Hatcher releases statement

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Chris Hatcher has released a statement regarding GSU's decision to not renew his contract.

From GSU head coach Chris Hatcher:

I was informed after our win on Saturday that I would no longer be the Head Coach at Georgia Southern. I am sad and disappointed, but have no regrets. I took this job with excitement and determination. We set out to rebuild a program and we're well on our way.

This is an excellent University and I am proud to have had an opportunity to be a part of it. The fan support and passion here is second to none. Statesboro is an excellent place to live and raise a family. We have some great friends and great memories from our time at Georgia Southern and they will stay with us always.

We came here with a plan and, as a staff, we worked tirelessly to execute that plan. I am proud that we leave the Georgia Southern football program in better shape than we found it when we got here.

I feel for our seniors. They have given everything they have for Georgia Southern. They laid it all on the line. I hate for them to leave with this in their hearts.

I feel for the younger players. We sold them on a vision. We brought in three excellent signing classes. These are quality young men who will succeed.

I feel for our fans. I think the fans know that it takes more than a couple of years to rebuild a program. The fans want results, but I truly believe they knew they were just around the corner.

I may not understand the rationale behind the decision to let this staff go. I am clear on this though: I appreciate the opportunity to have coached here and I sincerely wish the members of the team nothing but success in the future.

Tough times don't last but tough people do. Chris Hatcher is as tough as it gets. I will be back on the sidelines soon and I hope Georgia Southern fans root as hard for me as I will be rooting for them.

©2009 WTOC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.