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Three questions with Trent Miles

Three questions with new Georgia State football coach Trent Miles:

Q: You have stressed the goal for the players to win on the field and off. Who taught you how to do that?

A: Well, my dad. But I was with Tyrone Willingham for eight years. The man is an unbelievable person as far as just…we are in this to help young men. We are in this to make a difference in lives. He taught me that, as well as Marvin Lewis. I was with Marvin Lewis at the University of New Mexico. He’s one of my dear friends. He keeps me going in this profession. He sent his son to play for me.

I’m a sponge. I learn from everybody. Pat Hill is an excellent football coach. I take from what Pat did at Fresno State. It’s a little bit intrinsic. You learn from everybody you’ve been around. You take a little bit here and now and go.

Q: How much did you know about Georgia State football before this process started?

A: I knew that coach Curry started it. I’m a football freak so I know a little bit about …

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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 …

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GSU will introduce Trent Miles today

Trent Miles will be introduced as Georgia State’s new football coach at 11:30 a.m. today at the Sports Arena.

The public are welcome to attend the free event.

I tweeted from @ajcgsu last night, asking what questions you would like asked of Miles, who is coming to Georgia State from Indiana State, where he engineered one of the more impressive turnarounds in college football.

Miles, who played at Indiana State, took over a program that was underfunded and stuck in a losing rut of 1-32 and turned it into a winning program within three years.

Georgia State has gone 10-23 in its first three years. It will move up a level to the FBS this year, where it will play in the Sun Belt.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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Richardson’s 3-pointer lifts Georgia State over Liberty

Rashaad Richardson hit a 3-pointer with less than three seconds left gave Georgia State a 67-66 win at Liberty on Sunday.

The win gave Panthers (4-4) coach Ron Hunter the 300th of his career.

Richardson hit a half-court buzzer beater 10 days ago to lift the Panthers over Tennessee State.

Manny Atkins and Devonta White each scored 17 points to lead Georgia State.

Georgia State opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take a 38-37 lead with 16:42 remaining in the game.

“That was a big win for us to get on the road,” Richardson said in a statement given to the media. “The play was actually not drawn up for me, it was drawn up for either Devonta or R.J., but when I came off the screen, I was open, Devonta got me the ball and I was fortunate enough to make the shot.”

Davon Marshall’s 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining gave the Flames a 63-58 lead before GSU finished the game on a 9-3 run.

Following a tip-in and free throw by senior James Vincent cut the deficit to two, …

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A little bit of bio on Trent Miles

Trent Miles was hired as Georgia State’s football coach, the second in the program’s short history.

His task will be huge: turn around a program that is 10-23 in its first three years and eventually make them competitive on the FBS level, where bowls are the goal.

Here is a little bit of information I’ve compiled about Miles, who will be introduced at a press conference on Monday.

Trent Miles

  • He’s a native of Terre Haute, Ind.;
  • He is married with four children, three daughters and a son;
  • He was a ballboy at Indiana State;
  • His father attended Indiana State;
  • Trent Miles played wide receiver for the Sycamores;
  • The 1984 team he was on was ranked No. 1 and was eventually inducted into the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame;
  • He graduated with a degree in criminology in 1987;
  • He is active in the community, serving on the boards of the United Way of the Wabash Valley and the Terre Haute Boys & Girls Club;
  • There are tweets that he’s going to bring at least one member of his staff …

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