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Where Might Georgia State Turn To Replace Bill Curry

Georgia State will hold a press conference at 1 PM to announce the retirement of head football coach Bill Curry. Curry was hired in June 2008 to be the first head coach in program history. He is 71 years old and had previously said he would evaluate his contract situation at the end of the season. By announcing now, however, Georgia State can begin their search and hopefully have a candidate hired soon after the conclusion of the season. Here is a brief look at who could be some possible candidates that could be in line to replace at Georgia State.

Pat Hill- The current offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons coached at Fresno State for 15 seasons and was unceremoniously fired after the 2011 campaign in which he had just his second losing season in his tenure in Fresno. He created a consistent winner at Fresno State, compiling a record of 112-80. Other than being the current coach of the Falcons to Curry or the city of Atlanta.

Shane Beamer- The son of legendary Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, Shane is the running backs coach and associate head coach for the Hokies. He previously has served on staffs at Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and South Carolina. Beamer played at Virginia Tech with Georgia State's current defensive coordinator Anthony Midget.

Rod Garner- The longtime assistant coach to Mark Richt at the University of Georgia has said he has aspirations of being a head coach and why not do that in the state where he has made his living for the last 14 years? Garner would be a major steal for the fledgling Panther program, but would do well to look up 316 to see if they can reel in a young, talented coach.

Steve Spurrier Jr.- South Carolina's current wide receivers coach certainly has a last name that would make him a splash hire in the South. The elder Steve Spurrier built powerhouse teams at the University of Florida and has made South Carolina a successful team. The younger Spurrier has at times had play calling duties at USC and has at Arizona and Oklahoma prior to his time in Columbia.

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