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Tyson Summers Out at GS, Lunsford in

By BJ Bennett
SouthernPigskin.com
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Georgia Southern has relieved Tyson Summers of his coaching duties.

After a 55-20 loss at previously-winless UMass, a defeat which dropped Georgia Southern to 0-6 on the season, the Eagles have fired head football coach Tyson Summers. Midway through his second year, Summers had compiled a 5-13 overall record. Dating back to last October, Georgia Southern had won just one of its last eleven games. Summers came to Statesboro after serving as the defensive coordinator at Colorado State and Central Florida.

The struggles, this fall, are pretty pronounced. Georgia Southern currently ranks 123rd in the nation in scoring offense and total offense, slotting 114th in total defense and 126th in scoring defense. Additionally, the Eagles are 109th in penalty yards.

Georgia Southern is currently the only Sun Belt Conference team without a win.

"I thank Tyson and his family for their contributions to Georgia Southern," AD Tom Kleinlein released. "Being the leader of a college football program is more than just coaching games; it's managing academics and leading 120 young men. Tyson did a great job in areas that the public doesn't see, but at the end of the day, the results on the field weren't where we needed them to be as we continue our growth as an FBS program. I wish he and his family all the best moving forward in their future endeavors."

Veteran assistant Chad Lunsford has been named the interim head coach, now in his ninth year with Georgia Southern. Named the program's assistant head coach at the start of the season, Lunsford has overseen recruiting, slotbacks, special teams, running backs and wide receivers at various points during his career with the Eagles. He has also coached at Appalachian State and Georgia Military College and was both the Director of Scouting and Director of Player Personnel at Auburn.

A year ago, Lunsford was named a nominee for the Broyles Award given to the nation's top assistant coach.

"Chad is as 'True Blue' as they come and I'm excited to have him lead our team for the remainder of the 2017 season," Kleinlein added in the statement. "The players respect him and I have full confidence in his abilities as we head into the final six games of the season."

Next up for Georgia Southern is a road game at Troy. Consecutive contests against the Trojans, versus Georgia State, at Appalachian State and against South Alabama feature four of the five league teams with winning conference records.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports