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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,...
Morehouse beats Clark Atlanta 72-67 to win SIAC regular season title

Morehouse beats Clark Atlanta 72-67 to win SIAC regular season title

The cross-campus rematch didn’t disappoint.  For the second time this month, the No. 20 Clark Atlanta Panthers and No. 9 Morehouse Maroon Tigers squared off in another epic match in this historic rivalry. The Maroon Tigers entered the game with a chance to win the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference East Division title for the first time since 2013, while a Panthers win would result...
Woods looks a little better, but is that enough to challenge at the Masters?

Woods looks a little better, but is that enough to challenge at the Masters?

The Masters looms 42 days hence. The gentlemen of the PGA Tour played their first competitive round of the calendar year in the same time zone as Augusta on Thursday, so it must be about time to get serious. Tiger Woods – remember him, he was more popular in the early 2000s than even Freedom Fries or Pokemon cards – was among them at the Honda Classic. It’s news when he emerges from...
Hill, Driesell among Basketball Hall of Fame finalists

Hill, Driesell among Basketball Hall of Fame finalists

Grant Hill, the Vice Chair of the Board of the Atlanta Hawks, is a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Hill is a first-time finalist after a 19-year NBA career and two national championships at Duke. He is one of 12 finalists who will be considered for the Class of 2018, including eight players, three coaches and one referee. The list of finalists from the North American Screening...
Will Georgia (the state) get blanked in NCAA field again? Maybe not.

Will Georgia (the state) get blanked in NCAA field again? Maybe not.

It’s that time of the college basketball season again when people in the state of Georgia turn their attention to ... anything else. How unfortunate. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament remains one of the greatest events in sports, college or pro, but this has the potential to be the third straight year -- and fifth in the last seven -- that the 68 team will be devoid a team from Georgia...
QB Amir Hall named Black College Player of the Year

QB Amir Hall named Black College Player of the Year

Bowie State junior quarterback Amir Hall was selected as the Black College Football Player of the Year Saturday night in Atlanta. Hall was presented with the Deacon Jones Trophy, named in honor of the football legend and inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame inductee, during the 2018 Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The award recognizes the most outstanding football...
5 observations from Georgia State’s upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe

5 observations from Georgia State’s upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe

A late rally wasn’t enough. The streaking Panthers were upset at home Saturday afternoon by a struggling conference opponent. Hosting Louisiana-Monroe, the third-from-last place team in the Sun Belt Conference, Georgia State played a lackadaisical first 30 minutes. It came back from 14 down to force overtime, but fell short 90-82. Here are five observations from the Panthers’ first loss...
Kennesaw State finishes recruiting cycle with 18 players

Kennesaw State finishes recruiting cycle with 18 players

Coming off a 12-2 season that tied them for the most wins in Big South history, the Kennesaw State Owls welcomed 16 recruits and two transfers to their roster during the 2017-18 cycle. “We got a bunch of great young men,” coach Brian Bohannon said. “Our coaches did an outstanding job. They’re the ones who are out on the road, meeting with families and talking to coaches and...
Who makes up Georgia State’s 2018 recruiting class?

Who makes up Georgia State’s 2018 recruiting class?

Georgia State signed 26 players during the 2018 recruiting cycle. Here are the newest Panthers, including the December and February signees: • Destin Coates, RB, 5-10, 180, Tallahassee, Fla. (Rickards HS),  • Zachary Dixon, ILB, 6-0, 210, Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna) • Mario Dungy, NG/DE, 6-3, 285, Mobile, Ala. (Highlands (Kan.) C.C./Blount HS) • Travis Glover, OL,...
Georgia State completes 26-man 2018 class

Georgia State completes 26-man 2018 class

After a historic 2017 season, Georgia State hauled in 26 new players, with nine of them secured Wednesday. “Overall, it’s one of the best classes I think we could’ve brought in here,” coach Shawn Elliott said. “We’ve met all our needs. … We did a really good job of getting the necessary tools in place, the character in place to build this program where we...
Georgia State expands 2018 recruiting class

Georgia State expands 2018 recruiting class

Georgia State added several players to its 2018 recruiting class Wednesday. The Panthers are hoping to capitalize off the momentum that comes with winning their first bowl game in school history when they defeated Western Kentucky 27-17 in the Cure Bowl. Here’s a look at Wednesday’s signees: The Panthers signed 16 players in December: • Despelado Alexandre, 6-5, 265, OL, Deerfield...
Georgia State playing the most meaningful basketball around

Georgia State playing the most meaningful basketball around

It has been a big week for Georgia State basketball coach Ron Hunter – or Gramps, if you prefer. Last Thursday his daughter gave birth to his first grandchild. And while he has failed in his campaign to find some acceptable feminine variation of “Ron” to name his granddaughter, Hunter remains ever hopeful. “I don’t know if they signed a birth certificate yet, so I got...
Kennesaw State adds 12 recruits to 2018 football class

