College Football Talk has confirmed the firing of Summers thanks to a statement from the athletic director.
“I thank Tyson and his family for their contributions to Georgia Southern,” AD Tom Kleinlein said. “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.”
Assistant head coach Chad Lunsford will be bumped up to interim head coach as well.
Summers’ tenure in Georgia has been shaky at best as he came over from Colorado State and immediately threw out the trademark triple option offense. The offense lost nearly 150 rushing yards per game from the previous season and in 2017, their sixth straight loss guaranteed them their first losing season since they’ve been an FBS school.
After averaging 36.5 points per game in 2015 — the year before Summers became coach — the Eagles sit at 123rd nationally at just 18 points per game this fall. The Eagles are averaging over 200 yards per game on the ground and sit 126th nationally in passing yards per game at 103.7.