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Kennesaw State adds six early signees after breakthrough season

Coming off the most successful season in school history, Kennesaw State landed six recruits on the inaugural Dec. 20 signing day. Coach Brian Bohannon announced the six players Wednesday morning. The collection includes two offensive linemen, a receiver, a defensive end, a defensive back and a linebacker. Five of the players are out-of-state signees, with three of them from Alabama. Will Haigler,...
Can someone in this state please make college basketball mean something?

Can someone in this state please make college basketball mean something?

With its win Saturday over Georgia Southern, Georgia State men’s basketball recorded its 100th victory since the start of the 2013-14 season. We know this because the Panthers publicity wing is keen on keeping count, and updates this figure like the Dow Jones does its industrial average. The school keeps such a strict accounting because it bears out that none of the other six Division 1 programs...
D’Marcus Simonds has big plans for his time at Georgia State  

D’Marcus Simonds has big plans for his time at Georgia State  

School had been snowed out for yet another day, but not practice. It’s the season, and the heat is always on in the gym.  Inside Georgia State’s third-floor court, the Panthers’ star guard was easy to pick out from among the sweaty swirl of teammates. He was the only one who could carry off those warm-up pants, the color open to interpretation. Pink, for those who wished to...
5 observations from Georgia State’s win over Georgia Southern

5 observations from Georgia State’s win over Georgia Southern

The Panthers won’t have a better atmosphere than they had Saturday at GSU Sports Arena. Propelled by an energetic audience and one of the nation’s premier scorers, Georgia State took down rival Georgia Southern 83-66. The Panthers and Eagles sit at 14-6 on the season. But Georgia State is tied for the most wins (five) in the Sun Belt with Southern, Texas State and Louisiana-Monroe. Southern...
2018 Masters field small, but taking shape

2018 Masters field small, but taking shape

There are 18 categories by which a golfer can qualify for the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. This year's Masters field could be among the smallest on record with fewer than 90 players for the second time since 89 teed up in 2002. So far, 80 players have met qualification to play in the tournament scheduled for April 5–8 in Augusta.  > Also:  How to watch...
5 observations from Georgia State’s win over Arkansas State

5 observations from Georgia State’s win over Arkansas State

The game was closer than the Panthers would’ve liked, but Georgia State narrowly avoided an upset in a 79-75 win over Arkansas State at GSU Sports Arena on Saturday. The preseason pick as the Sun Belt’s second-best team, the Panthers (11-6, 2-2) evened their conference record with consecutive home wins after a rocky start. Here are five observations from the Panthers’ pivotal win...
Special Needs School gets $30,000 from PGA Tour Champions

Special Needs School gets $30,000 from PGA Tour Champions

The capital building campaign at the Special Needs School of Gwinnett got a boost on Wednesday when the PGA Tour Champions named it as the Charity of the Year. The Lawrenceville school provides educational and therapeutic programs for special needs students from ages two through adult. The charity, a beneficiary of the annual Mitsubishi Electric Classic, received a $30,000 donation from the PGA Tour...
Georgia State adds 16 recruits on early signing day

Georgia State adds 16 recruits on early signing day

It’s been a successful week for Georgia State: On Saturday, the team grabbed its first bowl win by defeating Western Kentucky 27-17 in Orlando’s Cure Bowl. On Wednesday, it added 16 recruits during the inaugural Dec. 20 early signing period. “What a great class,” Coach Shawn Elliott said. “Our coaches did a great job solidifying the spots we needed to get in the early...
Georgia State’s early signees class off to strong start

Georgia State’s early signees class off to strong start

After winning its first bowl game on Saturday, Georgia State is building its next era of players. During the inaugural Dec. 20 signing period, the Panthers are announcing their new recruits on the official team Twitter (@GSUPanthers). Coach Shawn Elliott has been using his Carolina ties to the fullest. Here’s who has signed with the Panthers so far (as of 9:15 a.m. Wednesday): -OL Despelado...
Mistakes cost Reinhardt in NAIA championship game loss

Mistakes cost Reinhardt in NAIA championship game loss

DAYTONA BEACH — During its three-year postseason history, Reinhardt has found only one team in the way every year – Saint Francis (Ind.). But the Eagles added to their problems early Saturday night, with costly self-inflicted mistakes during the early portion of the 62nd annual NAIA national championship game. Reinhardt turned over the ball twice before its offense even took the field...
5 observations from Georgia State’s first bowl win in school history

