Inside Ticketing: Get Your Football Season Tickets Now

On the second Monday of every month, a member of the Georgia State ticketing staff will give InsideGSUSports a look at what is going on in their department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming next Monday: Communications.

Season ticket holders wishing to renew tickets for the 2014 football season must do so by Thursday, May 1st. The 2014 home schedule features six games, including Air Force and Georgia Southern.

To recognize fans who are on board with coach Trent Miles and the Georgia State Panthers, the athletic department unveiled a 30 Days of Georgia State Football renewal program that began on April 1. Season ticket holders who have already renewed and those who renew during the 30 days of April will be eligible for a daily drawing of prizes that range from authentic gear, tickets and sideline passes to autographed memorabilia and fan experience packages.

Fans may use any of the following methods to renew tickets:

  • Renew online through your AccountManager. This is the most convenient method to renew season tickets.
  • Renew by calling 866-GA-STATE (866-427-8283).
  • Renew by visiting us at the Sports Arena Box Office, located at 125 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Renew by mail.  Mail your completed invoice to Georgia State University Athletics, c/o Ticket Office, P.O. Box 3975, Atlanta, GA 30302-3975.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Georgia Dome in 2014.

–Tyler Wilcher

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Inside Compliance: Head Count Awards vs. Equivalency Awards

On the first Wednesday of every month, a member of the Georgia State compliance staff will give InsideGSUSports a look at what is going on in their department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Monday: Ticketing.

For many of us, this is an exciting time as admission letters from all across the country are disbursed, giving many students across the country the ability to further their education. However, considering the rising costs of financing a secondary education, the majority of incoming students will need some sort of aid to finance this next step. The federal government and many colleges and universities across the country help to cover costs associated with attending the institution of your choice by providing scholarships, grants and loans.

This population also includes many student-athletes who, in most cases, are fortunate enough to have their academic career partially, and in some cases fully, funded due to their achievement on the field, court, or track. Under NCAA regulations, these student-athletes are called “Counters,” and are more affectionately referred to as “Athletic Award Winners.”  Typically, two different types of awards can be considered athletically-related financial aid at the Division I level: Head-Count awards and Equivalency awards.

Head Count Sports

The scholarship sports you are probably most familiar with, Football and Basketball (men’s and women’s), and make up three of the six total “Head-Count Sports”; the others include Women’s Court Volleyball, Gymnastics, and Tennis. Head-Count Sports typically award their aid on a full scholarship basis as each award will count as a full scholarship no matter the value of the award. For instance, if a women’s basketball student-athlete is awarded a scholarship valued at $1, for NCAA legislative purposes her award will be equivalent to her teammate’s full scholarship valued at $20,000.  Each sport is prescribed a certain number of allotted scholarships to ensure equity across the country; for example, Football is allotted 85 and Women’s Tennis is allotted 8 full scholarships.

Equivalency Sports

All other NCAA Division I sports are considered “Equivalency Sports.” Equivalency Sports are also prescribed an allotted number of scholarships per sport. However, this differs from Head Count aid as coaching staffs are given the ability to award aid based on the student-athletes value to his/her team and/or their financial need. Each student-athlete receiving athletically related aid is considered a counter and there is no limit on the number of counters per sport (with the exception of Baseball which maxes out at 27). A great example of an equivalency sport is Women’s Golf. Women’s Golf teams are permitted 5 full scholarships which can be divided however the coach sees fit. For example, 10 student-athletes could receive a 50% award, which would total the 5 permissible full scholarships allotted by the NCAA. Similar to Head Count sports, the allotted number of scholarships per sport are the same across the country. Examples of limits include Softball (12), Men’s Tennis (4.5), and Women’s Soccer (14).

Financial aid is a complex area further compounded by the addition of NCAA governance regulations.  Hopefully the information listed above provides a better understanding of how athletically-related financial aid operates, specifically with regards to athletic scholarships.

–Michael Sainte

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Inside Marketing: An Exciting Week in Panthersville

On the first Monday of every month, a member of the Georgia State marketing staff will give InsideGSUSports a look at what is going on in their department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Wednesday: Compliance.

The weather is getting better, and the pollen is starting to appear, which can only mean one thing, spring is finally here! It’s been a busy two months here in the GSU Athletics Marketing office, and another busy month is underway as the first week of April comes to an end. Georgia State baseball is midway through their season, and GSU softball has only six home games left. If you haven’t attended a baseball or softball home game this season, now is the time. We have several exciting games and events coming up.

