Why Curry turned down a contract extension

Georgia State football coach Bill Curry declined to sign a contract extension earlier this year, keeping a promise he made when he accepted the job in 2008.

Back then, the now-68-year-old Curry said he would work for the five-year duration of the contract, and then decide if he wanted to continue  beyond that.

“I want to stay as long as I’m asset, and not beyond when I’m a liability,” he said.

There is a provision in his contract that provides on June 30 either Curry or the University, in this case athletic director Cheryl Levick, an option to extend the deal that pays Curry an average base salary of $350,000 per year.

Discussions started but Curry said, “I promised five years and I will keep my word.”

Levick said she is “perfectly fine” with Curry’s decision. “We want him to be our coach as long as he wants to continue coaching.”

The Panthers went 6-5 last season. They will open against Clark Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Georgia Dome.

In other notes, quarterback Kelton Hill has been removed from Georgia State’s roster. Hill, this season’s projected starting quarterback, was recently charged with burglary related to a theft on campus. Curry declined to say anything about Hill’s status with the team, other than it’s being “handled by the Dean of Students.” An email to the Dean of Students, Rebecca Yale Stout,  sent late Tuesday afternoon wasn’t returned.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu.

35 comments Add your comment


July 26th, 2011
7:10 pm

An honorable man..


July 26th, 2011
7:28 pm

“I want to stay as long as I’m asset, and not beyond when I’m a liability,” he said.

Imagine that.


July 26th, 2011
7:53 pm

Coaching today is tough for a 68 year old man……Even Urban Meyer couldn’t handle the strain at 45


July 26th, 2011
8:17 pm


Are you covering CAA Media Day Tomorrow?

Ga Panther

July 26th, 2011
8:25 pm

Curry is a great leader. He just wants to make sure he is committed to the task after 5 years.There is nothing wrong with that.It is a draining profession. Hill appears to be gone. He may get a plea deal transfer to juco and then resurface. Newton did it. Little is the man there anyway. Just ask the Tech players. He is in total control of the offense.

Doug Roberson

July 26th, 2011
8:59 pm

No. I won’t be there.


July 26th, 2011
9:23 pm

I respect CBC for his hesitation on the extension, I believe it’s a lose lose for him. If the panthers blow up(as I’m sure they will) he’ll get a much better contract. On the other hand if they don’t he can bow out gracefully and have no guilt. I believe he is an honorable man that deserves a lot of credit and I think Cheryl Levik’s response was extremely classy. Just in case you don’t know she is an AWESOME AD that is doing a fantastic job…..


July 26th, 2011
9:26 pm

On a different note, very disappointed with the outcome for Kelton. I do not condone his behavior but was really hoping all of this would just turn out to be a case of mistaken identity. Really hope we can get an awesome transfer before the season starts.


July 26th, 2011
11:17 pm

I too believe he can coach here as long as he would like. He is an incredible asset to this university and our football team would not have received the exposure it has with out him.


July 26th, 2011
11:18 pm

CBC a class act!!! To bad more young folks these days can’t follow similar values. A true sign of the Hoodie Gadget generaton.gone wild! Got to hope they will come to their senses someday. Tattoos and piercings are getting to be old news!


July 27th, 2011
7:36 am

Curry wanted to get out before his player’s legal trouble became a liability, it seems.

The Truth

July 27th, 2011
8:07 am

What ever happened to the great “star jackson”, the gb from ‘Bama?


July 27th, 2011
9:22 am

@The Truth

Star got sick in Fall practice and missed basically a week prior to the first game. His attitude led to a first half suspension in the first game and he never truly recovered during the season. After the ‘Bama game, he disconnected from the program completely and was enrolled through Spring but has not resurfaced as far as I know.

I personally believe he thought his hype and ability would immediately land the job but he did not work hard enough to earn the trust back with the coaching staff.


July 27th, 2011
11:12 am

I have to echo GStateBen. I think Star expected it to be easy. His effort during games was lackluster when he had an opportunity to shine.

CBC is a class act. We are lucky to have him. I definitely understand his apprehension to sign ANY contract at age 68.