5 observations from Georgia State’s first bowl win in school history

For the first time, the Panthers can call themselves bowl champions. GSU dominated in all three phases, defeating Western Kentucky 27-17 in the Cure Bowl on Saturday. Quarterback Conner Manning was named the game’s MVP after going 20-of-28 for 276 yards and a touchdown. “When you do things you’ve never done before, you remember it the rest of your life,” GSU coach Shawn Elliott...
Five observations from North Carolina A&T’s win in the Celebration Bowl

Five observations from North Carolina A&T’s win in the Celebration Bowl

There was a lot of history between the Grambling State Tigers and North Carolina A&T Aggies as they squared off in the Celebration Bowl. Both teams had won the game since its inception in 2015. The game lived up to its hype as the Aggies prevailed 21-14 with a fourth-quarter scoring drive and secured their fourth HBCU national title. Here are five observations from the Celebration Bowl on Saturday...
5 things to watch for in the 2017 Cure Bowl

5 things to watch for in the 2017 Cure Bowl

Georgia State will go for its school-record seventh win Saturday against Western Kentucky in the Cure Bowl in Orlando. The Panthers, once 6-3, have lost two in a row. The Hilltoppers, once 5-2, lost four of their past five. It’s Georgia State’s second bowl in three years after posting a 1-23 mark in its first two seasons in FBS. The Panthers lost the inaugural 2015 Cure Bowl to San Jose...
Cure Bowl 2017: Georgia State, Western Kentucky share streaky nature

Cure Bowl 2017: Georgia State, Western Kentucky share streaky nature

Georgia State’s Cure Bowl opponent, Western Kentucky, isn’t so unfamiliar. Like the Panthers, the Hilltoppers were plagued by inconsistencies, appearing dynamic one day and aloof the next. WKU got off to a 1-2 start before ripping off four wins in a row. It sank down the stretch, losing four of five and slumping to a 6-6 record. GSU, meanwhile, had its own streaky tendencies. It lost its...
Reinhardt hopes to focus on itself, not opponent in NAIA title game

Reinhardt hopes to focus on itself, not opponent in NAIA title game

Reinhardt coach James Miller has repeated a simple message to his team during preparations for the NAIA national championship game. Don’t think about the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) and don’t worry about their accolades or their athletes. He’s continued to stress to his players to instead focus on themselves leading to the final at 6 p.m. Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla. &ldquo...
Kennesaw State will open 2018 season against Georgia State

Kennesaw State will open 2018 season against Georgia State

Kennesaw State will open the 2018 season against Georgia State. Two of Georgia’s newest college football programs will face each other for the first time Thursday, Aug. 30, in Atlanta. It will be the Owls’ first game against an FBS opponent. Kennesaw State finished its second FCS season with a 12-2 record. Georgia State began playing football in 2010. The Owls’ home opener at Fifth...
Georgia State cruises to a home win

Georgia State cruises to a home win

Led by 33 points from sophomore D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State cruised to a 90-70 win over Point on Tuesday night at the GSU Sports Arena. Simonds, who entered the day No. 4 in the Sun Belt in scoring, finished with 30 or more points for the second time in the last three games after scoring a career-high 35  last week. He finished 11-of-18 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from 3-point...
Georgia State can erase recent woes with Cure Bowl win

Georgia State can erase recent woes with Cure Bowl win

After qualifying for a bowl, Georgia State fell into a late-season swoon. The team was outscored 55-20 in home conference losses to Appalachian State and Idaho, shredding the momentum the Panthers built after achieving a 6-3 record. GSU allowed 100-yard rushers in both games after permitting none all season. “When you go out there and put on a performance like we did today, you have to look...
What to know about the Panthers, Hilltoppers in 2017 Cure Bowl

What to know about the Panthers, Hilltoppers in 2017 Cure Bowl

For the second time in three years, the Panthers are bowl-bound in Orlando. Georgia State will face Western Kentucky in the Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium on Saturday. The game starts at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on CBS and CBSSN Live. The Panthers are six-point favorites. There have been 18,700 tickets distributed for the game as of Tuesday, according to Cure Bowl public relations. Each...
Kennesaw State’s rally falls short in FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State’s rally falls short in FCS playoffs

Trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, Kennesaw State’s chance to tie Sam Houston State in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs fell short on fourth-and-5 at the 11-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. The Bearkats escaped with a 34-27 victory in Huntsville, Texas, Saturday night. The loss ended Kennesaw State’s 12-game win streak and its third season of football...
Paul Johnson’s disciples have their day at Army, Navy

