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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,...
Georgia Southern wins bowl game with field goal as time expires

Georgia Southern wins bowl game with field goal as time expires

Tyler Bass kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give Georgia Southern a 23-21 victory over Eastern Michigan in the Camellia Bowl on Saturday night in Montgomery, Ala. Shai Werts kept the winning drive alive with a 29-yard scramble on fourth-and-10. Bass came on for his third field goal after Wesley Fields' two runs pushed Georgia Southern (10-3) 7 yards closer.
Valdosta State football team wins Division II national championship

Valdosta State football team wins Division II national championship

Ninety-six points were scored in the NCAA Division II championship game Saturday. Two points that weren't scored made the difference. Rogan Wells tied the championship record with five touchdown passes and Valdosta State won its fourth national title with a 49-47 victory over Ferris State in McKinney, Texas.
Morehouse standouts play in All-Star games Saturday

Morehouse standouts play in All-Star games Saturday

Morehouse College standouts Ryan Edwards and Antonio Johnson will play in the FAF D1-FCS Senior Scout Bowl Saturday while Kamari Jones-Hunter will participate in the FAF D2 Senior Bowl.Edwards, a tight end, earned All-SIAC first-team honors. He led conference tight ends with 17 catches, 202 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Atlanta United 2 moves games from Gwinnett to Cobb in 2019

Atlanta United 2 moves games from Gwinnett to Cobb in 2019

Atlanta United 2 will play its home games in the 2019 USL season at Fifth Third Bank on the campus of Kennesaw State. Atlanta United announced the site on Friday. Atlanta United 2 played its home games during the 2018 season at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.
Weekend Predictions bowl bonanza: Picks for Georgia, Georgia Tech and all 37 other games

Weekend Predictions bowl bonanza: Picks for Georgia, Georgia Tech and all 37 other games

The Falcons will beat the Cardinals on Sunday, but won’t cover the 9 1/2-point spread. With that out of the way, Weekend Predictions can move on to more important matters.  It’s college football bowl season!  There are 40 FBS bowl games this season, including the College Football Playoff national championship game. Forget those lame people who say that’s too many.
College football bowl gifts, 2018-19 edition

College football bowl gifts, 2018-19 edition

Bowl games are measured by the swag they give out as much as the matchup. The NCAA allows bowl games to award up to $550 in gifts to 125 members of each participating school. (Additionally, schools and conferences can award participants up $400 for postseason play.) This year’s most gifted gifts, according to Sports Business Journal, are electronics.
Georgia State pushes for consistency ahead of conference stretch 

Georgia State pushes for consistency ahead of conference stretch 

A second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament is Georgia State basketball coach Ron Hunter’s goal this season. To get there, his team will need to find consistency.  “We played great against Georgia,” Hunter said. “We played great against Alabama, then we don’t play that well against Liberty. Or we don’t play that well at Montana.
Kennesaw State season again ends in quarterfinals

Kennesaw State season again ends in quarterfinals

There were moments during his postgame news conference Saturday when Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon struggled to keep his emotions in check, especially when referring to the program’s so-called “OG’s,” the guys who have been with him since the program began in 2014.
Bohannon pleads for support against South Dakota State

Bohannon pleads for support against South Dakota State

It’s no secret that attendance at Kennesaw State football games has declined since the program’s inception in 2015. Despite the low turnout at games, the Owls have won all but one game this season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs for the second year in a row, where they will face South Dakota State at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Georgia State scores dramatic upset of Alabama

Georgia State scores dramatic upset of Alabama

Malik Benlevi hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Georgia State to an 83-80 upset win over Alabama Tuesday. Georgia State overcame a 21-point halftime deficit, capped by the dramatic basket. Georgia State (6-3) trailed 55-33 with 18:57 to play before mounting the comeback that included holding Alabama (5-3) without a field goal for more than nine minutes.
Kennesaw State ekes out second-round victory

Kennesaw State ekes out second-round victory

Kennesaw State avoided the costly mistake on a rainy Saturday and remained alive in the NCAA FCS playoffs. The No. 2-ranked Owls wound up winning the second-half battle for field position and took advantage of a late mistake by No. 12 Wofford, which set up a late 30-yard field goal by Justin Thompson to give the Owls a 13-10 win in the second round of playoffs at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Kennesaw State’s triple option hopes to outlast Wofford’s

