Georgia Southern vacates three wins after NCAA investigation

The Georgia Southern Eagles football program announced it has vacated three wins — two from 2013 and one from 2014 — following an NCAA investigation into impermissible academic benefits.

According to the school’s release, an ineligible athlete participated in three of the games. As a result, his statistics from the games —  Savannah State and St. Francis in 2013 and UL Monroe in 2014 — will be wiped clean. All eligible athletes who competed in the games will have their statistics remain.

“While it is disappointing to vacate these three victories, we get to put this chapter behind us,” athletic director Tom Kleinlein said in the statement. “The student-athletes on this year’s football team, and teams moving forward, are not affected by the NCAA’s ruling and our goals are still in front of us. In addition to graduating student-athletes and developing leaders, we look forward to competing for conference championships and bowl berths this season and in the future.

“Compliance and academic integrity are of the utmost importance here at Georgia Southern; we will continue to reinforce these values and ensure that our department is operating in a manner that consistently upholds the proud tradition of this University.”

This season, Georgia Southern begins a new era.

After going 9-4 under head coach Willie Fritz a year ago, Fritz moved on to accept the head coaching job at Tulane. Fritz was replaced by former UCF and Colorado State defensive coordinator Tyson Summers.

The Eagles begin their new era on Saturday, Sept. 3 against Savannah State in Statesboro.

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