Paul Johnson’s disciples have their day at Army, Navy

If Paul Johnson ran the world, every football Saturday would look like the Army-Navy game. As it is, three of his disciples – true believers in the ways of run-first-second-and-third option football – are playing important games this Saturday. The paterfamilias of this tight-knit little group, his own 2017 season forgettable on the whole, will be trying mightily to catch their acts. ...
Kennesaw State wants charmed season to continue

Kennesaw State wants charmed season to continue

Some 18-19 weeks ago, long before Kennesaw State’s football team would unexpectedly win 12 consecutive games to advance to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, coach Brian Bohannon gave his wide receivers a task to help pass the time spent in August’s camp. The players were asked to put together scouting reports on opponents, should the Owls make the playoffs. The players guessed the...
Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky in Cure Bowl

Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky in Cure Bowl

Georgia State is headed back to the Cure Bowl. The Panthers (6-5, 5-3 Sun Belt), led by first-year coach Shawn Elliott, will face Western Kentucky (6-6, 4-4 Conference USA) in Orlando on Dec. 16. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. Georgia State made its bowl debut in the Orlando-based bowl two years ago. It was beaten by San Jose State. The Panthers are led on offense by quarterback Conner Manning and wide receiver...
5 observations from Georgia State’s loss to Idaho

5 observations from Georgia State’s loss to Idaho

Staring at the winningest season in Georgia State history, the Panthers fell flat in back-to-back weeks. After coach Shawn Elliott questioned some’s effort in last week’s home loss to Appalachian State, the Panthers were upset by Idaho 24-10 at Saturday’s home finale in front of an announced crowd of 14,163 fans. Georgia State will still qualify for a bowl at 6-5 (5-3 Sun Belt),...
How to watch: Saturday’s college football, with TV times, network, online

How to watch: Saturday’s college football, with TV times, network, online

Here are the TV times and networks and streaming opportunities for all FBS games Saturday on the 14th – and final – full weekend of the season. All times are ET.  8pm, Clemson vs. Miami (Championship game, Charlotte, N.C.), ABC Noon, Memphis at Central Florida, ABC 12:30pm, Oklahoma vs. TCU (Championship game, Arlington, Texas), Fox 8pm, Ohio State vs. Wisconsin (Championship game...
The first Kennesaw State Owl, Chandler Burks leads by serving

The first Kennesaw State Owl, Chandler Burks leads by serving

Coach Brian Bohannon set lofty goals more than three years ago before the Kennesaw State football program began … win conference championships and win national championships.  Now in the midst of its first playoff run, the first player who committed to that goal is under center leading a dynamic offense for the Owls.  Chandler Burks came out of South Paulding High School as an undersized...
Kennesaw State had to overcome sluggish start on way to playoffs

Kennesaw State had to overcome sluggish start on way to playoffs

Four games into the 2017 season, Kennesaw State didn’t look like a playoff team.  The Owls began with a disappointing close loss to Samford on the road, followed by three unconvincing wins against inferior opponents. Coach Brian Bohannon tried to keep the tone optimistic with his team coming out ahead in the end, but his dissatisfaction with the overall play was obvious.  That all...
Tiger Woods opens with a 69 in his return to competitive golf

Tiger Woods opens with a 69 in his return to competitive golf

Tiger Woods made his return to golf Thursday at the Hero World Challenge, his first competitive event in 10 months. Woods finished with a 69, three off the lead and three under par. His first drive went 30 yards past Justin Thomas’. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tiger's back!<br><br>...
Georgia State wins, improves to 5-2

Georgia State wins, improves to 5-2

Georgia State used a big run to start the second half to earn a 63-53 win over Alabama A&M in Hunstville, Ala., Wednesday evening. Sophomore D’Marcus Simonds led the Panthers with 15 points and was one of three Panthers to score in double figures as juniors Devin Mitchell added 12 and Malik Benlevi scored 10. Georgia State improved to 5-2 for the third time in the last four years, while Alabama...
Georgia State seniors go for wins record in home finale

Georgia State seniors go for wins record in home finale

A win Saturday would result in the winningest season in Georgia State history. The Panthers host Idaho to conclude their regular season schedule. Already bowl eligible, the team can finish 6-2 in conference play and 7-4 overall, both would-be bests. “I think that’s huge for the future of this place,” said quarterback Conner Manning, who’s set to play his final home game. &ldquo...
Tiger Woods ‘tempered’ in his return to golf

Tiger Woods ‘tempered’ in his return to golf

Tiger Woods returns to professional golf this week after a 10-month hiatus following back surgery. Woods tees off at 12:05 p.m. Thursday at the Hero World Challenge, an 18-player, no-cut event held in the Bahamas. He is paired with FedEx Cup winner Justin Thomas. Woods was tempered in his expectations. The 14-time major champion asserted to the media Tuesday (video, above) that he’s pain...
Kennesaw State wins in its first-ever playoff game

