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Georgia Southern fires football coach

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(TSX / STATS) -- Halfway through the 2017 season, Georgia Southern is looking for a new football coach after firing Tyson Summers on Sunday.

The Eagles fell to 0-6 -- its worst start since 1981 -- after a 55-20 loss to Massachusetts on Saturday. UMass had not won a game this season before rolling past Georgia Southern.

Chad Lunsford, a longtime assistant at Georgia Southern, will take over as interim coach. The Eagles' next game is Saturday at Troy in a Sun Belt Conference matchup.

Summers had a 5-13 record at the school, which is located in Statesboro, Ga. He was in the second year of a four-year contract that paid him $500,000 annually.

The Georgia native replaced Willie Fritz in 2015 after serving as defensive coordinator at Colorado State and Central Florida. Summers got off to a promising 3-0 start in 2016 since then the Eagles have gone 2-13 over two seasons.

"I thank Tyson and his family for their contributions to Georgia Southern," athletic director Tom Kleinlein said in a statement. "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."

Georgia Southern had enjoyed success as an Football Championship Subdivision program, winning six national titles, and then after moving up to FBS.

The Eagles won 18 games during its first two seasons at college football's highest level, but Summers decided to move away from a triple-option offense that had brought the program success over the years.

After Georgia Southern faltered last year, Summers brought in former Navy assistant coach Bryan Cook to reinstall the triple option, but the offense hasn't improved.

Updated October 22, 2017

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