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Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Georgia State football coach Bill Curry will retire at the end of the 2012 season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.

A news conference was called for Wednesday afternoon.

Georgia State will move from the FCS to the FBS next year and play in the Sun Belt Conference.

Curry told his team he was retiring at a meeting Tuesday morning before the Panthers' practice.

He has a career record of 92-118-4 and will turn 70 in October.

Georgia State offensive tackle Ramell Davis reacted to the news on Twitter on Wednesday: "The general leaving the soldiers at the end of the season Bout to give him one of the best seasons of his career #StateofShock movement."

Curry began his coaching career at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, where he captained the team in 1964, before playing for a decade in the NFL. He then moved onto Alabama, where he won the SEC Coach of the Year award in 1989, and Kentucky from 1990-96.

In 2008, he was hired to lead Georgia State's start-up program after working at ESPN as an analyst for many years. In the Panthers' inaugural season as an FCS independent in 2010, Curry led them to a 6-5 record. Last year, the Panthers struggled to a 3-8 mark.

They are playing in CAA Football for one season this year.

Curry's contract ends next year. He had said several factors would help him decide to stop coaching, including his health and the possibility of spending more time with his family.

Georgia State opens Curry's final season against South Carolina State on Aug. 30 at the Georgia Dome.

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