Gameday Nuggets: Gear, TV/Radio, and More

Well, it’s finally here. After suffering without college football for nearly eight full months, we’re back in the swing of things tonight when your Georgia State Panthers hit the field at the Georgia Dome.

Man, that just sounds good.

With the time near, we thought this would be a good point to toss out a few reminders and let you know of a few things you can expect to see this season (either tonight, or during the year). So, here we go:

Gameday Info/Parking – If you haven’t seen it already, there’s a big hole in the ground next to the Georgia Dome that’s causing some consternation with fans looking for parking and the best ways to get to the game. Check out our fan information video at the top of this page, or look at the maps and construction updates on our Gameday Central page here. If you still have questions, feel free to contact me directly at on gameday and we’ll see if we can find an answer quickly.

Tickets/Box Office Hours – You can still buy tickets at the Sports Arena on Wednesday before the game from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is typically not open on game days, but most games days are Saturdays. This time, we’ll keep it up before the ticket staff moves to the Dome to open there three hours before kickoff. Tickets start at $12 for GA seats.

Social Media - If you are at the Dome tonight, send us your pics and thoughts not just about the game, but also about the presentation, setup, parking concerns, etc. Any feedback you think will help us get better is welcome. Tweet us @GSUPanthers and we might retweet it. If you have a question, we’ll do our best to answer it in a timely manner.

Alumni Association Tailgate – I wouldn’t miss this one tonight. About 5:45 p.m., President Mark Becker and new AD Charlie Cobb will address the alumni on the West Plaza. The Alumni Association will only hold three tailgates this year and this one should kick things off the right way.

Sideline Gear – We’ve heard from a number of people (and we know our preferences too as fans). You want sideline gear. We’re pushing for it too. Our marketing department has worked with the bookstore and our understanding is that it will have actual coaches sideline gear available. If you have chance to stop in the bookstore before the game and see some of the new items, tweet us a pic @GSUPanthers. We are also working to get the gear at the bookstore’s space in the Dome on game days, but it is not confirmed for the first game yet.

TV vs. Internet Live Stream - Tonight’s game is on ESPNU. We know that, and we know the next two games will be on ESPN3. Every game this year (like last season) should be on ESPN3, per the Sun Belt office. New this year is the fact that ESPN3 will not be blacked out. Now, the difference is that tonight, it will not be on ESPN3 and instead will be on Watch ESPN. Yes, it’s still somewhat difficult for fans to determine which is which and what they have. Easiest way to put it: If a game is live on TV on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNews, it will be on Watch ESPN and you will have to have a subscription to that app through your TV provider. If a game is on ESPN3, you have more access than Watch ESPN. For example, I have DirecTV so I am not a TV subscriber who would get Watch ESPN. But I have Internet through Comcast, so I get ESPN3 access through that. I do not get Watch ESPN, so I’d have to view it on a TV channel/cable system. In short, access will be broader this year and if you have questions about what/where you could get it online, just ask us.

Digital TV Show - With CSS going off the airwaves, we will no longer have a weekly football TV show on a cable system. Instead, we will begin doing a digital TV show that will air on starting Sept. 3. It will normally be posted about noon on Wednesdays after a game, and will include review of the previous game, preview of the upcoming opponent, a coaches breakdown, other sport coaches updates, player features, and more. Coach Trent Miles and host Dave Cohen, the Voice of the Panthers, will be featured in the digital show that will be free on our website and available in your Georgia State Athletics app on iPhone, iPad and Android.

