The Chad Lunsford era at Georgia Southern ended on Monday, with the Eagles firing him after a 1-3 start to the season.
Lunsford had been a coach at Georgia Southern for nearly a decade, first as an assistant coach and then as the head coach, starting midway through the 2017 season. His high-water mark was a 10-win season in 2018.
Lunsford is being let go after three straight winning seasons and three straight bowl appearances, along with a 28-21 career record. His only other losing record was a 2-4 record in 2017, when he took over midway through the season.
Georgia Southern athletic director Jared Benko said on Monday that “We’ve got to get this program back on the trajectory we need to be on.”
Kevin Whitley will be the interim head coach.
This is the third head-coaching change since the start of the 2021 season. UConn and Randy Edsall parted ways before Labor Day, and USC fired Clay Helton in September.
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2021-22 FBS Coaching Changes
Georgia Southern: Chad Lunsford (fired on Sept. 27; Kevin Whitley to serve as interim head coach).
USC: Clay Helton (fired on Sept. 13, Donte Williams to serve as interim head coach).
UConn: Randy Edsall (left program Sept. 6, Lou Spanos to serve as interim head coach).