Everyone’s favorite weatherman/commentator Bill “Hurricane” Curry will leave the broadcast booth to try the Howard Schnellenberger route and build a new program from the ground up in the twilight of his career. Curry will head the new Georgia State program in Atlanta which will begin playing 1-AA football in 2010.
The Panthers had good luck with their last high-profile athletic hire. Under legendary basketball coach Lefty Driesell, Georgia State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished 29-5 in 2001.
I’m also glad to see Curry out of the broadcast booth, but what will really be interesting is the Tech reaction. Things are all chummy now – Tech alum and former coach coming back to town – but make no mistake: Tech is the competition. Competition for fans, media attention, even some recruits – everything. If Tech has issues selling season tickets now, things will only be tougher with another program in town. I don’t see Tech losing its hold as the city’s top football program, but can they continue to claim the best college coach in town?