STATESBORO, Ga. – As part of a recently completed two-year NCAA investigation of its football program, the Georgia Southern University Department of Athletics will vacate three football games from the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
As a result of the NCAA Committee on Infractions’ ruling in July, the University must vacate all victories in which a student athlete competed while ineligible during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and vacate ineligible student-athletes’ statistics. All eligible student-athletes’ statistics will remain. Those wins will be the Savannah State and St. Francis (Pa.) games in 2013 in which the Eagles were coached by Jeff Monken,and the UL-Monroe win in 2014 coached by Willie Fritz. Despite vacating the 2014 ULM game, the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Championship will not be affected.
“While it is disappointing to vacate these three victories, we get to put this chapter behind us,” Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein said. “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,” Kleinlein concluded. With the vacated wins now being removed from the official record book, Monken’s win total as the Eagles’ head coach dipped from 38 to 36 while Fritz’s win total dropped from 17 to 16.