Gilbert and Yandell are Panthers

Former Georgia Tech football players Joseph Gilbert and Clyde Yandell have been admitted into Georgia State’s graduate school programs and will join the Panthers’ football team. They will enroll in school in August.

Gilbert, a 6-2, 280-pound native of Cartersville, started 26 of the past 27 games at right guard for the Yellow Jackets after redshirting as a freshman. Yandell, a 6-5, 287-pound native of St. Augustine, Fla., saw spot duty at tackle the past two seasons after redshirting as a freshman. Georgia State also announced it added former Auburn tight end Bailey Woods. Gilbert and Yandell are management majors at Tech.

All three players have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

“To be able to add these three student-athletes to our program is truly a blessing,” GSU coach Bill Curry said in a statement. “Of course all three are excellent students and talented football players who bring size and experience that will help us tremendously. And the fact that they and their families have chosen to make this important step in their lives as part of our program at Georgia State really means a great deal.”

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53 comments Add your comment

GStateBen

June 4th, 2010
1:43 pm

Welcome to Panther family!

90 days and counting…

wesleywhatwhat

June 4th, 2010
1:43 pm

i never understood why gilbert didn’t continue on at georgia tech after graduating.

surely there is a grad school program at gt that gilbert could have enrolled in had he and cpj wanted him to continue as a jacket?

Rev

June 4th, 2010
1:45 pm

Good for GSU. I hope they can be competitive soon.

GStateBen

June 4th, 2010
1:46 pm

From multiple reports, he wasn’t accepted into GT’s MBA program. If you are not currently enrolled, you cannot play football. He came to a place where he could play right away and not lose any eligibility.

Smart move on both accounts.

Old Tech

June 4th, 2010
1:50 pm

I don’t know if he was being diplomatic, but I read an interview of Gilbert that implied that the Master’s program in Management at GT was too selective. The implication seemed to be it was too hard to get accepted into the program? Or maybe too hard a program to participate in and devote the number of hours football requires?

the real Old Gold

June 4th, 2010
1:54 pm

All of a sudden the Panthers are stacked.. maybe it’ll be a great first year.. Just don’t get embarrassed by Shorter.

MD

June 4th, 2010
1:59 pm

The MBA program at Tech generally requires actual work experience and it is not suited for someone young right out from an undergraduate program. One football player, Darryl Richard was able to get in but he was an exception. Gilbert got some really bad advice from what I’ve heard.

He probably could have gotten into some other graduate program but he might have been betting on the MBA slot and missed those deadlines.

English

June 4th, 2010
2:22 pm

Gotta love the work ethic behind these two. Congratulations to you both with your undergrad but now it’s time for business at GSU!

Go State!

jrad

June 4th, 2010
2:27 pm

how many years can he play at state?

BuzzGT

June 4th, 2010
2:37 pm

I think that GSU is going to be very competitive in their league in a few years. By adding division one talent via transfers and early graduations along with under the radar Georgia talent, they should be able to physically play with anyone on their same level. Plus, Bill Curry is a great coach/teacher/motivator. Good luck to Joseph Gilbert and Clyde Yandell, they were great teamates and players for GT and I am sure they will contribute from day one at GSU.

SaintDK10

June 4th, 2010
2:37 pm

Both Gilbert and Yandell will have two years of eligibility at GSU. The will also graduate from Robinson College of Business, a school that has produced more Fortune 500 CEOs than any other school in the world. Welcome to the family!

JacketSteve

June 4th, 2010
2:52 pm

This is great news for the GSU program. I was a Ga Tech student in the 80s when Bill Curry was coaching, and I have great respect for him and his abilities. I wish nothing but the best for him and GSU. BuzzGT is right, with his recruiting, coaching and leadership, GSU will be more than competitive in their level.

82Dawg

June 4th, 2010
2:56 pm

Good luck to both of them…………………….

Too Easy

June 4th, 2010
3:29 pm

I wish ‘em luck, also. They’ll see more fans.

reebok

June 4th, 2010
3:36 pm

I wish they could’ve stayed at Tech, but I wish them both luck!