Radio Network - The football pregame show starts 30 minutes before each kickoff and will be followed by a postgame show with interviews with coach and possibly players. It will be heard on the Grady Health Systems Georgia State Radio Network, which will include seven stations (as of Aug. 25). A full list of stations is available here. Not all games will be carried on every station, and we are still working to add more stations for football, as well as starting to build a network for men’s basketball. Make sure to listen in the Georgia State Athletics app on your phone or tablet, as the radio stream is free to all fans. It’s also available on

Radio Show - Also on the radio – and in your iPhone, iPad and Android app — fans will be able to hear the weekly Georgia State Football Live radio show with coach Trent Miles and play-by-play voice Dave Cohen. The show will move this year to Thursdays from 1-2 p.m., and will also still be heard on flagship station 1340 AM The Fan 3 in addition to the online stream. Fans are encouraged to call in with questions, and can use the social media hashtag #AskCoachMiles to find out about players, opponents and more. Also new this year, the show will originate from the GSU Student Center on campus. Fans, alumni, faculty/staff are invited to join the action live each Thursday before a game starting Aug. 28.


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Gameday Poll: Which Newcomer Will Make the Biggest Impact in the Opener?

It’s Gameday! The Georgia State football team will open the season (First FBS game in the Nation) on Wednesday night facing Abilene Christian in the Georgia Dome at 7 p.m. The #PantherFamily will welcome a host of newcomers to the team tonight and we have no doubt that many of them will make a huge impact on the team this year.

Our Gameday Poll (which returns for a second year) asks that very simple question: Which newcomer will make the biggest impact in tonight’s opener?

We hope that you will vote, tell your friends to vote and then show up in the Georgia Dome in your Panther Blue tonight.

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Football Rules Changes to Keep an Eye On

Not that any of us have the full NCAA rule book fully memorized, but there have been several changes made to that book to protect players and increase safety for the 2014 season.

Here is a brief rundown in fan terms:

  1. A 15-yard penalty will no longer be enforced if replay overturns a player disqualification for a targeting hit. Targeting is using the crown of the helmet to the head or neck of a defenseless opponent.
  2. The quarterback will be protected more when in his passing motion. Defensive players can no longer make forcible contact at the knee or below when in passing posture. The defense can still make a legitimate wrap-up tackle in which contact is at or below the knee.
  3. In games with no instant replay during the game, a halftime video review is still a referee option and an ejected player could still become eligible to return for the second half.
  4. Player numerals must contrast the jersey. Teams will be asked to change and a timeout will be charged if jerseys do not comply. The timeout can again be charged after each quarter, meaning four of a team’s six timeouts would be used for the illegal numerals. The Sun Belt requests the home team to wear colored jerseys and the visitor white jerseys. The numerals should contrast and be 8 inches high in the front and 10 inches in the back.
  5. A few more replay reviews will be included. For example, an intentional grounding penalty that may result in a safety can be reviewed. A catch or recovery of a loose ball in the field of play or end zone is reviewable.
  6. The Sun Belt will have no limit to replays a home team may show, except during the actual replay stoppage and review time by the officials. Sun Belt teams may now travel up to 70 players for league games.

Officiating points of emphasis have added two more areas for 2014:

  1. Team personnel, specifically head coaches and coordinators, must stay behind the six-foot white border around the field. Many times the coaches have been wandering onto the field calling plays for the no-huddle offense or for defensive changes. Now, it will be penalized.
  2. Player behavior will be more closely monitored to eliminate self-promotion, taunting an opponent, or vulgar acts or movements like a throat slash. Spontaneous enthusiasm and positive celebrations are still permitted when done in the right way.

Another change brewing is with the officiating crew themselves. Since the late 1980s, a referee crew has had seven members. This year, some conferences are experimenting with eight officials to help more with the spread offenses and speed of the game.

–Charlie Taylor

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, Aug. 18-25

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.

Athlon Sports – NCAA Football Preview: Georgia State Panthers
The Panthers expected to be in over their heads in year one, especially after finishing 1-10 in 2012, and their struggles continued with a winless 0-12 campaign in Trent Miles’ first season as head coach. Read more


Bleacher Report – Ranking the Top 10 Dark-Horse 2015 NBA Draft Prospects
Last year, the Sun Belt conference produced dark-horse NBA draftprospect Elfrid Payton. This year, the league will showcase Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter.The coach’s son is a phenomenal shooter, sporting a quick release and extensive rangeRead more

