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.