Kennesaw State wins in its first-ever playoff game

Kennesaw State wasn’t overwhelmed in their first FCS playoff game. The Owls played with confidence as they defeated Samford 28-17 on Saturday. The Owls won their 11th consecutive game and exacted revenge for their narrow loss to Samford on Aug. 31. The Owls will face Jacksonville State on Saturday in the second round of the playoffs. Here are five observations from the game: 1. Explosive second...
5 observations from Georgia State’s loss to Appalachian State

5 observations from Georgia State’s loss to Appalachian State

Here are five observations from Georgia State’s 31-10 loss to Appalachian State, which dropped the team to 1-3 at home. Missed opportunities: There were plenty in the early going. On the opening drive, GSU was halted at the Mountaineers’ 44. On fourth-and-1, the team flirted with going for it but called timeout and came out in a punt formation. It appeared to be a fake punt &ndash...
Justin Sumpter helps put Kennesaw State on national stage

Justin Sumpter helps put Kennesaw State on national stage

Kennesaw State’s football program has experienced a massive bump in exposure this season, thanks in some part to Justin Sumpter … and also a plank and a 10-1 record. Earlier this season, the junior wide receiver showed up on ESPN’s top plays at No. 1 after his spectacular one-handed catch at Liberty — a game in which the Owls won and kicked off their perfect conference record...
Georgia State’s defense coming through when it counts

Georgia State’s defense coming through when it counts

Georgia State’s defense came up big when it counted in its past three games. In close wins against South Alabama, Georgia Southern and Texas State, the Panthers’ defense produced stops on potential game-winning drives in the fourth quarter. Georgia State’s defense will face its toughest Sun Belt conference challenge this season when it hosts Appalachian State on Saturday. The two...
Kennesaw State to host Samford in first round of FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State to host Samford in first round of FCS playoffs

After winning the program’s first Big South title with a 52-21 win over Monmouth, Kennesaw State will host Samford on Saturday for the Owls’ first appearance in the postseason. The first round 2017 FCS Playoff  game will kick off at 2 p.m. at Kennesaw’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium and can be viewed on ESPN3. Kennesaw State (10-1) was one of 10 conference champions to earn an automatic...
Kennesaw State grows up fast, wins Big South championship

Kennesaw State grows up fast, wins Big South championship

The Turnover Plank was practically worn to a toothpick Saturday. There have been Olympic relay batons passed between fewer hands than that poor piece of motivational lumber was during this single afternoon.      The cheerleaders spent far more energy celebrating touchdowns than making statements during the national anthem.    At a place where they underscore...
Five observations from Kennesaw State’s 52-21 win over Monmouth

Five observations from Kennesaw State’s 52-21 win over Monmouth

In Big South preseason rankings, the Kennesaw State Owls were co-favorites alongside Charleston Southern to win the conference title, and on Saturday, the Owls — in their third season — made that dream reality. No. 21 KSU played one of its more dominant games of the season, which ended in a 52-21 Kennesaw State win against No. 22 Monmouth at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Here are five things...
KSU cheerleaders resume kneeling for national anthem

KSU cheerleaders resume kneeling for national anthem

In the wake of weeks of criticism, some Kennesaw State University cheerleaders have resumed taking the knee during the national anthem. Last Saturday on Veterans Day, KSU cheerleaders did not kneel during the national anthem at the home game. However, some of them instead linked arms while they were standing on the field for the first time after being relegated to a tunnel for the national anthem...
Manning leading Georgia State to what could be historic season

Manning leading Georgia State to what could be historic season

Conner Manning’s throw to Penny Hart was perfect: a 9-yard fade into the corner with the ball placed where only Hart could reach it. The touchdown lifted Georgia State to its third consecutive victory over rival Georgia Southern. As good as the throw was, Hart knew that Manning was going to lead the Panthers to the winning score long before the ball left his right hand. As the Panthers huddled...
Weekend Predictions: Georgia gets a gift Amnesia Week -- Kentucky

Weekend Predictions: Georgia gets a gift Amnesia Week -- Kentucky

We here at Weekend Predictions consider it our mission not only to disseminate sage financial advice -- except in those times when sage turns into a slightly less palatable plant form like hemlock, and often appears in the form of words like, “Dogs win and cover 2-1/2 at Auburn, and why is my dog laughing at me?” -- but to offer suggestions about how sports can be better. So here...
Kennesaw State’s Turnover Plank: A board that’s not boring

