Curry not interested in being GSU AD

Former Georgia State football coach Bill Curry said on Friday that he has no interest in becoming the next athletic director at the university.

ExploreCurrent athletic director Cheryl Levick announced on Friday that she is transitioning to a new role as special assistant to university president Mark Becker.

Curry, 71, served as interim athletic director at Georgia State before Levick’s arrival, before he transitioned to football coach for five years. He retired following the 2012 season.

“I’m happy with what I’m doing,” he said. “(His wife) Carolyn has taken a back seat for 51 years. We have six grandchildren with a seventh arriving in June. I like things the way they are.”

In addition to his family, Curry is also a partner in AIM Sports Reputation, a company that works with athletic departments on crisis management, crisis avoidance and leadership.

“We have plenty to do,” Curry said.

Curry said he wasn't surprised that Levick, 62, will move a new to a role because of the commitment that is needed to work on the Turner Field proposal. Levick said she Becker agreed the next athletic director will need to be focused on the project for at least the next five years.

“She is saying I don’t want to do this that long and I don’t blame her,” Curry said. “To say the least, it has been an arduous task. She has done an awful lot of good things.”

Curry praised Levick’s leadership, particularly as it related to topics close to his heart: integrity and academic and athletic honesty.

“There are so many details (about student behavior, academics and NCAA rules) and it’s so complex,” he said. “She held our nose to the grindstone and I’m proud to say I worked for her, especially in that context. I just think it’s priceless.

“To have the whole department making 3.0s and to be iron tight on compliance, that’s the way it’s supposed to be done.”