Tyson Summers Out At Georgia Southern
At least one Sun Belt Conference football team will be looking for a new head football coach during the offseason.
The Georgia Southern Eagles relieved Tyson Summers of his duties on Sunday.
The one-and-a-half-season Summers era was nothing short of disaster in Statesboro, Georgia, and came to a merciful end on Sunday.
The 37-year old Summers, who was previously the defensive coordinator at Colorado St., before accepting the head coach job at Georgia Southern prior to last season, ruffled some feathers immediately, getting rid of the Eagles’ traditional triple option.
That turned out to not be a wise move, as Georgia Southern’s rushing average fell by nearly 150 yards per game and their its scoring average shrunk by nearly 10 points a contest, as the Eagles finished 5-7, a decline from their 8-4 season of 2015 under former head coach Willie Fritz, who left to take the Tulane job..
This season, it got worse. Summers replaced co-offensive coordinators David Dean and Rance Gillespie prior to the season, and was later sued by both for breach of contract.
The Eagles did return to the triple option attack, but it didn't help, as they dropped their fist five games, before losing to previously winless Massachusetts on Saturday, 55-20, falling to 0-6 in the process.
In parts of two seasons, Georgia Southern finished 5-13 under Summers.
Assistant head coach Chad Lundsford will reportedly serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season, including Saturday's game at Troy.