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Bill Curry To Announce Retirement As Georgia State Football Coach, According To Report

Georgia State head football coach Bill Curry will reportedly announce his retirement effective at the end of the season to his team Wednesday morning before practice.

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Head coach Bill Curry of the Georgia State Panthers celebrates their 41-7 win over the Shorter Hawks with Parris Lee #7 at Georgia Dome on September 2 2010 in Atlanta Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Bill Curry of the Georgia State Panthers celebrates their 41-7 win over the Shorter Hawks with Parris Lee #7 at Georgia Dome on September 2 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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According to a report, legendary coach Bill Curry will retire as head coach of Georgia State at the end of the season. He is expected to announce the decision Wednesday morning to his team with an official announcement likely to follow. As written by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the move isn't completely unexpected given Curry's age.

He will turn 70 in October and his contract, with a base salary of $350,000, ends next year. When asked in the past if he was going to stay on, Curry has repeatedly answered that he will make that decision when the season ends in November. He has said several factors would help him make up his mind, including his health and the possibility of spending more time with his family. He and wife Carolyn have two children and five grandchildren. Curry has also spoke in the past of continuing his mentoring and philanthropic activities, which are important to him.

By timing for this announcement is good for Georgia State because it will give school officials more time in the search for a replacement. That hire will be critical as the Panthers move into the Sun Belt next season at the Division I level. Curry is former head coach at Georgia Tech and Alabama. He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1985 and SEC Coach of the Year in 1989. His went 6-5 in Georgia State's inaugural season but slipped back to 3-8 a season ago.

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