Trent Miles was introduced as Georgia State’s new football coach on Monday at the Sports Arena.
Here are a few of the questions you wanted asked:
1. What offensive and defensive systems will he run?
He said he will run a multiple offense featuring different personnel groups. He said he will tailor the system to the players he has. He did that at Indiana State, winning with a passing offense three years before transitioning to a running offense the previous two years.
On defense, he said they will blitz a lot. He didn’t say which defense they will run. The Panthers tried to a run 4-2-5 last year, but it had limited success. Georgia State allowed 35.6 points and 446.8 yards per game last year.
Miles’ defense at Indiana State was one of the best in FCS, allowing less than 300 yards per game.
2. Who will be on staff?
Miles wouldn’t commit to naming any staff members, citing the human resource process. Other conversations have revealed that he is leaning toward keeping at least one member on Georgia State’s staff. Other news outlets have reported that he is bringing Jesse Minter, his defensive coordinator at Indiana State, with him. Miles is going to meet with the coaches currently on Georgia State’s staff this afternoon.
3. Will he honor the commitments made by recruits?
He didn’t say, but that’s neither good nor bad. Instead, he said he needs to convince the team’s current players that they are the biggest recruiters he has. He met with the team for an hour this morning at the team’s practice facility.
The team has 10 commitments.
Miles said he will turn to the junior college ranks and the military preparatory academies to boost the class, but he stressed that recruiting the high schools in Atlanta and in the state are his priority.
He recruited Georgia while an assistant at Notre Dame and Stanford, so he’s familiar with the talent in the state.
4. What does he think about the current roster?
He said he hasn’t had a lot of time to review film of the team. His first priority is to get out and start recruiting, which he said will start Tuesday.
5. How will his philosophies on and off the field translate to Georgia State?
Like Bill Curry, the man who preceded him, Miles stressed accountability and responsibility during his introductory press conference. He referenced everything from winning in the classroom to talking to the players about the ways they use social media.
6. What is his plan?
First, he actually has a spiral-bound plan that he gave to athletic director Cheryl Levick and President Mark Becker when interviewed last week in Atlanta. I hope to get a copy soon.
He talked about the generalities of the plan on Monday.
He said the first thing the program has to have is a mission statement. He wants a tough, disciplined, fast football team.
The next step is to establish goals. He said the goal is to win today and win now. He expects the players to win in life and on the football field.
Next, he wants to win the Sun Belt Conference sooner rather than later, and play in a bowl game.
He said eventually he wants to be one of the teams that competes in the new playoff system college football is adopting next year.
“With this recruiting, this university, this support, the sky’s the limit,” he said.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu