The search for Georgia Southern University's next head football coach marches on, largely thought to be narrowed down to three candidates: Interim head coach Dell McGee, former GS defensive coordinator and current Penn State assistant coach Brent Pr,y and Charleston Southern head coach Jamey Chadwell. The whole process has been a very long game of he said, she said.
A report from WVU website Blue Gold Sports claims that defensive coordinator Tony Gibson reached out to GS athletic director Tom Kleinlein for an interview, but was subsequently turned down. Many fans who believe this report to be accurate were very confused and tweeting at Kleinlein as to why Gibson could not secure an interview for the open position.
@TKleinleinAD the best candidate that can bring in the best staff is tony gibson. Just look at his resume and what he did to us— Bobby Seward (@gatanation4life) December 15, 2015
Will the GSU athletic department please contact Tony Gibson about coaching the Eagles. He wants to be here. At least interview the man— Brian Carter (@BrianCarter1012) December 15, 2015
Seeing a lot of people mentioning Tony Gibson. I like all I've researched on him so far. And he has a lot of good friends who are P5 OCs.— Sun Belt Bullies (@sunbeltbullies) December 14, 2015
A report surfaced late yesterday from the Savannah Morning News stating that Pry was unlikely to be named head coach of the Eagles. If all news is to be believed, Chadwell and McGee seem to be the two finalists for the position.
Chadwell sports a 28-10 record as CSU head coach, including a 10-3 mark this season, being defeated by Jacksonville State University in the FCS quarterfinals. Chadwell's 18 victories over the last two seasons are the most over a two-year stretch in program history, and the offense run at CSU is believed to be very similar to the one the Eagles run, albeit with more pass attempts on average (21) per game.
McGee was nominated this season for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's most outstanding assistant coach. The former Auburn wide receiver and cornerback came to GS in 2014 and was named the Eagles' running back coach and later assistant head coach.
It has yet to be seen if Kleinlein has plans to hire a head coach before the bowl game, but whomever he chooses will need to assure the incoming recruits that they will be the right man for the job.
UPDATE: Pry may be back in contention for the job.
Heard from a couple of sources that Brent Pry is still in talks with Georgia Southern and may be willing to compromise on salary— Nathan Deen (@NathanDeenSMN) December 17, 2015