Byington to stay at Georgia Southern despite Elon rumors

McClain Baxley

Georgia Southern men’s basketball coach Mark Byington took to Twitter Thursday night to shut down rumors of him being a candidate for Elon University’s head coaching vacancy.

“Eagle Fans… with news spreading about other jobs, I just wanted to clear something up. I’m staying at Georgia Southern,” Byington said in a tweet. “#UnfinishedBusiness”

Elon fired their coach of 10 years Matt Matheny at the conclusion of the regular season.

Rumors of Byington being a candidate for the CAA school were first reported by WJCL’s Frank Sulkowski Thursday via Twitter.

“Multiple sources telling @WJCLNews that Georgia Southern Men’s Basketball coach Mark Byington is a candidate for the @ElonMBasketball head coaching position,” Sulkowski said in a tweet.

In February 2018, Byington signed a contract extension through the 2022 season. 

Byington has been the head coach for GS since the 2013 season and has posted three 20-win seasons, including five straight 10 conference win seasons. He has an overall record of 111-84 with the Eagles.

McClain Baxley, The George-Anne Daily Managing Editor,