Kennesaw State’s triple option hopes to outlast Wofford’s

May the best triple-option team win. After a first-round bye, Kennesaw State will host Wofford in the second round of the FCS playoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. While the two offenses will look similar,  as both run the triple option, Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon was quick to point out the differences.
Elliott pushes Georgia State to find edge in offseason 

Elliott pushes Georgia State to find edge in offseason 

Georgia State coach Shawn Elliott plans to push his Panthers to find their edge this offseason.  An edge, being a quality or factor that gives superiority over close rivals or competitors, is something the Panthers lacked as the team finished 2-10 overall and 1-7 in Sun Belt play. 
5 things to know about Georgia State’s loss to Georgia Southern

5 things to know about Georgia State’s loss to Georgia Southern

Georgia State lost to Georgia Southern 35-14 on Saturday, marking the Panthers’ first loss to the Eagles since 2014.  Here are five things to know about the Panthers’ loss:  The Panthers’ defense was able to hold Georgia Southern in the first quarter, allowing no points in the first quarter for the first time all season.
Kennesaw State uses first-round bye to recover after 5-OT win

Kennesaw State uses first-round bye to recover after 5-OT win

After playing a full game and five overtime periods Saturday against Jacksonville State at SunTrust Park, Kennesaw State earned a much deserved bye week entering the FCS playoffs. Kennesaw State earned the No. 4 seed, a first-round bye and home-field advantage for the second round in this year’s playoff.
Georgia State beats UGA by 24, and it was no upset

Georgia State beats UGA by 24, and it was no upset

It’s not as if Georgia State had never beaten Georgia before. It did in back-to-back seasons, first in Athens on Nov. 17, 2000, then again in the Georgia Dome a year later. Neither of those victories were buzzer-beaters: Lefty Driesell’s Panthers won the first by 12 points, the second by five.
Georgia State, Georgia Southern rivalry began with a sign 

Georgia State, Georgia Southern rivalry began with a sign 

Georgia State players believe the Georgia State-Georgia Southern rivalry began with a postgame sign in 2014.  Although Georgia Southern is only about 200 miles away, the Panthers and the Eagles have met only four times. Georgia State leads the series 3-1, dating to the first meeting in 2014.
Georgia State punter named Ray Guy Award semifinalist

Georgia State punter named Ray Guy Award semifinalist

Georgia State punter Brandon Wright was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, presented to college football’s most outstanding punter.  Wright is the first Georgia State player to be a semifinalist for any major college football award. The punter ranks third in the nation in gross and net punting, averaging 48.6 yards a punt and a net of 43.12 yards.
Owls remember challenge of Jacksonville State defense entering SunTrust Park game

Owls remember challenge of Jacksonville State defense entering SunTrust Park game

Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon thinks Jacksonville State is without a doubt the best team the Owls have faced in program history.  In last season’s game in Jacksonville, Ala., the Owls — who averaged 30 points last season — were limited to 17 points by the constricting Gamecocks defense in a narrow KSU victory.
Georgia State men’s soccer wins Sun Belt, advances to NCAA Tournament 

Georgia State men’s soccer wins Sun Belt, advances to NCAA Tournament 

Georgia State men’s soccer team won its first-ever Sun Belt regular season and conference tournament title on Sunday and advanced to the 2018 Division I Men’s College Cup.  The Panthers’ first-round NCAA Tournament match is tonight at Charlotte. Georgia State claimed the title after defeating Georgia Southern 4-2 in the deciding match.
Georgia State punter becoming game-changer for Panthers 

Georgia State punter becoming game-changer for Panthers 

Georgia State punter and placekicker Brandon Wright is becoming a game-changer for the Panthers on special teams.  Wright ranks third in the nation in average yards per punt with 48.6 yards, helping Georgia State sit third nationally in net punting, entering Saturday’s game at Appalachian State (2:30 p.m.; ESPN-plus, online only).
Owls’ defense playing with confidence after shutout

Owls’ defense playing with confidence after shutout

Kennesaw State’s defense was questioned for its inexperience as the season began in August. Three months later, the unit proved that despite losing several key starters, it’s still capable of competing for back-to-back Big South championships. In the Owls’ 49-point shutout against Campbell on Saturday, Kennesaw State limited Campbell to a season-low of 129 yards.
Family says Braves, MLB knew guardrails were unsafe before fan’s fatal fall

