Georgia Southern’s search for a football head coach was turned upside down Monday when Vanderbilt assistant coach Brent Pry informed Eagles athletics director Tom Kleinlein he was removing himself from consideration for the job.
Pry reportedly had been offered the job, and Eagles officials were confident they had found Jeff Monken’s replacement. Monken took the head coaching job at Army on Dec. 24.
Pry’s decision set off another round of interviews this week. Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz and Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton were all scheduled to be in Statesboro for interviews this week.
There was also talk about a mysterious fourth candidate whose identity had not been disclosed. That secret got out Wednesday when Wofford head coach Mike Ayers admitted he had interviewed with the Eagles.
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“(On Wednesday), I interviewed at Georgia Southern,” Ayers told the Spartanburg, S.C., Herald-Journal. “The opportunity to talk with them would not have been possible without all of the success that we have had at Wofford which is the result of all the hard work that our coaches and student-athletes have put in over the years.”
Ayers, who has been the head coach at Wofford for 25 years and is one of the mostly highly respected coaches in college football, said he would have no further comments.