Curry: ‘I always think my team’s supposed to win’

Greetings, all

Four days to Tuscaloosa. I’ll be at practice this morning and then working on a few different stories in the run-up to Thursday. Hopefully you read two excellent stories by Steve Hummer and Michelle Hiskey about the game.

You all hopefully will get your fill this week.

1. I was at practice Saturday, which was like most practices I’ve been to. But Bill Curry said something that maybe shouldn’t have caught my notice, but did. I’ll smooth over some details a little bit, but here’s basically what happened. A player screwed up, following a couple other players at his position making the same mistake. Curry, who was watching the offense and defense working against each other from perhaps 40 yards downfield, said into his megaphone, “Guys, if we’re going to win this game, we’re going to have to” not make the mistake they’d been making.

I imagine I’ve heard him say something like that a dozen times and never paid much attention. The obvious difference, of course, is that that was before a game that his team had a clear chance of winning. What was interesting to me was that it wasn’t forced, just matter of fact.

I asked him about something related later, if there was a time in reviewing video of Alabama where he kind of had an “Oh, my goodness, what are we up against?” moment.

His answer: “No. I haven’t done that in my life. There were times I should have. Since I was a little kid, and you can call it a blessing or a curse, but I always think my team’s supposed to win. Always, always, always. There were times when that was an embarrassment and there’ve been times when that yielded very surprising results.

“I’ll tell you this. If the head coach doesn’t believe you’re going to win, then he needs to go home. He needs to quit and get somebody else to coach the team. I would not put these kids on a bus if we didn’t have a plan that given certain circumstances gives us a chance to compete with these guys.”

2. The plan for Tuesday’s paper is to run a story on quarterback Drew Little (though plans are subject to change, I should add). I imagine some of you might know this, but if not for Chan Gailey’s firing in 2007 at Georgia Tech, Little likely would’ve been a Jacket. Offensive coordinator John Bond, who was Gailey’s quarterbacks coach, had been recruiting him to Tech, and Bond said that Gailey liked him, as well. Further, Little grew up a Tech fan. Bond told me that the school probably would have ended up offering him a scholarship if Gailey hadn’t been fired.

But, as you know, he was and Paul Johnson came in and, given the considerable difference in his offense and Gailey’s, the recruitment ended there.

Another tidbit. Bond said that when Little drops back to pass, he makes the right decision on where to go with the ball about 85 percent of the time. A typical redshirt freshman quarterback, Bond said, “I would guess you’d hope for 65 percent, maybe.”

3. If you’re still on the fence about going to the game, just wanted to pass along an option. The Touchdown Club of Atlanta is offering a game ticket, bus ride, food and beverage for $100. There’s apparently 15 spots left on the bus. Or there were when executive director Lee Baker at the touchdown club sent out an e-mail about it. A good group of folks – I imagine they’d be good company. You can e-mail Lee at lbvba at bellsouth.net.

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65 comments Add your comment

GSU Alum 98

November 15th, 2010
8:37 am

Dear Coach Curry, Thank you so much for everything you have done with the team this year. I have been to every game and I have really enjoyed watching these kids grow up right before my eyes. You should be extremely proud of the great work you and your coaching staff have done. Good luck in Tuscaloosa and I can’t wait to see how much better we’re going to be next year.
GO PANTHERS!!

A Current Student & Proud Panther Fan

November 15th, 2010
8:56 am

I am so excited about this game! I only wish I could actually attend, after having attended all the home games. The success of the winning inaugural season at Georgia State is owed to Bill Curry without a doubt! Of course, he couldn’t have done it without the players but without a leader where would we be?

Goooooo Georgia State! Can’t wait until Thursday!!!

GSUtimes2

November 15th, 2010
9:40 am

I’m so psyched for this game. Can’t make it to Tuscaloosa, but we’ll be “tailgating” with friends and watching the game at home! I’m goitn to DVR the game and will probably never delete it! Now, how do I get 3 work days to pass quickly?

AHS

November 15th, 2010
10:08 am

Bill Curry is one of the best college football coaches ever! I love hearing him speak!

Pitiful

November 15th, 2010
10:26 am

why do I get the feeling that the same person is writing all these comments under different names trying to pretend somebody actually reads this

Pitiful

November 15th, 2010
10:28 am

yes thank you so much for you and John Bond taking all the GT players, good job on that, do you think you can continue to raid the roster from CPJ? Good luck with that, NOT

Panama

November 15th, 2010
10:44 am

Thanks for this post Ken. CBC has said what I have been saying for 2 weeks. If you dont think you can win then you should not even get on the bus. Period. I just hope that these kids are cocky enough to believe it. This week is going to be simply amazing.

David Henderson

November 15th, 2010
10:45 am

Does anyone know if the GSU/Alabama game going to be televised?

Billyboy

November 15th, 2010
10:53 am

Congratulations to the coaches and each of the players for a great 1st season. Now let’s go whip the elephants.

Panama

November 15th, 2010
11:11 am

Yes, 7:30 (EST) on ESPNU and broadcast by the Gameday crew. Serious DVR alert for posterity.

