You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Georgia State hopes to have football coach named by Dec. 15


Georgia State hopes to have a football coach hired by Dec. 15, athletic director Charlie Cobb said on Tuesday.

Cobb said the search has started, but no interviews have taken place. Cobb said he hopes conversations will occur with 10-12 of the candidates within the next week. That pool will be narrowed down to 4-5 for more serious conversations.

Cobb declined to confirm or refute any of the candidates who have been linked to the job in social media or reports. Some of those have included Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

“It’s a great discussion for Georgia State to be mentioned, but as far as the accuracy of any names I’ll leave that up for other people to decide,” he said.

The next coach will replace Trent Miles, who was fired with two games remaining in the season after going 9-38. The Panthers (3-8, 2-5 Sun Belt) will finish the regular season at Idaho on Saturday.

Cobb did say that it’s an exciting pool of candidates who have various backgrounds as head coaches or coordinators.

He wants a coach who will fulfill three criteria:

  • Someone who wants the job;
  • Someone who believes that a successful, competitive program can be built at Georgia State;
  • Someone who will bring energy to the program 365 days a year.

Cobb said he, President Mark Becker and 2-3 more people will be a part of the group interviewing the candidates.

Cobb said the base salary of the next coach will be within $525,000-$550,000, which was within the range Miles made with achievable bonuses, with a contract length of 4-5 years. The coach will likely have between $1.0-1.1 million to hire a staff.

Cobb said he is hiring a coach to hire a staff, but that he hopes a few of the coaches on Miles’ staff will be given some consideration.

The new coach will have a few advantages that his predecessors lacked. First, the program will move from playing its games in the Georgia Dome to Turner Field. That could give the Panthers a homefield advantage that it lacked for most games. The team has averaged 15,103 in announced attendance this season at the Dome.

That move should also generate some interest and excitement in the program, which despite some brief periods of success, which included going to its first bowl game in 2015, has failed to create a consistent niche in the crowded Atlanta sports and entertainment marketplace. The team has had just one winning season, and that it occured in its inaugural year under Bill Curry in 2010.

The next coach will need to rebuild a defense that will lose more than six key starters and backups, but will have an offense that will return several notable players including quarterbacks Conner Manning and Aaron Winchester, tight end Ari Werts, several running backs and receiver Penny Hart, among others.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Georgia Tech women top Alabama, advance to WNIT semifinals
Georgia Tech women top Alabama, advance to WNIT semifinals

Paced by junior forward Elo Edeferioka’s 17 points, Georgia Tech’s women defeated Alabama 76-66 on Sunday at McCamish Pavilion to advance to the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Tech next faces Washington State (16-19) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at McCamish. The Cougars knocked off Iowa 74-66 on Sunday in Iowa City...
Getting to know new Georgia Tech assistant coach Craig Candeto
Getting to know new Georgia Tech assistant coach Craig Candeto

A little over a year ago, Craig Candeto and wife Maribeth prayed and thought hard about a job change. Candeto had finished his third season as head coach at Division III Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, but felt drawn to coaching at the Division I level. Convinced they needed to make a move, he took a job at Georgia Tech as the assistant director...
Swanson focused on ‘process’ during spring training
Swanson focused on ‘process’ during spring training

By his own admission, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson came into his second big league camp differently than last year, though his approach remains the same. “I don’t think the approach is different, just the circumstances are different,” said Swanson before Atlanta faced the Mets on Sunday. “I try to always be the best version...
Down a third starter, Hawks fall to Nets
Down a third starter, Hawks fall to Nets

The Hawks are losing starters almost as fast as they are losing games. Missing three starters – Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha – the Hawks trailed by as many as 22 points before dropping a 107-92 decision to the Nets Sunday afternoon at Philips Arena. Sefolosha was a late scratch with a right groin injury after the Hawks...
How the Hawks’ bad luck led to another of rapidly mounting losses
How the Hawks’ bad luck led to another of rapidly mounting losses

Five observations from the Hawks’ 107-92 loss to the Nets Sunday. It was the Hawks’ seventh straight loss. 1. There is an old saying: If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. That’s the Hawks these days. Already mired in a losing streak and without two starters, the Hawks lost a third starter when Thabo Sefolosha...
More Stories