Gameday Poll: Which Remaining Road Game Are You Most Interested?

It’s Gameday! Georgia State returns to the road to face South Alabama for the fourth time in the five-year history of the program on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3. If you can’t make the trip to Mobile, Ala., we hope that you will watch or listen to the call on 1340 The Fan 3.

Thank you to all who have been voting in our Gameday Polls and if this is your first time voting, we hope that you will come back to our blog and vote during every game.

The first half of the season has seen the Panthers play four of six games at home. The second half of the season will reverse that starting tonight as Georgia State will play four of its final six games on the road.

Our Gameday Poll takes a look at those four remaining road games: Which Remaining Road Game Are You Most Interested In?

Thanks for voting and hope to see you in the Georgia Dome next weekend as the Panthers take on in-state foe Georgia Southern.

–Mike Holmes

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From One Family to Another

After graduating from Georgia State, former football player Kam Cheatham took to the road again, this time with a different group of teammates. Following his return to campus for Homecoming last weekend, he put pen to paper (digitally of course) and sent along some photos to talk about his new family. 

As I finished up my high school career at Louisville Male High School, I had no idea where life would take me much less where I wanted it to take me.  Then began the rollercoaster ride of finding the right fit for me collegiately.   My family has been diehard Kentucky fans my entire life and to say we know all about Bill Curry is an understatement.  As soon as I found out he was returning to coaching at Georgia State, I knew that was the place for me.  So I packed my bags and headed to Atlanta.  Georgia State was not only the best place for me, it was the place I had dreamed of.  Playing for the Panthers was a dream come true and a blessing I could have never imagined.  I met some lifelong friends and learned so much about who I am along the way.

Fast forward a few years and as with most people who attend college, we are faced with another huge decision, only this time its not where to go to school but what to do with the rest of our lives!  While I was in college my older brother had gotten a job with Kenny Chesney and had moved on to George Strait and Taylor Swift.  I didn’t know where I wanted to be or what I wanted to do, but the allure of traveling not only the country but the world and working in such a rewarding industry immediately caught my attention. Upon graduation a job had just opened up within the Taylor Swift Merchandise Department, and it just so happened that I knew someone who could help get my foot in the door.  Being on the Red Tour took me to places I could only imagine from stadium shows in New York to the Fargo Dome to Los Angeles, from Winnipeg, Canada to stadium shows in Sydney, Australia.  Some people complain about the long hours we work on the road or the travel, but I am cherishing every moment and every sight I get to see from Mt. Rushmore to the Sydney Opera House.

While on the Red Tour one of the opening acts was Brett Eldredge. As luck would have it he was looking for a Merchandise Manager shortly following the end of the Red Tour, and because of relationships forged on the road I was offered the position.  Working with Brett has been a blessing, everyday is different than the next and we have so much fun traveling – from salmon fishing in Alaska, to feeding giraffes in Philadelphia, to a show on the beach in Florida.  I’m often asked what my job is like or if I ever get to do anything cool on the road, and I can say without hesitation, Yes!  Brett recently was rewarded with his second No. 1 single, “Beat of the Music.”  When it went No. 1, we celebrated all night with Brett and the touring family. It was truly an experience I will never forget; it’s the same feeling you get when you win the big game.  The reason I loved football so much is the reason why I love touring…FAMILY.  On the road we become extremely close with those we are with and it creates an atmosphere that is unique to the career I have chosen.

Everyone says, “It’s not what you know it’s who you know,”  which is true, but I believe it is also extremely dependent on your values as a person and the person you are. You can easily know the right people, but if you can,t convince them you can do the job, they won’t even consider you.  Georgia State University, the Panther Football Team, and Coach Curry helped mold not only my values but who I am as a person and prepared me for this amazingly exciting career, and as such, I will always be a Georgia State Panther!

–Kam Cheatham

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Salmon finishing in Alaska

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Mount Rushmore

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Hanging out with his parents and Brett Eldredge

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Feeding giraffes at the Philadelphia Zoo

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Traveling with his brother in Australia

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His tour family

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Inside Operations: Getting the Grass Green

On the third Wednesday of every month (pushed back a day this month), a member of the Facilities and Operations staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming next Monday: Communications

Overseeding

Cooler temperatures signal time to transition to rye grass.  Our fields are Twifway 419 Bermuda, which is a “warm season grass” that thrives during Atlanta summers, but slows as temperatures drop and goes dormant during winter.   For playability and aesthetics we overseed with rye grass, which is a “cool season grass” that thrives when the Bermuda declines but struggles in the heat.  Overseeding occurs between the second week in September and the second week in October.  Once the low temperature drops below 60, we look at the ten day forecast and make sure the high isn’t going to get above 80.  We like to schedule around rain to help keep the seed moist and save on irrigation water.

