September 11, 2017

Dear Panther Family,

I write this monthly update as I wait impatiently for Hurricane Irma to make her path through and, most importantly, out of metro Atlanta.  It’s moments like these that remind us to step back and value what is important to each of us – our health, our families, and our future.  Also, as someone who is intrigued by current events, it’s a sobering day to remember the 16th anniversary of 9/11 and honor those who lost their lives in 2001 and since protecting the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

As most know, last week, our men’s soccer team defeated No.2-ranked Wake Forest 2-1.  Certainly, this is one of, if not the top, team victory in the history of our athletics program.  And while a one-time victory is no small accomplishment, its greater impact brings deserved attention to Coach Brett Surrency and his program – one that is a consistent point of pride for us athletically, academically and socially.

We greatly appreciate the energy inside and outside Georgia State Stadium for the home opener.  Operationally, we greatly appreciate the feedback received related to parking, concessions and merchandising.  We have already adjusted some egress issues with parking and added more point-of-sale concessions locations.  We are committed to providing a first-rate game day experience.  And while the on-field result was not what we planned, I know the commitment and energy Coach Elliott, staff, and players have to build the competitive program we envision.  Coaches spent the off-week correcting fundamentals and recruiting throughout South Carolina, Georgia and Florida – building the base for future success.  Once the second phase of the stadium project is completed in 2018, we will have one of the best college football facilities, which gives us the final piece necessary to position Georgia State football for long-term success.

Most of our fall sports teams have completed their non-conference schedules, so their focus over the next few months is Sun Belt Conference competition.  Our out-of-season teams are focusing on their off-season workouts, so it is a very busy time on campus.  It’s exciting to witness the work of our coaches and student-athletes daily.

Our next home football game is Saturday, September 30 against Memphis, which is one of several aspirational universities for us.  The game is also designated as Parents and Families Weekend at GSU.  We hope many GSU students will bring family members with them to the football game.  Much like Homecoming, this is another campus engagement opportunity that can grow through events tied to home athletics games.

Finally, I want to thank many of you who joined the Panther Athletic Club last month.  August was one of the best months for new members in our history.  We are now over 1,000 members and climbing.  Also, within the next several weeks, look for some exciting new facility fundraising initiatives to be announced.  We have some big plans for our programs and appreciate your support.  I never take a day for granted being able to work for our coaches and student-athletes and thank you for the opportunity.

Let’s Go Panthers!

Charlie Cobb

Director of Athletics

P.S. Be sure to renew your Men's Basketball season tickets by September 15th.