 yards and was sacked twice, but Curry said he made some very good throws.

Bell has 47 attempts this season, with eight interceptions. Before playing against William and Mary, he mostly appeared in the second halves of games in which the Panthers were trailing and had to pass.

Curry said Bell is the starter as of today, but the game plan may dictate who takes the first snap in Saturday’s game against New Hampshire.

“We aren’t demoralized,” Curry said. “We aren’t letting up or giving up; we will keep plugging until we can hold onto the ball like we should.”

Parker retained

Georgia State has turned to a familiar firm, Parker Executive Search, to assist in hiring the next football coach, athletic director Cheryl Levick said on Monday. Curry said earlier this year that he is going to retire from coaching when the season concluded Nov. 10 at Maine.

Parker, based in Atlanta, assisted Georgia State in finding Ron Hunter, who led the men’s basketball team to a 22-12 record last year.

The coaching job will be posted on Tuesday. For confidential consideration or to make a recommendation, contact Daniel Parker at

“Everyone associated with Georgia State football is completely focused on supporting this team, especially our student-athletes, as we look for a positive finish for this season and for Coach Curry’s career,” Levick said in a statement. “At the same time, we must also focus on the next chapter and the development of this program. The hiring process for a head football coach is intricate and detailed, and it is important that we have ample time to perform our due diligence and find a great coach.

“The selection of Georgia State’s next head football coach is obviously crucial to the future of our athletics program, especially as we move to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Sun Belt Conference,” Levick said. “We are looking for a program builder – a great recruiter, a leader and a high-energy individual who will roll up his sleeves and get to work to build Georgia State football as we move into our very exciting future.

“The use of Parker Executive Search allows us to identify and evaluate the best possible candidates in a confidential and professional manner.”

Russell’s runs

While Georgia State’s quarterbacks have continued to struggle, running back Donald Russell is being used more to help the offense.

He has run for 226 yards on 45 carries and caught nine passes for 78 yards in the past two games. He had 107 yards rushing and four catches against William and Mary. He 119 yards rushing and five receptions for 51 yards against Richmond,setting a career-high with 170 all-purpose yards.

Kicking job

Wil Lutz may have settled the carousel that was Georgia State’s kicking job.

He put both of his kickoffs into the end zone against William and Mary. He also hit a 37-yard field goal.

Injury update

Curry said center Michael Davis, who suffered an undisclosed injury against the Tribe, should be fine. Davis’ backup, Ronald Martin, should be OK to participate in practice this week. … Wide receiver Danny Williams played against William and Mary though he wasn’t 100 percent. Curry said Williams should be back to full speed this week.

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46 comments Add your comment

Jee S. You

October 1st, 2012
12:27 pm

Blaming interceptions on receivers who had a “chance” to break-up the interception? Why was the ball there in the first place?

Chicken Bone

October 1st, 2012
12:36 pm

Please try a FULLBACK for Russell!

Bleed Blue

October 1st, 2012
12:43 pm

See you on Saturday. Looking forward to tailgating and seeing State take the field. After that I have no expectations. 41 days left in this season.


October 1st, 2012
12:44 pm



October 1st, 2012
12:45 pm

Wow that terrible.. I dont get it.. why won’t they just play Hill..


October 1st, 2012
12:47 pm

I dont get it. Why isn’t Hill at QB. He was the only reason I came to the games


October 1st, 2012
12:49 pm

Agree with Chicken Bone — a fullback would sure be nice, since Russell is the only legit college-level player on this entire offense. Well, I actually think Danny Williams is too, except Curry et al have NEVER DEVELOPED A QB WHO COULD ACTUALLY GET THE BALL TO ANYONE!!! But I’m not bitter….

VSU Alumnus

October 1st, 2012
12:56 pm

In previous posts I said that Georgia State’s next head coach should be former VSU QB and current Middle Tenn. State OC Buster Faulkner. In case you missed it MTSU hung 49 on Tech this past saturday. After further consideration and a 3-2 VSU start I want Buster back In Valdosta leading the Blazers. Good luck the rest of the way and Go Panthers and Blazers !

Fire Extinguisher

October 1st, 2012
1:29 pm

Curry, Bond, and Co. sure are keeping me busy!


October 1st, 2012
1:55 pm

AD just called a unexpected team only meeting for today at 4:30


October 1st, 2012
2:21 pm

@anotherpantherdad We’ll that’s typical. She should know CBC has his call in show then. Just another example of how STUPID the department is.


October 1st, 2012
2:23 pm

Good to see Curry show some confidence in Bell. I say let Bell start at QB rest of the 2012 season. He seems more poised and mature than McLane, needs to make dramatic improvement on passing accuracy, but he can move around in pocket and not afraid to run when receivers are covered.