I also have to say I LOVE LEVICK. At the meet and greet with the team earlier this year, I brought my copy of the ESPN magazine featuring GSU. I was able to get several player signatures and I was adamant to get Levick to sign it too. We really have to thank her for getting us to this point. Man, I can’t wait for Sept. 2!!


July 27th, 2011
4:51 pm

GSU is so lucky to have Coach Bill Curry.

Glad Hill is off the team.


July 27th, 2011
5:18 pm

Georgia fan here, but I have to say Bill Curry is a class act. I hope before too many years GSU will be competing with Georgia and Tech.


July 28th, 2011
8:13 am

Georgia State Panthers, you have a head coach in Bill Curry with whom any student athlete will benefit greatly; both on the gridiron and in life.

Looking forward to following your progress over the years as you continue to build a successful football and athletic program. Good luck, and best wishes.

VSU Alumnus

July 28th, 2011
8:34 am

Bill Curry gave GSU instead creditability,but now it is time to start thinking about a new,young coach. When you play Murray State take a look at their QB coach, Buster Faulkner. He is a Parkview and VSU grad who ran and knows the spread offense. Just a thought. Go Panthers and Blazers.

Sid Miser

July 28th, 2011
8:56 am

I think Coach Curry is one of the classiest head coaches in America and any team except Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia Tech would be lucky to have him.


July 28th, 2011
11:00 am

I’m not too worried about this, though it does make me was to think about Coach Curry leaving. We will be fine though


July 28th, 2011
5:20 pm

ALL TEAMS have growing pains.


July 28th, 2011
10:34 pm

good luck kelton, sucks it ended this way


July 29th, 2011
1:14 am

Disappointed. I was excited to see what Hill could do as the starter from day one. Oh well, hope the other guys are ready to step in.


July 29th, 2011
9:52 am

I think ole’ Bill kinda misses his mountain retreat up in Hignlands

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July 29th, 2011
10:18 am

He’ll renew for FAT $$$ when GSU wins an FCS championship!


July 29th, 2011
10:40 am

Lol @ KeithB- Georgia State won’t win an FCS championship in Curry’s tenure or lifetime.

Harvey D. Pooka

July 29th, 2011
2:50 pm

Urban Meyer is no Bill Curry. {Very few can be considered to be in that elite category.}


July 29th, 2011
2:57 pm

For as long as he wants to stay, this will be a credable program. Parents, you can entrust your childs well being (and growth) to Coach Curry and with a little effort on their part, he will return to you and the world, a well rounded, well balanced, gentleman.

The Dome Is Our Home

July 29th, 2011
4:58 pm

I’m getting concerned by the blind loyalty to CBC. Yes he might be a great teacher to young men, but shouldn’t we hold him accountable for bringing in the players that he himself ends up suspending or having arrested?


July 30th, 2011
9:22 am

@ The dome is our home. Not sure about your logic, he’s their coach not parent. If he raised them then I would agree, but their moral fortitude was established long before he met any of them. Yes he brought them in but their background checks came back clean before now. That’s like saying that a CEO is responsible for an employee that had a clean background check when hired, and then went out and did something stupid. These are 19 year old kids, away from their parents for the first time going to school in downtown Atlanta. Like every other program in the country, I suspect we will have problems every year. Some we’ll hear about most we won’t.

destin dawg

July 31st, 2011
1:11 pm

Curry is a classy guy…. too classy for Alabama… should have stayed in Tech !!!


July 31st, 2011
10:33 pm

Blind loyalty to coach Curry? He didn’t recruit kids knowing they were trouble. That type thing happens in every school in the country. Thinking like that is most likely why he didn’t sign an extension. Go cheer for JAWJA!

VSU Alumnus

August 1st, 2011
7:30 pm

Coach Buster Faulkner update…..He is a rising star. He is now the QB coach and passing game coordinator at Mid Tennessee State. If Coach David Dean were to leave the Blazers(and I hope he does not) we would look at Faulker. Just trying to be helpful. Go Panthers and Blazers.


August 2nd, 2011
7:36 am

GSU is lucky to have Curry. He is as dedicated to building character as he is to building a winning program. There is nothing phony about him.