It all started with an off-handed comment by Georgia Southern coach Chris Hatcher on National Signing Day, and it brought with it a mountain of hype - hype about incoming freshman Leander Barney.
With so many incoming freshmen and underclassmen on the Georgia Southern football team, one of the top priorities for the Eagles' coaching staff is finding players to fill the gaps left by last year's graduating class - most notably those at offensive line, running back, and, of course, quarterback.
Georgia Southern opened fall camp on Friday under intense heat at Beautiful Eagle Creek, splitting the season's first practice into two separate sessions. The Eagles got back to work on the same day the USA Today revealed GSU's season-opening opponent Georgia as its No. 1 ranked team by the nation's coaches.
Georgia Southern begins practice today under second-year head coach Chris Hatcher. There are plenty of questions surounding the 2008 Eagles. Here are five important inquiries to watch for before GSU opens the season at Georgia on Aug. 30.
Georgia Southern University head football coach Chris Hatcher and his staff have made final preparations for Wednesday when 90 players report to fall camp. Players are scheduled to report Wednesday afternoon with Friday as the first of 29 scheduled practices prior to the season opener on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the University of Georgia.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - This fall Chattanooga's football team will bring home nearly a million dollars, a lucrative payday for a season-opening trip to Oklahoma and a visit to Florida State two weekends later.
Up in Boone, N.C., Appalachian State will earn a whopping $550,000 - an enormous guarantee for a Football Championship Subdivision team - for its Aug. 30 visit to LSU. Georgia Southern will also cash-in on a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, making $260,000 for playing at Georgia on Aug. 30.
Maggie Johnson, Georgia Southern's new softball coach, spent the weekend in Tennessee searching for future Eagles. In the next few days she'll swing by campus to set up her office and begin getting situated. Within a week, she hopes to be in a moving truck headed for Statesboro.
Sporting notes compiled while wondering when Paul Johnson's Yellow Jackets will knock off Georgia:
Georgia Southern director of athletics Sam Baker has announced the hiring of Maggie Johnson as new head softball coach.
It's officially July, which means Georgia Southern football kicks off the 2008 season in less than two months.
Sporting notes compiled while counting the days until Antonio Henton's Georgia Southern debut:
Georgia Southern's football season opener at Georgia will be a 12:30 p.m. kickoff, the school announced Thursday. The Aug. 30 game will be televised on Pay Per View.
Stretching down his right forearm, the cursive, all capital letters read "born."
MACON - For Football Championship Subdivision schools like Georgia Southern, playing college football's big dogs certainly has its advantages.
Chris Hatcher took a deep breath, smiled and confirmed the mounting speculation: Antonio Henton is officially an Eagle.