October 1st, 2012
2:43 pm

So tired of Curry’s empty rhetoric.

Always “we won’t give up”.

Please. Anyone watching this team can see that it quit last year.

Yes, many players still give their all. But there are enough that are enough players quitting that its spoiling the bunch.


October 1st, 2012
4:09 pm

@zamboni_racer…Glad Curry is howing confidence in someone. Sometimes you just gotta give a guy a chance to gel with a unit. 1 week of practice as the “starter” just doesn’t get it. I think we’ll see much better play from Bell next week ,”If” curry sticks with him. If not, then McLooser will lead the Panthers no where.


October 1st, 2012
4:21 pm

If the AD really wanted to do something…she’d go find a good young coach that has some fire to him.


October 1st, 2012
4:38 pm

Curry showed the same ‘confidence’ in McLane a couple months back, as I recall. The problem with Bell is, he’s slower than Hill and a poorer passer than McLane. But other than that he looks great. Geez….We are now through 5 QBs — 6 if you include Star whatshisface — in 2.5 seasons and with the possible exception of Drew Little none of them has been worthy of college-level play, nor has the coaching staff gotten them there. I know we all love Joe Hamilton but we need a top-to-bottom housecleaning with the new coach.

Steve Nash's Pick and Roll

October 1st, 2012
4:44 pm

Bell is a poorer passer than McLane? What games are you watching? McLane is all around atrocious. At least Bell can make plays with his feet. He showed glimpses of what he can do on Saturday. Two of those picks were not his fault at all.


October 1st, 2012
5:04 pm

Joe Ham = running backs coach. And don’t forget about that Mark W. kid that was kicked off the team this year.


October 1st, 2012
5:52 pm

AD hiring someone else to do her job? WOW.

Doug Roberson

October 1st, 2012
6:00 pm

Hiring a search firm is so common it has become a standard. I imagine this job will receive keen interest and hundreds of applications.


October 1st, 2012
6:38 pm

Thank God they are finally talking about it publicly. This has been a rough start for our program, but the right coach can always turn things around. We need the next Schnellenberger!

Doug Roberson

October 1st, 2012
6:40 pm

I assume you are talking about the first schnellenberger, and not versions 2.0 or 3.0

Kennesaw Mtn. Landis

October 1st, 2012
6:41 pm

pd said: “with the possible exception of Drew Little none of them has been worthy of college-level play, nor has the coaching staff gotten them there.”

I have to say I agree and I’m somewhat stunned. Coming into last year we were told that Drew Little was coming back in better physical shape – Kelton was going to be our “quick as a cat” wildcat man…I really thought we were in great shape. Then everything fell apart and has continued to fall apart this year. (shaking my head)


October 1st, 2012
6:54 pm

That is correct Doug. What he was able to do with Miami was unbelievable (he actually did well with Louisville and FAU too, considering the situations) and hopefully we can find a “program builder” like him.

I like Bill Curry, but...

October 1st, 2012
8:08 pm

whoever comes in next year should plan on starting over from scratch. That shouldn’t be too difficult given that we are basically still in the dough making process for the program. Just press the reset button, and know that at least your players have *some* level of college experience. Other than that…starting from square one. Every job open–even to freshmen. Play like you want it, or lose your job.

This team is absolutely horrible on fundamentals. I don’t mind losing. We’re in year three of EXISTENCE. However, I do mind *bad* football, which is what I’ve seen the last year and a half. I wouldn’t have thought that we would regress, but we certainly have.

I like Bill Curry, but...

October 1st, 2012
8:11 pm

PantherDad, I have to disagree with you. I think Drew Little may have had a college-level arm, but he clearly lacked (or lacks) a college-level work ethic. His behaviors indicated he wasn’t mature enough to handle the responsibility necessary at that position. I wish him well, but I hope he grows up.


October 1st, 2012
8:12 pm

We want Bobo! We want Bobo!

couldn't have "ben moore" wrong

October 1st, 2012
8:15 pm

everyone knows the search firm will go through GStateBen…. he’s got contacts all over the place and he’s a real important person… if you don’t believe it, just ask him. #stateofdumpsterfire

GSU alumni

October 1st, 2012
10:37 pm

Please close the entire program. Please invest more money into basketball where we can find success.

Atlanta Mafia

October 1st, 2012
11:22 pm

In 20 years as a head coach Bill Curry only has 7 winning seasons and one of those years was the first year at GSU – WHAT A LOSER!


October 2nd, 2012
12:00 am

At least there is a chance to get a coach that we can get a coach that can bring in some recruits. It’s kinda easy to just bash the program that is in its third year. Success doesn’t just happen overnight.

