ATLANTA (AP) — As coach Trent Miles sees it, the Georgia State Panthers have nowhere to go but up this year.
Georgia State went 0-12 last season, its first under Miles, as the Panthers moved into the Sun Belt Conference.
It was only the fourth year of football at the downtown Atlanta university.
Home games in the cavernous Georgia Dome, which seats 72,000, have proven to be a tough draw — even for a school with an enrollment of 32,000 — but Miles knows that winning is the best way to create interest.
Miles says, "When you're building a program, you have to do it in phases. We didn't take over a program that has a tradition and long history of winning football games. Now it's time to start winning, competing to win."
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