June 2018

Dear Panther Family,

We start the summer months with some great news from our student-athletes.  If you are not aware, graduation weekend was a cause for extra celebration for several of our student-athletes.  First, women’s soccer player Kylie Ruffule was recognized with the Kell Award for having the highest GPA of any Georgia State graduate.  Beach Volleyball student-athlete Sarah Agnew was awarded Hamilton Trotter Award, the highest student leadership award presented at Georgia State.  Thus, the two highest graduation awards were earned by student-athletes, which are amazing accomplishments by both great student-athletes. 

Secondly, we also recognize Court Volleyball player Crystal Lee as a recipient of the Wilma Rudolph Award for inspiration from the NCAA.  We are very proud of her courage and grateful that she is a member of the Panther Family.

Third, I also want to recognize football player Julien Laurent for his selection by the BC Lions in the first round of the Canadian Football League draft back in May.  Julien was an unsung, but talented player for us during his career and he will do great things back home in Canada.  His quiet leadership and strong work ethic will be an example in a pro locker room like it was here.

Two weeks ago, we concluded Sun Belt Conference meetings and the conference office announced our expanded partnership with ESPN for broadcasts.  We are excited for the increased exposure as well as the learning lab created for Georgia State students interested in television production that this partnership creates.  If you have questions about the new ESPN+ app, please visit our website for the latest information released by the Sun Belt Conference last week.  And, if you happened to miss yesterday’s announcement, the Sun Belt Conference will introduce a new scheduling model for our men’s basketball beginning in 2019-2020.  The unique features include season-ending four three-team pods, a revised conference tournament in an NBA facility, and, ultimately, the hope of better seeding for our conference champion in the NCAA Tournament.

Finally, I want to recognize Leigh Morrow and her leadership of development for athletics, especially the Panther Athletic Club.  By now, most of you reading this have heard from either Patrick Marsden, former Panther Jameel Spencer, or Leigh about joining or renewing your membership.  We are close to breaking records for all previous monies raised in one fiscal year.  I also want to recognize Brad Horton, our Associate AD for Academics.  Our academic staff works countless hours assisting our kids and his leadership is also greatly appreciated.  Evidence of their work is mentioned above.

Thanks to all and…

Go Panthers!

Charlie Cobb