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Day 7: Georgia Southern Eagles

Location: Statesboro, Georgia

Introduction: Yet another newish FBS team, started play in 1924, the school suspended play for World War 2, unfortunately no one informed the school of the end of the war until 1984, when the team started playing at the FCS level again. They would eventually move up to the FBS level in 2014.

Biggest achievement: 6 times FCS national champions, including 4 within their first 10 seasons of play (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999 and 2000).

Beating Florida as an FCS school without completing a single pass [proceeds to go on a rant which exceeds the character limit about Will Muschamp ].

Taking the step up to the FBS in stride, going 9-3 and 9-4 with a Sun Belt championship (2014) and their first bowl win (2015's season GoDaddy Bowl, 58-27 over Bowling Green State) within their first two seasons.

Biggest failure: Regressing back to 5-7 in 2016/

Traditions: Yellow School Buses, when the school started play in 1984 they were struggling for transportation, the school district offered them two yellow buses for $1 each, they took the offer and still use the buses on gamely today, to get from the practice facility to the stadiums.

Head coach: Willie Fritz was their first HC in the FBS, taking them to a 17-7 record over 2 seasons, he would leave for Tulane at the end of the 2015 season. Was named the 2014 Sun Belt coach of the year.

Tyson Summers is the current HC, the former Presbyterian LB broke into coaching as a DB coach at a high school in Georgia, he would be named as Georgia Southern HC at the end of 2015, his first HC job. He would take them to a 5-7 record.

Notable former players: Antwione Williams, 2016 6th round draft pick, started 3 games for the Lions.

J.J. Wilcox, 2013 3rd round draft pick, 2 year starter for Dallas.

Rob Bironas, K, only Georgia Southern player to make a Pro Bowl.

Stadium: Paulson Stadium, opened 1983, last renovated 2014, 25,000 capacity.

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