The Georgia State Panthers are playing one final season in the Colonial Athletic Association before making the move to the Sun Belt Conference. Head coach Ron Hunter is entering the season with a chip on his shoulder, and more of an edge.
"Even walking into this Media Day today, it increased it, it amplified it by 12. Every game for us this year is a conference tournament game," he said during Tuesday's CAA media day.
Georgia State's athletics programs will not be able to compete in any CAA tournaments this season, and that means Hunter's basketball program will not have a shot at earning the CAA's automatic NCAA tournament bid. Hunter is using the ruling as motivation for the year ahead, and it's one reason why he has that chip on his shoulder. He made a list of the schools that didn't want GSU to play in the conference tournament and posted it in his bedroom as well as the team's locker room.
The Panthers begin their regular season schedule against Duke on Nov. 9.