Gameday Poll: Which Power-5 Conference Would You Like to See More Games Against?

It’s Gameday! Georgia State has traveled to Seattle for its first road game of the year and will take on Washington of the Pac-12 at 6 p.m. ET Saturday. Since its first season in 2010, Georgia State has not backed down from playing with the “Big Boys” having already faced Alabama twice, Tennessee and West Virginia.

In the coming years, the Panthers are scheduled to face Penn State, Wisconsin, NC State and Tennessee again just to name a few. Georgia State will also face Clemson later this season.

We have talked a lot of defense already this year in our Gameday Poll, but we are going to slide away from the student-athletes this week.

Our Gameday Poll (which will be done for every game this season) asks that very simple question: Which Power-5 conference would you like to see Georgia State play more games against in the future?

Scheduling is more difficult than just making a phone call, but we are curious to hear from our fans what they think, so let your voice be heard and Go Panthers!

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Blood Drive Set for Sept. 23

Georgia State athletics will play host to its 10th annual Red Cross Blood Drive in a competition with Georgia athletics.

The blood drive at Georgia State will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the GSU Sports Arena from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and simultaneously in the University Commons housing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Georgia State won last year’s competition with Georgia by collecting 336 units of blood in its single-day drive.

To speed the process, donors are encouraged to make reservations now to be able to get in and then get back out promptly. Go to RedCrossBlood.org and use the code GeorgiaSU to make a reservation. Or call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2267) to pick a time to donate.

All presenting donors will receive a ticket to the Oct. 11th football game vs. Arkansas State.
In addition, donors receive a free Give Life t-shirt, Points thru Panther Family Fanatics (check in using your app@ the drive) and a free haircut coupon. Also, donors will have a chance to win a $50 gas card and one of two $100 gift cards from the Georgia State Bookstore.

Georgia State student-athletes help work the Blood Drive, in addition to being donors.

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Inside Operations: Embracing Change

On the third Wednesday of every month (a second post this week, so we moved this to Thursday), 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 Monday: Academics

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

This past month can be described with one word – CHANGE. Our new Athletic Director, Charlie Cobb, hit the ground running and we could not be more excited to support his decisions to change internal operations.  Most individuals fear change… the Facilities and Operations department embraces it!

As you all know, our beloved football program won their first football game of the season!  We all know “winning isn’t everything”, but it sure does make all our hard work and preparation for game day more rewarding. Typically, for the first game of the season, there are jitters, even the staff needs to get out of their system, not just the student-athletes.  With that being said, there were mistakes made, but seemed to be very minimal. Our entire athletic department worked great together to put on a successful show. Accomplishing that thrilling ‘W’ at the end of the long night was the icing on the cake.

The new signage for football at the Georgia Dome had great success.  We continue to improve our internal operation strategies by adjusting to each particular game and learning from our mistakes. We take much pride in ensuring that all events operate smoothly. After weeks of planning and organizing, a huge component of game-day operations is troubleshooting.

Men’s and women’s soccer seasons have begun at Panthersville, as well as court volleyball in the Sports Arena. So far, so good on our end; having the first events for each sport under our belts means we can only improve our operations from here on out!  We are excited to continue hosting home events and making it a great experience for all fans. We encourage suggestions, we love feedback … and we embrace change.

See you at the game!

-Gina Knutson
Operations Graduate Assistant

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Inside Communications: How Times Flies

On the third Monday of every month (a couple days late this week), a member of the Sports Communications 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 Thursday: Operations

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the middle of September and half of our home football games are behind us. What a wild and crazy ride first three games it has been! Although we have crossed off half the games on the schedule doesn’t mean that we will be slowing down at all in the sports communications office.

The first month of class for our student-athletes has been fun for us. We have debuted a lot of new elements on our website and through our social media portals to get our fans more engaged while supporting not only football, but all of our fall sports.

