Georgia State and Georgia Southern add trophy to rivalry

Tarris Batiste attempts to tackle a Georgia Southern player.  (AJC)

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What’s a rivalry without a trophy?

Georgia State and Georgia Southern are adding a yet-to-be-announced piece of hardware to their growing feud. The trophy will be awarded to the school that defeats the other in a points-based system that encompasses all sports, as well as community service and academics.

The athletics department with the most points at the end of the school year will receive the trophy at the following year’s football game.

More details will be announced closer to this year’s football game, which will be played Dec. 5 in Statesboro.

Here are the basics of the scoring system:

With the exception of this year’s football game, which will be worth two points, all head-to-head matchups will be worth one point. For sports that play series, such as baseball and softball, each will be worth one point. Sweeping volleyball series will be worth one point, or ½ point for each split. Volleyball will also be the first ½ point up for grabs when the schools meet in Statesboro on Oct. 7.

The university whose athletics department has the highest GPA for the combined fall and spring semesters will receive one point.

A community service project will be chosen by each school’s student-athlete advisory committee in which both will compete head to head. The winning school gets a point.

Here is a more in-depth breakdown of the points, directly from a press release from Georgia State:

Point Accumulation – Regular Season

Two points

Football

One point

Women’s cross country championship, volleyball (1 pt. for series sweep or ½ point each if season series is split), women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s basketball (one for each game), women’s basketball (one for each game), men’s golf championship (best finish), women’s golf championship (best finish), men’s tennis championship (if eliminated in same round, ½ point each) women’s tennis championship (if eliminated in same round, ½ point each), indoor women’s track & field championship (best finish), outdoor women’s track & field championship (best finish), baseball (for series; if series is split because of weather, ½ point each will be awarded), softball (for series; if series is split because of weather, ½ point each will be awarded).

Point Accumulation – Postseason

In the sports of volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and softball, each school can pick up a bonus point for a win over the rival in a Sun Belt tournament. Double points if it occurs in the conference championship game and leads the rival to an NCAA tournament appearance.

Point Accumulation – Academics and Community Service

The school that finishes with the highest department‐wide GPA for the fall and spring semesters combined will earn one additional point.

Two community service projects (one fall, one spring) as agreed upon by the Athletic Directors will also each result in one point per project. Each school will be permitted to submit two ideas to see if they match up. If not, each school will be allowed to select one community service project.


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