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Former GT, Kentucky coach Bill Curry will retire after this season

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A coach for more than 20 years, Bill Curry will end his career after the 2012 season.

Curry, starting his third year with Georgia State, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was done with stress and long hours, and that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

I do want to finish this contract and I want to finish it well,” Curry said after practice Wednesday.

Curry’s retirement will happen right as the Panthers make the jump to 1-A football and the Sun Belt conference. Curry was the program’s first coach and led the Panthers to a 6-5 season in their inaugural year.

No stranger to the Atlanta area, Curry played at Georgia Tech and went on to coach his alma mater from 1980-86. He had a brief stint at Alabama and was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1989. However, he never beat Auburn in his three years with the Crimson Tide and ended up coaching fellow SEC member Kentucky from 1990-96 before starting the GSU program from its inception.

Curry will turn 70 later this year. He had a good run. Good luck to Curry going forward.

(Photo courtesy of GSU athletics) 

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8 Responses to “Former GT, Kentucky coach Bill Curry will retire after this season”
  1. bat42boy says: Aug 15, 2012 2:23 PM

    Truly one of the best philosophical coaches in football. A great man who had a lot to give to football. Good luck in your future years of retirement. Go back to broadcasting. Enjoyed listening to someone who really knew football and what he was talking about.

  2. queenlivekillers says: Aug 15, 2012 5:55 PM

    He is the prototypical man who has “forgotten more football than most men will ever learn”. A walking history lesson and a great teacher. Best of luck to him.

  3. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 15, 2012 5:57 PM

    Curry doesnt get enough credit as a head coach. He will go down in history as the only man to leave 2 programs, Bama and Georgia Tech, only to have them win a NC the next season.

  4. timh1955 says: Aug 15, 2012 7:02 PM

    The 2011 season was over last January. Does that mean he is going to retire last January? I think you meant he is going to retire at the end of the 2012 season….at least I hope that’s what you meant.

  5. Ben Kercheval says: Aug 15, 2012 7:22 PM

    Yes, timh, the 2012 season. Typo. Apologies.

  6. bassmaster357 says: Aug 15, 2012 7:22 PM

    Very classy coach, alot of credit to him he just couldn’t get the right personell into his seasons it always happened after he left. A great coach with clean programs. He will be missed

  7. wvuandsteelers says: Aug 16, 2012 7:50 AM

    I had the pleasure of having dinner with him and his wife just last month. He is absolutely a first class person (as is his wife). Definitely an old school guy as well. I really appreciate the work he has done for GSU and hope we can find someone half as good for the move up to FCS.

  8. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 16, 2012 6:33 PM

    What the hell is everybody’s problem with Bill Curry? Some of you people are just plain stupid!

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