GSU Baseball vs. Mercer

Wednesday, April 9th at 6 pm
- Blue Out (Wear your GSU Blue to the game)
- We will play baseball bingo throughout the game
- Several in game promotions for fans to enjoy
- Guess the player (Try and guess the GSU Baseball player from a series of questions answered by that player)
- Guess the 7th inning stretch (Guess what time the 7th inning stretch will occur)
- 3rd inning triple t-shirt toss (If the Panthers hit a triple in the 3rd inning t-shirts will be thrown into the crowd)
- Pocket Litter (Be the first person to report to the marketing table with the designated mystery pocket litter item)
- GSU Home Run Inning (If the Panthers hit a Homerun during 4th inning, one lucky fan will win a prize)
- 5th inning rally (Depending on what the Panthers hit in the 5th inning (single, double, etc.), one lucky fan will take home one or multiple prizes. The better the hit the better the prize)
- Mystery Item (A mystery item will be on the marketing table. The item will be removed early in the game. The first fan to guess what the item on the table was will win a prize)
- Slap koozie giveaway to the first 100 fans in attendance

All Blue, All In Day, Saturday, April 12, Panthersville

Football scrimmage, noon
Softball vs. Texas State, 1 p.m.
Men’s soccer vs. Erskine (Exhibition), 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. UT Arlington, 2 p.m.
Softball vs. Texas State, 3 p.m.
Men’s soccer vs. Shorter (Exhibition), 4 p.m.

This day will be very eventful as we have several different events going on in Panthersville! The GSU Football team will be holding a scrimmage at the DeKalb County Football Stadium. Come out to watch the football team prepare for the upcoming season. We will have our inflatable slide and Pounce House, social photo fun shop, prize giveaways: Atlanta Braves tickets, College Football Hall of Fame membership, sideline passes to a home football game, and much more. There will also be several food trucks in attendance. Be sure to invite your family and friends out to try some of the top mobile cuisines around Atlanta!

Sounds like an awesome day for football right? It sure is… but it doesn’t stop there. On the same day, the GSU Baseball team will take on UT-Arlington. This will be a special game for GSU Baseball, as they will be honoring the 2009 CAA championship team. Former championship team members will be in attendance! The GSU Baseball Complex is adjacent to the football stadium, and is close in walking distance.

GSU Softball will play a double header against Texas State at the Robert E. Heck Softball Complex. They will be playing softball bingo during each game, and collapsible water bottles will be given to all fans in attendance.

GSU Men’s Soccer will play two exhibition games. The first game will be against Erskine and the second game will be against Shorter. Both games will take place at the GSU Soccer Complex.

This is a great opportunity for you to come watch all of the events going on this day in one location!

Admission to the football scrimmage and men’s soccer exhibitions is free. A special ticket will be available for GSU Softball and GSU Baseball. For only $3.00, a this ticket will get you into both the baseball game as well as the softball game. You don’t want to miss out on this fun and exciting day. For more information about All Blue, All In Day, click here.

GSU Softball Breast Cancer Awareness Game

On Sunday April 13th at noone, GSU Softball will take on Texas State for the final game of the three game home series. This will be our Breast Cancer Awareness Game. We will be honoring survivors, collecting donations, and hold a silent auction filled with authentic GSU softball gear and game day experience for fans.  All of the money raised during this game will go to Play 4 the Cure to help fund Breast Cancer Research. Be sure to come out and support the GSU Softball team Sunday afternoon!

GSU Baseball vs. Kennesaw State (Student Bus Game)

On Thursday, April 15th at 6pm GSU Baseball will take on in-state rival Kennesaw State at the GSU Baseball Complex. This will be our student bus game. A charter bus will be leaving the University Commons starting at 4:30 pm, taking students to the baseball game. The bus will make several round trips to pick up students. Once the game is over, the bus will bring all students back to the University Commons. There will be a sign outside of the University Commons designating the bus pick-up location. Don’t miss the chance to cheer on your GSU baseball team in a great rivalry game against Kennesaw State! Be sure to get there early because the first 100 fans in attendance will receive a GSU Collapsible Water Bottle. All GSU students will get free admission to the game. Bring your appetite because concession stand at the baseball complex offers a variety of your favorite ballpark foods!