Ken Sugiura

November 15th, 2010
11:44 am

panama – i think they do believe they can win. i’ll be interested to see how reality matches up.

pitiful – i don’t think gsu’s coaches think they can “raid” georgia tech. for the record, though, i don’t think i’d call it raiding. tech never offered him after johnson became coach.

CubanPanther

November 15th, 2010
11:54 am

This game wihtout a doubt is going to shock the world. We are going to give them a run for their money…..Coach Curry is with out a doubt an inspiration to this city and this school. If the kids read these blogs, here goes a message to you guys: believe you can, don’t let anyone else tell you different, forget who these guys are and remember what you can do and who you guys are , don’t forget to do your jump on kick offs, and don’t shy away from your Samoan fight chant…..you are Panther pride through and through, and don’t let anyone tell you different. We are behind you no matter what!!! Go Panthers!! Go GSU (the real GSU), and go Coach!!! And as my husband would say “Shock the world!!!”

Bandwagon Panther Fan

November 15th, 2010
12:06 pm

Coach Curry is doing a great job with the new program. They are going to be very competitive in a really short time. I am looking forward to watching this program grow. Good luck Thursday.

Panther08

November 15th, 2010
12:09 pm

Ken,

Coach Curry recently tweeted we signed the State Player of the Year in New York due to the Alabama game publicity. Have you heard anything regarding that?

Panama

November 15th, 2010
12:22 pm

I think he was tweeting about his experiences while he was Bama’s coach. Giving an idea of the magnitude of their tradition. We’re talking top 5 of all time along with Notre Dame and maybe Southern Cal and a couple others. We’re going to Mt Olympus Thursday folks.

Rick

November 15th, 2010
12:41 pm

After reading this article, I am reminded fo G Tech’s win over Alabama in 1980 with Bill Curry as head coach. Tech won when they were not expected to win. GSU should take heart that it can be done!

Rick

November 15th, 2010
12:49 pm

I meant 1981 . . .it was a while ago.

ATLNative

November 15th, 2010
1:08 pm

I would argue GSU has one, unique advantage – no history and very little film to study. I seriously doubt Bama has been able to get there hands on a lot of GSU film and they have no idea how we play. I hope there are some plays in the book that CBC’s been saving for Thursday.

Chen Chang

November 15th, 2010
1:09 pm

Dear GSU,
I am Asian and i never watch football in my country. However, i am converted by coach Curry and football team enthusiasm. I am now a big football fan. Go Blues!!

GSU Eagles

November 15th, 2010
1:10 pm

Rick

This game will be over by middle of the 1st quarter. I honestly don’t know why Ga State would agree to play this game. The pay-out is not worth the injuries your players are gonna get in this game.

Congrats on your season thus far. Nice job of a start up program getting a winning season in their 1st.

Heres to Southern and State playing in the near future.

L

November 15th, 2010
1:25 pm

PREDICTION:

Bama 56

GSU 10

GSU

November 15th, 2010
1:26 pm

Hey Ken, did we sell out our 7,500 ticket allotment?

Can’t wait to see Tuscaloosa on Thursday and all that it entails! Go State, club BAMA in the head!

Focused

November 15th, 2010
1:27 pm

Well said CubanPanther.

glsjunior

November 15th, 2010
1:31 pm

Don’t worry Eagles. We’re gonna kick dat azz soon enough.

GSU Eagles

November 15th, 2010
1:42 pm

glsjunior

Southern would run you off the field, I hope we play soon Southern would show you how a real team, that has won more National Championships than ANY OTHER 1-AA team, plays football.

So win something of value before you start talking mad shite.

Panama

November 15th, 2010
1:48 pm

@ Eagles

Thanks as always for showing so much class and chiming in to answer unasked questions.

fitzgerald

November 15th, 2010
1:54 pm

Of course, Georgia State will give Alabama a run for the money……………all the way to the bank. I am thankful that Bama had a slot for someone like Georgia State to fill. However, it seems that the publicity that Georgia State earns from this game will help them in the future.

GSUAlumBaseball81

November 15th, 2010
2:05 pm

Okay, Since when did this AGAIN become the University of Georgia Southern blog??? Take it back to Statesboro please. Not concerned with your predictions or comments!

English

November 15th, 2010
2:29 pm

I’m pretty pumped about this one. Definitely a DVR game for sure. Go State! Let’s strike early and often.

Itsmeagain

November 15th, 2010
2:30 pm

The Southern girls are back! Where have you been?!

Panama

November 15th, 2010
2:37 pm

I cant imagine any game for us that could be bigger. We could play for a National Title in 15 years and I doubt I would feel as pumped as I do for this.

fishtales

November 15th, 2010
2:50 pm

We’re glad to have ya’ll over to Tuscaloosa and hope you enjoy your experience! Any of you that like to imbibe come hang with us pre and post game at the Houndstooth on the Strip. Roll Tide!

