Georgia State still playing for this season and Curry

Despite knowing that the season isn’t living up to even the most modest expectations and that a new coach and staff will soon be moving into the digs at 188 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Georgia State’s players say they don’t view the final games as an audition for the next leader.

They are still about the team. They still want the victory more than the personal moments that may pop on film.

“Everybody is still pushing,” defensive lineman Theo Agnew said. “Undoubtedly you have some people that are upset. We haven’t been doing that well this season, but … we are going to ride this thing until the wheels come off.

“Coach (Bill) Curry said that he’s not going to give up on us and we aren’t going to give up on him either. We know he’s leaving and all that but it’s us, it’s everybody out there for each other. I say that to the team a lot,’ I’ll keep playing for y’all because I know y’all would do the same.’ ”

Georgia State has three games to keep pushing, starting Saturday at James Madison, followed by the home-finale at Old Dominion and the season-ending game at Maine, the last in Curry’s career. He announced in August that he is retiring from coaching after the season.

Though the team is 1-7 and has been outscored by 156 points, the coaches say they haven’t heard anyone talk about playing for next year.

“I don’t think it’s any motivation or sense in worrying about next year,” defensive coordinator Anthony Midget said. “We have to focus on the now, just trying to improve each week and trying to get better.”

But even Curry said he’s not naïve to think someone hasn’t considered what a strong finish could mean for next year.

“I would like for them to play hard for each other and all the noble principles we believe in but I’m a pragmatist and know that we are all human,” he said. “It might just be that somebody will think the other coaches will watch this video, so I better put something good on video.”

The next coach will watch the video and may evaluate the players on different criteria than the current staff. But even if the next coach doesn’t like a lot of what he sees, there may not be as much initial turnover as might be expected on a team that has struggled in all phases this year. The NCAA mandates that a team can’t bring in more than 25 scholarships in a class (though that doesn’t include early enrollees). The next coach may be able to secure a few early commitments, but it’s too early to tell. Georgia State is using 68 scholarships this year and plans on using 85 next year as it completes its transition from FCS to FBS. This year’s team has 11 seniors, so the majority of the current roster may return. The junior class has 37 players.

The players do recognize what good performances may mean for their future. Tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, a senior, said the players know that they need to execute to have a chance at earning, or retaining, a spot. But trying to impress the new boss doesn’t seem to be the focus. Redshirt freshman quarterback Ben McLane said the team wants to salvage the season by winning the next three games.

Anything extra that comes from that is just a few rays of sunshine.

“You don’t want to focus too much on next season, but guys know you still want to play hard so whoever comes in next can build on something positive,” he said. “Hopefully we can give them that.”

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23 comments Add your comment

Stateofstupid

October 24th, 2012
8:04 am

Good luck with that 1-10. New coach please.

GSU pride

October 24th, 2012
8:37 am

Yes, who cares about a losing record of this unimprotant season ? We are looking at the big picture instead of an unimportant detail.

We respect everybody but we are ready to host anybody at any places and any times.

RidgeRunner

October 24th, 2012
8:56 am

Interesting.

Cheryl Levick

October 24th, 2012
9:05 am

Big announcement about the Sports Arena later today. Psst, we’ll be playing at Philips Arena for a while.

darrell g Moore

October 24th, 2012
10:18 am

Speaking from coaching perspective having been involved with a start up program, The beatings, a young program takes when the decision has been made to participate with the BIG BOYS, will not be a detriment. Ben McLane is a quality human being with a WINNING mindset and a work ethic equaled by few. I am assured that every Panther at GSU wants, desires, and strives to have success. The baby steps taken today will be rewarded as long as everyone involved remembers to be supportive and have expectations in perspective.

Ga State My kind of team

October 24th, 2012
10:51 am

Hopefully next year,we can play Southern Cal,Ohio State,Oklahoma,Alabama,Florida,LSU,etc to let the world know we are GA State . Some of the fans just dont get it. It will not matter who the coach is anyway,as winning is not the goal here. Think like the AD for crying out loud

EagleBoy

October 24th, 2012
10:52 am

This is selfish, but I hope you guys beat James Madison and push them further down in the polls. Southern would appreciate the help. Being a Panther fan makes we want to take a shower.