Hope to see everyone at all the upcoming events!

Go Panthers!

–Anuj Patel

 

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Inside PAC: Ways to Support Georgia State Athletics

On the first Wednesday of every month, a member of the Georgia State Panther Athletic Club will give InsideGSUSports a look at what is going on in their department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Monday: Marketing.

Together we are building championship-caliber athletics program at Georgia State. The men’s basketball Sun Belt Conference regular season championship is evidence of this movement (click the image to experience video below)! While alumni and friends of the University took pride in this success, we need you in order to continue building champions together.

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How your support builds champions at Georgia State

PAC members and season ticket holders are central to building champions at Georgia State. How? Gifts made through the PAC and the revenues from season ticket sales are used to address the highest needs of the department to fund necessary expenses for our student-athletes to compete. Some of these costs include:

  • Academic support
  • Recruiting
  • Travel to competitions
  • Equipment
  • Uniforms
  • Other necessary support for student-athlete success

The more PAC members support Georgia State student-athletes, there will be more opportunities for championships in competition and in the classroom.

The most impactful way to support Georgia State Athletics as a whole is to make an unrestricted gift to through PAC. Other opportunities to supplement current sports budgets are available through a restricted gift to one of the following areas:

o   Baseball
o   Basketball (Men’s)
o   Basketball (Women’s)
o   Cross Country (Women’s)
o   Football
o   Golf (Men’s)
o   Golf (Women’s)
o   Sand Volleyball
o   Soccer (Men’s)
o   Soccer (Women’s)
o   Softball
o   Tennis (Men’s)
o   Tennis (Women’s)
o   Track & Field (Women’s)
o   Volleyball

Let’s continue this championship momentum in three ways!

1)      Become a season ticket holder (click here or call 866-GA-STATE)

2)      Become a member of the PAC today (click here or call 404-413-4126)

3)      Help your family, friends, and colleagues to do the same

Thank you and GO PANTHERS!

–Elizabeth Pangle

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Inside Communications: Spring Has Sprung

On the third Monday of every month (we pushed this one a few days or a week), a member of the Georgia State Communications staff will give InsideGSUSports a look at what is going on in their department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Wednesday: Video.

Spring has sprung here in the sports communications office. It is always a fun time of year for us because there is so much going on. The basketball season has come to an end and baseball, softball, tennis, golf, sand volleyball, spring football and track & field are all in full swing. What does that mean for our office, a lot of home events and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Although it means a lot of extra hours, it also means a lot of events in front of home crowds. Road trips are fun, but getting to see our student-athletes perform in front of great home crowds is so much better. Just take a look at this upcoming weekend alone:

Baseball – Home against Troy on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Softball – Home against Auburn on Wednesday before traveling to Troy
Sand Volleyball – Hosts Sand in the City this weekend, including No. 1 Pepperdine coming to Atlanta.
Women’s Golf – Hosts the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate, the program’s only home event of the year. It will be competed at Eagle’s Landing Country Club
Track & Field – Competes just across town at Georgia Tech (close enough to be a home meet)
Football – The team continues spring practice all week and then goes on the road to McEachern High School on Saturday.

So as you can see, its a great time of year for Georgia State and we welcome you to join us at the ballpark, on the course or even in the sand. This is going to be (and already is) a great spring season at Georgia State!

–Mike Holmes

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BlueMan: What a Season It Was

InsideGSUSports will have a special guest blogger throughout the 2013-14 academic year as BlueMan gives his thoughts on all things GSU Athletics. Daniel Wilson, aka BlueMan, has set a goal of attending more than 100 GSU sporting events this year. Following a basketball season that ended with 25 wins, second most in school history, here is what BlueMan had to say.

There are many words I could use to define this past season in men’s basketball, but of all the choices I have, these are the ones I would choose:  crazy, nail-biting, heart-pounding, thrilling, exciting and fun.  This past season provided me with the best memories of college I will ever have, from simply winning the sumo contest at the Troy game to celebrating State’s then record 12th straight victory in the UTA game.  Yes, it was a good season to say the least.

Before the season began, we all figured that Georgia State would have a chance to compete, even before it was announced that Ryan Harrow would transfer here.  With four starters from 2013 returning, we all figured that we could compete for a top-4 spot in the Sun Belt. Once we found out about Ryan, though, we realized that, barring any chemistry issues, there was a real chance that the Panthers would be a really dominant team night in and night out.  Though chemistry issues were evident at the start of the season,  dominant they were, going 25-9, including a perfect 13-0 record at home!

