Thursday Night Football/Georgia State @ Alabama
by, 11-18-2010 at 08:29 PM (1553 Views)
Several years ago, I met Bill Curry for the first time. It was a snowy December night in Boone, N.C. as Appalachian State prepared for a semifinal playoff appearance against Furman in 2005.
Curry, a survivor of many cold, winter days, playing center for the Green Bay Packers, was bundled up in a parka, as he compared the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field with that of Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Curry, who was there to broadcast a college football game in a few days for ESPN, struck me as a southern gentleman and made another big impression as well.
In a business where announcers and color men are notorious for their lack of preparation, here was a big-name ex-coach that showed up in the middle of the week to do his homework.
When Curry was hired to build the Georgia State program from scratch, I figured that the Panthers had the right man for the job.
In the midst of its first season of Division I football, Georgia State has pretty much confirmed my original opinion.
The Panthers are 6-4 as they head into their Thursday night game with defending BCS champion Alabama.
Curry, who spent three years as the head coach at Alabama, gave a rousing pre-game speech that was televised by ESPNU during the early moments of the broadcast.
"When your knees are buckling and you don't feel you can take another step, when you've sweated so much you've lost 14 pounds to dehydration and all you can think about is quitting, you look in your brother's eye and without saying a word. I want him to feel it from you, I cannot let you down."
After watching that speech, I was ready to charge out on Bryant-Denny Stadium.
No one expects this to be much of a game, but with Curry at the controls, you can expect big things in the future from Georgia State.