Kennesaw Mtn. Landis

October 2nd, 2012
1:36 am

If this team has any sense at all it will start recruiting in the midwest.

Passion of the Panther

October 2nd, 2012
8:20 am

So in other words GaState is seekng everything Coach Curry is not…


October 2nd, 2012
8:49 am

I never would have thought it before the season began but we may be looking at a 1 win season this year, and that’s assuming we can compete with Rhode Island. I’m just ready for a new coach to be named so I can have something positive to look forward to! Bill Curry is a nice man, he truly is, but he is not a very good coach. The best coaches can make adjustments that help their teams improve within games and within the course of an entire season. Bill just isn’t good at this.


October 2nd, 2012
9:26 am

MIDGET needs to head the offense he’s at and all timehigh 38.4 points a game.. His defensive minds set stinks. his d-backs are not in the right place, his LBs wont take on a block because there to small his d-line flow to hard and get washed down and his D-ends dont contain. AND AND How do you not have a SACK in the first 4 games.Why dont you put in guys in that you know are good pass rushers.When your down alot why dont you let some younger player play..cant get anyworse…. Midget needs to be gone HE STINKS PU


October 2nd, 2012
11:24 am

Wait, we have a big media market and direct flights, this CANT BE HAPPENING!!!


October 2nd, 2012
11:28 am

GSU football is a prime example of bad return of investment. However, It is not too late to close the whole program ,and reinvest the money into shinning academia program like computer science.

Atlanta Mafia

October 2nd, 2012
1:48 pm

This football season is ALL SO INCREDIBLY BAD – all I can be grateful for these days is that I am not some loser from Georgia Southern crawling around another teams AJC blog and being scared about how long it might be to get passed up by the Panthers. Look right above this post at the GaSo loser begging to get it shut down before the future can get better. GSU is absolutely horrible but at least we aren’t that pathetic that we try to yammer and smackie-smack on a GaSo blog – if one even exists? They might think that GSU will never be as good as GaSo but the absolute FEAR that the Panthers get better some day and they might be wrong just keeps them coming back for more! These GaSo losers keep saying that we are being too arrogant? It is out blog loser! We are supposed to be happy about any small break in the clouds or the slightest glimmer of light down the tunnel. So yes we will keep blowing our horns even in the dark days of Bill Curry’s loser tenure.
And yes, you will keep coming here from absolute FEAR! No one from the FBS conferences is going to invite you to the big show. PERIOD! EVER! PERIOD!

Who Cares?

October 2nd, 2012
1:54 pm

@Atlanta Mafia – haha, does CAPS mean you are yelling at your keyboard? As far as southern moving up, the writing is on the wall….or in terms a panther fan can relate to, the graffiti is on the wall…..move up rumors, student vote passes, stadium expansion, bor…..benson’s own comments……get used to it Mafia, gag state will soon be 0-11 and having to deal with the fact that the REAL GSU will be stealing the show in the sunbelt.

Go Panthers!!

October 2nd, 2012
4:38 pm

Unlike others, I have no problem with GaSo going FBS, but I’m not sure I see it happening.

It would be one hell of a rivalry for sure, but why would the SunBelt take GaSo after passing over New Mexico State and Idaho, who were already FBs and have far more resources available?

I get the travel issues, but NMSU and Idaho are already there and could have joined the SBC immediately.

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October 2nd, 2012
4:55 pm

Once again, Georgia State fans drag Georgia Southern into the blog to try to make themselves feel better. This is almost comical. What is Georgia States obsession with GSU? Is it that although they play little league football, people actually care? You can criticize their program all you want, but fact of the matter is, they’ve proven they can win.

LOL what?

October 2nd, 2012
6:23 pm

GODAWGS, I can assure you that there would be no postings about Georgia Southern if they weren’t bringing themselves into the conversation.

Anything you see here about the old teacher college is a direct response to a Southern fan, or it’s a Southern fan trolling in disguise.

Orlando Panther

October 2nd, 2012
9:44 pm

NMSU and Idaho are way worse choices than Southern and App State. I don’t mind if they do join, but after those two, I wouldn’t ever touch another FCS team if I were the Sun Belt…although another realignment could change all that.


October 2nd, 2012
11:25 pm

Georgia Southern fans are the ones obsessing because Georgia State got the FBS invite and they didn’t. And considering Ga. Southern’s history and success in football and Georgia State’s pathetic showing even against NAIA and DII teams, it galls them to no end. Georgia Southern was so sure that it would be moving up to FBS first because it was ready, and leave Georgia State behind.

Georgia State better find a good coach because it might find itself kicked out of the Sun Belt conference if it continues this embarrassing level of play. Or at best it can stay but not in football.

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