Georgia State will honor Curry before and during the ODU game

Georgia State will honor Bill Curry, the architect of the football program who is retiring from coaching after the season, before and during Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game against Old Dominion in a variety of ways:

  1. After the team’s 12 seniors are honored, Curry will receive a special presentation from University president Mark Becker and athletics director Cheryl Levick.
  2. Curry’s wife, Carolyn, will participate in the coin toss.
  3. Georgia State’s marching band will honor him by spelling out “Curry” in its pre-game formation.
  4. During the game, tributes from Curry’s former players, coaches and colleagues will be played on the Georgia Dome’s video board.
  5. The Georgia Lottery Corporation will give rally towels featuring Curry’s signature to the first 3,000 fans through the gates.

All if it will be a bit much for Curry, who earlier this week said, “I don’t know about honoring anybody.

“If I deserve to be honored that would be nice, but I don’t. I’m just here to work.”

Curry was introduced by former Georgia State athletic director Mary McElroy as the program’s first coach on June 12, 2008. This after Curry had already spent a lifetime in the game as a player at Georgia Tech and in the NFL, followed later by coaching stints at his alma mater, Alabama and Kentucky.

Curry said he is more looking forward to honoring the seniors, saying last year’s ceremony was beautifully done.

“They are program builders,” he said of the class. “Georgia State will have a great program. I wish it was sooner rather than later.

“We would like to send the out with a victory over a great program like Old Dominion.”

The seniors say they haven’t noticed a change in Curry this week, repeatedly saying that he’s as focused as if it was any other game.

“He’s motivating us like he always does,” tight Emmanuel Ogbuehi said. “Not really much difference in Curry.”

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– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

19 comments Add your comment


October 31st, 2012
3:37 pm

Thanks for letting us know about the plans for honoring Curry, Doug. Without you, fans and alumni would have no clue about all of this!


October 31st, 2012
4:46 pm

…and Athletics is right on cue with the email!

Paul Johnson

October 31st, 2012
4:47 pm

I want my baby back, baby back, baby back, RIBS!!


October 31st, 2012
7:38 pm

While he was helpful setting up the program, it regressed severely each year. The decision to go to the Sun Belt next year when we are nowhere near ready is crazy. I would probably guess will be winless next year too.

Von Trapp

October 31st, 2012
8:17 pm

Word to those honoring Curry…………………He is worthy as he knows das game of American footsball
Ga State on das other hand never has das clue what das game is about. Das all

No mo obama!

October 31st, 2012
9:58 pm

That will probably sell out da dome.

The Georgia Lottery

November 1st, 2012
12:04 am

This is a great deal for us financially. We will have the name recognition through ads, plus 2000 towels to keep. But in all seriousness, congrats Coach Curry. Employment issues are highly exaggerated. Am I right? Right? But seriously, he is putrid.


November 1st, 2012
2:32 am

Bill Curry is a great man. I knew about him while growing up in College Park in the early sixties. He has been class every place he has ever been. No NCAA violations with him He is as clean as they come. I just wish he had had more success in the W/L column. I hope he enjoys this retirement, I think he has accomplished as much as humanly possible. Good luck, Coach Curry.


November 1st, 2012
7:33 am

It sounds like the players are up to give a good fight so I wish all goes well for the Panthers to have a victory tomorrow night.


November 1st, 2012
8:04 am

To get to watch a win would be nice….not counting on it though. If Georgia State wins in the Dome, but no one is there to see it did Georgia State win?

I’m more excited for the 2nd exhibition basketball game on Sunday!

Star Jackson

November 1st, 2012
10:31 am

On hand for the ceremony honoring CBC will be Star, Drew Little, and a host of other ex-Panther QBs who Curry either ran off or turned into wide receivers.

T.Earl Blinkhorn

November 1st, 2012
12:01 pm

Coach Curry is as much a Atlanta icon as the Coca Cola building, Officer Don or the Varsity. I’ve read the headlines following his career since I was a kid in the sixties and had the opportunity to talk to him in the Atlanta airport once. He seemed to be a genuinely nice guy with SUPER focus. He has earned his retirement and I do hope he enjoys the rest of his life but Atlanta (and Ga Tech) should turn out to honor him, I know I will……

Chicken Bone

November 1st, 2012
12:11 pm

Amen Mr. T. Earl. Me too!!! GO PANTHERS!!!


November 1st, 2012
12:17 pm

Coach Curry hasn’t accomplished everything I look for in a coach in regards to the Win Loss percentage, but creating a program from scratch after being out of the coaching business for 10 years I think he has done pretty well. When all is said and done and he writes a book about this particular experience I would buy it, read it, and recommend it especially for the newer Ga College Football programs like Kennesaw, Mercer, and Reinhardt etc… Curry’s successes and some very unpleasant failures at Ga State can offer alot of knowledge to the newer programs.

Good luck in your future endeavors Mr. Curry your kind with your courage will be missed.

Les Wilson

November 1st, 2012
3:16 pm

Bill Curry was always a hero of mine even when he left Ga. Tech and foolishly(I thought) went to Alabama-I always thought he could have stayed at Tech as long as he wanted to. Having known him both in Little League and at College Park High, he was always a leader and a terrific person to be around. If he wanted to be a coach for a school who needed an experienced coach to start a football program, was there any reason why he should not be the one? The dummies who voice their idiotic rants against a person who had the guts to take on such a thankless job have obviously never done anything close to what Bill Curry has attempted and should just crawl back into the holes from which they came–happy retirement, Coach Curry—-may your friends , family, and true fans enhance your retired days and may you never think of your involvement as anything but a service and a tremendous asset to a program that you started and successfully made possible. Your lifelong leadership for others has truly left a legacy that no one could ever equal.

Les Wilson
Columbia, SC


November 1st, 2012
5:08 pm

I hope the seniors and Coach Curry can leave with a win.


November 2nd, 2012
8:21 am

Coach Curry deserves the accolades (and out admiration). Thank you,

Coach Curry deserves the acculades (and our admiration). Thank you, Coach.

oh no!

November 2nd, 2012
8:23 am

Georgia Lottery Commission has no business or right to stick their nose into this celebration. Take that money wasted on towels and put it to good use, issuing more scholarships. This commission needs complete overhaul, from top to bottom, and to return to being a competent, respected organization. it needs to stop wasting money and promoting stupid games and stupider commercials.

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