In one of the more intense moments of any press conference this year, Georgia State coach Bill Curry called former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky a friend and Joe Paterno among one of his best friends in the coaching profession on Tuesday.
The pain and confusion Curry felt was evident as the news about Sandusky, indicted on 40 counts of sexually abusing young boys, and Paterno, who is reportedly being forced out of a job he’s held for 46 years, continues to develop.
“Joe and Sue Paterno are among our best friends in the coaching profession,” Curry said. “Joe has been a mentor to me. I can’t even tell you. I don’t have words. I wish I knew more. I don’t know enough to say anything to defend or not defend anybody.”
Curry gathered himself for a moment and then continued.
“I just know in my heart of hearts that Joe is a great man and a man of integrity. But our heart goes out to the children most of all,” he said.
“It’s just a nightmare.”
In other news from the press conference:
Curry said he appreciates all of Georgia State’s fans. However, he said he will make the decisions regarding the staff and those decisions will be made after the season. He also said that he intends to fulfill his contract, which expires in 2013. He will then decide what he wants to do. Athletic director Cheryl Levick said that “Bill is our man,” and repeated an answer from earlier this year that Curry is welcome to coach at Georgia State for as long as he wants.
Running back Donald Russell (ankle) is questionable for this weekend’s game at West Alabama. If Russell can’t play, Travis Evans and Parris Lee will see more carries. Kicker Christian Benvenuto will be a game-time decision. Quarterback Drew Little, suspended for last week’s game after breaking a team rule, is eligible to play this week.
Watching the tape of the loss to St. Francis, Curry said we just “got blocked, just blocked by people that shouldn’t have been able to block us. We had a physical advantage. … It’s just embarrassing.”
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