STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - That sound you hear in Statesboro is steel chairs trembling in fear.
Georgia Southern and head football coach Chad Lunsford have agreed in principle to a one-year contract extension and raise that will keep Lunsford elbow dropping furniture after Eagle victories through 2023, the school announced Thursday. The agreement must still be approved by the Board of Regents.
“Being the head football coach at Georgia Southern is something that I don’t take lightly and look forward to continuing to work to help our team and university go from good to great,” Lunsford said in a statement released by the school. “It’s a dream to work with a program that has so much tradition and a fan base with so much passion.”
Lunsford led the Eagles to ten wins and a Camellia Bowl victory in 2018. It was the biggest turnaround in the FBS ranks, after Southern won just two games in 2017. The Eagles received votes in the final AP and USA Today polls, both firsts for the program.
“This football team, led by Coach Lunsford and his staff, had incredible success this season,” athletics director Tom Kleinlein said in a statement released by the school. “It was important that we continue to build on the success of this team by maintaining the current leadership of the program."
The agreement also means raises for Lunsford’s ten assistant coaches and several support staff members. The incentive packages for the coaches have also been restructured.
Financial terms have not been disclosed, but the school says they will release them once the deal is approved.