After slumping to 3-8 last year, the Panthers really took a tumble this season. They opened with a 33-6 loss to South Carolina State at the Georgia Dome, and things really haven’t gotten much better. The only win came against Rhode Island, which hasn’t beaten anyone. Outside of that 41-7 triumph, Georgia State has been outscored 366-143, losing by an average margin of nearly 25 points a game.
‘‘It really painful,’’ Curry said. ‘‘For anybody that’s a driven competitor — and nobody that does this is not a driven competitor — it’s embarrassing to go out and not be a winner. We all want to be winners.’’
He’s got one more chance, then it’s on to retirement.
Curry said his immediate plans are to do anything and everything his wife, Carolyn, asks of him. He’s also looking forward to spending time with his five grandchildren. He vowed to ‘‘be at everything they do,’’ remembering a conversation with his son that helped persuade him to retire.
‘‘He said, ‘Well, you missed our childhood, daddy. Are you going to do it again?'’’ the coach said. ‘‘That settled it.’’
Still, he'll miss the sort of moments he had Thursday. The daily grind of practice. The interactions with everyone from players and coaches to trainers and equipment managers. The giddy enthusiasm that erupted at the end of the day, when defensive lineman Theo Agnew and assistant coach Ricky Thomas broke into song and dance, egged on and encircled by Curry and the rest of the squad.
‘‘This is what team sports should be,’’ Curry said, his eyes watering up. ‘‘I'm going to miss the guys. I'm going to miss them every day.’’
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