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Kerwin Bell hopes to win in style

JU head football coach Kerwin Bell watches the quarterbacks. The Jacksonville University Dolphin football team held their first practice of the season on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 on campus in Jacksonville, FL. (Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor Kerwin Bell is trading oranges for peaches. A legend in the state of Florida, Bell is crossing the border to make his mark in Georgia as the new coach of Valdosta State football. “It was a privilege just the other day to meet Kerwin Bell and his wife,” said VSU president Cecil Staton at ...

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The search continues: Valdosta State is turning over every stone in its effort to find the right head football coach

JU head football coach Kerwin Bell watches the quarterbacks. The Jacksonville University Dolphin football team held their first practice of the season on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 on campus in Jacksonville, FL. (Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor David Dean, the winningest coach in Valdosta State history, will not be winning any games for the Blazers in the foreseeable future. Dean’s departure to Georgia Southern came as a surprise to not just VSU, but to the entire community. As a result, Blazer fans wait with anticipation as the school continues its search ...

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Dean departs for Georgia Southern

Photo courtesy of Kristin Whitman, former Sports Editor/THE SPECTATOR

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor  Last Tuesday, the landscape of Valdosta State’s sports scene changed.  Head football coach David Dean accepted a job offer at Georgia Southern University. Dean accepted a position as co-offensive coordinator for Tyson Summers’ new Golden Eagles staff. “I’ve been coaching for 28 years, and 20 of those were spent at Valdosta State,” Dean said. ...

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VSU’s historic season comes to a close

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Written by Gabe Burns, Asst. Sports Editor A season that will forever be entrenched in the school record books came to a close on Saturday, as the Valdosta State Blazers (9-3) were eliminated by the West Georgia Wolves, 27-20, in the second round of the playoffs. VSU was unable to overcome UWG’s 292 rushing yards and six sacks while falling victim ...

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Blazers have an amazing come from behind victory against the Eagles

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/THE SPECTATOR

Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer On a record setting day at Bazemore-Hyder stadium, the Valdosta State Blazers football team gave their 2315 fans and viewers in attendance a treat with an amazing comeback performance last Saturday. The No.17 Valdosta State Blazers went to battle against the No.22 Carson Newman Eagles and the two teams showed why they were ranked ...

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David Dean finds his place in VSU history: With 77th win, Dean passes Chris Hatcher as winningest coach

Dean instructs his team during the Nov. 14 homecoming game. (Photo Courtesy: Kristin Whitman/THE SPECTATOR)

Written by Gabe Burns, Asst. Sports Editor Two weeks ago, Blazers football head coach David Dean achieved a feat no other coach in Valdosta State history has reached: 77 wins. Becoming the winningest coach in school history is the latest accomplishment for the coach that has been present for all three of VSU’s national championships. “It’s an honor, but to ...

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VSU clinches playoff spot with homecoming victory

Senior tight end Will Johnson catches a pass and carries the ball into the endzone. Cedric O'neal was able to punch the ball into the nedzone to cap off VSU's win. The Blazers will host Carson-Newman in the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 21. (Photo Courtesy: Kristin Whitman/THE SPECTATOR)

Written by Niamani Carlyle-Hollis, Staff Writer There was a big homecoming showdown on Saturday, as the Blazer football team defeated Florida Tech 39-21 for the last regular season game. It was a back and forth effort from the beginning of the game as the Blazers and the Panthers battled it out. Within the first three minutes of the game, Blazer ...

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VSU moves one step closer to the playoffs after ousting Delta State

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/THE SPECTATOR

Written by Gabe Burns, Asst. Sports Editor It is common mantra in sports to say that good teams find a way to win close games. Saturday, in Cleveland, Mississippi, the Valdosta State Blazers did just that. The Blazers pulled out all the stops in a 40-34 triple overtime victory over Delta State. This season has not been short on record-setting ...

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Blazer football coach reaches new milestone

Dean instructs his team during the Nov. 14 homecoming game. (Photo Courtesy: Kristin Whitman/THE SPECTATOR)

Written by Gabe Burns, Asst. Sports Editor When the Valdosta State Blazers defeated West Alabama last Saturday, it meant more than just another conference win. The victory was the 76th of head coach David Dean’s career, tying him with Chris Hatcher for the most in program history. Hatcher, now the coach at Samford, developed VSU into a division two powerhouse. ...

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Blazers take on Delta State to keep streak alive

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Written by Austin Wells, Staff Writer Coming off a huge home victory against West Alabama, the 6-2 Valdosta State Blazers will now go on the road to face off against the 5-4 Delta State Statesmen. The win on Saturday marked head coach David Dean’s 76th victory as the Blazers coach, making him tied as the winningest head coach in VSU ...

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