Kennesaw State’s Turnover Plank: A board that’s not boring

It’s quickly becoming the most famous piece of wood in college football since the founding of the Jeweled Shillelagh.Its history is a mystery and its purpose ever-changing. Kennesaw State’s Turnover Plank – a 3-foot-long piece of wood with drawn eyes and a smile given to a player that recovers a fumble or makes an interception – is producing more publicity than anything accomplished...
Five observations from Kennesaw State’s win over Charleston Southern

Five observations from Kennesaw State’s win over Charleston Southern

Kennesaw State’s came away with a mostly easy 38-0 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. It was the Owls’ first win against the Buccaneers, having the lost the two previous meetings between the teams. Here are five observations from the game: If you’re winning 90 percent of the time, you’re doing something right. The Owls are 9-1...
KSU cheerleaders link arms for national anthem

KSU cheerleaders link arms for national anthem

In the wake of weeks of criticism, Kennesaw State University cheerleaders did not take the knee during the national anthem at Saturday’s home game. However, some of the cheerleaders instead linked arms while they were standing on the field for the first time after being relegated to a tunnel for the national anthem for recent games. KSU president Sam Olens announced Wednesday he was reinstituting...
Elliott, Georgia State establishing foundation in 2017 season

Elliott, Georgia State establishing foundation in 2017 season

Georgia State overcame an 0-2 start and could assemble perhaps the best season in school history. The Panthers sit at 5-3 overall, with a 4-1 mark in conference play. One win in the final three games would give GSU a bowl berth. Two wins would make for the most wins in school history. Coach Shawn Elliott’s squad opened the season with a thud, upset 17-10 in its home opener against quarterback...
Weekend Predictions: Georgia over Auburn, Falcons over Cowboys

Weekend Predictions: Georgia over Auburn, Falcons over Cowboys

Before getting to this week's big game between Georgia and the Auburn Correctional Institute, this update from the world of Corporate Weasel Sports Executives. According to various reports, including the New York Times, because Trump is in China so everybody's got some free time, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is attempting to block contract negotiations with NFL commissioner/Lord of the Flies Roger...
Weekend Predictions: Bulldogs avoid gravity storm, but spread is too fat

Weekend Predictions: Bulldogs avoid gravity storm, but spread is too fat

Before we get to this week's financial forecast, which is only slightly flawed when we assume the natural order of things like Florida State not losing to Boston College 35-3 -- but forgive Jimbo Fisher because B.C. coach Steve Addazio has the huge advantage of getting all the best players out of Gloucester, assuming he doesn't suffer brain freeze or sardine poisoning during recruiting trips -- let's...
Woods to return to golf at Hero World Challenge

Woods to return to golf at Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods is back. The former world’s No. 1 golfer and 14-time major winner announced on Twitter Monday that he will play in the Hero World Challenge. The event, which Woods’ foundation hosts, will take place Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas. He will team with Daniel Berger. Woods has not played competitively in nine months after back surgery. He last played in the Dubai Desert Classic...
Carter Center working to kill this disease

Carter Center working to kill this disease

The Carter Center and its partners reported continued progress in the global Guinea worm eradication campaign. The nonprofit targeted the parasitical disease in 21 countries of Africa and Asia in 1986 and took a leadership role to make it happen. If successful, it will be only the second disease in history, after smallpox to be eradicated. A count in 1991 showed that 23,735 villages reported cases...
Kennesaw State’s Bryce Armstrong named freshman of year

Kennesaw State’s Bryce Armstrong named freshman of year

Kennesaw State’s Bryce Armstrong was named Tuesday the winner of the STATS Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman football player in FCS. Armstrong led the Owls, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs before losing, in solo tackles (85),  tackles (114), tackles for loss (12 1/2), forced fumbles (3) and fumbles recovered (4) and set a Big South record for sacks (11). He...
Kennesaw State football says it’ll be back

Kennesaw State football says it’ll be back

The things that carried Kennesaw State through its successful third season went missing in just enough key moments for the Owls to fall to Sam Houston State 34-27 in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs on Saturday in Huntsville, Texas. A team that tackled well and avoided costly penalties in winning the Big South Conference and its first two playoff games, the Owls weren’t as strong in both...
Kennesaw State stays alive in FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State stays alive in FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State’s championship plan is coming together nicely. Behind a smart game from quarterback Chandler Burks and an amazing effort on defense by Bryson Armstrong, the Owls upset No. 3-seed Jacksonville State 17-7 on Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs, accelerating coach Brian Bohannon’s goal of building an annual championship contender. The Gamecocks, a lower-level power...
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