GATA Talk

GATA Talk header image 1

Bonus Episode: Jared Benko Hired as AD

Before all of the coronavirus craziness shut everything down, we recorded an episode about the new athletic director at Georgia Southern. Find out what we think Jared Benko will bring to the position and hear our wish list for the new AD of our Eagles. While we won't have a spring game to talk about, tune in next time for Part 2 of our Season 3 premiere, where we break down the 2020 schedule. 

Show Notes: 

  • A Master with Budgets: Just What We Need
  • Top Priority Is to Grow Budget 
  • Experience with Football and Signature Hires 
  • A Who's Who of GS Greats at Presser
  • Wish List for Jared Benko: New Facilities, P5 in Paulson and More Money

Season 3 Ep. 1 Part 1: Doug Ruse, 2019 Recap and Recruiting

GATA Talk is back for Season 3. As usual, we jumped the gun on recording, so Part 1 of of our two-part season preview doesn't mention the fact that Georgia Southern has a new athletic director in Jared Benko. We'll cover that exciting news in a bonus episode soon, but in our season premiere we discuss the hiring of Doug Ruse as our tight ends coach, recap the 2019 season and break down the recruiting period, including snagging the nation's leading rusher in high school. 

Show Notes: 

  • Doug Ruse Returns: More In Store Than Just TE Coach? 
  • Tying a Bow on 2019: Cure Bowl and the Season of Adversity
  • Recruiting: O-line, QBs and the Nation's Leading Rusher
  • Part 2 Coming Soon, Along with Jared Benko Bonus Episode

Bonus Episode: TK Resigns

After recording our two-part season finale, Georgia Southern AD Tom Kleinlein decided to resign from his position to take an admin role at Ole Miss. Matt and Cody talk about what this means for the GS athletics department moving forward and who they would like to see take over as the new AD. 

Show Notes: 

  • Opening Thoughts on TK Resignation 
  • How Will TK Be Remembered? 
  • AD Isn't Just About Football
  • Qualities We Want in the Next AD
  • Wish List for Next AD

S2 Ep20: Cure Bowl Preview - GS vs. Liberty

For Part 2 of our Cure Bowl preview, we break down our matchup with the Liberty Flames. We discuss what it will take to win and how a victory sets a precedent for what's to come next season. Jon Manson, owner and operator of A Sea of Red joins us to talk about about Liberty and what to expect from the FBS independent Flames. 

Show Notes: 

  • Cure Bowl Bid Not Surprising, Opponent Was
  • Flames Haven't Been Tested Much This Season
  • Liberty Has a QB Named Buckshot and an NFL-Quality WR
  • How Will Liberty Defend the Option?
  • A Win Could Set GS up for a Special 2020 Season
  • Predictions: Georgia Southern vs. Liberty
  • Interview with Jon Manson from A Sea of Red

S2 Ep 19: Cure Bowl Preview - What to Do in Orlando

Let's go bowling in Orlando! For the first part of our two-episode Cure Bowl preview, Matt gives his insight on what to see, where to eat and how to get around Orlando as Eagle Nation soars into Central Florida. This is a must-listen for anyone making the trip down to the Sunshine State. Part 2 of our preview will cover Georgia Southern's Cure Bowl matchup with the Liberty Flames.

Show Notes: 

  • Orlando Is Spread Out: Universal vs. Downtown
  • Beware of I-4 Construction, Heavy Traffic and Universal Parking Fees
  • Where to Stay and How to Get Around
  • Food Guide: Where to Eat Downtown and in Area Neighborhoods 
  • Things to Do Outside of the Theme Parks
  • Gameday Central: Transit and Parking Options 
  • Best Bars: Top Picks Downtown and Elsewhere