Picture this: Georgia State football, a work in progress

I’m going to take a page out of the Jeff Schultz Book of Blogging this afternoon and offer up a “Digi-Blog” on Georgia State football. He tells me that’s a copyrighted term and that I have to link any and all Digi-Blogs he has produced as payment, so I’m going to do that here. Happy Schultz?

Anyway, I thought this would be a good forum for illustrating the spartan environment Georgia State football is currently operating in. Right now the whole outfit is housed in a suite on the ninth floor of the Citizens Trust Bank Building in the Sweet Auburn Avenue area just off campus. But they will be moving the next month or so into some new digs currently under renovation in the Courtland Building adjacent to the GSU Sports Arena.

Practices begin Friday on a 100-yard field behind Martin Luther King Middle School on Hill Street and next door on a 70-yard artificial turf field belonging to the Boys & Girls Club. Eventually, of course, the Panthers will get their own place.  Initially they will play their games at the Georgia Dome.

So, without further adieu, from the tiny lens of my trusty I-Phone, this is Georgia State football:
You would never know from outside the Citizens Trust Bank building on Piedmont Avenue that it houses the Georgia State football offices. They're up on the ninth floor.

From outside the Citizens Trust Bank building at 75 Piedmont Avenue there's no way of knowing it is the home of Georgia State football. The football offices are on the ninth floor.

A view of the ninth-floor hallway toward the football offices after turning left off the elevator.

A view of the ninth-floor hallway toward the football offices after turning left off the elevator.

Are we there yet? Only the tiny script outside the door to the football offices lets you know that you have actually arrived.

Georgia State football encapsulated. No only do you have the framed T-shirt and battle cry, but the boxes below speak to the current transitive state of the program.

This is the official countdown clock in the reception area of the football offices. The Panthers won't begin playing game until next fall.

Building blocks for the future of Georgia State football (L-R): QB Drew Little (McDonough), LB Karl Williams (Covington) and WR Mark Hogan (Matthews, N.C.).

Meet the press: Georgia State head coach Bill Curry tells the media how he plans to build up the Panthers from the ground up.

52 comments Add your comment


August 11th, 2009
3:38 pm

SIMPLY AWESOME! Thanks Chip for the coverage! Go Panthers!!

Michael K

August 11th, 2009
3:45 pm

Fantastic stuff, go State!

Bounty Hunter

August 11th, 2009
3:50 pm

I don’t think Billy Curry is the best man for the job. In fact, I think it was a horrible choice.


August 11th, 2009
4:03 pm

Bill Curry is the man! Go Panthers!


August 11th, 2009
4:26 pm

Is the John Bond, offensive coordinator for GSU, the same
John Bond that played at Valdosta High and Mississippi State
and set the rushing record for SEC quarterbacks?


August 11th, 2009
4:32 pm

Not sure…it is the John Bond that was the OC at N. Illinois when current Falcon Michael Turner was running all over the place for them and statistically one of the top offenses in the country. He was also at Ga Tech for a year before Chan was run off.


August 11th, 2009
4:33 pm

Yes, it is John Bond. He will be the OC and QB coach.

G State Ben

August 11th, 2009
7:20 pm

Just a correction John Bond was the OC when Garrett Wolfe was running all over the place. Michael Turner was already a San Diego Charger.

Thanks for the great coverage Chip!

Panther Pride!

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August 11th, 2009
8:14 pm

That’s all very cool to see.

It’s a meager start, yeah.

But who knows where it will be in 10 years?


August 11th, 2009
10:54 pm

In 10 years it will be in the same place…. NOWHERE!

on the prowl

August 11th, 2009
10:54 pm


Still undefeated!!

August 11th, 2009
10:58 pm

It was a nice touch at graduation for the President to invite us all back for kickoff in 2010.

Can’t wait to play in the Dome. Go Panthers!!


August 11th, 2009
11:13 pm

Unbelievable…Georgia Southern is a state school with over half it’s student body from the Atlanta area, almost 20,000 full time students and “6″ National Championships in it’s brief history…and rarely a word is written in the AJC.

Don’t get me wrong…I am happy and excited for “State”…any time we can keep all these talented Georgia High School players in the State of Georgia that is a great thing.

