Robert George- he used to play the game, now he covers it

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While a student-athlete at Toombs County High School Robert George played basketball on a Bulldog team which beat Vidalia and went to the state tournament. He also was on the tennis team and in middle school played football. These days Robert is still involved in sports, but instead of playing he is covering the Eagles at Georgia Southern. Robert is the sports editor for the George-Anne. So, not only is he writing stories, but he is also in charge of the whole sports department.

Robert runs the court in the Dawgs upset win over Vidalia in 2012
Robert runs the court in the Dawgs upset win over Vidalia in 2012 Read More

“We print every Tuesday and Thursday,” Robert said. “We lay out the content on Monday and Wednesday night. We cover all the sports and make sure the paper is ready to print on Tuesday and Thursday. It’s a lot of work. It is a full semester job, but it is really great. As far as writing is concerned it is a lot like high school. You go to practice and games and you develop your stories and I love that. ”

Robert is the paper’s basketball writer and on December 16th he covered the Georgia Southern versus Duke game at Cameron Indoor Arena. “It was a dream come true because I am a big North Carolina fan and going back to the Ryan and Donnie Arrington days, they were big Duke fans and we always clashed over that.”

Robert's courttside view at Cameron Indoor Arena
Robert’s courtside view at Cameron Indoor Arena

Robert covered the Duke game from courtside and he was able to experience the Cameron atmosphere. “Cameron Indoor is a great arena,” Robert said. “It was very loud, even though all the students weren’t there. I got to see some highlight dunks and go to the press conference with Coach K and that was great”

Robert’s collection of quotes- Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski 

“They had a great year last year, their coach did a great job with them. They have great players, they’re just young. They play a pretty aggressive style. I think they’ll keep getting better. Very young team, well coached. They got something to really build on, and that’s a nice thing. I was really impressed with the attitude and enthusiasm of the coaching staff.”  Read More

A big story during the month of December at GSU was Eagle football. The Eagles won their first bowl game and hired a new coach. “We went to Mobile for Georgia Southern’s first bowl game. A lot of fans were there, about 28,000, and over have of them were Georgia Southern fans.”

Robert’s story on new GSU football coach Tyson Summers-

After an extensive search for a new head coach following the departure of Willie Fritz, Georgia Southern Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein announced that the Colorado State defensive coordinator and Georgia native would be the next leader for the storied program. Read More

Robert, who is a senior at GSU, has been interested in sports reporting since his elementary school days when he was “The Bird on Sports” on radio. He also did color commentary from Partin Park, on Y-101 Radio, during the Lyons Youth Tourney. “I didn’t come into it wanting to be in the newspaper business. However, I do want to stay in sports. To what extent and to what degree I don’t know about that yet. This is what I love and this is what I am pretty good at. So, it is going to be the field I stay in.”