If you haven’t noticed, we have implemented all new video promos pieces for our Olympic sports this fall. Prior to home volleyball and men and women’s soccer games, we have featured our student-athletes with videos for each home contest, the purpose to ask fans, especially students, to come out to the games. There is no question that Georgia State students respond best to messages from our student-athletes as they can put a face to those who are competing on the field or the court.

We have also debuted all new social media graphics that you hopefully have seen before or after football games and all other home events. This has led to increased traffic to all of our social media accounts which can mean additional sponsorship dollars and opportunities down the line. By increasing our social media traffic, it’s one small piece in trying to increase home attendance and interaction with our fans, so this will continue to be a focus into the winter and spring.

Speaking of the winter, basketball season is just around the corner. Now that the first three football games are behind us, we will start to really push the upcoming basketball season on both our website and social media accounts. Don’t get me wrong, we are definitely not forgetting about football or any of our fall sports, but we also want basketball season to get off to a great start both on and off the court (and we know you want that as well).

In just the last few days, we have finalized the look of men’s basketball season tickets, seen the men’s basketball media guide get close to being finished, and started media plans for the season. Although it seemed like it just ended, basketball practice starts two weeks from Friday. It might be a lot of hard work and long hours, but we are excited for the season to get here as the men look to defend their Sun Belt title and the women build on their top-five finish from a year ago.

–Mike Holmes

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Inside Operations: A Different View of The Game

On the third Wednesday of every month (a day early this week as they will have two blog posts this week), 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 Wednesday: Communications

When you attend a football game you more than likely show up, park your vehicle, maybe tailgate for a bit, walk in to the game, sit down watch the game and then leave to go home.   In order for the everyday fan to enjoy a game there a many things that need to happen that probably go unnoticed by most fans.

“Game Day” for the facilities and operations team actually begins the day before the actual game.  Our team drives over to the Dome for about two or three hours and sets up all signage, banners, and anything else that you see when walking through the concourse inside the Dome.  The team then comes back to the Dome to handle any last minute changes that may take place for the following day.  On the actual game day, our typical day begins six to seven hours prior to kickoff.

The team arrives at the Sports Arena to load up the truck with all equipment that is needed the day of the game and then heads to the Dome. Upon arrival at the Dome the team sets up all outdoor signage in the parking lots and outside of the gates that you see as you are walking into the Dome. Once this is complete we walk through the concourse to make sure all signage that was set up the day before is still in the correct place and that all vendors that are setting up do not have any issues.

Our staff is also responsible for ensuring that all teams and officials arrive on time and safely. One person from the facilities and operations staff is assigned to the visiting team as well as the officials.  These staff members are in direct communication with the visiting team and the officials on game day to assist with any issues that they have before, during, or after the game.

Most of you have seen us on the field, standing in the corners of the Dome with an earpiece and radio attached watching the game.  There is more than just watching the game going on though as each member of the facilities and operations staff is placed in a specific area to assist with any possible situation that may occur.  Each staff member is not just watching the game, but watching the crowd for any problems, making sure there are no obstructions on the field, as well as being a liaison for both teams and the officials in case there are any problems that come up.  They are in each corner on the field so a member from the facilities and operations team can get anywhere in the Dome in the matter of seconds.

Once the final whistle blows the day continues for the facilities and operations team. Our staff transports the officials back to the hotel and assists with getting the visiting team on the road. We then breakdown all signage and any other equipment that was set up around the Dome and pack it up for the next game which usually takes about an hour. When that is all said and done, a brief meeting to discuss any problems during that game takes place and then the team clears out and enjoys the rest up for the next event on the schedule.

Football game days are always exciting and challenging at the same time; which is why we in the facilities and operations team take pride in what we do and try to give our fans the best experience possible when attending games. We hope that you all continue supporting the Panthers, and if you ever have any questions or concerns on game day, please do not hesitate to ask one of us.

See you at the game!

–Steve Wojcikowski
Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, Sept. 9-15

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.

