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Georgia State appoints Williams as interim coach

Georgia State announced that Travis Williams was appointed interim men’s basketball coach. 

Williams, a former Panthers player, succeeds Ron Hunter, who left Sunday to become head coach at Tulane. 

“Travis Williams is everything of what it means to be a Panther,” athletic director Charlie Cobb said in a statement released by the school. “He knows what it means to be a student-athlete at Georgia State because he played here and has succeeded in every season he has been seated on our bench. I look forward to working with him during this time.” 

Last season was Williams’ only season on Hunter’s staff, but he was an assistant coach at GSU from 1999-2003, most of the time working for former Panthers coach Lefty Driesell. He played for the Panthers for four seasons, from 1992-93 through 1995-96, and was a starter for each of the final three. 

“I’m extremely thankful to Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb for allowing me this opportunity during this time of transition,” Williams said in a statement. “Georgia State has meant the world to me throughout my career and I look forward to working with our young men during this time.” 

Georgia State finished with a 24-10 record this season, which included the Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament championships and a berth in the NCAA tournament, where the Panthers lost 84-55 to Houston in the first round.

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