Lunsford reiterates Clemson focus, controlling what Georgia Southern can control

Head coach Chad Lunsford runs off the field to the locker room in the victory over South Carolina State. Lunsford is now 4-4 as head coach of the Eagles. 

McClain Baxley

Georgia Southern is scheduled to play Clemson  in Clemson, South Carolina Saturday, but Hurricane Florence might have other plans. The Governor of South Carolina has issued a mandatory evacuation for all coastal zones in the Palmetto state beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11.

While Clemson isn’t necessarily on the coast, the hurricane is still threatening. However, at his press conference Monday, GS head coach Chad Lunsford emphasized that he is still preparing on playing against the Tigers Saturday.

“Obviously, a hurricane is an uncontrollable for us, so we’re not talking about (contingency plan for the game) right now,” Lunsford said. “We’ll leave that to the administration. They’ll do a great job of communicating and telling us what to do. Right now, we’re getting ready to play a game in Clemson on Saturday.”

Lunsford jokingly added that the Tigers are more than welcome to come to Statesboro for the game.

Preparing and focusing on the Eagles is how the head coach is planning to face the No. 2 team in the country, but also is very proud of where his team is now.

“We talk about it a lot getting a win, so we’re gonna celebrate them,” Lunsford said. “Whether it’s ugly or if they’re great, a perfect game, whatever. We’re going to celebrate them because they’re hard to get.”

Especially after the season the Eagles had last year, these wins have been big around the program and the community. And while Clemson has intentions of ending GS’ undefeated season, Lunsford is treating the opportunity as any other game.

“Being an ACC opponent and the number 2 ranked team in the country, obviously there’s going to be a lot of excitement around that,” Lunsford said. “We don’t approach our games any differently, we have our plan to win and that’s what we do every week. We know that we have a process. We know what we need to do to go and try and win a football game. We’re not going to change that.”

McClain Baxley, The George-Anne Sports Editor, [email protected]