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Local Roundup: Michael Curry to host Curry Cup bowling benefit
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    Michael Curry, Georgia Southern Basketball Hall of Famer and current associate head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, will host a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County.
    The Curry Cup, to be held August 20 at The Clubhouse in Statesboro, will feature a bowling tournament.
    Registration for each four-man team is $200.
    The event will feature professional athletes, coaches and former GSU greats. Trophies will be awarded for first- and second-place individuals and a Curry Cup trophy for the winning team.
    There will also be a "Meet the PLayers" reception at 7 p.m. on August 19 for those who register.
    For more information, contact Mike Backus at (912) 489-3265 or visit

Russell listed on Buchannon Watch
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The race for the 2011 Buck Buchanan Award, sponsored by, kicked off Monday with The Sports Network's announcement that six returning finalists from last season are part of a stellar 20-player Watch List for the Football Championship Subdivision's top individual defensive honor.
    The list includes Georgia Southern junior nose tackle Brent Russell, who earned numerous All-America honors after the Eagles’ successful 2010 campaign.
    The Buchanan Award is in its 17th season and will be presented to the FCS' outstanding defensive player at the national awards banquet Thursday, Jan. 5, in Frisco, Texas.

Hurst named head of GSU AMR
    Georgia Southern announced Monday the hiring of Torye Hurst as assistant athletics director for Athletics Media Relations.
    A veteran in the media relations field, Hurst comes to Georgia Southern after 11 years at Virginia Tech where he served as associate director of athletics communications. He will join the department Aug.  1.
    Hurst was the primary communications contact for the Virginia Tech Women's Basketball team as well as the Men's and Women's tennis programs. In that role he composed media guides and game programs as well as game notes.
    Additionally, Hurst has handled the play-by-play duties for the Tech baseball program for the last six years and served in the same capacity for webcasts of the 2005 and 2006 ACC Baseball Championships.