Big Ten: Detroit Pistons
|New Detriot Pistons head coach Michael Curry, left, has passed on his coaching genes to his son, Deon, right, a senior wide receiver for Michigan State.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State wide receiver Deon Curry was being called "coach" before his father got put in charge of the Detroit Pistons.
Curry, the most experienced member of the Spartans receiving corps, is among the offense's most vocal leaders. At practice he fields questions and reviews routes with younger players.
"It must run in the family," quarterback Brian Hoyer said. "Obviously he's a senior, so it kind of comes with the role. But he's very vocal. He helps those guys out. Us calling him 'coach Curry' is really a testament to what he does."
Curry acknowledged he probably got his teaching talents from his father, Michael, who was named Pistons head coach June 9. But the desire to help others has always been there.
"I've always been a verbal guy," said Curry, who had 24 receptions last season. "If anybody's having any problems or anything, I like to go out and help them out so we can all be successful at the same time."
Curry expects his dad to attend every game until the Pistons open training camp. Currently, no Pistons are scheduled to visit the Spartans football team, but Deon Curry said a special guest or two is possible down the line.
Several players have expressed interest in attending games, though Curry hasn't been able to convert them into Michigan State fans.
"I know Rasheed (Wallace) said he wanted to come out to the Notre Dame game," Curry said. "So we'll see. I've been around them for a long time, and they just want to come out and see a game before my career is done."