We overseed baseball and softball different than football and soccer.  For baseball and softball we use a blend of Perennial Rye grass at a rate 650 lb per acre.  This gives us good strong coverage and aesthetics late into the season.  This year we need the rye to last two weeks longer than last year as we end the season with a big home series against Georgia Southern.  Last season we were on the road the last two weekends.  For soccer and football we use Annual Rye grass at 300 lb per acre.  The lesser rate gives the color we need but allows for a quicker transition back to Bermuda.  The Annual Rye is a lighter shade of green but can be seeded at cooler temperatures. We let the teams play most of their seasons on Bermuda.  Especially for soccer, rye grass is a slicker surface and plays different than Bermuda.  We overseed at the end of October so we have color for late season games.  The Annual Rye dies off quickly in the heat.  Football and soccer end spring practice in mid-April, so the Annual Rye dies soon after allowing for maximum time for the Bermuda to heal.

The key to seeding is “seed to soil contact”.  This is difficult because the Bermuda is tight and it’s hard to get seed down past the canopy and thatch.  For baseball and softball we lower the height of cut from 5/8” to ½” and then drive a drag across the grass to stand it up and allow the seed to get past the canopy.  The lower height of cut causes some scalping and discoloring but the benefit is worth getting the seed into the soil.  We use a drop spreader for the borders and broadcast spreader for the rest of the field.  We spread in three directions to get even coverage.  Since we are seeding in the middle of football and soccer season we don’t lower the height of cut so we rely on the teams “cleating” the seed into the soil during practice and games.

This year we had germination in two days and after four days we had seedlings standing up everywhere.  We resumed mowing at 5/8” a week after seeding.  Once the Bermuda starts to brown out (November) we raise the height of cut to ¾” to help hide the dormant grass.  When the Bermuda regains color (March) we will go back to 5/8” to allow the Bermuda to get sunlight and start growing.  After the season we spray out the Perennial Rye, this helps to eliminate the competition for the Bermuda.  The process of transitioning to rye is time consuming and stressful but it’s an exciting time for the crew.  Rye grass “strips” better than Bermuda and allows us to be creative with mowing patterns.  Safety and playability is our top priority but mowing patterns allow us to put our own unique signature on the field and is something the crew takes pride in.  In a later blog we will explain the process of mowing patterns.

See you at the game!

-Kyle Slaton, CSFM
Director of Sports Turf and Grounds

 

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Olivova Competes at International Level

Junior Sara Olivova is coming off a spring season in which she posted a 23-9 record for Georgia State’s sand volleyball team with partner Jansen Button. She was also selected to compete for Czech Republic at the CEV U22 European Beach Volleyball Championship in September. The event, held in Fethiye, Turkey, lasted four days and featured 32 pairs from all over Europe including France, Italy, Russia, Norway, Sweden and Austria. Olivova and her partner, Marketa Bendikova, were one of two teams from Czech Republic.

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Olivova (right) and her partner arrive in Turkey for the CEV U22 Euro Championships. To get there, Olivova flew from Atlanta to Paris where she missed her connecting flight. From Paris, she took a plane to Czech Republic where she met up with Bendikova to train. Olivova’s luggage took almost four days before it finally found its way to Prague.

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The participating teams all stayed at a resort during the competition. Olivova and Bendikova took a break away from the sand courts to enjoy some waves at the real beach.

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One of the views from the resorts that competitors were housed at during the competition. Olivova said that the resort would serve Turkish food, but would also have options for less daring players.

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Fethiye, Turkey, the host of the tournament, is on the southern coast of Turkey and sits on the Mediterranean Sea.

For the full story, read here.

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ICYMI: GSU Athletics Headlines from Oct. 13-19

Each week on Monday, we take a quick look back at the past seven days to highlight stories in the media for Georgia State student-athletes, coaches, administrators and more. Enjoy a few minutes today catching up on the headlines you might have missed during your lunchtime.

And always feel free to tweet us @GSUPanthers with headlines you’ve seen around the nation that highlight the Panthers. We’re all one big team, and the few of us here in 125 Decatur don’t always see every article, or hear every interview, that’s posted out there. If you think there’s something we’ve missed, shoot it our way.

