Legendary Berwick head coach George Curry flatly denies any wrongdoing
Berwick football coach George Curry flatly denied he influenced two student-athletes to transfer from Nanticoke Area to Berwick.
Curry made his first public comments since Berwick superintendent Wayne Brookhart suspended all football operations for two weeks on Tuesday.
On Thursday night, in a telephone interview with The Citizens' Voice, Curry refuted allegations that recruiting influenced the transfer.
"It's not true. It never happened," Curry said. "My attitude is whatever shows up on the first day of football practice I am coaching. Do I go and recruit? No."
On Thursday, The Citizens' Voice obtained a screen shot of a Facebook post written by one of the student-athletes that transferred that may indicate otherwise. It's unclear as to when the message was posted to Facebook.
The post states: "Berwick football coach on my couch talkin (sic) to my parents."
Curry said the post is inaccurate.
"Never," Curry said. "There was no coach. None."
Nanticoke Area solicitor Vito DeLuca said Thursday the district is aware of the Facebook message and the district is conducting its own investigation.
"I know there is a Facebook post that may or may not be relevant to the investigation," DeLuca said. "I haven't seen the post myself. We are doing our own investigation from our end, and we haven't concluded it yet."
District 2 chairman Frank Majikes said Wednesday he received paperwork from both schools. He said both schools signed off on one of the student-athletes, but not the other. Because of that, a hearing before the District 2 committee will be held to determine whether or not athletic eligibility will be immediately granted.
Majikes indicated he would like to get the hearing scheduled as quickly as possible, but it will be up to the availability of both schools for that to happen.
It's against PIAA rules to transfer to another school for athletic purposes.
If the District 2 athletic committee finds the transfer was for athletic purposes, the athlete would be ineligible for one year. The athlete does have the right to appeal to the PIAA headquarters.
The transfer issue is part of Berwick's internal investigation. The shutdown is expected to end May 26.
Curry is preparing for his fourth season with the Bulldogs since returning in June 2012.
In his previous stint at Berwick, which lasted 35 years, Curry led the Bulldogs to six PIAA Class AAA Championships.
Since returning to Berwick, Curry is 33-6 and his teams have qualified for the District 2 finals in all three seasons.
Berwick won the 2013 district title, finished 14-1 and advanced to the PIAA semifinals, where it was eliminated by eventual champion Archbishop Wood.