Ken Sugiura

November 15th, 2010
2:50 pm

glad to see so much excitement on the blog. not much to add. curry said at his press conference he’s taking the team to the bear bryant museum in tuscaloosa on wednesday. they’ll be greeted by bear bryant’s granddaughter, he said.
as you might expect, he sounded a hopeful note and counted the various ways the team has been counted out – you can’t have a team at gsu, can’t recruit, can’t play at the dome, etc. – and has overcome, and so this is one more hurdle.
he was asked about leading tech to a win over alabama in birmingham in 1981, his second year at tech. tech went 1-10 that year and the tide went 9-2-1. he said gsu is better than that tech team and that this alabama team isn’t as good as that ‘81 tide team.
panther08 – panama is right. he was referring to recruiting at alabama. i can understand how you’d draw the conclusion you did. however, ncaa rules would prohibit him from saying what he did about a current recruit.

Panama

November 15th, 2010
3:10 pm

Alabama is a very good football team But they are not doing anything out of the ordinary. They run a standard pro set offense where sometimes they interchange an H-Back a 4th WR or a 2nd TE. On defense its a standard 4-3 although sometimes they will show you 3-4. They are very big on their offensive and defensive lines but we have seen that before with NC Central. The difference is that their linemen are extremely quick and have great technique. Their offensive linemen come off the ball quicker and hold their blocks longer than any team I have seen in a long time. McElroy at QB hardly ever makes a mistake and is just quick enough to make a DE or OLB pay if they over pursue. Their RB’s pass block extremely well, even the Heisman Trophy winner. So you have to play fundamental ball and limit your mistakes to nearly zero. You cant arm tackle these guys. Mississippi State found that out Saturday when 2 DB’s tried to lunge at Maze to knock him out o bounds instead of wrapping him up and tackling him. It cost them a 50 or 60 yd TD. Same for Ingram on that short pass to flat that he took to the house. They are a very well coached team that executes like an NFL team and they are very deep at every position. And if you get behind on these guys you had better not be an option offensive team because you will have zero chance of catching up.

Class of 80

November 15th, 2010
3:18 pm

State………….34

Elephants…..28

T.O

November 15th, 2010
3:20 pm

I’ll be rooting for State but this one is going to get ugly! like 63-0 ugly! I don’t see State scoring.

gsu01

November 15th, 2010
3:27 pm

Thursday can’t get here soon enough!! Regardless of the result, we owe this team a standing ovation from start to finish! Go Panthers!!

GSU parent

November 15th, 2010
3:31 pm

This’ll be a nice little scrimmage for the Tide and a good seasoning experience for the Panthers. Yeah the score will be ugly, but gotta hand it to Coach Curry for that winning attitude.

GSU Eagles

November 15th, 2010
3:33 pm

Guess you Ga State big bad e-bad@sses didn’t see where I said congrats on your season.

But hey keep up with your delusion that you can stay on the same field as bama.

GSU Panthers RRROAR

November 15th, 2010
3:44 pm

I can forsee Alabama using their second string for most of the game, leaving the first string healthy for Auburn. I don’t think Alabama would run up the score, because they don’t really need to prove anything. It will be a good experience for GSU in a game, with huge crowds. Who knows, maybe Bill will pull some old tricks from his previous coaching days in Tuscaloosa????

Debbie Downer

November 15th, 2010
3:50 pm

Everyone on here is right. We gave up more than 200 yards to OD and Campbell and almost 300 to USA. But we’re going to go into Alabama and take out a top ten BCS team with the returning Heisman Trophy winner!

Debbie Downer

November 15th, 2010
3:51 pm

“Rushing yards” not “total yards.”

GSU Chrome Gouda

November 15th, 2010
3:52 pm

GSU is going to get beaten. There is little doubt about that. What is great, though, is that we have a team to cheer for… to make unrealistic predictions about… to have dreams of winning the big game.

Let’s go Panthers! No matter what happens Thursday, Coach Curry and the boys have made us proud.

David

November 15th, 2010
4:11 pm

Curry is not the coach you think he is. I was around when he coached at Tech, Bama and KY. You can’t trust him and if the season goes south he will blame it on the university and fans. That schedule he set up was a bunch of powder puffs. He will turn on you guys, wait and see.

Sopwith Camel

November 15th, 2010
4:11 pm

If GSU can score at all and not have a shut out, I would consider it a ‘moral’ victory!!

Panama

November 15th, 2010
4:19 pm

@ David

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GSUtimes2

November 15th, 2010
4:24 pm

Yeah, I thought GSU Eagles was complimenting us. To be honest, I’m excited to play Bama, but I’m looking forward to playing Southern more. Can’t wait to settle that one!

Itsmeagain

November 15th, 2010
4:41 pm

@ David – yeah, I’ve noticed how much of an arse he can be…

Sarcasm

Panama

November 15th, 2010
5:01 pm

Those are usually the kinds of horrible people they choose to be in country music videos about football.

Jborodawg

November 15th, 2010
5:03 pm

Great attitude from Coach Curry!

Yes, the Tide will win handily. But it’s been a great maiden season. Look for more and better things from (the real) GSU.

Go Panthers!

(Yes, the “real GSU”. We’ve been GSU since 1969. Ga Southern U. wasn’t given that name until 1990. Gotcha by 21 years. Yall need to find another moniker.)