NBCSports.com – Top Non-Conference Games to Watch (Men’s Basketball)
Terrence Payne goes in depth on the top 15 non-conference basketball games to watch this season, and then adds another 10 to set the DVR so you don’t miss it. Find out where the Panthers lie in his mind. Click here to read more

CollegeSportsMadness.com – Preseason Sun Belt All-Conference Teams (Men’s Basketball)
The staff on this sports site came up with its preseason all-conference picks and we like the way they think. There were three Panthers on the first team, but one of them may surprise you. Click here to read more

JohnMackeyAward.com – Midseason Award Watch List Announced
Junior tight end Joel Ruiz was among the 31 players named to the John Mackey Award Watch List on Monday, becoming the first Panther to be named to a major FBS award watch list. He’s among the top receiving tight ends in the nation. Click here to read more

 

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Inside Ticketing: Basketball Ticket Scanning

On the second Monday of every month, a member of the Ticket staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming next Wednesday: Operations

New for the 2014-15 men’s and women’s basketball seasons all tickets will be scanned upon entry to the Sports Arena. This will improve security at the Sports Arena by authenticating all barcoded tickets, including print-at-home and mobile tickets.

Fans who need their ticket(s) reprinted can visit the Sports Arena Box Office which opens two hours prior to tipoff. All reprints will be free of charge.

Georgia State students will gain entry via their PantherCard.

Children 2 years of age and under may enter without a ticket. A child who enters without a ticket must sit in a guardian’s lap, and may not interfere with the sightlines of other guests.

Fans wishing to sit in the lower reserved section are encourage to purchase season tickets. We are anticipating a sellout of the lower reserved section before the season begins as we are now less than 100 tickets from a lower reserved sell-out. To purchase season tickets call 866-GA-STATE or click here.

–Tyler Wilcher

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Gameday Poll: Who Will Score the First Touchdown?

It’s Gameday! Georgia State returns home to face Arkansas State in the annual Homecoming Game. There will be many extra activities going on around the game today and we hope that you will make it out to the Georgia Dome for the 2 p.m. kick.

Thank you to all who have been voting in our Gameday Polls and if this is your first time voting, we hope that you will come back to our blog and vote during every game (and visit during the week as well).

We hope our Panthers score a lot of touchdowns this week (as we do every week). For this week’s question we ask who will score the first touchdown of the game?

Quarterback Nick Arbuckle has been distributing the ball to a lot of really good receivers, but he has also rushed for two touchdowns this year. Lynquez Blair, Joel Ruiz and Donovan Harden are among the many receivers who have stepped up this year, while Marcus Caffey ran for three touchdowns in just his first game as a running back last week. It’s great to have so many weapons on offense!

We hope that you will vote, tell your friends to vote and then show up in the Georgia Dome again in two weeks as the Panthers take on Georgia Southern. And a reminder that next Saturday’s game against South Alabama will air live at 7:30 p.m. ET from Mobile.

–Mike Holmes

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Inside Compliance: Rules Surrounding Transfer Student-Athletes

On the second Wednesday of every month, a member of the Compliance staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming next Monday: Ticketing

Intro

The NCAA rules that govern transfer student-athletes can be quite complex depending on the particular student’s situation.  Transfer student-athletes are designated by three separate classifications: (1) those that transfer from a two-year school having never attended a four-year school (“2-4”); (2) those that transfer directly from one four-year school to another (“4-4”); and (3) those that transfer from a tw0-year school after having initially attended a four-year school (“4-2-4”).  Each different type of transfer has different requirements he or she must fulfill before becoming eligible to play at Georgia State.

2-4

2-4 transfers have two different sets of rules.  One set of rules is for Qualifiers, the other is for Non-Qualifiers.  To be considered a Qualifier, a student-athlete must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and be certified academically.  For student-athletes who are transferring from a two-year college and have been certified as a final academic Qualifier, the requirements to compete in the first year at the new institution are:

  • Attend the two-year college full-time for at least one semester or quarter;
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.500; and
  • Complete an average of at least 12 transferable credit hours per full-time term at the two-year college.

Note that baseball and basketball student-athletes from a two-year college may not transfer during the middle of the year and play that same season.

Generally, a Non-Qualifier is a student athlete whose academic performance in high school did not meet NCAA-mandated requirements.  Non-Qualifiers transferring from a two-year college must meet the following requirements in order to compete, practice, and receive an athletic scholarship in the first year at the new institution:

  • Attend the two-year college full-time for at least three semesters;
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.500;
  • Graduate from the two-year college with an Associate’s degree; and
  • Earn at least 48 transferable credit hours at the two-year school, including sixsemester hours  of English, three semester hours of math, and three semester hours of natural/physical science.

Only 18 semester hours may be earned during summer terms and only 9 semester hours may be earned the summer immediately prior to transferring.

In the 2013-14 academic year, Georgia State welcomed sixteen 2-4 transfers, including five football and seven baseball student-athletes from junior colleges in the following states: Texas, New York, California, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, Iowa, Alabama, Kansas, and New Mexico.

4-4

4-4 transfers do not have the same type of detailed academic requirements as 2-4 transfers.  However, there are a few relevant rules that athletes must keep in mind.

