Trent Miles

Georgia State tabs Bill Curry’s replacement


Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Bill Curry announced that he would be both stepping down as Georgia State’s head coach and retiring from coaching period at the end of the football year.

Three months after that announcement, and ahead of the Panthers’ move to the FBS level, GSU has found themselves a successor.

The school announced Friday that Trent Miles has been hired as the football program’s new coach.  Miles comes to the Atlanta school after spending the past five seasons as head coach at Indiana State.

“I am extremely honored and excited to be the new head football coach at Georgia State University,” said Miles. “We are committed to building this program into one that competes for championships on the field and in the classroom. We will strive to represent our student body, alumni and the state of Georgia with character and integrity.”

After just one win total in his first two seasons with the Sycamores, Miles won 19 games his last three seasons at the FCS school.  Miles has also been an assistant at FBS programs such as Washington (2005-07), Notre Dame (2002-04) and Stanford (2001).

Now, he will be charged with leading Georgia State, which won just one game this past season, into the Sun Belt Conference in 2013.

“As Georgia State Football enters its next chapter with the move… we need a program-builder, and that’s exactly what we have in Trent Miles,” said GSU athletic director Cheryl Levick. “He is a dynamic leader, a tireless recruiter, and a talented coach who will take this program to the next level.

“Through Trent’s leadership and hard work, he turned the Indiana State football program into a winner, and he will do the same for Georgia State.”

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Dismissed by ‘Cuse, Ashton Broyld lands at West Georgia

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A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.

Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia.  Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.

There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves.  Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.

I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”

In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.

In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.