Curry on Sandusky and Paterno

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.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC.com. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu. We are starting to build some momentum on twitter, let’s keep it up. Tell your friends.

22 comments Add your comment

Panama

November 8th, 2011
6:17 pm

First

Good Work Doug. Has been a rough day is sports between talk of JoePa and Smoking Joe

zgoldatl

November 8th, 2011
8:19 pm

good work, Bleed Blue

Panther4Life

November 8th, 2011
9:22 pm

PLEASE Beat UWA. I cannot imagine losing to the coach who ran up the score on UWG in such an unprofessional manner. Will Hall is disgusting and deserves to be punished.

FIRE BILL CURRY NOW

November 8th, 2011
9:36 pm

Hey Bill why don’t you concentrate on coaching? Good idea? The 30k+ students of GSU and 175k+ alumni all think so too

hammer22

November 9th, 2011
12:51 am

@FIRE BILL CURRY NOW, relax man. Curry belongs at GSU. Other people I’m not so sure.

PantherRyan

November 9th, 2011
10:18 am

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.”

That is all about heart. We have a some very talented and hard working players on this team, but we also have some cancer that needs to be cut out. I am looking forward to a roster purge this winter and a STRONG recruiting class this spring.

FIRE CURRY

November 9th, 2011
10:48 am

CRO-MAGNON MAN

November 9th, 2011
12:00 pm

FIRE BILL CURRY NOW:
HOW STUPID TO SAY SOMETHING LIKE THIS….USUALLY PEOPLE WHO CALL FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO BE FIRED ARE LOSERS WHO HAVE NEVER ACCOMPLISHED ANYTHING IN LIFE..THEY ARE SO ENVIOUS OF THE ONES LIKE BILL CURRY WHO HAVE ACCOMPLISHED MUCH….SO GET THAT APRON BACK ON AND GET IN THERE AND FRY UP SOME MORE FRIES AT THAT MCDONALD’S WHERE YOU WORK…..

Stepped in it

November 9th, 2011
12:26 pm

I’ve always liked Curry, but he should let this thing shake out a bit. Things are too emotional to make a statement like the one he made. If he wants to support his friends…that’s commendable…however he should do it personally, not in the media. He sounds (rightly or wrongly) like the people who made this tragedy possible…an enabler.

Panther4Life

November 9th, 2011
12:50 pm

Nobody stepped into it. Curry stated he could not comment because he did not know enough.

OldFan

November 9th, 2011
12:52 pm

This is why Curry has been and always be a LOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE IS A BLOWHARD!!!!!!! Curry has lived his life talking and never producing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Panther4Life

November 9th, 2011
12:55 pm

Yeah and he has made a pile of $$ doing so. Sure he could care less you or I think. He’s busy counting his money….

Bankshot

November 9th, 2011
1:04 pm

Curry was a good player, never a good coach. I don’t understand how he can continue to sell his lack of coaching talent to anyone.

Simuel

November 9th, 2011
1:06 pm

Any chance CMR will go to Penn State???

bigdawg88

November 9th, 2011
1:12 pm

Why fire Bill Curry now? How many years have they had a football team? You think you go from nothing to contenders in a couple of years? Get real! Look how long it took SMU to get back to mediocre. Curry is a good start, the next coach may bring you up to the next level. Let Curry at least put a decent foundation in place.

Phildo

November 9th, 2011
3:05 pm

Agree with Bankshot, but remember, there’s alway a willing buyer for someone is good at talking without producing. Curry’s sanctimonous line of pap always sells.

To Old Fan

November 9th, 2011
3:16 pm

Fire Mark Richt, Fire Paul Johnson, Fire Bill Curry, Fire Jeff Monken, Fire Mike Smith, Fire Brian Gregory, Fire Ron Hunter, Fire Charlton Young, fire them all.

They all have lost games fire all of them.

See how intelligent you sound!

GSU Panther

November 9th, 2011
3:40 pm

I support the coach and Georgia State foot ball team. We need to be realistic though, for us to be as good as Georgia Southern, we may need another 10 years.

Sloppy

November 9th, 2011
5:25 pm

I just saw where TheSportsNetwork.com picked Division II UWA over GSU. Yikes. You need to hurry up and move up into the Big East so you can avoid these Division II games. Or schedule more NAIA schools. You certainly wouldn’t have a problem with NAIA schools. Because you are Division I. Yes, that is it. To avoid these tough matchups, you need to move to the FBS. Because that is easier. (Are you at all starting to understand how stupid your fanbase sounded?)

Baltisraul.....

November 9th, 2011
9:24 pm

Any word from Jerry Sandusky’s wife and children on this situation? Does he have a wife and children? I just don’t have any clue about his marital status.

Pennsylvania CAA Fan

November 9th, 2011
9:56 pm

Serious question – could GSU beat a team like Kutztown University this year? You may not have heard of them but if I have to ask and the answer is I don’t know then GSU needs to omve in another direction. Simple folks… CAA is waiting

Who Cares?

November 11th, 2011
11:11 am

Who Cares? Really??