Georgia State coach Bill Curry announced Wednesday he will retire after the 2012 season.
Curry, 69, also has coached at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky. His time spent at Georgia State was unique. He was hired in 2008 to start the program and led the Panthers to a 6-5 record in their inaugural 2010 season.
Georgia State finished 3-8 in 2011, leaving Curry 9-13 in two seasons.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Tailback Marcus Lattimore looked strong in his brief showing at the Gamecocks’ scrimmage Wednesday night.
Lattimore is returning from knee ligament surgery after tearing his ACL against Mississippi State midway through last season. Lattimore missed South Carolina’s final six games.
Lattimore didn’t play after South Carolina’s first two offensive series. He rushed for 23 yards on five carries, two which went for first downs. He also caught a pass for 5 yards. Lattimore also showed off his tough, inside running style, breaking tackles.
LOUISIANA STATE: About 20 programs have asked for permission to speak with All-America cornerback and punt returner Tyrann Mathieu.
Herb Vincent, the university’s vice chancellor of communications, says LSU only considers granting requests to schools Mathieu has approved, consistent with school policy on athletic transfers.
Officials at McNeese State, where classes began Wednesday, say there remains some leeway for Mathieu to enroll within the next few days.
Mathieu was kicked off the LSU team last Friday, reportedly for a failed drug test.
VALDOSTA STATE: Former Florida State cornerback Greg Reid has enrolled at the Division II school and is practicing with the team.
MARYLAND: Quarterback C.J. Brown will miss the entire 2012 season with a knee injury. Brown tore his ACL in a non-contact drill Tuesday night.
PENN STATE: Joe Paterno sobbed while meeting with his coaches and a former player the day after he was fired from Penn State, according to an excerpt of an upcoming on Paterno to be published in GQ magazine.
“My name,” the Hall of Fame coach was quoted in the excerpt as telling his son and quarterback coach, Jay. “I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something. And now it’s gone.”
Paterno was fired by school trustees in November in the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. He died in January at age 85.
Paterno had granted access to journalist and former Augusta Chronicle columnist Joe Posnanski in 2011 to write a biography. The September issue of GQ features an exclusive excerpt, and the biography will be available in bookstores on Tuesday.
The excerpt described the frantic period on campus after Sandusky’s arrest on Nov. 5 after a state grand jury indictment. Another of Paterno’s sons, lawyer and lobbyist Scott, was described as the first member of the family to see the potential that the grand jury report could end his father’s career.
At the time, Joe Paterno was coming off his 409th career win, which then made him Division I’s winningest coach. The NCAA in July vacated 111 of Paterno’s victories as part of sanctions against Penn State for the Sandusky scandal.
“Dad, you have to face the possibility that you will never coach another game,” Scott Paterno was quoted as telling his father after reading the grand jury report.
Joe Paterno’s relationship with the trustees began to sour after the coach rebuffed suggestions to step down in 2004 from school president Graham Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley. Penn State had only one winning season in five years before Paterno revived the program in 2005 by winning the Big Ten and the Orange Bowl, 26-23 in a triple-overtime classic over Florida State and coaching contemporary Bobby Bowden.
After the scandal broke, the family hired a public relations specialist who at one point asked Penn State football communications and marketing assistant Guido D’Elia for the name of one person on the board to try to negotiate a gracious ending, according to the excerpt.
D’Elia, one of Paterno’s closest advisers, shook his head and referred to the coach’s 2004 encounter with administrators. “The board started to turn,” D’Elia was quoted as saying. “We don’t have anybody on the board now.”
Paterno, along with Spanier, was ousted Nov. 9. They have not been charged with any crimes.
Curley is on leave after he and now-retired school administrator Gary Schultz were charged with lying to a grand jury and failing to report an abuse allegation.
Sandusky is awaiting sentencing in jail after being convicted in June on 45 criminal counts involving 10 boys.