As Georgia State prepares for the Cure Bowl — its first NCAA Football odds bowl berth in school history — head coach Trent Miles is inviting two special guests to the game: Bill and Carolyn Curry. Bill Curry was the first coach for the program, from 2010 to 2012. Miles followed Curry and went 1-23 in his first two seasons before leading the team to a 6-6 record this year and earning Sun Belt Conference coach of the year honors.
Analyzing Georgia State’s First Bowl Appearance vs San Jose State in the Cure Bowl
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There is clearly a lot of buzz at the school, which received an allotment of 5,000 tickets. Sports information director Mike Holmes told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Coming off the exciting win Saturday, we are pleased with the pace that the bowl game tickets are being secured. The Georgia State community is really rallying behind the football team.”
The Panthers are Bowl Bound And Everyone Wants In
Former Georgia State Panther R.J. Hunter, now with the NBA’s Boston Celtics, pledged to buy 50 tickets, as did Panther men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter. These 100 tickets went into a drawing for students who attended this past Saturday’s Georgia State-Old Dominion basketball game wearing a Georgia State shirt. Hunter told the Journal-Constitution, “My three years at Georgia State were incredible and our students and fans were a huge part of it. My dad and I have been looking for a way to give back to the students who really supported us and we figured this would be a great way. I loved going to football games during my time at GSU and am extremely excited for this bowl game.”
The Panthers grabbed their bowl bid in the last week of the season by rolling over Georgia Southern, 34-7, in the last game of the season. They finished the season on a four-game winning streak to secure the bid.
Who’s In The Panthers Way To Bowl Glory?
They’ll be playing the San Jose State Spartans, who finished the season 5-7 and looked to be out of the bowl rotation until there weren’t enough teams with 6-6 records to fill the 40 bowl games that will be played this year. The Spartans do boost the #2 passing defense in the nation, so they’ll give the Panthers a run for their money. However, the Panthers did throw for over 300 yards a game every week in the second half of the season. In the last three games of the season, Georgia State only threw one interception.
Look for the Panthers to enter this Saturday’s Cure Bowl riding high with enthusiasm, with the school’s original coach on hand and a stadium in Orlando that has Panther fans in the stands.