Family says Braves, MLB knew guardrails were unsafe before fan’s fatal fall

When New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez strode to the plate, Greg Murrey rose to do what thousands of other fans were doing at Turner Field: lustily boo the controversial superstar. But Murrey never had the chance. From his second-row seat in the upper deck, the 60-year-old grandfather lost his balance, toppling forward through the front-row seats.
Georgia State offensive lineman finds motivation after loss 

Georgia State offensive lineman finds motivation after loss 

Georgia State left tackle Hunter Atkinson found motivation on the field after a loss off the field.  The 6-foot-5, 295-pound tackle saw his grandmother, JoAnn Jones, in the stands at every football game he played in during his career at West Hall High School. However, when he started his career with Georgia State in 2015, it was different.
State of our hoops: At least Georgia State looks good

State of our hoops: At least Georgia State looks good

The college basketball season begins this week in earnest, not that we around here would much notice. Georgia State, which made the NCAA tournament in 2015 and 2018, was the unanimous choice of the Sun Belt head coaches to repeat as conference champs, which means, among other things, that Ron Hunter voted for his team.
Redesigned Bobby Jones Golf Course opens in Atlanta

Redesigned Bobby Jones Golf Course opens in Atlanta

It’s time to tee it up again at the famed Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta. On Monday, the redesigned course opened to the public following a two-year effort by the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation.
Five things to know about Georgia State’s loss to Texas State

Five things to know about Georgia State’s loss to Texas State

Georgia State lost to Texas State 40-31 on Saturday,giving the Panthers their fourth consecutive loss.  Here are five things to know about the game: Georgia State collected 153 yards on the ground in the first half. Quarterback Dan Ellington led the team with 84 yards in 11 carries.
Southern Cal, Auburn win East Lake Cup titles

Southern Cal, Auburn win East Lake Cup titles

The University of Southern California women and Auburn University men claimed the 2018 East Lake Cup on Wednesday to conclude the three-day event. Second-seeded USC defeated top-seeded Stanford, 3-2, in the championship match for the women. Fourth-seeded Auburn took down third-seeded Alabama, 4-1, in the championship for the men.
Campbell’s Daniel Smith poses challenge to Kennesaw State

Campbell’s Daniel Smith poses challenge to Kennesaw State

If healthy enough to play in Saturday’s matchup at Kennesaw State, Campbell quarterback Daniel Smith’s arm and mobility could pose a unique challenge to the Owls’ young defense. While on a two-game losing streak, Campbell (5-3, 0-2 Atlantic Sun Conference) has outscored opponents 232-175, averaging 29 points through eight games.
Georgia State begins must-win four-game stretch against Texas State

Georgia State begins must-win four-game stretch against Texas State

Georgia State enters November –– and the last four games of the season –– with a must-win mentality as the Panthers need four wins to become bowl-eligible.   A tough non-conference start to the season left the Panthers with just one win before starting an eight-game Sun Belt conference stretch.
5 things to know about Georgia State’s loss to Coastal Carolina

5 things to know about Georgia State’s loss to Coastal Carolina

Georgia State fell short in its third consecutive Sun Belt contest Saturday, losing 37-34 to Coastal Carolina.  Here are five things to know about the game:  Although their handoffs appeared cleaner, the Panthers struggled to move the ball on the ground in the first half. Georgia State had just 49 rushing yards in 16 attempts compared with Coastal Carolina’s 147 yards.
Georgia State improving handoffs after costly miscues 

Georgia State improving handoffs after costly miscues 

Georgia State looks to improve its running game and quarterback-running back exchanges ahead of its conference matchup against Coastal Carolina on Saturday.  In its past two games, Georgia State averaged only 119.5 rushing yards compared with its opponents’ 306.5 average. Quarterback Dan Ellington leads the Panthers in rushing yards, with 322 through seven games.
Michael Vick will make Atlanta Legends coaching debut against Orlando

