Before there was Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson, there was Georgia Southern’s Adrian Peterson. The original Peterson was an outstanding running back in his own right, carrying for a 6,559 yards in regular season games, which still stands as a Division I record. (Georgia Southern was an FCS school when Peterson was there from 1998-01.)
Peterson was selected in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft and appeared in 106 games over eight seasons with the Chicago Bears. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.
And now he’s back in Statesboro.
Peterson was formally hired as Georgia Southern’s director of student-athlete development for the Eagles’ football program, where he will work to “provide communication to the football staff on the academic progress of all 100-plus student-athletes on the team.”
“Adding Adrian Peterson to our staff is something that means a lot to Georgia Southern and to our community,” head coach Chad Lunsford said in a statement. “He will serve a daily role in the lives of our student-athletes. His life experiences will definitely be of great benefit to our players and he will be able to serve them as a role model for them. We keep talking about the right fit and blue collar and no exemplifies that more than AP. He will be a huge asset to this program and I’m fired up to be able to get him back to Statesboro.”
“It’s an honor to be back at Georgia Southern, a University that helped me grow as a young man,” Peterson said in a statement. “Now I get the opportunity help our student-athletes grow on and off the field.”
One of two former Georgia Southern players in the College Football Hall of Fame, he is the second former Eagle running back to join the program in recent weeks. T.J. Anderson was hired last month as director of high school relations.
One FCS team’s roster will have a decidedly FBS tinge to it this season.
Furman announced Thursday that it has added three FBS transfer players to its football program — defensive end Melton Brown from Georgia Southern, running back Cooper Hardin from Navy and cornerback/return specialist Amir Trapp from Clemson. As the Paladins play at the FCS level, all three will be eligible to play for the school this coming season.
Out of the trio, Trapp likely holds the most name recognition, such as it is.
A three-star member of the Tigers’ 2015 recruiting class, Trapp was rated as the No. 28 player at any position in the state of South Carolina. After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Trapp played in 13 games the past two seasons.
In mid-December, Trapp, whose father played football for the Tigers, announced he would be transferring out of the program. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining that he can use at his new football home.
Brown played in one game for the Eagles this past season, while Hardin didn’t play a down for the Midshipmen. Each of those players will have three years of eligibility remaining.
It was quite the busy day on the scheduling front for Boise State.
Boise announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement on a handful of future home-and-home series. The most noteworthy of the four is Washington State, with the two teams set to meet Sept. 19, 2026, in Pullman and then again Sept. 27, 2027, in Boise.
The Broncos and Cougars completed a home-and-home series earlier this year, and have met four other times. After splitting that series, Wazzu now owns a 5-1 edge in the miniseries.
“We are pleased to continue our series with Boise State beginning in 2026,” WSU said in a statement. “Our goal is to always add quality, nonconference opponents to our schedule that our fan base enjoys. I expect the same excitement that the last two seasons have generated to continue when the series resumes.”
In addition to Wazzu, Boise also added future home-and-homes against Houston (2021 and 2024), East Carolina (2026 and 2028) and Georgia Southern (2020 and 2024).
“As we set out to fill our future schedules, our primary goal was to find balance that provides the best opportunity for our program to be successful,” Boise athletic director Curt Apsey said in his statement. “We wanted to find home games that would excite our fan base, and allow our team to be in the national conversation each season.”
Multiple reports Monday all lead to the same conclusion at Georgia Southern. Chad Lunsford, who had been named the interim head coach, will be the program’s full-time head coach.
Lunsford was named the interim coach of the Eagles on October 22 following the removal of former head coach Tyson Summers. After taking over a program that struggled to a record of 0-6, Summers coached Georgia Southern to a 2-3 finish to the season with one game left to play this week against Coastal Carolina.
Lunsford has been with the Georgia Southern football program for five years while holding multiple positions during that span. Prior to his return to Georgia Southern, where he worked when the program was an FCS program, Lunsford worked at Auburn for four seasons as a director of player personnel and assisting with recruiting.
As was reported by a handful of outlets moments ago, Georgia Southern has now confirmed that Tyson Summers is out as head coach.
Summers went 5-13 as head coach, including an 0-6 mark this season after falling to previously winless Massachusetts 55-20 on Saturday.
“I thank Tyson and his family for their contributions to Georgia Southern,” AD Tom Kleinlein said in a statement. “Being the leader of a college football program is more than just coaching games; it’s managing academics and leading 120 young men. Tyson did a great job in areas that the public doesn’t see, but at the end of the day, the results on the field weren’t where we needed them to be as we continue our growth as an FBS program. I wish he and his family all the best moving forward in their future endeavors.”
Kleinlein also confirmed that assistant head coach Chad Lunsford will be bumped to interim head coach.
“Chad is as ‘True Blue’ as they come and I’m excited to have him lead our team for the remainder of the 2017 season,” Kleinlein said. “The players respect him and I have full confidence in his abilities as we head into the final six games of the season.”
Lunsford will begin his tenure as interim head coach at Troy on Saturday.