AJC.com – What a Difference a Year Makes

The Panthers were 0-2 through their first two games last year. The second game was a 42-14 beat down by Chattanooga in which the Panthers looked and played like a team that was already looking ahead to the end of the year. In one year, things have changed. Read more

Georgia State Magazine- A Mission’s Statement
Can there be anything more humbling for a basketball player than making eye contact with a guy who just threw down on you with a ferocious dunk? Well, yes, said Curtis Washington. Read more

Georgia State Magazine – The Sporting Scientist
Chris Locandro figures he’s spent the lion’s share of his time at Georgia State behind a microscope. Last fall, the senior neuroscience major in the Honors College, who has a grade-point average over 4.0 and has earned President’s List honors twice, put what he learned over those long hours to work on a study that could be a breakthrough for those who suffer from epilepsy. Read more

–Mike Holmes

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Inside Compliance: Outside Aid for Student-Athletes

On the second Wednesday of every month (we moved some things around this 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 Tuesday: Communications

NCAA rules allow student-athletes to receive aid from sources other than their NCAA institution under four sets of circumstances.  These circumstances are identified in NCAA Bylaws 15.01.3 and 15.2.6 as being when student-athletes:

1)         Receive aid from one upon whom they are naturally or legally dependent;

2)         Receive awards solely on bases having no relationship to athletics ability;

3)         Receive awards through an established and continuing program to aid students under the conditions listed in Bylaw 15.2.6.3; or

4)         Receive educational expenses that meet the requirements of 15.2.6.4.

These circumstances are described in greater detail below.

1)         NCAA Student Athletes May Receive Aid from One upon whom They  Are Naturally or Legally Dependent.

While it seems obvious that a student-athlete can get money from their parent or anyone else they depend upon, the NCAA has been forced to clear up specific grey areas with respect to this mandate; one such grey area is the prepaid college tuition plan.  Under pre-paid college plans a person will pay a fee to a plan for a certain amount of credit hours at a state university.  The entity to which they pay the money will in turn invest the money until the student reaches college age.  At this point the entity uses the proceeds from its investments to pay the student’s tuition.  While aid from prepaid college plans technically comes from the entity running the plan, the NCAA indicates that money from a pre-paid college plan is aid from a person upon whom the student-athlete is legally or naturally dependent.

2)         NCAA Student-Athletes May Receive Awards Solely on Bases Having No Relationship to Athletic Ability.

The NCAA considers various factors when determining whether NCAA student-athletes receive awards solely on bases having no relationship to athletic ability.  These factors include the percentage of those who receive a particular type of aid who also are student-athletes, the knowledge of the entity giving the aid that the persons they were giving aid to were student-athletes, and whether it is likely the student-athlete’s understanding that the aid is conditioned upon them participating in a sport.  An example of these factors in action is found in MacMurray College’s May 2005 Public Infraction Report.  In this case a tennis coach asked his father to set up a scholarship fund for international students.  The coach then used the scholarship fund to give aid to students from Argentina and Kenya who also played tennis at his university and who he was aware were tennis players prior to them receiving aid.  The players understood a condition of the aid to be that they play tennis at the coach’s university and all of the people who received the aid played tennis at the coach’s university.  The NCAA ruled that this scholarship was not aid based solely on factors other than athletic ability since the coach knew that all of the scholarship recipients were tennis players prior to them receiving aid, all of the persons who received the aid were tennis players, and it was the players understanding that the scholarship was conditioned upon them being tennis players.

3)         NCAA Student-Athletes May Receive Aid through an Established and  Continuing Program Under the Conditions Listed in Bylaw 15.2.6.3.

The NCAA allows student-athletes to receive aid from an established and continuing program when certain conditions are met.  These conditions are that the recipient’s choice of institutions is not restricted by the donor of the aid; there is no direct connection between the donor and the student-athlete’s institution; and the financial aid is not provided by an outside sports team or organization that conducts a competitive sports program to an individual who is or has been a member of that team or organization.  Permitted outside grants falling under this bylaw include grants from organizations like Elks Lodges, churches, etc.

