Curry Set to Retire at End of Season

After 20 season as a collegiate Head Coach, Bill Curry will step down as Head Coach of the Georgia State Panthers at the end of the 2012 Season.

Doug Roberson of the AJC is reporting that Coach Curry, the first Heach Coach of GSU football and the architect of the program, has decided to step down as the Head Coach of the Georgia State football program at the end of this season. In addition, the school has called a press conferece at the GSU practice complex at 1:00 pm for an "an important football announcement".

A native of College Park, Georgia, his playing career began at Georgia Tech where he played under legendary coach, Bobby Dodd. From Curry spent 10 years in the NFL, where he was the starting center in Super Bowls I, III and V, the first with the Green Bay Packers and the later two with the Baltimore Colts. After his pro career, Curry entered the private sector in Atlanta for a few years, and then returned to football, taking assistant coaching positions, first with Georgia Tech and then the Packers. Curry's first head coaching position came in 1980 when he was tapped to replace Pepper Rodgers at Georgia Tech, where he was named the ACC coach of the Year in 1985.

After Tech, Curry was named the Head Coach at the University of Alabama, where the team made bowl appearances every year of his tenure. In 1989, the team won the SEC Title and Curry was named the SEC Coach of the Year and won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. However, even though he had the highest winning percentage among Crimson Tide coaches since Bear Bryant, the Alabama elite never liked the idea of a Georgia Tech man as their head coach (for reasons going back to a dispute between Bobby Dodd and Bear Bryant that eventually led to Georgia Tech leaving the SEC), and Curry was offered a contract that removed powers over assistants and offered no increase in pay. Finding this unacceptable, Curry took the Head Coaching position at Kentucky where he coached until 1996

Curry then enjoyed a career in media, working with ESPN on college football broadcasts. His contacts at ESPN later proved to be quite valuable for getting the fledgling GSU program publicity in its innaugural season, including a cover story in ESPN the Magazine.

In 2008 Curry was picked to be the first Head Coach of the Georgia State Panthers football team, and then proceeded to build the program from the ground up. He has coached the team in their first two seasons, and will end his career coaching them in their first and only year in an FCS conference, the Colonial Athletic Association.

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