As the season progressed, the great memories kept piling up.  Every time they happened, I kept thinking that they would be my all-time favorite, but no.  Each one kept topping the other.  First came the victory over Georgia Southern.  That was one I wanted so bad. Then came the trip to Western Kentucky.  It was there that the Panthers sent a message that they were the team to beat with a 23-point blowout of the defending champs.  Then came Arkansas State, and then finally, the one memory that stands out from all the rest:  the UTA game.

What made the UTA game stand out was not only that it was the first game back from the snow jam, but it was also the game in which GSU set the record for consecutive victories at 12.  It also scared the heck out of me because we were down for most of the game.  The Mavericks were shooting over 50-percent from 3-point territory, something they hadn’t done all year.  I was almost certain that we were going to lose, especially with us down by four with 13 seconds left, but no, they came back to win in overtime!  It was nice that we got to storm the court too.

With all the success the team had this year, I was almost certain that they would make it through the NCAA tournament.  I was devastated when they ended up losing the championship game in New Orleans.  We all were.  But at the same time, we knew that there was the possibility that it could happen.  It’s called a championship game for a reason: it isn’t supposed to be easy.  It’s supposed to bring the best out of those who compete to call themselves number 1.  Though we didn’t win, we should all be proud of this GSU Panthers team.  They brought the best out of every opponent they faced all season long.  Plus, with Coach Hunter at the helm, Georgia State basketball is in a better place than ever.  My time as a student may be coming to an end, but I most certainly look forward to watching this program grow.

–BlueMan

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Men’s Basketball Gameday Nugget: Clemson

I pondered long and hard how I wanted to start this Men’s Basketball Gameday Nugget. As a proud alum of Georgia State, I woke up hurting this morning as I am sure everyone who is reading this blog did as well. Our men’s basketball team left their heart and soul out of the court in a devastating loss to UL Lafayette on Sunday. If anyone thinks this team does not give their all every time that they walk on the court, I think the emotion they showed after the game puts it all in perspective. As the team’s sports information director, I have never been more proud of a team that I work with and even more glad to go to bat for them whenever they need me to.

With that said, the sun came up this morning (except in Atlanta where all it does it rain it seems) and a new goal has been set. We all wanted to go to the NCAA tournament and to say that Sunday’s loss was okay would be a lie. However, our great regular season wasn’t for nothing and because of earning – yes earning – an automatic bid to the NIT, our season is still alive and there is still a lot to accomplish. We earned it because of a great season and nothing can take away from that.

Think about this, Georgia State could play five more games, including two in Madison Square Garden. Five more wins would give Georgia State the most wins in program history (30). So yes, is Sunday’s result disappointing, absolutely, but it will not define this season nor will this team allow it to define the season or what they have meant to this school.

So on Tuesday night, the Panthers will take on Clemson in a game that will air live on ESPNU at 9 p.m. ET. That means back-to-back games on the ESPN family of networks, not too bad in my mind. This team will be ready and we know our fans will be as well. For all of our loyal fans, I decided to give double the nuggets today, so without further delay:

With 217 made field goals, redshirt-junior Ryan Harrow now owns the single-season record for the most made field goals in one season. It should be of no surprise as Harrow has had 15 games scoring 20 or more this year and three games of 30 or more, including a career high 37 against UL Lafayette on Sunday.

The Panthers are shooting 77.5-percent from the free throw line, which is on page to smash the school-record of 75.4-percent set during the 1967-68 season.  Before the end of the season, Georgia State could also set new school records for points, assists and blocked shots.

So let’s plan on a few more Men’s Basketball Gameday Nuggets before this great season comes to an end.

–Mike Holmes

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Inside Compliance: Don’t Bet On It

On the second Wednesday of every month (we pushed this one a few days), a member of the Georgia State Compliance staff will give InsideGSUSports a look at what is going on in their department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Wednesday: Communications.

The madness of March has extended to America’s wallets.  More money is bet on March Madness than any other event, including the Super Bowl.  Over $12 billion total is bet on March Madness annually compared to $10 billion for the Super Bowl, according to USA Today.