  1. One of the most important requirements for student-athletes who wish to transfer is staying eligible at the school he or she is leaving. If a student-athlete leaves the school while ineligible to compete, then he or she generally may not use a transfer exception to play immediately at the new school, and may not receive an athletic scholarship during the first year.
  2. All transfer student-athletes must have completed at least six hours during their previous term.
  3. In evaluating a student-athlete’s eligibility at his or her new school, it must be determined what credits are transferrable and which major will grant the most progress towards degree. For student-athletes that lose credits after transferring, the biggest issue is playing catch-up later on, but it may or may not impact their ability to play right away.

During the past academic year, eighteen 4-4 transfer student-athletes joined the Georgia State family.  Baseball, Basketball (men’s and women’s), Soccer (men’s and women’s), Men’s Tennis, Volleyball, and Women’s Track all added 4-4 transfers to their rosters.  These students came to Georgia State from institutions such as Indiana, Georgia, Louisville, Clemson, Memphis, North Carolina State, Texas-El Paso and William & Mary.

4-2-4

4-2-4 transfers must meet the following academic requirements to be eligible to compete immediately after transferring to the second four-year school:

  • Complete an average of 12 hours of transferable degree credit per term of full-time attendance at the junior college;
  • Earn at least a 2.500 GPA in those transferrable courses;
  • Have at least one calendar year elapse since leaving the original four-year school; and
  • Graduate from the junior college with an Associate’s degree.

In men’s and women’s basketball and baseball, midyear transfers may not become eligible to play in the same academic year as their transfer.

Only two 4-2-4 transfers came to Georgia State during the last cycle, one each from football and baseball.  These student-athletes originated at Kentucky and George Mason.

– William Winter, Compliance Coordinator of Eligibility

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Each week on Monday, we take a quick look back at the past seven days to review some of the highlights of stories in the media for Georgia State student-athletes, coaches, administrators and, like you’ll see this week, occasionally our university leadership. Enjoy a few minutes today catching up on the headlines you might have missed during your lunchtime.

And always feel free to tweet us @GSUPanthers with headlines you’ve seen around the nation that highlight the Panthers. We’re all one big team, and the few of us here in 125 Decatur don’t always see every article, or hear every interview, that’s posted out there. If you think there’s something we’ve missed, shoot it our way.

ESPN.com (Insider) – Debating the best returning players
ESPN Insider’s Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton return to provide the kind of discussions that are happening in front offices around the NBA — where scouts and statistical experts are breaking down NBA draft prospects using their “eyes, ears and numbers.” Read more

AJC.com – Lutz wins Sun Belt award
Wil Lutz was named the Sun Belt special teams player of the week for his performance in Georgia State’s 34-31 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette last week. Read more

AJC.com – Georgia State’s Ron Hunter talks about the Sun Belt loss and the upcoming season
More than six months since the loss that effectively ended the season of Georgia State’s men’s basketball team, coach Ron Hunter gathered his players together Thursday morning to watch the last three minutes of that defeat to Louisiana-Lafayette in the Sun Belt tournament. Read more

Tifton Gazette – Hardwood was home for two inductees
The Tift County Athletic Hall of Fame is set to induct its first class of honorees next month with a ceremony Oct. 4 at Tift County High and recognition before the Lee County game Oct. 3 Basketball was the sport of choice for Jody Patton and Travis Williams. After phenomenal careers at Tift County High, both men played collegiately and Williams became a coach. Read more

ESPN.com – Welcome back those who fell off the radar
Whether a highly ranked freshman or a highly regarded transfer, new roster additions often help fuel the excitement as basketball practices begin. They bring the feeling that a missing piece to a special season just showed up.  Read more

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Gameday Poll: Which Player Will Record The Most Receptions This Year?

It’s Gameday! Georgia State returns to Sun Belt Conference action facing three-time defending conference champion UL Lafayette in Louisiana on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN3, so we hope that you will tune-in to cheer on your Panthers.

Thank you to all who have been voting in our Gameday Polls and if this is your first time voting, we hope that you will come back to our blog and vote during every game.

We have asked a lot of questions on the defensive side of the ball, so this week we turn to the offense. Quarterback Nick Arbuckle has been distributing the ball to a lot of really good receivers, so let’s talk about them this week.

Robert Davis, Lynquez Blair, Joel Ruiz, Donovan Harden (visit GeorgiaStateSports.com to read a feature piece on Harden this week) and others have really stepped up this year. With a strong running game, the Panthers are putting together one of the best offenses in the Sun Belt.

Our Gameday Poll asks that very simple question: Which Player Will Record The Most Receptions This Year?

We hope that you will vote, tell your friends to vote and then show up in the Georgia Dome next week as the Panthers take on Arkansas State in the annual Homecoming Game.

–Mike Holmes

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