Michael Vick will make Atlanta Legends coaching debut against Orlando

Michael Vick will make his coaching debut as the Atlanta Legends’ offensive coordinator Feb. 9, 2019, in Orlando. The Alliance of American Football team will begin its 10-week regular season against College Football Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier, the league announced Tuesday.
Georgia State’s Javonte Lain uses art, football for self-expression

Georgia State’s Javonte Lain uses art, football for self-expression

A football playbook consists of X’s and O’s, but to Georgia State defensive end Javonte Lain, the playbook is a lens for art.  Lain –– a studio-art major –– creates pieces through sculpting, drawing, painting, and building. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end discovered his interest in art from his older sister, Akeila, in the third grade.
Kennesaw State haunted by close games against Gardner-Webb

Kennesaw State haunted by close games against Gardner-Webb

Kennesaw State is hoping Saturday’s matchup with Gardner-Webb won’t resemble the game the teams played last year — or the year before that. The Running Bulldogs (1-5) are on a four-game skid after winning their season opener, but the Owls know from experience that Gardner-Webb’s record is not an indication of how the game will unfold.
Billy Payne is selected for golf Hall of Fame

Billy Payne is selected for golf Hall of Fame

Retired Augusta National chairman Billy Payne is among five people selected for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.  A 16-member panel of mostly golf administrators also selected two-time U.S.
Five things to know about Kennesaw State’s win over Presbyterian

Five things to know about Kennesaw State’s win over Presbyterian

Kennesaw State began Atlantic Sun Conference play Saturday with a 56-0 shutout victory against Presbyterian College. Here are five things to know about the game: Kennesaw State quarterback Chandler Burks finished with 135 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries for the second time in his career.
Georgia State suffers first loss in Sun Belt play

Georgia State suffers first loss in Sun Belt play

On the road for a Thursday night Sun Belt Conference TV game, Georgia State’s offense sputtered in a 37-20 loss at Troy.  Until two late touchdowns, Georgia State struggled to move the ball, finishing four of its 11 drives with a punt and two with a turnover.
Georgia State freshmen lead record-breaking rushing offense

Georgia State freshmen lead record-breaking rushing offense

Georgia State’s running game continues to improve as the team gets deeper into its schedule, breaking program records in the process.   The Panthers broke the previous program record of most rushing yards in a game Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe, rushing for 308 yards. The previous record was 301 rushing yards in 2011 against Campbell.
Five things to know about Kennesaw State’s win over Samford

Five things to know about Kennesaw State’s win over Samford

While Saturday’s game against Samford wasn’t as high-scoring as Kennesaw State’s past three contests, the Owls continued to dominate on offense in their 24-10 win at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
5 things to know about Georgia State’s win

5 things to know about Georgia State’s win

Georgia State (2-3, 1-0) started its Sun Belt Conference play with a 46-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.  Here are five things to know about the Panthers win: Georgia State opened the game with two touchdowns. On his first drive, quarterback Dan Ellington led the Panthers’ offense on a 75-yard drive.
Kennesaw State RB Shaq Terry rediscovers confidence 

Kennesaw State RB Shaq Terry rediscovers confidence 

As soon as Shaquil Terry heard the play-call in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Clark Atlanta, he felt something switch on inside him. He practiced the same play all week and knew his teammates could hit their blocks hard enough for him to gain a few yards, but he never thought the play would break open for a 50-yard touchdown.

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Mike Crusham, 152-yard 8th hole at Plum Creek; witnesses: Ed Woosley, Tom Campbell Chris Luikart, 9-iron, 152-yard 8th hole at Plum Creek; witness: Gene Patteson Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must be submitted by the appropriate golf course or organization.
North Carolina A&T repeats as Celebration Bowl champs

North Carolina A&T repeats as Celebration Bowl champs

North Carolina A&T continued its Celebration Bowl dominance by defeating Alcorn State 24-22 on Saturday in a rematch of the inaugural game in 2015.   The Aggies improved to 10-2 overall and won their third HBCU national title in the past four seasons. The also retained their Celebration Bowl title after defeating Grambling State last season.
Celebration Bowl: How to watch, what to know about Saturday’s game

Celebration Bowl: How to watch, what to know about Saturday’s game

If the trend continues, the Celebration Bowl may soon need a new name -- the “N.C. A&T Bowl.”  The fourth Celebration Bowl kicks off at noon Saturday (TV: ABC, on WSB Channel 2 Action News) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and North Carolina A&T will make its third appearance in the game. The Aggies won the game in 2015 and last year.
Emory wins Division III volleyball national title