Just maybe…just maybe…in the next 5 to 10 years the State of Georgia will have more than two D-1 FBS schools…it is an embarrassment that a state the size of Georgia with all this talent has only two D-1 FBS schools…heck, even Alabama and Tennessee each have 4


August 11th, 2009
11:26 pm


August 12th, 2009
8:13 am


No argument from me…but for the record you can be embarrassed by more than one thing.

In fact, at schools like Meadowcreek with the enrollment diverse and transient you will find participation in sports and extra curricular activities at a very low rate…and continued studies will show that the way to get kids involved and keep them in school is for each kid (on an individual level) to connect with someone or something.

Kids who participate in sports don’t drop out…I would love to see the stats broken down.

Most kids who drop out are disenfranchised with school and believe they have no reason to stay.

But please don’t believe that Georgia States new football program or Georgia Southern’s desire to move up in classification has anything to do with HS graduation rates.


August 12th, 2009
10:09 am

Do we remember when Ga Southern had to go buy a football for media pictures? You have to start somewhere.


August 12th, 2009
10:40 am

They bought that football at Kmart…it still sits in a case in the football office…it is the kind you would buy at the beach on vacation then leave behind…i love it


August 12th, 2009
10:40 am

I am so proud of Coach Curry and what he is doing with the GSU program. He is a class act and I am most excited by his coming to GSU.


August 12th, 2009
11:02 am

I remember when Erk had to go to Kmart to get a ball for the announcement press conference. Curry has it made in the shade. When will the real GSU get some press coverage?


August 12th, 2009
1:14 pm

Wish KSU would be as forthcoming as GSU has been with their football plans. They are so damn secretive…


August 12th, 2009
2:18 pm

I wish the best for GSU. ” GO PANTHERS “


August 12th, 2009
3:47 pm

Be smart Coach Curry, follow Howard’s example at FAU. Fastest school to reach D-1AA playoffs, fastest school to play in bowl game and fastest school to win bowl game, actually now two wins in a row, equal to all the other six FBS schools in Florida combined (UF, FSU, UM, USF, UCF and FIU) over the past two years! Best of luck to the Panthers!!!

Mike T.

August 12th, 2009
6:30 pm

Go GSU, The Real University in Atlanta!

Island Dawg

August 13th, 2009
10:37 am

Yeah, the new report says Southern does not have the funds to move up. MS, with less than half of the metro pop, has 3 D-1 schools, and equally populated (to GA) NC has 5. We have 2, crazy. I wish the best for State and it is very reminiscent of GaSou’s very modest roots. I also think Curry is the best that fledgling program could have hoped for.


August 13th, 2009
1:38 pm

“still undefeated’

Did a Tech guy come up with that?


August 14th, 2009
8:26 pm

Samuel wiil be the starter unless he is injured……… just a true freshman last year – no he is not going to the defense – he is going to start as a soph as RB. This will be his awakening and he is the best UGA has.


August 17th, 2009
11:47 am

I am really enjoying the fear being generated by the fact that a start up will begin playing next year with unprecedented resources. Lets face it, 28,000 students, 125,000 alumni, 8th largest TV market in America, Georgia Dome for home games and ahead Coach who unquestioned integrity and morals who can commandeer media at a moments notice just because of his name. Yeah, all you haters SHOULD be afraid. :-)

football fan in decatur

August 19th, 2009
2:45 pm

Who cares about how many D-1 schools GA has? Georgia Southern needs to stay right where they are, in the Southern Conference. And afan, why would the ajc have a lot of coverage for a school in Statesboro. Can’t compare schools when one of them is really in downtown Atlanta, maybe they should’ve shot a little higher and got into the Sun Belt. Either way stop hating on State.

brandon jones brother

August 22nd, 2009
12:43 am

go georgia state

Dan -' 82 GSU Alum

September 5th, 2009
11:56 am

Georgia State attained University Status in 1969. Georgia Southern achieved the same level in 1990.
I wish The Board of Regents changed the name to The University of South Georgia, so we wouldn’t have 2 GSUs. Oh well. I don’t know why Bounty Hunter thinks Bill Curry is a horrible man for the coaching job. I don’t think State could’ve done any better. The Panther’s had a better than expected recruiting class earlier this year and next years class may be even better since Alabama is on the schedule.


