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<p>I always confuse which team goes on which side of the "vs" part. </p>
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<p>Anyway, Georgia State University had it's first football game ever tonight in the Georgia Dome before more than 30,000 fans.  GSU was only hoping for 20,000 so they did very well.  The game was a lot of fun, watching the enthusiasm of the students and interaction of the fans.  There were TD's rushing and passing, field goals, touchdowns called back for penalties and the crowd pretty much rocked.  And of course, to go along with the new football team, GSU has a brand new 150 member marching band.  Shorter College also brought their band to the Dome tonight. </p>
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<p>Now, when GSU first started talking about having a football team a little over 20 years ago when I was a student I was strongly opposed as GSU was at that time primarily a commuter college.  I even complained to the Board of Regents at the time about the foolishness of raising our Student Activity fees for an eventual football team.  But it now has 31,000 plus students, dorms, and Greek fraternity houses among other collegiate activities,   So, despite being a downtown university, I guess GSU has improved in many ways since I graduated from there.  Can't deny I was very proud of them tonight even if Shorter College is not a top 20 Division 1 school.</p>
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<p>I don't think the original intent was to take 20 plus years to establish the football program, but they have done a very good job.  I won't be giving up my Georgia Tech tickets to watch GSU but I will end up at a few more games to see how they do.  And I will probably actually begin contributing the GSU Foundation as I do to the Georgia Tech Athletic Association.</p>
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<p>I dread the final game of the season, a Thursday game against Alabama.  I'm hoping Saban has mercy and doesn't run up the score too badly. </p>
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<p>Now to get to bed so I can get up at 4:30 for work tomorrow morning.</p>
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<p>Final Score:</p>
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<p>GSU:    41</p>
<p>Shorter:  7</p>
 

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<p>I'm really looking forward to the Sept 18 game vs Jacksonville State (Alabama).  That will probably tell me more where the football team really is at.  To be honest, I had no idea that Shorter College had a football team until they became the home opener for GSU.  For those who wonder where exactly Shorter College is, they are in Rome, Georgia and called the Hawks.</p>
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<p>As for ending the season with Alabama, that is a broad spectrum, but in the first season GSU had to agree to take whomever could fit them on their schedule.  Originally Alabama was going to play GSU on the Saturday before Auburn the next week but then decided they wanted to move the game to a Thursday to give themselves a couple of extra days to rest and prepare for Auburn.   As Alabama is paying monetarily for this year's season for GSU, GSU willingly obliged. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" style="width:24px;height:24px;" title="">   Next season GSU goes into an actual conference.  This season they are just kind of feeling their way around.  Bill Curry, former coach at Georgia Tech and Alabama is the head coach at GSU.</p>
 

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<p>I graduated from Geogia State in 1998.  At the time, the big thing was hiring Lefty Drizzell & starting the basketball program.  Even when I was there in the late 90's the school was still mostly "non-traditional" with the bulk of the students attending class at night.  The Olympic Village had just been converted to GSU dorms following the '96 Games but they were several miles off "campus" - adjacent to Geogia Tech.  I thought it felt ridiculous to be making these attempts to make the school more traditional.  I also worked part-time in one of the university's administrative offices.  I remember among the faculty & staff there was a huge drive to bring that more traditional feel to the "campus" - they strived to be "the NYU of the South" - marking NYU as the epitome of a traditional university environment in an urban setting.  I'm not sure they've attained that lofty status, but it's nice to read about the growing athletic program, the growth in greek life & other changes.</p>
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<p>So, for now, <em><strong>the</strong></em> <em><strong>Panthers remain undefeated!!!!</strong></em></p>
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<p>Go, Panters!</p>
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<p>I graduated from GSU in 2004.  I remember the "hype" about the basketball team and lived in the dorms/olympic village. I only lived "on campus" for my freshman year; going home to marietta and my car meant I was only sleeping at school 3-4 nights a week. </p>
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<p>The first time there was serious talk about starting the football program was in 2004 or 05...I honestly never thought I would see it happen!</p>
 

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<p>The football team was a long time coming.  The GSU President that originally wanted GSU to have a football team (1992, I think)  ended up going to the University of South Carolina as their President in a sudden switcharoo.   The student body council was more or lessed forced to go along with his proposal which was why I complained to the Board of Regents at the time.  The football talk did die down but I don't think they ever deleted the fee that was instituted to fund the football team, although they might have eventually called it an athletic fee instead.</p>
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<p>His actions did cause me not to give GSU contributions after I graduated, although it's pretty ironic now that I've seen the football team and it looks like a viable program, even if not on the level of GT or UGA, I'll probably send the GSU Foundation part of my contribution that normally goes to Georgia Tech (which I've never attended).</p>
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<p>I'm relatively surprised the football team got from the drawing board to reality.</p>
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<p>Imagine if GSU and Alabama meet up and both are undefeated...prime time Thursday night!!...Hoosiers on the Gridiron :)</p>
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<p>If they play interesting football and make it a party at the Dome they could conceivably outdraw Tech because there aren't that many seats at Grant Field are there..</p>
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<p>I'm going waaaay out on a limb and guessing GSU tickets are slightly less expensive than Tech tickets.</p>
 

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<p>GSU tickets average $14.00 - 22.00 vs GT's $45.00.  Tech fans were poo-pahing GSU's 30,000 plus but as one fan told them, the pot can't call the kettle black.  There is some nervousness on the part of Georgia Tech fans that since they have a difficult time attracting side walk fans anyway, that concievably if GSU becomes an interesting ticket they could lose a few of the sidewalk fans they do get (especially those of us who are GSU alum).</p>
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<p>Next Saturday I have a choice between seeing GSU vs Lambuth or watching Georgia Tech at Kansas on TV.  I'll be down at the Georgia Dome watching GSU even though I've never even heard of Lambuth.  I wonder if that's a high school? <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""><img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;" title=""></p>
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<p>Nevertheless, GO PANTHERS!  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif" style="width:225px;height:33px;" title=""></p>
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<p>Guess I will have to get some GSU polo shirts to go along with my Tech polo shirts.</p>
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<p>And of course, we won't talk about what happens if GSU upsets Alabama. <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/headbang.gif" style="width:26px;height:28px;" title=""></p>
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<p>ETA:  I just looked up Lambuth University.  They are a Methodist affiliate school located in Jackson, TN.   Shorter College, GSU's opponent last week is a Southern Baptist affiliated university.  I guess Panthers are pretty close to the Lions who used to munch on the Christians in the Rome (Italy).</p>
 
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