GSU Eagle

October 24th, 2012
10:53 am

I am interested to see what the expectations will be over the next few years. Obviously, a new head coach and staff is going to have a bearing on that, but it seems to me the cupboard is pretty bare. Recruiting, even when good, can take quite some time to pan out. Do you (Darrell and others) see the fan base being humbled, willing to take their lumps, and wait for better days? Or will interest be lost and very hard to regain? What should the fan base expect in terms of a time frame for “better days”?

GSU Eagle

October 24th, 2012
1:40 pm

Hello? Bueller? Anyone?

I guess this answers my “will interest be lost” question…..

FBS Envy

October 24th, 2012
2:02 pm

The George-Ann is where us Eagles should be posting. Why the infatuation, I will never know.

GSU Eagle

October 24th, 2012
2:16 pm

FBS Envy- If you are speaking to me, that is exactly what I am talking about with the State fan base. I am a college football fan. I am interested in how things turn out for State, not infatuated. Yet you post a dismissive comment to legitimate questions. Is it any wonder fans of other schools gleefully jump all over you guys when things go bad? For your sake, I hope basketball season goes well for you guys.

If your comment was not directed to me, my apologies. Carry on.

Cheryl Levick

October 24th, 2012
3:13 pm

Later Dudes!

To GSU Eagle

October 24th, 2012
3:14 pm

Interest will return and grow. However will we sell out the Dome in my life time? Not a chance. Will we average over 30,000 per game ten years from now? Doubtful. We aren’t Southern, Tech or UGA so I have no idea how this is going to work itself out. I guess the true question is can the students hold out over the next 10 to 15 years to establish a fan base with a culture for college football before protesting the payment of fees that result in little value. The Ga State students today do not have the same passion for football that Southern, Tech, and UGA students have and I’m not sure if the patience from the students will last long enough to establish any kind of base. I love the Panthers and unlike some of the posters on this board I have always remained humble to how hard it is to have success in college football. To me it’s kind of like a bet in Vegas where I have no idea if I will win or lose, but I know what the odds are before I place my bet and in this situation I think the pot odds are right so I will call.

Mary McElroy

October 24th, 2012
3:30 pm

Guess who’s back, bítches!

Ga State my kind of team

October 24th, 2012
4:02 pm

If attention is what we are seeking,why not play a team that can run up a 250 point loss on us? That would get us alot of attention and sastisfy the AD. We can do it. Put our minds to it youse guys

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A person SMART enough to know.....

October 25th, 2012
11:50 am

I do notice that there is not so much Trash talk form the GaState fans on this blog or the other blogs anymore. Glad you GaState fans have LEARNED your place.

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GSU freshman

October 25th, 2012
2:04 pm

Our state of football program is strong. We will beat any opponent at any place , any time.

GODAWGS

October 25th, 2012
4:18 pm

Better make this season count cause you’ll be the worst team in the worst FBS conference this time next year.

Enjoy playing d2 now cause things are about go get ugly.

Go Panthers!!

October 25th, 2012
7:44 pm

We may be the worst team in FBS next year, but maybe not.

For one thing, Curry is retiring.

For another, please see the preceding sentence.

Curry aint the problem

October 25th, 2012
11:13 pm

Curry has had success at many levels in his life. No one could win with the schedual Ga State has. We are asking little kids to be pro like teams. But the AD knows what they want. I do recall the history books said Tech beat Cumberland 222-0 long time ago and Cumberland will always be remembered so maybe that is what the AD has in mind. It we played our 3rd team against Alabama, maybe they could beat us 250-0 IF they would leave the starters in. Maybe the AD can work something out with Bama and we can make history.

Bear Bryant could not win with this schedual

October 27th, 2012
11:14 am

100-0 probably will get us some Web attention,so start small fellows