ATHENS – So, you thought Georgia Southern had a chance for the upset. Realistically, the Eagles weren't supposed to have a prayer against the No. 1 Bulldogs and in reality, when the two teams took the field, they didn't.
ATHENS - Georgia Southern had its chances Saturday, but by the time the Eagles began to capitalize on them, it was too late to make a difference.
Georgia Southern isn't the only team in the Southern Conference opening the season Saturday against a top-tier team. Two other teams from the SoCon will join GSU in the effort to upset the perennial powerhouses of the BCS this weekend. Chattanooga travels to Oklahoma on Saturday while Appalachian State will take on LSU in Baton Rouge, La.
Things didn't quite come out the way the Georgia Southern defense had planned last year. In spite of a commendable 7-4 finish - especially considering the Eagles won just three games the year before - the defense still refers to the 2007 season as a "disappointment."
The Eagles yielded 404.6 yards per game last year, third worst in the Southern Conference. Since then, second-year coach Chris Hatcher has implemented a new defense that he hopes will show marked improvement from last season.
Rain showers did not damper the fans' enthusiasm for the upcoming 2008 Georgia Southern football season. Saturday morning at Paulson Stadium 174 children signed up to participate in the second annual Little Eagles Camp.
In the wake of Georgia's barrage of suspenion announcements that came throughought the course of the offseason, Georgia Southern - which opens its season against the Bulldogs on Aug. 30 - countered by announcing several suspensions from their football team to begin the season as well.
The aftermath of the announcement that several members of Georgia Southern's football team will be suspended for the season opener has ignited a number of questions. But to coach Chris Hatcher, finding a worthy replacement for senior wide receiver Raja Andrews isn't chief among his concerns.
Andrews is one of eight Eagles' that will not play against Georgia in Athens on Aug. 30.
Georgia Southern head football coach Chris Hatcher announced that five student-athletes are being suspended for the season-opener at Georgia and three student-athletes will miss the first two games of the 2008 season due to a violation of institutional rules.
By CHAD BISHOP
No doubt it's been a rough road for the Chattanooga Mocs, who've only had one winning season in the last decade - a 6-5 mark in 2005. You have to go back even further to find the last time the Mocs had a winning record in Southern Conference play, a 4-3 finish in 1991. In total, the program's won just five games over the past two seasons. But luckily for Rodney Allison, the Mocs' coach since 2003, his new boss is understanding. UTC athletic director Rick Hart came to Chattanooga in 2006, and after two losing seasons he ...
There are dozens of new faces - incoming freshmen and transfers alike - giving a new look to the Georgia Southern Eagles in 2008, but that's not the only difference fans will see when the team kicks off a new season on August 30.
Defense set the tone during the final segment of Georgia Southern's fifth practice of fall camp. Tuesday morning's session, the first practice in full pads, lasted for two and a half hours at the practice field complex.
Video Report - Georgia Southern's first full practice.