Too Easy

June 4th, 2010
3:54 pm

I like guys, especially those soft uga guys….. hmmmmmm…..

yo

June 4th, 2010
3:54 pm

this is a shame and still do not understand it..

protest

June 4th, 2010
3:58 pm

Anybody else think Gilbert was essentially shown the door? I’d have to go back and look, but seem to remember him being one of the more frequently penalized linemen.

ben

June 4th, 2010
4:23 pm

Can’t imagine Johnson not seeing to it that Gilbert be accepted if he really wanted him around. I long for the day when Tech actually has Johnson’s homegrown O-Line to lead his offensive scheme.

T-Bone

June 4th, 2010
4:34 pm

Doug,

There’s got to be more to this story than we are hearing.

Were they not held in high enough regard by CPJ? Did he want them to return? I don’t see how missing deadlines could be the culprit. Basically the question is: Was the basis of this decision academic or athletic?

OldGuy

June 4th, 2010
4:37 pm

Curry is a suck-egg traitor that left his Alma Mater to chase after Alabama. I hope he falls on his face and is embarrassed every time his team takes the field.

Tampa Wreck

June 4th, 2010
4:37 pm

Gilbert was a quality player and student for GT, and someone of whom we should be very proud. I don’t know the exact circumstances of why he didn’t stay at Tech for his entire career, but regardless, let’s congratulate the young man on graduating, and avoid unnecessary remarks questioning his abilities as a player or student.

wesleywhatwhat

June 4th, 2010
4:45 pm

didn’t mean to question anyone’s abilities, just curious to know if there is more to the story.

congrats to both for graduating from georgia tech and continuing on. much luck in your future endeavors.

Chris Eagle

June 4th, 2010
4:52 pm

Those are nice pick-ups that can add depth, but I wouldn’t exactly call GA St “stacked”. Most transfers are that for a reason… Some good, and some not so good.

Alabama Jack

June 4th, 2010
4:56 pm

Good luck to the young men and thanks for your time at Tech. BTW, I know Bill Curry personally, OldGuy, and have never seen him suck an egg. He may not have had the most success as a coach, but you can’t fault him as a person.

Reality

June 4th, 2010
5:18 pm

@Doug Roberson

Why must you and the ajc attempt to make GA Tech sound ‘bad’ at any opportunity even if that means outright lieing or twisting the truth?

The “Jacket” players you mention are not “Jacket” players. They are EX-jackets. Note the prefix, EX? This means that they were not on the GA Tech team. They did not leave GA Tech to be on the GA State team even though this is how you make it sound.

The ajc needs to stop being so anti-Tech!

Doug Roberson

June 4th, 2010
5:18 pm

T-Bone: There’s not much more to it: they reportedly weren’t accepted to grad school at Tech, they were at Ga. State.
Ga. State is putting together a solid core of players.

Doug Roberson

June 4th, 2010
5:19 pm

Reality: They are still enrolled in summer school at Tech. So, they are still Jackets. I’m not trying to make anyone look bad. Thicker skin might be needed.

SaintDK10

June 4th, 2010
5:28 pm

Chris Eagle, you must be confusing Georgia State’s transfers with Ga Southern’s. Let me clarify.

Georgia State is the school that gets quality players who graduate early and pursue advanced degrees from one of the best business schools in the country(e.g. Clyde Yandell, Joseph Gilbert, Bailey Woods from Auburn).

GA Southern is the school that gets players who get arrested on charges of robbery and possession of narcotics and a firearm (e.g. Julian Suber).

I hope this clears it up for you.

asdfghjl

June 4th, 2010
5:42 pm

Georgia State doesn’t have one of the best business schools in the country. It is 4th best in the state…..Emory, GT, UGA then maybe State

Reality

June 4th, 2010
5:56 pm

@Doug Roberson

Um, no. Your title here makes it sounds like these players left the GA Tech football team to join the GA State football team – that is not true.

You defend yourself poorly by saying that these guys are enrolled at GA Tech and that’s why you have the title, “Jackets become Panthers.” That is very very sad if that is what you really have as a defense.

If an ex-player from UGA was in the same position, would you or the AJC have the title, “Bulldog becomes Panther”? I just don’t think so. And, if you were honest, you would admit it, too.

Doug Roberson

June 4th, 2010
5:59 pm

Reality, come on, man. You’re reaching. The headline on the blog, the headline I wrote, says Gilbert and Yandell are Panthers. The other headline is also true. There’s nothing to be stirred.

