November 29, 2005
Statesboro - Georgia Southern announced Tuesday afternoon that the contracts of head football coach Mike Sewak and his entire staff will not be renewed.
The announcement comes three days after the Eagles gave up five touchdowns in the final 16 minutes in a 50-35 loss to Texas State in the first round of the NCAA Division 1-AA playoffs.
It is the second straight year that the Eagles have lost in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.
Sewak's record during his four seasons in Statesboro is 35-14 but expectations are high in Statesboro where Georgia Southern has won six Division 1-AA national titles.
Sewak was a part of four of those titles.
Two as an assistant to then head coach Erk Russell in 1985 and 1996 and in 1999 and 2000 when Sewak was the offensive coordinator for former Georgia Southern head coach Paul Johnson.
Sewak was named head coach at Georgia Southern in 2002 after Johnson left to take the head coaching job at the Naval Academy.
Sewak led to Georgia Southern to the Southern Conference championship in his first season in 2002.
But the Eagles failed to make the playoffs in his second season had have not won a playoff game since Sewak's first season.
After considerable thought and reflection, I decided our football program needs to go in a different direction,” said athletic director Sam Baker. “Mike has directed the football program in a professional manner and been a positive ambassador for Georgia Southern. However, our expectations for the football program have not been met. Therefore, I feel it’s time to find new leadership for our storied program.”
According to University President Bruce Grube, “Athletics Director Sam Baker has my full support in his decision to set a new course for the football program at Georgia Southern University. Intercollegiate athletics adds an important dimension to the life of this University. We look forward to the next chapter of Eagle Football.”