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Georgia Southern fires head coach Chad Lunsford

The Eagles started 1-3 and haven’t beat an FBS team this season

Georgia Southern head football coach Chad Lunsford welcomes running back Gerald Green back to the sideline after Green scores a rushing touchdown against visiting Louisiana Saturday night. Enoch Autry via Imagn Content Services, LLC

The Georgia Southern Eagles have fired head coach Chad Lunsford after a 28-20 loss to Louisiana on Saturday.

Lunsford was 28-21 (17-14 in Sun Belt) across five seasons in Statesboro, including three bowl appearances and two wins. He is third head coach let go so far in 2021, with Clay Helton at USC and Randy Edsall at UConn ahead of him.

The triple option offense has been a tradition since Paul Johnson’s tenure at GSU, and is a core part of the culture at Georgia Southern, one of the more interesting jobs in all of college football. Lunsford joined the Georgia Southern staff as wide receivers coach in 2013, and was named interim halfway through the 2017 season.

The Eagles added a new athletic director Jared Benko from Mississippi State in March of 2020, and he’ll make the decision as to the replacement. With the Sun Belt now having teams such as Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, and Louisiana that regularly appear in the Top 25 rankings, it’s a tougher job than ever.

But it’s also in an area of the country with access to plenty of high school talent, though in a part of the state that’s a bit remote as well. We’ll add the official announcement when it’s added, as well as any information on who is the interim head coach.

GSU was a 14.5-point underdog against Louisiana, and did cover the spread yesterday for the first time in 2021.