Continuing the Georgia State football A-to-Z series.
Quick recap: the Panthers went 6-7 last season with that last loss coming in the team’s first bowl game, the Cure Bowl in Orlando against San Jose State.
Coach Trent Miles will return seven-eight starts on offense (depending upon your definition of what makes a starter) and nine on defense.
The team should be picked to finish in the top half of the media polls and, if not for the lock that Appalachian State will likely have on first-place votes, might even receive a vote or two in that category.
Anyway, off we go:
M is for Trent Miles
Georgia State coach Trent Miles will host his first summer camp of the year on Wednesday at Georgia State’s practice facility. Coaching staffs from Ole Miss, N.C. State and Missouri will also be there.
He has taken a program that everyone agrees wasn’t ready for the FBS level when he became head coach in 2013 and guided it to a bowl game within three years.
It’s very similar to what happened in his previous job at Indiana State, another school whose football program was floundering and needed a steadying hand, identifiable culture and patience. There, Miles started 0-12 in 2008 and posted three consecutive winning records from 2010-12.
Miles frequently referenced the parallel tracks the different teams were going down last year as the team steadily worked its way through a four-game winning streak that led to the appearance in the Cure Bowl in Orlando.
To paraphrase: it starts with learning to compete, knowing you can compete and then competing. Doing so, according to Miles, requires young men of great character, who are tough and who love the game. (It’s a phrase that Miles uses often. Very, very often.)
So, the question is: if Miles were to lead Georgia State to another winning record this season – with seven starters on offense and nine on defense it seems likely – will he leave should he receive a more lucrative offer?
Who knows? It would be hard to imagine Georgia State being able to match, for example, a $1 million per year offer (which is reportedly what former Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz received at Tulane).
Miles has two years remaining on his contract.
Athletic director Charlie Cobb said back in December that he wanted to extend the contract.
Miles has said he wants to stay.
Now, going on six months later, an extension on the contract has yet to be agreed to.
Miles says he won’t know until it’s done because his agent will take care of the negotiations.
It could make for an interesting next two seasons.