Answering your questions about new Georgia State coach Trent Miles

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

26 comments Add your comment


December 3rd, 2012
2:31 pm

What I took away most from the presser is how much talk he did of “winning”. What’s your thoughts on his talk of “winning now” and how the Georgia State fanbase will respond if winning doesn’t happen?


December 3rd, 2012
2:31 pm

Thanks for posting this Doug. Have you heard any reactions from the players about the new coach?


December 3rd, 2012
2:35 pm

Good stuff Doug!

I agree with Willjbutched

GSU Men's BB Fan

December 3rd, 2012
2:39 pm

Coach Miles. Please. Please. Please. Please DO NOT bring back John Bond.

Thank you.


December 3rd, 2012
2:52 pm

Agree with GSU Men’s BB Fan. It’s interesting he’s talking about us competing in the new playoff system. Sir, if you can take us that far, you’ll be the love of my life.

Doug Roberson

December 3rd, 2012
2:55 pm

Michael Davis and Jordan Giles said they were ready to start playing today.


December 3rd, 2012
3:27 pm

Miles released comments are very positive reminding me of CRH.

I wish him early and often success here at GSU.


December 3rd, 2012
3:28 pm

i find it hard to believe that the current team can go 1-10 in FCS one year, and then have a winning FBS record the next year, all because of a change in coach. you’ll need about 25 3-star recruits to make something like that happen. SunBelt schools had a breakout year this season, beating SEC teams, including almost beating TN and FL… and we’re supposed to beat them? I’m not saying Coach Miles can’t do it, i’m just not getting my hopes up too high.


December 3rd, 2012
4:24 pm

Trent Miles is a perfect hire for State! Given where we are right now. I think he will help the program grow and be successful. What success means for me may be different than most Ga State fans


December 3rd, 2012
4:44 pm

Very good news for GSU fans. This guy has about the same plan as Bobby Wilder did as ODU. You all know how that has turned out. The plus for Miles is that he can recruit in a hot bed of talent. Wilder was saddled w/ Virginia HS football that is avg. at best.


December 3rd, 2012
5:15 pm

Very excited about Coach Miles. GSU is behind you coach! Go Panthers!


December 3rd, 2012
6:01 pm

Don’t forget that Georgia Southern went from a losing record in 2009 to a 10 win season and a semi-final appearance in the FCS playoffs in 2010. And they changed coaches and the entire offensive and defensive systems. So it is possible.


December 3rd, 2012
7:04 pm

How the future is bright! I am excited to get the names of the coaching staff! I hope the OC and DC are not kept unless they want to change to a position coach.


December 3rd, 2012
7:06 pm

I would love to see them keep Joe Hamilton. He seemed to do really well with the running backs last year considering the O-line sucked.


December 3rd, 2012
7:37 pm

God-Speed Coach Miles – you have grabbed the bull by the horns to get this program on track!
May the force be with you and all that other crap too!

Crazy Uncle Joe Biden

December 3rd, 2012
11:12 pm

Here’s to GA State being a thorn in UG’s side.

One who knows

December 3rd, 2012
11:58 pm

If this guy has a clue he will keep Joe Hamilton and should promote him. A lot of those commenting on his past issues don’t know the details- that many charges were dropped. His transgression was the equivalent of hines ward and others.. Tell me you wouldn’t have Hines Ward as head of recruiting! Joe can recruit and coach up as you might expect after his incredible Heisman trophy career.(IMO). And he’s a great guy and good family man. The new coach needs to recognize what he’s got in Joe..

Football Fan

December 4th, 2012
1:16 am

How do you know who to recruit if you haven’t evaluated the talent you have?


December 4th, 2012
8:21 am

I am cautiously optimistic about the medium-term prospects for the team. I will be pleasantly surprised if we are competitive in most of our games.

Impartial Observer

December 4th, 2012
10:30 am

Jag-Marietta, I’m willing to bet that the one coach staying on staff is the recruiting coordinator. With Miles’ lack of recent familiarity of the area, he’s definitely going to need some help in that area. I’m also willing to bet he has talked to Coach Curry about potential needs/wants.

Impartial Observer

December 4th, 2012
10:52 am

Sorry that last post was meant to be addressed to Football Fan

Ga Born

December 4th, 2012
11:58 am

I would seek out this young coach name Walter Vaugh he is loaded with info he would be a great addition to thestaff he knows the state well I heard him speak at some clinics


December 4th, 2012
2:06 pm

Great Hire, I think there is nothing but upside potetial at GSU. With rumors of GT going to the “BIG”, who knows in a few years ACC Maybe?? Time will tell.


December 4th, 2012
3:11 pm

Coach Vaughn I heard of him he would be a great fit where is he coaching now anyway?


December 5th, 2012
2:09 pm

Straightshooter, I understand where you are coming from about how a season can get turned around. But you can’t compare Georgia State with Georgia Southern. These are two totally different types of programs. While Georgia Southern had a down year in 2009, they were still an established program that has been around for years and also have six FCS National Championships (most of FCS Schools). Georgia State is a farely new program that is still trying to find their way and their identitiy.It will be a while before Georgia State see that type of success as far as winning championships.

Joe 12-Pack

December 6th, 2012
4:25 pm

GSU and Cheryl Levick got conned by a snake oil salesman.
All his answers are vague & non-committal:
1. What offensive and defensive systems will he run?
Vague answer, no answer
2. Who will be on staff?
He wouldn’t say.
3. Will he honor the commitments made by recruits?
He didn’t say.
4. What does he think about the current roster?
He doesn’t know the current roster.
5. How will his philosophies on and off the field translate to Georgia State?
Blah-blah-blah lip service.
6. What is his plan?
Who knows?

It’s gonna be a long 3 years til he gets fired.