Fran Curci

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Fran Curci
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1938-06-11) June 11, 1938 (age 75)
Playing career
1957–1959 Miami (FL)
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1968–1970
1971–1972
1973–1981
1991
1992
Tampa
Miami (FL)
Kentucky
Tampa Bay Storm
Cincinnati Rockers
Head coaching record
Overall 81–70–2 (college)
Bowls 1–0
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 SEC (1976)
Awards
SEC Coach of the Year (1977)

Fran Curci (born June 11, 1938) is a former American football player and coach. He was an All-American quarterback at the University of Miami in 1959. He served as head coach at the University of Tampa from 1968 to 1970, the University of Miami from 1971 to 1972 and the University of Kentucky from 1973 to 1981.

Curci lead the University of Tampa Spartans to a 25–6 record in three seasons (1968–1970). After his team defeated the Miami Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl in 1970, and Tampa finished that season 10–1, he was hired by the University of Miami.[1]

Curci's record at Miami was 9–13. He was head coach at Miami during the infamous Florida Flop in 1971, when the University of Florida's defensive players allowed Miami to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter by dropping to the ground mid-play so that University of Florida quarterback John Reaves could get the ball back and set an NCAA career passing record. Florida won the game 45–16. Curci refused to shake hands with Florida coach Doug Dickey after the game, and was quoted as saying, "I lost all respect for [Dickey] as a coach and as a man. What he did shows no class... I think he made a fool of himself."[2][3]

During his tenure at the University of Kentucky, Curci compiled a record of 47–51–2. He led the team to their second Southeastern Conference championship in 1976. The 1976 Kentucky Wildcats finished 9–3, 5–1 in conference play, and defeated North Carolina in the Peach Bowl 21–0, finishing ranked #18 in the final Associated Press poll. The 1977 Wildcats finished 10–1, including a win at #4 Penn State and an undefeated record in conference play. The 1977 squad did not go to a bowl game and were ineligible for the conference championship due to NCAA sanctions incurred the previous year, but finished the season ranked #6 in the final Associated Press poll.

Curci's tenure as Kentucky's coach ended after 9 seasons, longest of any Kentucky coach. In his final game as Kentucky's coach, Curci led the Wildcats to a 21–10 victory over Tennessee on November 21, 1981.

Curci later coached in arena football with the Tampa Bay Storm in 1991, the Cincinnati Rockers in 1992, and did radio broadcasts for Tampa Bay Buccaneers and college football games.

After leaving coaching, Curci served as Parks Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Curci now lives in Tampa and volunteers at the VA hospital.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Tampa Spartans (Independent) (1968–1970)
1968 Tampa 7–3
1969 Tampa 8–2
1970 Tampa 10–1
Tampa: 25–6
Miami Hurricanes (Independent) (1971–1972)
1971 Miami 4–7
1972 Miami 5–6
Miami: 9–13
Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (1973–1981)
1973 Kentucky 5–6 3–4 T–5th
1974 Kentucky 6–5 3–3 T–4th
1975 Kentucky 2–8–1 0–6 10th
1976 Kentucky 8–4 4–2 T–3rd W Peach 19 18
1977 Kentucky 10–1 6–0 T–1st 6
1980 Kentucky 4–6–1 2–4 T–7th
1979 Kentucky 5–6 3–3 T–5th
1980 Kentucky 3–8 1–5 8th
1981 Kentucky 3–8 2–4 T–6th
Kentucky: 47–51–2 25–30
Total: 81–70–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of Tampa Football History". Tampa Bay Football History Network. Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  2. ^ Harig, Bob (2007-09-06). "UM-UF rivalry was once the biggest in the state". ESPN College Football (ESPN.com). Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  3. ^ Marz, Jim (2004). Tales from the Miami Hurricanes Sideline. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 978-1-58261-751-0. 
  4. ^ http://www.fws.gov/southeast/hotissues/5_mussels_rec-plan.pdf

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