4)         NCAA Student-Athletes May Receive Aid Educational Expenses from the U.S. Olympic Committee or U.S. National Governing Body Under Certain Circumstances.

The NCAA allows student-athletes to receive aid from the U.S. Olympic Committee or National Governing Body under certain circumstances.  These circumstances are that the disbursement of the aid shall be through the member institution for the recipient’s educational expenses while attending that institution; the recipient’s choice of institutions shall not be restricted by the U.S. Olympic Committee or a U.S. national governing body; the value of the award alone or in combination with other aid shall not exceed the value of a full grant-in-aid; and the recipient shall be considered a counter, and the amount shall be applied to the maximum team limitation for the sport in question.

As evidenced above, there is ample opportunity for student-athletes to receive aid outside of their athletic scholarships.  So long as they comply with the above mentioned rules receiving this aid will not impact their eligibility.

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

It’s Gameday! Georgia State enters Saturday looking to close out a three-game home-stand with a win against a very talented Air Force squad. It will be Military Appreciation Day at the Georgia Dome, so before we get to the Gameday Poll, a quick side-note.

All of us at Georgia State would like to personally thank all of the servicemen and women for making the United States the greatest country to live in. Our military personnel are the biggest part of that and we hope that our game today can do a small part in saying thank you.

Now back to the poll. We talked defense last week and we are going to talk it again this week (I promise we will talk about the offense in the next couple of polls).

Our Gameday Poll (which will be done for every game this season) asks that very simple question: Which defensive player will record the most interceptions this year?

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

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Inside Marketing: Preparing for Military Appreciation Day

On the first Monday of every month (we moved some things around this month), a member of the Marketing 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: Compliance

This is an exciting week for us as we get to work with a special group of individuals, our military. We are very blessed to live in such a great country and are excited to give a little back this week as our football team takes on Air Force.

The Air Force will be celebrating its 67th Anniversary as a part of our game. More than 1,200 military personnel and veterans are already confirmed just through the Wounded Warrior Project and Robins Air Force Base. We are expecting many more than that in terms of fans of all of the service academies and other groups in attendance.

We will also have Air Force Commanders and a Two-Star General flying in from Washington D.C. as a part of the festivities. Prior to the start of the game, we will unveil a 30-yard flag on the field and have a special national anthem and color guard presentation with the Air Force. We are also proud and humbled to recognize all GSU alums, students, faculty and staff who are serving or who have served in the military. Many of those individuals and local JROTC programs will take part in presenting the flag.

We encourage all fans to arrive early to be a part of this special day which will be presented by Parking Spot.

The GSU bookstore is also scheduled to have special t-shirts for sale to honor the game.

It is going to be a special day so we hope that you will come out to support Georgia State football and all of the military who make living in the U.S.A. so special.

–Mike Holmes

 

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, Sept. 1-8

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.

AJC.com – Q&A with Former Panther and Now Indianapolis Colts star Ulrick John
Tackle Ulrick John became the second Georgia State football player to be drafted when the Colts took him in the seventh round earlier this year. John sustained a broken right fibula and ligament tears on top of his foot and on the inside during the preseason. The Colts placed him on injured reserve. Read more

AJC.com- Georgia State Faces Challenging Basketball Schedules
Georgia State’s non-conference men’s basketball schedulemay not have the name recognition as last year, but it may be more challenging. Replacing Alabama and Vanderbilt from last year’ schedule are three teams that may be more difficult: Iowa State, which went 28-8 last year, Wisconsin-Green Bay, which went 24-7 last year and Southern Miss, which went 29-7 last year. The Panthers and Phoenix will play a home-and-home at the Sports Arena on Dec. 4 and at Green Bay on Dec. 27. Read more

AJC.com – Ruiz Named John Mackey Tight End of the Week
Georgia State tight end Joel Ruiz has been named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the John Mackey Award. Playing his first game for Georgia State after transferring from Presbyterian, Ruiz scored the Panthers’ first touchdown of 2014 on a 34-yard reception from quarterback Nick Arbuckle. Read more

 

 

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