Emory wins Division III volleyball national title

Emory won its second-ever volleyball national title on Saturday. Emory defeated No. 1-ranked Calvin College for the NCAA Division III championship. Emory won 3-0, taking the sets 25-22, 25-16, 25-12. Senior Karissa Dzurik led Emory with 13 kills and sophomore Leah Saunders and freshman Tara Martin each contributed eight kills.
Kennesaw State return man Isaac Foster sees benefit of redshirt season

Kennesaw State return man Isaac Foster sees benefit of redshirt season

Redshirt freshman Isaac Foster looked like a lightning bolt as he returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown Saturday in his yellow-and-black Kennesaw State uniform during the Owls’ home opener against Alabama State. After the game, Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon was still grinning thinking about Foster’s speed.
Kennesaw State announces kickoff time for SunTrust Park game 

Kennesaw State announces kickoff time for SunTrust Park game 

Kennesaw State’s matchup with Jacksonville State at SunTrust Park will kick off at 3 p.m. Nov. 17, KSU announced Wednesday.  Tickets for the final game of the Owls’ regular season are on sale through Ticketmaster and start at $20. Premium seating is available starting at $95.   The Owls (2-1) host Clark Atlanta on Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Kennesaw State tops Tennessee Tech for first win

Kennesaw State tops Tennessee Tech for first win

Kennesaw State secured its first win of the season Thursday night, beating Tennessee Tech 49-10 in Cookeville, Tenn. Although quarterback Chandler Burks finished the game with 91 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, Kennesaw State running back Darnell Holland was responsible for the play of the game.
Kennesaw State maintains Top 10 ranking despite season-opening loss

Kennesaw State maintains Top 10 ranking despite season-opening loss

Following an opening week loss to Georgia State, the Kennesaw State Owls remain in the top 10 of both FCS national polls released Monday.  The Owls check in at No. 7 in the STATS FCS Top 25 and land at No. 8 in the AFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll after dropping a 24-20 heartbreaker at Georgia State — their first FBS opponent in program history.
Prairie View upends North Carolina Central in MEAC/SWAC Challenge

Prairie View upends North Carolina Central in MEAC/SWAC Challenge

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge returned for its 13th season in a new location and with new foes vying for bragging rights.   After years playing in different cities, the annual game moved to Georgia State Stadium as the North Carolina Central Eagles squared off against the Prairie View A&M Panthers.
Georgia State names Dan Ellington starting quarterback for season opener

Georgia State names Dan Ellington starting quarterback for season opener

Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott announced Tuesday that junior college transfer Dan Ellington will be the starting quarterback for the season opener.  “He’s going to take the field the first snap, so we’ll see how he does,” Elliott said. “He’s had a good camp.
Kennesaw State extends Brian Bohannon through 2023

Kennesaw State extends Brian Bohannon through 2023

Kennesaw State University announced Monday that football coach Brian Bohannon’s contract has been extended through the 2023 season.  In this third season as coach, Bohannon led the Owls to a 12-2 record, a Big South championship and the FCS quarterfinals last year.
Georgia State’s Elliott hopes to gain clarity, leadership on offense

Georgia State’s Elliott hopes to gain clarity, leadership on offense

Georgia State coach Shawn Elliott had a record-setting first season with the Panthers, leading the team to its first bowl win in program history and a 7-5 record.  Elliott’s successful season –– concluding with a Cure Bowl victory over Western Kentucky –– sets the bar high for his second season with the Panthers.
Why a small change in law could create danger for students

Why a small change in law could create danger for students

A dozen words have stirred panic among the people responsible for keeping Georgia children safe when they’re going to and from school.  A phrase that state lawmakers inserted into a 15-page traffic measure in the waning days of this year’s legislative session will muddy the law about stopping for school buses while they’re loading and unloading, school officials warn.
Georgia college, town reflect Hispanic growth and prosperity