Heading into the annual frenzy of March Madness, the Georgia State University Athletics Compliance Office would like to remind student-athletes and staff members of the importance of NCAA rules against sports wagering.  NCAA Bylaw 10.3 specifically prohibits college athletics administrators, conference staff officials and college student-athletes from gambling on college or professional sporting events or giving information to anyone who does place bets on college or professional sports.

That means no wagers for any item or any college or professional sports event, even those that don’t involve Georgia State.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following: sports “pools,” internet gambling on sports events, fantasy leagues that award a prize and require a fee to participate, sports wagering using “800” numbers, and sharing of information regarding injuries, new plays, team morale, discipline problems, etc.

It is important to note that student-athletes and staff members could violate Bylaw 10.3 without actually risking anything of monetary value.  For example, it is illegal for any individual associated with Georgia State athletics to tell someone that the team is having chemistry issues or a certain player has been nursing an ankle injury for the past three weeks.

Even a “friendly” wager can have negative consequences.  For example, several members of a women’s soccer team at a Division I institution participated in a sports pool to pick the winners of college sporting events.  The women won the pool, which was worth a $50 gift certificate.  When the institution learned about the participation in the pool, the women were banned from two games.  The student-athletes were not allowed to accept the gift certificate and were required to perform 10 hours of community service.

The NCAA takes sports wagering activities very seriously and anyone who violates the NCAA rules in any way risks their remaining eligibility.  Furthermore, violators run the risk of being charged with a crime as sports wagering is illegal in every state except Nevada and Delaware.  If a student-athlete has any questions about whether an activity constitutes sports wagering, they should speak to their coach and/or the Compliance Office before they participate.

Why is the NCAA so tough on sports wagering?

“There is no more vulnerable person in the world of sports than the college athlete,” said Mike Welch of the FBI’s organized crime unit.  “If organized crime senses an opportunity to make money on a college campus, it can be there overnight.  Most student bookies, even if they don’t know it, are working for organized crime.  Several steps removed, out of sight, organized crime collects money from student bookies and allows them to exist.”

If your college buddies tempt you to place a sports bet, even a friendly one, walk away.  If you’ve gambled before and need help quitting, talk to your coach or a GSU athletics staff member, or call the 24-hour confidential Nationwide Gambling Helpline at 800/522-4700.

–GSU Compliance

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Men’s Basketball Gameday Nugget: Championship Sunday

It’s Championship Sunday. It is the day that we have all waited for and now the Panthers are just 40 minutes from the NCAA tournament. I thought about what I would write for the Men’s Basketball Gameday Nugget if we got to this point as there are obviously a lot of different directions I could go.

At the end of the day, I decided for a little Georgia State-NCAA tournament recap.

So here you go, the Sun Belt Championship edition of the Men’s Basketball Gameday Nugget:

Georgia State will play in its first conference tournament championship game since 2002. It will mark the fifth time the Panthers play for an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament (1991, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2014). GSU is 2-2 all-time in those games.

The Panthers are 6-1 all-time in conference tournaments as the No. 1 seed, winning the TAAC tournament in 2001 and falling in the final in 2002.

If you did not make it to New Orleans, make sure to watch on ESPN2 or listen to Dave Cohen and Brandon Leak on 1340 the Fan 3 or WRAS-FM 88.5

Posted in Basketball, Georgia State Athletics, InsideGSUSports, Men's Basketball, NCAA, Sun Belt Conference

Men’s Basketball Gameday Nugget: Sun Belt Semifinals

All season long I promised to give our faithful fans a Men’s Basketball Gameday Nugget right into the postseason – well the postseason has arrived and I do not want to disappoint.

Georgia State arrived in New Orleans on Thursday afternoon and I have never seen a team so focused and loose as these Panthers. They have one goal and only one goal in mind – play their best basketball for the next 80 minutes and return Georgia State to the NCAA tournament.

So in honor of the Panthers being the No. 1 seed in the Sun Belt tournament, here is your Men’s Basketball Gameday Nugget:

Georgia State will enter its first Sun Belt tournament in more than 30 years and as the No. 1 seed. The Panthers are 5-1 all-time in conference tournaments as the No. 1 seed, winning the TAAC tournament in 2001 and falling in the final of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament in 2002.

And since I like our fan base so much, here is a second nugget:

Senior Devonta White will start his 100th game on Saturday, becoming just the second Panther to reach that milestone.

Thanks again for all of your support this year Panther Nation and we will see you at Lakefront Arena later today.

–Mike Holmes

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