LOL

June 4th, 2010
6:18 pm

The AJC has a love fest going on with Tech right now, quit your whining Reality.

Gator

June 4th, 2010
6:20 pm

Sounds like Atlanta will finaly have a college football. Go Panthers!

MD

June 4th, 2010
6:22 pm

Ben–

The athletic department can work with the undergraduate admissions office to some extent but in no way does the AD have any sway over the College of Management. The COM makes it’s own admission decisions.

Reality, I really don’t anybody taking shots at Tech.

MD

June 4th, 2010
6:23 pm

I spoke too soon.

wsj

June 4th, 2010
6:31 pm

asdfghjl-

Granted that Emory, GT, and UGA have better business schools than GSU but they are also among the best in the country. Other than those three, what other in-state business school compares to Georgia State?

SOOHSO

June 4th, 2010
6:41 pm

superDawg

June 4th, 2010
6:51 pm

GSU will sell more tickets than gt.

heads up

June 4th, 2010
7:05 pm

GT grad that doesn’t give a rip about Bill Curry and personally don’t blame that Bama fan with the brick incident. Curry is a snake in the grass and have heard on several occasions that he has a temper of hell fire. He is out to do one thing and that is to deceive and UGA your not immune to it either.

Delbert D.

June 4th, 2010
7:28 pm

There are 3 MBA programs in Georgia ranked by the US News and World Report.

#26 – Georgia Tech
#26 – Emory University
#59 – University of Georgia

The rankings end at #97, one of whom is Ole Miss

Harvard and Stanford are #1
Vandy is atop the SEC at #36
Florida is #39

UVA is atop the ACC at #13
Duke is #14

Delbert D.

June 4th, 2010
7:30 pm

By the way, 426 schools are included in the survey of MBA programs

Delbert D.

June 4th, 2010
7:41 pm

CEO Magazine has a list of Tier-1 Executive MBA Programs world-wide. In the 25 schools in the U.S. & Canada the only school in Georgia is the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State U.

Others in the U.S. & Canada include the usual suspects: Duke, Columbia, Georgetown, Penn, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, Chicago, UNC, Pepperdine, Purdue et al.

William Casey

June 4th, 2010
9:47 pm

The “rankings” of business schools is, of course, subjective. I didn’t attend State but both my sisters were GSU business graduates. Both did very well. One of the factors involved in choosing a grad school is the business contacts you’ll make. State is great for that if you want to stay in ATLANTA. I contend that these contacts are equally important as the career boost one might get from attending a highly ranked school.

Good luck to both players. They are true STUDENT-ATHLETES.

Flapjacket

June 4th, 2010
9:55 pm

This is purely academic. If they were looking at the Tech MBA program, it is very selective and requires at least two years of work experience except in very rare cases.

GT Fan

June 4th, 2010
10:48 pm

heads-up, You don’t know Bill from the BS you’re talking. What does that make you?

Old Gold

June 5th, 2010
12:28 am

Good for G-state, all they have to do is win one national championship and they’ll be tied with UGA.

papa jacket

June 5th, 2010
7:50 am

Thanks for the memories guys. Been following GT since the 70’s and must say that the past two years have been some of the best.
Wish you were still at Tech, most players leave because of the academic standards; you guys are graduating in three years and leaving as alumni, that is fantastic.
Gilbert and Yandell true Student Athletes.

Go Jackets

Monticello Dawg

June 5th, 2010
9:27 am

Georgia State will be in the national championship hunt in their division within 3 years is my prediction. Curry will pick up some under the radar state high school talent, but will really rack up with UGA, GT, Auburn, Clemson, and the like transfers from upper classmen who are buried on the depth chart, and see the opportunity for immediate PT at GA State.

the real OLD GOLD

June 5th, 2010
10:49 am

I think you’re spot on Monticello Dawg… This is exactly what will happen. In the past week he’s gotten two ACC Championship players from right down the road that gives him instant size up front and a (at the time) backup QB from the National Title team. I see this being the usual for the “little brother” football program right smack dab in the middle of the South’s football hub. Get to play in the Dome and start right away.. the ACC and SEC will keep this team stacked with transfers.