Atlanta Journal Constitution – Arbuckle the Leader Georgia State Needs
Nick Arbuckle admits he may not be the tallest, strongest or fastest quarterback. But just as breezily as he rattles off what he isn’t, he has no problem saying what he is. Read more


Atlanta Journal Constitution – 10 Things From Miles’ Press Conference
Head coach Trent Miles met with the media at his weekly press conference as the Panthers prepare for Abilene Christian. Here are 10 thoughts from the presser. Read more




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Inside Academics: We Are Here to Serve The Student-Athlete

On the third Monday of every month, a member of the Academic Support and Student-Athlete Development 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 Wednesday: PantherVision

Panther Academic Support Services and Student-Athlete Development (We are here to serve the student-athlete and make sure the college experience is a success).

As the Academic Support/Student Athlete Development staff (Brad Horton, Brittany Price, Jessica Summey, Will Judson, Britta Delay) were preparing for the academic year (‘14-‘15), I asked each person to provide 3 bullet points of accomplishments that our student-athletes earned the past academic year (‘13-‘14) that were a representation of success and dedication within academics and student-athlete development. After a discussion with the group the consensus was that are student-athletes performed well in the following aspects: GPA/Graduation, Student-Athlete Development, and Awards/Recognition.


At the conclusion of the Spring ‘14 semester our student-athletes posted an cumulative 3.0 gpa for the twelfth consecutive semester for all sports. Leading the pack was the Women’s Golf Team that earned a cumulative 3.63gpa for the academic year (‘13-‘14).

As we say goodbye to the seniors that represented our athletic department for the previous 4-5 years, our office was proud of the success that was achieved within academics and intercollegiate athletics. We are proud to announce that 91% of our senior student-athletes graduated from Georgia State University.

Student-Athlete Development

Our student-athletes were challenged with a community service outreach program. The student-athletes set a goal of completing 5,000 community service hours amongst all teams. The goal was exceeded as our student-athletes earned 5,800+ community service hours and enjoyed every moment of the commitment.


As our student-athletes performed well in the academic setting a few outstanding awards were earned:

  • AVCA Team Academic Award (Sand Volleyball)
  • USTFCCA All-Academic Team Honors (Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country)
  • WGCA All-Scholar GPA Award – Top 25 program (Women’s Golf)

As the Academic Support/Student-Athlete Development Office embarks on the academic year (‘14-‘15), we are committed to encouraging our student-athletes to meet personal and team goals this upcoming year with a passion for success. Our office has had the opportunity to create partnerships with the Honors College and University Career Services Center at Georgia State University, which will propel our student-athletes to greater achievements. This is an exciting time for Georgia State and I look forward to leading our student-athlete to success within academics and student-athlete development. Our mission for Georgia State Athletics is to “develop champions for today and leaders for tomorrow”, in which our office will provide every resource, service, facility, and staff to help develop our student-athletes entirely in every aspect.

Stay tuned as academic and student-athlete development highlights will continue to be provided throughout this academic year

–Brad Horton, Associate Athletics Director

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Free GSU Student Parking Available at Georgia Dome

The construction at the Georgia Dome this year will cause some notable parking changes for the upcoming football season. Everyone will be affected, but for Georgia State students, parking just got a little easier. The Brown Lot, which was popular among students for the previous four seasons, is no longer there. Thankfully for the student body of Georgia State, the Student Government Association (SGA) was able to step in and help.

It has teamed up with the athletic department to provide more than 150 FREE parking spots for students this season. These spots are located right across the street from Gate B of the Georgia Dome at the corner of Northside Drive and Magnolia Street.

“The last few years during election time we have heard the students want a more unified gameday atmosphere. We feel like this centralized tailgating area will help fulfill those needs,” SGA President Lanier Henson said.

The parking spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and students must have their Panther card with them. The lot will open four (4) hours before kickoff. For the games against Abilene Christian, Air Force, and Georgia Southern, Spotlight Programs Board and SGA will be teaming up to provide a tailgate party in the student lots. These parties will begin two (2) hours before kickoff.

The student parking lot was paid for through the Panther Pride Initiative Fund, which was created to help build school spirit.

