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GSU Football's Head Man Bill Curry to Retire After 2012 Season


GSU Football's Head Man Bill Curry to Retire After 2012 Season

As announced in a press conference earlier this month, Georgia State Head Coach Bill Curry will retire after this year, one that will not see official membership in the Sun Belt Conference.

Curry was brought on board in 2008 to upstart the Panther program, which went 9-13 in their two seasons under his leadership.

He received Coach of the Year awards in both the ACC (1985) and SEC (1989) during his time at Georgia Tech and Alabama, and is a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

The opportunity to start a football program at a university that I love, in my hometown, and the privilege to coach these young men has been one of the highlights of my career, said Curry. This has been a labor of love, but after this season, it will be the right time to step away from coaching. I am blessed with good health, but I am ready to move on to other things in my life and devote more time to my wife, Carolyn, and our children and grandchildren.

Ive said all along that I will fulfill my contract, and I intend to do that, Curry said. I am completely committed to coaching this season, and Im energized by this team and the enormous challenge ahead of us.

Following the season, Curry will remain with the University, working with President Mark Becker, at least through the conclusion of his current contract, which runs until June 30, 2013.

"The one thing that is highly touted but not overrated is grandchildren" said Curry. "I'm going to know those grandchildren. I love working and I work a lot of hours, but I'm going to be there for them. You can't do this job without working 80-90 hours a week. I turn 70 this October and working 90 hours a week is probably not the best thing to do, simply put."
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