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Fans can meet Georgia Southern athletes, win football tickets

POSTED: August 7, 2014 7:23 p.m.

Join Georgia Southern University student-athletes at the Statesboro Mall on Saturday and have a chance to win Georgia Southern football tickets.

Members of the GSU men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball teams will be on hand during the Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation sport registration from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fans and members of the local community can meet GSU student-athletes, take their photo with GUS in a mascot photo booth, compete in the FlatGUS coloring contest and enjoy inflatables.

Parents can register their children for a number of fall sports programs including football, soccer, cheerleading, golf and tennis and the Junior Eagle Club.

The JEC offers ways for children age 12 and younger to get involved with Georgia Southern athletics. Membership costs $20 a year and includes a free T-shirt, invitation to JEC events, goodie bag and access to inflatables on select game days.
The event is sponsored by the Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation Department, Georgia Southern Athletics and the Statesboro Mall.

Georgia Southern University’s six football national championship trophies found a new home this week in the Eagles’ new Football Operations Center.

In 2000, after residing primarily in coaches’ offices, the national championship trophies were moved to the then-brand new Parrish Football Center. Glass cases in the main lobby area kept the trophies alongside photos of the Eagles’ championship teams, national awards and honors and other significant pieces of Georgia Southern history.

Those six trophies will be showcased at the west end of the Hall of Fame atrium in the new Football Operations Center, in a special space that will welcome alumni, fans and former Eagles. The championship trophies are enclosed in a large six-sided centerpiece that offers a close-up view of each trophy with bold numerals for each year and descriptions of the title games.

Eagle fans are welcome to view Georgia Southern’s six national championship trophies in their new home following the Football Operations Center ribbon cutting Aug. 16 at 9 a.m. Self-guided tours through the new facility begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude 15 minutes prior to the start of the “Meet the Eagles” autograph signing event at 11 a.m. on the north concourse.

Coach Erk Russell led Georgia Southern to back-to-back national championships in 1985 and 1986, becoming the first Division I-AA team to accomplish that feat. In 1989, Georgia Southern became the first 15-0 collegiate team in the 20th century en route to its third title, then the most by any one Division I-AA program.

The Eagles added their fourth national championship in 1990 under Tim Stowers, continuing the legacy. The NCAA presented two more championship trophies to Georgia Southern as Coach Paul Johnson guided the Eagles to consecutive titles in 1999 and 2000 for the program’s unprecedented fifth and sixth national championships.

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