“We were concerned with the Brown Lot closing that student parking costs could double. With this new lot, students don’t have to worry about that,” Henson said. “Free shuttles, free parking, free ticket – there is no longer an excuse (not to go).”

For more information about the 2014 football season, visit

–  Parker Hendricks, Assistant Director of Marketing


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Inside Facilities: The Seasons Are Upon Us

Times are changing- Fall is here! Football, soccer, and volleyball seasons are upon us and we couldn’t be more excited. Grass is being mowed, lines are being painted, and court volleyball tape is being applied. Camps are underway and we are excited to have the student-athletes back in our facilities.

It’s been a long summer and it was nice to have some time off from hosting events. We’ve spent the past few months completing tasks to prepare our facilities for preseason practices and our first games. We have worked on painting, cleaning, and completing other small projects around the Sports Arena, Panthersville, and our football practice facility. As someone looking in from the outside, you might not realize all that goes into preparing a facility for competition. We take great pride in presenting our facilities the best way we can to fans, officials, and visiting teams. In addition to appearance, safety is another aspect that we pay close attention to when managing facilities and events. Anything that we notice that has the potential to create a safety issue is addressed ahead of time so there are no problems during the events.

We have sent out our Visiting Team Guides to every team that we will be hosting this fall. It is important for us to share all necessary information to all visiting teams so they are aware of all parking, locker room, local area restaurants, etc. Our goal is for this guide to answer all possible questions or concerns visiting teams may have.

Preparing for our upcoming football season has been a big focus recently. Since the area surrounding the Georgia Dome is under construction, there is a necessity for different entrances on game days. Changes in entrances create the need for new signage being placed both inside and outside the Dome, as well as a new internal operations strategy all together. We are doing our best to create the most effective strategy that works with our football team, fans, students, and staff.  Needless to say, we are eager to have the first CFB game under our belts.

Check back next month to see how the first few weeks of our fall seasons have unfolded.

See you at the game!

–Gina Knutson

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Logos, Logos, Oh and a Few Other Things from Our Annual August All-Staff Meeting

Once a month on a Monday, the sports communications office will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Today’s look was actually from the Aug. 18, 2014, all-staff meeting held at Speaker’s Auditorium from 3-4:30 p.m. Here is a little of what was talked about:

It’s crazy how fast the summer goes but luckily we have a lot of great staff members who are on the ball, getting things prepped so we can make an easy transition into a new season. And in case you didn’t hear (and I’m not sure how you didn’t), it will also help ease the transition with our new leadership with Charlie Cobb taking over as athletic director. Most of the staff was able to get a few minutes with him on Friday after a potluck lunch that interim AD Bharath Parthasarathy set up, and which everyone greatly enjoyed.

All the great ideas and plans that were put in motion over the past several months (some even stretching back to last fall) were talked about Monday afternoon at our annual all-staff fall orientation meeting. The lineup included comments from Parthasarathy and GSU President Mark Becker, as well as many senior staff members. Some highlights:

  • Facilities: There will be a new van in the rotation for teams to use, which is a big boost as some of the older vans need a little love, let’s say. Being able to purchase and add this new van came partially from funding through the Women, Sports & Power Luncheon in the spring that supports women’s athletic teams. There were also potential designs for new facilities (most seen already on and some other updates as to potential improvements when funding becomes available.
  • PAC: The #PAC2K initiative is under way and off to a strong start. Membership was up 21 percent in 2013-14 with more than $2.17 million raised ($500,000 through annual giving). Some other great numbers are also available in the 2013-14 athletic department annual report, which highlights the successes of the past year.
  • Business Operations: There was also a lot of business office stuff that pertained to coaches travel, recruiting and other items like that. I will just say they are necessary procedures that we must go through, but don’t I think you’ll keep reading much more of this if I list them all out.
  • Communications: We rolled out a social media policy that helps give the athletic department more connection to and ownership of a team’s page(s), but does not change the way the teams communicate through social media.

And finally, let’s get to the meat of the meeting … or at least what you’re really still reading this for.

