Two Former Assistants Sue Georgia Southern
Last year, Georgia Southern debuted a new coaching staff.
It didn't work out very well.
The Eagles, known for their triple option offense, changed some things up under first year head coach Tyson Summers. And, the result was a 5-7 record, even though the Eagles returned 17 starters from the season before.
After the season, Summers fired his co-offensive coordinators. But now both have filed suit against the school's athletic foundation, Summers and Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein, among others.
The separate suits charge breach of contract and fraud, saying the school failed to execute their contracts signed initially for eighteen months and then pressured them to sign a shorter deal just before they were fired.
According to a story from Dan Wolken in USA Today, David Dean and Rance Gillespie signed eighteen month contracts on January 27th, 2016 which established June 30 of this year as the end of the contract. The coaches allege they found out nine months later, Georgia Southern never signed the contracts.
The suit further alleges Summers told the pair in November new contracts were being prepared. The coaches received the new contracts on November 16th after the tenth game of the season against Louisiana. However, the end date of the contract was changed to February 28, 2017.
The two allege the administrators changed the end dates in order to save money, knowing the coaches would be fired at the end of the season. The school has since hired Georgia Tech quarterbacks coach Bryan Cook as offensive coordinator.