Georgia college, town reflect Hispanic growth and prosperity

Dalton State College student Bryan Lopez is part of a school team that will, as part of its many duties, recruit students across the state line in Tennessee this fall. Lopez, 22, an aspiring dentist who came with his family from Guatemala when he was 12, will stress to his target audience — Hispanics — that this college is the place for them.
Ex-Brinks employee convicted of conspiring to rob armored trucks

Ex-Brinks employee convicted of conspiring to rob armored trucks

Federal prosecutors say a former Brinks employee used his knowledge of armored truck routes and drivers to orchestrate two Savannah-area heists. Victor Natson, 27, worked for Brinks, Inc. for two years before he conspired with a convicted gang member and that man’s cousin to pull off the robberies in October 2016 and January 2017, according to the office of Bobby L. Christine, U.S.
Another Georgia school district joins the movement to arm teachers

Another Georgia school district joins the movement to arm teachers

The Fannin County Board of Education approved arming teachers Thursday, becoming the second system in the state to make that move. The county is on the Tennessee border. It’s 3,212 students and faculty of 179 are dispersed among three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.
George Lynch ready to lead Clark Atlanta as new basketball coach

George Lynch ready to lead Clark Atlanta as new basketball coach

Clark Atlanta had success with its last NBA-player-turned-coach. So much that it had to try again. The Panthers introduced George Lynch as their men’s basketball coach Monday. Lynch, a 12-year NBA veteran and North Carolina standout, was coaching with the Grand Rapids Drive, the Detroit Pistons’ G-League affiliate, last season.
Georgia students gain in reading scores, but still lag U.S.; Atlanta has race gap

Georgia students gain in reading scores, but still lag U.S.; Atlanta has race gap

Georgia students are getting better at reading in eighth grade, where fast-rising scores are approaching the national average, according to the latest results from the nation’s report card for schools. Both Georgia and the nation as a whole still have a long way to go before all students are scoring at a “proficient” level, though.
5 observations from Georgia State’s spring game

5 observations from Georgia State’s spring game

The Panthers held their first spring game at Georgia State Stadium on Saturday, with Blue defeating White 59-35. “It was a very entertaining game,” coach Shawn Elliott said. “A lot of good catches. Offense moved the ball quite well up and down the field. They played with great effort, came out of it healthy, clean.” Here are five observations from the game: 1.
Kennesaw State defense outduels offense in spring game

Kennesaw State defense outduels offense in spring game

Kennesaw State, coming off the best season in school history (12-2), held its spring game Friday night. The defense defeated the offense 35-34 in a brief three-quarter affair. Here are five observations from the scrimmage: 1. Dorian Miles is a mismatch nightmare Miles had only two catches in the first half, but he made the most of both – and should’ve had a few more.
Georgia State getting physical, searching for new leaders in spring practices

Georgia State getting physical, searching for new leaders in spring practices

A year in, the physicality that Shawn Elliott preaches is well-established. Elliott arrived at Georgia State with mild fanfare, taking over a relatively young program that had been to one bowl game and didn’t register on Georgia’s football-packed scale.  He immediately made strides to change that.
Georgia State has potential upset formula vs. Cincinnati

Georgia State has potential upset formula vs. Cincinnati

Georgia State rode the 3-ball to a conference championship and berth in the NCAA tournament. It’s banking on it again to pull a major upset against No. 2-seed Cincinnati on Friday in Nashville. The Panthers are heavy underdogs as a 15-seed, and they’re hoping to find the same magic that propelled them past third-seeded Baylor as a 14-seed in 2015.
Georgia State wins Sun Belt, earns NCAA tournament berth

Georgia State wins Sun Belt, earns NCAA tournament berth

The Panthers are going dancing for the fourth time in school history. Georgia State defeated Texas-Arlington 74-61 to claim the Sun Belt Conference tournament crown on Sunday in New Orleans. It’s the Panthers’ second conference championship under coach Ron Hunter and first since 2015. The Panthers (24-10)earned the South Region’s 15-seed in the NCAA tournament.
Georgia State considers itself favorite in Sun Belt tournament

Georgia State considers itself favorite in Sun Belt tournament

Georgia State is the No. 2 seed in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, but it boasts the No. 1 player in the conference. And that’s largely why it considers itself the conference’s best. D’Marcus Simonds ranks among the more prolific scorers in the country. He’s helped the Panthers to a 21-10 record while averaging 21.5 points per game.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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