ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State has made former Alabama coach Bill Curry its first football coach.
Curry, also a former coach at Georgia Tech and Kentucky, spent the last decade as a football commentator for ESPN. He says he's ready for a new challenge after receiving a 5-year contract.
Georgia State's new football program begins play in 2010.
The Panthers will compete in the Colonial Athletic Association and will play their home games at the Georgia Dome.
Curry, now 65, guided Alabama to an SEC championship in 1989. He played at Georgia Tech from 1960-1964 and coached the Yellow Jackets for seven years in the 1980s