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Georgia Southern parted ways with football coach Chad Lunsford on Sunday after a 1-3 start.

The Eagles dropped their third consecutive game on Saturday night, falling 28-20 to visiting Louisiana in their Sun Belt Conference opener in Statesboro, Ga.

"After a thorough review and evaluation of our football program, I have made a decision that change in leadership is in the best interest of our team and university," athletic director Jared Benko said in a statement. "I want to thank Coach Lunsford for his hard work and the impact he has had on the student-athletes within our program. I wish Chad and his family success in the future."

Cornerbacks coach Kevin Whitley will serve as interim coach for the rest of the campaign. The 51-year-old was a Georgia Southern player from 1988-91.

Lunsford, 44, took over midway through the 2017 season and posted a 28-21 record with three bowl appearances.

Georgia Southern is expected to conduct a national search for a replacement, per reports. It is the third vacancy this season in college football, following Connecticut and Southern California.

--Field Level Media

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