College Football 2013: Georgia State Panthers prepping for transition to FBS

Georgia State preparing for transition to FBS

1/16/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The Georgia State football administration had a clear vision of where it wanted to be when the program was first established in 2009.Blog Photo - College Football 2013: Georgia State Panthers prepping for transition to FBS

Now that it has former Indiana State coach Trent Miles under wraps, it is one step closer to making that vision a reality.

“This is a gold mine,” said Miles, who also served as an assistant for the Green Bay Packers, Stanford, and Notre Dame, among other schools. “Football matters down here.”

With Georgia State’s current transition to the FBS level – which is set for this fall – it is sitting pretty next to the Georgia and Georgia Tech as the only three Division-I programs in the state.

That makes the recruiting process a little easier on Miles, who has found immediate success with guys “in our own backyard.”

“I’ve had great reception from Georgia high school coaches,” Miles said. “We’re trying to find some more players to overturn some stones, and we’re looking for some young men that can play at this level.

“We’ve located those diamonds in the rough and some guys that are real prospects at the (Division-I) level.”

With National Signing Day set for February 6, the Panther coaching staff is still on the hunt to fill some holes on the roster.

Doing so is crucial for a program that is coming off a one-win season at the FCS level.

“(By National Signing Day), I hope to accomplish getting the best character young men that love the game of football that will make our program better,” Miles said. “I want the best players available and the best fit so that we can compete for the Sun Belt. And believe me, they’re out there.”

Georgia State is set to take on a full FBS schedule in 2013, including some pretty rough matchups on the road against West Virginia and Alabama.

Not to mention Sun Belt opponents, which proved to be some of the best mid-majors in the country in 2012: there were five bowl-eligible teams by regular season’s end.

“You’re gonna take your lumps, but at the same time, you’re gonna build something special and build into a competitive program,” said Miles. “We’ve only had three years of football – we’re gonna be fighters and we’re going to continue to grow. ...it’s not going to just magically appear, we have to work for it. It’s going to be an ongoing process.”Blog Photo - College Football 2013: Georgia State Panthers prepping for transition to FBS

The Panthers don’t expect to be atop the conference standings by season’s end. They don’t expect to be ranked inside the Top 25, and they don’t expect to win a national championship.

Not until they’ve cleared their plate, at least.

“Right now, we need to have a great day this afternoon at class,” said Miles. “And to have a great dinner; and a great workout tomorrow morning – I’m worried about one day at a time.

“I can’t put a timeline on it and I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but we want to compete for Sun Belt championships, bowl games and to win (every game),” he added. “The first step is to teach them how to compete, then how to win, then how to compete for championships, then to win championships. …you just have to worry about the phase you’re in.”


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