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Could Hatcher Leave the Nest?

Will Chris Hatcher be in Stateboro long enough to continue the legacy of Erk Russell at GSU? Will Chris Hatcher be in Stateboro long enough to continue the legacy of Erk Russell at GSU?

STATESBORO, GA -- Could Georgia Southern's head coach be one and done?

Chris Hatcher is the subject of rumors for at least two different open coaching positions.

The first, the head coaching job at Duke University. The Blue Devils fired coach Ted Roof after a 6-45 record in four seasons.

Several sources say Hatcher is on the short list for that job, along with former Alabama coach Mike Shula.

Hatcher had a 7-4 record with the Eagles in his first season, and was within one missed field goal of a Southern Conference title.

The other position is one that coach Hatcher is very familiar with, offensive coordinator at Florida State.

Hatcher was a leading candidate for that position last season, before he took the GSU job.

Jimbo Fisher landed that job, but is now rumored to be a candidate for several head coaching jobs, including Georgia Tech and Arkansas. So Hatcher's name has already come up as a possible replacement.

He would be a worthy candidate to rehab the FSU offense. The Hatch Attack offense at GSU this season averaged 456 yards and 36 points a game.

While speaking at the Macon Touchdown Club Monday night, Hatcher told a reporter from the Macon Telegraph he's not paying attention to college football openings around the nation.

"Valdosta was a great job, had the opportunity to go to Georgia Southern, which I thought was a better job." Hatcher told the Telegraph. "I love being the coach at Georgia Southern. I hope I'm there for a long, long, long time."

"We had some great highs, and we had some low lows," Hatcher said. "But the passion and enthusiasm for Georgia Southern is as high as it's ever been. We've got the attitude going in the right direction, and we've got the fans excited."

Reported by: Andrew Davis, andrewdavis@wtoc.com

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