September 17th, 2009
2:08 pm

Give it 5-10 years and the Big East will come calling with an invitation. GSU is WAY too large to stay cooped up in the CAA for too long. As a graduate student here, I keep trying to tell people they have no idea what football does for a university. The Dome holds twice what any other CAA stadium holds and the Atlanta market will bring TONS of national exposure. ESPN is already chronicling the progress of the team all the way to kickoff next Fall… it’s obvious the talking heads of sports are very interested to see how this plays out, because it’s LONG overdue.

Class of '71

September 29th, 2009
1:02 pm

I am pleased that GSU is taking the plunge into major college football. It has always seemed to me that this is a college in the right place (Atlanta, GA) to create and have a successul athletic program. I only wish more money/support would be given to the cagers also.

joe casey

November 8th, 2009
12:31 am

All the best for Ga.State and their new football program. Bill curry is a fine gentleman and a solid coach.

Still a Dawg fan

November 10th, 2009
7:55 pm

I was a student (it was Atlanta Branch of UGA at that time)in 1954.
Starting a football program 55 years later just shows that GSU does not rush into anything.
I met Bill Curry when he coached at GT. He has football knowledge and a mean streak when it’s called for. GO PANTHERS

Curry Fan

November 10th, 2009
8:04 pm

By next season there will be no sissies or players who just want to say they were on the school’s first football team. By that time only real football players will be on the team.

Old Dawg

November 18th, 2009
3:49 pm

I wish Georgia State all the luck in the world, but wouldn’t it have been better for the school’s first season to include Georgia Southern, West Georgia and Valdosta State on the schedule? That way there’d be a better gates and long-standing in state rivalries would be extended to football.

I know scheduling can be difficult … it just makes sense to play local rivals!

Let's Go Mercer Bears!

November 19th, 2009
11:19 am

“Local” rivals?

Statesboro, Carrolton, and Valdosta…??


November 29th, 2009
4:52 pm

This is a longtime dream come true for this Panther alum. Gooooooooooooooo Panthers!


December 4th, 2009
12:15 am

Congratulations Panthers on your New Football Program and getting the legendary Bill Curry to be your Coach. Being from Marietta, I look forward to playing you guys in the Dome next fall when you play Morehead State University. Good Luck next year, that includes every weekend except when we come to town.

T'ville Dawg

December 6th, 2009
3:10 pm

AFAN,if GSU does get to that level there will still be only 2 div.1 sxhools, after all Tech is just hovering above the requirements.


January 18th, 2010
12:45 am

I can’t wait, Finally I can pull for MY School, in Football (Sorry Athens Dawgs, you are now my 2nd Favorite team (I attended UGA for Two quarters my Freshman Year), but for now my favorite D-1 FBS Team!) Go Panthers!!!! Panthers the #1 D-1 FCS team!!!


January 23rd, 2010
5:51 pm

Ok I really do wish State the best of luck. But to expect great things quickly isn’t going to happen. Yes they have students and alumni but they don’t make it out to events and the Atlanta tv market isn’t going to help at all. FCS schools don’t get games on TV unless they are huge games and the biggest games (most weeks) are played in the Southern Conference. To be fair JMU and Richmond are both excellent in the CAA so maybe State can ride that.

oh and one more thing… GATA Eagles!

Cory Waters

February 2nd, 2010
11:45 pm

My company is currently building the natural turf field for the new GSU Panthers team they will have a A+ practice facilty. The Lawn Rangers is the sports contractor for the practice artifical side of the field. We were selected from a broad field of bidders across the nation. We pride on self on quality work and have completed our scope of the work in a record 19 working days. It has been a pleasure working under Reeves construction company and look forward to GSU future and will continue to support the PANTHERS.

Cory Waters


February 5th, 2010
11:38 pm

How many Alabama schools will GSU play in their first year?


February 13th, 2010
11:45 pm

Bill Curry is an excellent choice for State’s 1st football coach. I’m glad we have a class guy calling the shots.I NEVER thought we’d have a football team. I’llbe at the dome as much as possible this year and may even make the trip to Tuscaloosa.


February 15th, 2010
4:44 pm


We’re playing three Alabama schools (Jacksonville St., @ South Alabama, and @ Alabama).

Hollywood Don

February 28th, 2010
4:17 pm

bout time GSU had a football team……Go panthers!

Kiffin and his daddy

April 21st, 2010
10:45 pm

within 5 year s you will be the best football in Atlanta. Tech=ACC champs= mid-low level SEC


May 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

My daughter graduates this year and will attend GA state. I will support this team can’t wait to see the first game. Go Panters!!!