ATLANTA — Once again, the lure of college football is bringing Bill Curry back to Atlanta.
Almost 50 years after he began his college playing career at Georgia Tech, Curry will become the first coach of Georgia State’s new football program Thursday.
Curry’s hire was confirmed by a person with knowledge of the process who did not want to be identified because the school has scheduled a news conference for Thursday.
The 65-year-old Curry will join former Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves as patriarchs of the program. Reeves has served as a consultant and helped raise $1.2 million in pledged funds for the program.
Reeves said he was not part of the selection process but said “I can tell you this, I think that is a heck of a choice, a great deal for Georgia State, if that is the case.
“I think Bill will do a super job. He’s got a great reputation. You couldn’t ask for anyone better to start Georgia State’s program. He’s got college experience, he has recruited and he lieves in Atlanta. I think that’s fantastic.”
Reeves said he was asked if he’d be interested in the job.
“They talked to me but I just felt they needed to get somebody with college experience and who has recruited and is excited about the job,” Reeves said.
Georgia State athletic director Mary McElroy and university president Carl Patton announced in April the school will begin play in 2010 as a Football Championship Subdivision team (formerly Division I-AA).
The Panthers will compete in the Colonial Athletic Association and will play their home games at the Georgia Dome.