Kennesaw State adds 12 recruits to 2018 football class

Kennesaw State had its most successful season in school history in 2017. And now it appears to be paying off in signing recruits. Here’s a look at the players who signed with the Owls on Wednesday: KSU inked six commitments during the initial signing period.  • Will Haigler, 6-1, 185, WR, Florida High, Tallahassee, Fla.• Zion Katina, 6-3, 250, OL, Independence High, Franklin,...
Court hears arguments about open records in payday loans case

Court hears arguments about open records in payday loans case

A case heard by the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday could have profound implications for citizens seeking public records under the state’s sunshine laws. The dispute is about whether a watchdog group may obtain correspondence between a Kennesaw State University professor and a payday lending group that commissioned the university to conduct a study. The group, which calls itself the Consumer...
Woods takes significant step toward Masters return

Woods takes significant step toward Masters return

To begin the year, Tiger Woods opened at a 100-to-1 to win the Masters, a tournament he has been unable to play in three of the last four years. That’s plow-horse-in-the-Derby odds. Ah, but let him emerge from the prison of back troubles, let him play a few rounds without spending the next month in traction and the odds shrink as the unreasonable expectations soar. Now, you can only get, at...
Simonds helps Georgia State defeat Texas State

Simonds helps Georgia State defeat Texas State

Georgia State put on its work boots Saturday afternoon, when the Panthers’ 54-50 win over Texas State unfolded just about the way you would have predicted of a meeting between the Sun Belt Conference’s top two defensive teams. Scoring came at a cost, and D’Marcus Simonds did heavy lifting down the stretch to lead the Panthers to their seventh consecutive win, all Sun Belt games....
Tiger Woods tied for 84th in season debut

Tiger Woods tied for 84th in season debut

SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods finished his opening round at the Farmers Insurance Open at even-par 72 in his PGA Tour season debut Thursday. Woods is tied for 84th place.  "It was fun; fun to be able to compete again,'' Woods said. "It was to be out there. ... I was probably a little bit rusty.'' After showing plenty of frustration early in his round Thursday at Torrey Pines South...
LIVE: Follow Tiger Woods in his return to the PGA Tour

LIVE: Follow Tiger Woods in his return to the PGA Tour

Tiger Woods is more confident than ever that his return to the PGA Tour will be different this time. It’s not so much how he plays, but rather for how long. “I have no more pain in my back,” Woods said Wednesday. > Also:  2018 Masters Field so far The real test begins Thursday at a tournament he has won seven times, not including his U.S. Open title in 2008. This will be...
Georgia State’s Chandon Sullivan hopes to impress at the Senior Bowl 

Georgia State’s Chandon Sullivan hopes to impress at the Senior Bowl 

Former Georgia State cornerback Chandon Sullivan, who played at Winder-Barrow High, is the first Panthers player to be invited to the Senior Bowl.  The four-year starter also will participate in the NFL scouting combine, that begins next month. “I just have to show them that I’m a complete corner and that I can play coverage,” Sullivan said. “I can play zone coverage...
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...
Georgia State, Frady optimistic for 2018 season

Georgia State, Frady optimistic for 2018 season

In his 31st year as a coach, Greg Frady gets just as excited for each opening day as he did the first season. His Panthers are hosting Bradley at 5 p.m. Friday, a chance to start the season with a win for the fifth consecutive year. Georgia State is what many could consider the perfect blend of old and new. It returns 19 players (12 seniors) and welcomes eight freshmen. Senior shortstop Justin Jones...
Kennesaw State baseball preview

Kennesaw State baseball preview

2017 record: 25-32-0, 10-11 Atlantic Sun Season opener: vs. Connecticut, 4 p.m. Friday Here are three important issues heading into the season: How they got here: Despite a lackluster record, KSU’s season wasn’t as bad as it appears. The Owls finished third in the conference after a semifinals run in the ASUN postseason tournament. Coach Mike Sansing’s group is returning several...
Georgia State baseball preview

Georgia State baseball preview

2017 record: 22-33, 10-20 Season opener: vs. Bradley, 4 p.m. Friday Here are three important issues heading into the season: Who’s back: The Panthers are a veteran group; of 19 returning players, 12 are seniors. Shortstop Justin Jones will play his final season in blue and white. Jones is a career .288 hitter with 77 RBIs and 98 runs scored and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. Junior...
Who makes up Kennesaw State’s 2018 recruiting class?

Who makes up Kennesaw State’s 2018 recruiting class?

After a 12-2 season, Kennesaw State welcomed 18 new players via this year’s recruiting cycle. The Owls landed the following: • Jayden Barron, DL, 6-2, 270, Thomaston (Upson-Lee HS) • Je’Cory Burks, DB, 6-0, 165, Perry (Perry HS) • Andrew Butcher, DL, 6-3, 245, Alpharetta (University of Tennessee/Alpharetta HS) • Jeremiah Compton, DB, 6-1, 185, Waverly (Camden County...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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