Alabama and Georgia State have agreed to play in 2010 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in a matchup that will pit GSU coach Bill Curry against his former team.
The two schools announced Wednesday that the game will take place Nov. 20, which will conclude Georgia State's inaugural season. Curry coached the Crimson Tide to a 26-10 record from 1987-89 and led them to a share of the Southeastern Conference title in '89.
"Obviously this quickens the pace of everything we are doing as we build toward our first season," Curry said. "It's been a great motivator for our staff, and it will be a great motivator for our players. The opportunity to go into that environment and see how football is played at that level will be quite a learning experience."
Georgia State's first recruiting class will enroll later this summer, with the first official practice for the Panthers scheduled for Aug. 17.
The Panthers will compete as a Football Championship Subdivision independent before moving into the Colonial Athletic Association in 2012. Alabama's lone game against an FCS team this season occurs Nov. 21, when the Tide host the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
"We would have preferred to wait until year two or three to take on a challenge like this," Curry said, "but 2010 was the only opening that Alabama had available. We just didn't want to pass up this chance."
BAMA TO APPEAL NCAA RULING
Alabama has elected to appeal last week's NCAA ruling that stated the Crimson Tide must vacate 21 victories during the 2005-07 football seasons.
"We are disappointed with the excessiveness of the sanctions in view of the facts of this case and the penalties in other textbook infractions cases," university president Dr. Robert Witt said in a statement. "There is no evidence or allegations of other NCAA violations; no coaches or administrators were involved; no players obtained books and sold them for cash, and all the books were returned or charged to the student's account as required by the UA textbook policy in effect at that time."