  • Licensing: Logos.

We had a committee that started meeting last winter to discuss logos on uniforms for all sports. We came to an agreement there were too many logos in use (and for more than just team uniforms), and many of them were not visually appealing or did not reproduce well.

What came out of the meetings in the spring was a recommendation to cut out the logos that had poor visual representation, add the full set of football helmet logos that are possible to use, and to officially add the Panther head as a logo for vendors to utilize. There were also a couple of redundant marks that were removed. And we added a white-only mark that can be used by our teams for practice gear to help save on screen printing costs.

Now, you’ll ask, “What will I see going forward?”

Great question. You will see that as soon as teams begin to buy new uniforms, the logos will fall into what we have on the new logo sheet.  It will NOT mean that we’re throwing out old uniforms this week and buying new ones just so every logo is updated. We do not have the financial ability to do that and that’d be wasteful. But, all coaches and staff are informed and on board with using only the newly approved logos for any new purchases going forward, whether it be next week, next month or next season.

The logo sheet was condensed from two pages to one, and several marks were removed for both internal (team) use as well as external vendors (product sales items, etc.).

The logo sheet was condensed from two pages to one, and several marks were removed for both internal (team) use as well as external vendors (product sales items, etc.).

Going forward from right now, vendors will only be able to produce items with logos on the new sheet, including the Panther head that we have heard many people really like (personally, I think it’s the best non-word mark we have).

Through our marketing and licensing areas (which are driving the whole logo cleanup both internally as well as externally), we will push the Georgia State primary and word mark as the main logos for uniforms going forward so fans home and away know our proper name. And we’ll also use Georgia State primary or word mark for printed materials as much as possible. There will still be a use for the GSU mark(s), but in a more limited capacity.

It’s a great start to hopefully a great year of Panther Athletics. I hope you’ll join us many times during the season at games and events. If you have any questions, always feel free to contact me at

–  Jerry Trickie, Associate AD for Strategic Communications/PR

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, Aug. 12-18

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.

  1. Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Georgia State Hires Charlie Cobb as Athletic Director
    Charlie Cobb is a builder. He wanted to be an architect when he enrolled at NC State, but football got in the way of afternoon labs. So, he majored in business administration and has been building prodcuts, not buildings, since.Read more
  1. Norwalk Reflector – Norwalk Grad Giving Away Shoes and Playing in Four-Game Exhibition Tour in Costa Rica
    The Georgia State men’s basketball team is on an eight-day trip in Costa Rica with three goals to accomplish. The first is to give away more than 5,000 shoes to needy children as part of coach Ron Hunter’s work with the charity Samaritan’s Feet. Read more
  1. College Football Playoff: Who’s In? Commercial

Check out the new college football playoff commercial that includes Georgia State in its first year at the FBS level (Panthers make an appearance around the 55-second mark. Read more



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Men’s Basketball in Costa Rica – Day 8 Photo Blog

Georgia State enjoyed its final day in Costa Rica on Thursday as the Panthers will fly back to Atlanta on Friday.

The team enjoyed one more day of team-bonding. Several members rented ATVs, while others sat by the pool. Several members of the staff went and hit the golf course.

I think everyone in the group would agree that it has been a great trip. The biggest thing to come out of it was being able to distribute shoes and hope to so many children. At the end of the day, it is a trip that no one will soon forget and we hope is the start of a great 2014-15 season.

Enjoy a few last images from Thursday. Atlanta, here we come!


Several members of the staff enjoyed a friendly round of golf in Los Suenos on Thursday.


Wildlife can be found everywhere in Costa Rica.


La Iguana Golf Club


Left to Right: Tyrone Burke, Ron Hunter, Claude Pardue, Mike Holmes and Darryl LaBarrie


Several members of the team enjoyed a hike down the beach.


Nate Summers led a crew on an ATV tour.


The team found a waterfall in the middle of their ATV tour.


Claude Pardue


R.J. Hunter


T.J. Shipes and Carter Cagle


The sun sets on the Panthers final night in Costa Rica.

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