Kirby Smart is adding a former FBS head coach, and a good friend, to the Georgia football staff: Tyson Summers.
Tyson Summers spent a season and a half as the head coach at Georgia Southern. He went 5-13 overall.
Georgia Southern was 0-6 with a number of blowout losses when it fired Summers in the fall. The axe came down after a 55-20 to UMass, which had not won a game before that.
Tyson Summers went 5-7 in 2016. It was his first year as a head coach after 13 years working his way through the coaching ranks.
He landed that head coaching job after one year as defensive coordinator at Colorado State. There, he coached under Mike Bobo, the former offensive coordinator at Georgia.
Bobo and Summers both coached with Kirby Smart over a decade ago. Smart and Summers were roommates back in 2005.
That year, Smart coached running backs under Mark Richt. Summers was a graduate assistant focused on defensive backs.
Now, Summers is heading back to Athens. From DawgNation:
"Former Georgia Southern head coach Tyson Summers has joined the Georgia football staff, where he will work again with Kirby Smart, his longtime friend.
Summers was at Calhoun High School on Thursday night recruiting for UGA, Calhoun head coach Hal Lamb confirmed on Friday morning It appears Summers is joining in a quality control, off-field role, but he was on the road Thursday night in a recruiting role."
As a quality control coach, Summers will not be recruiting normally. However, because Georgia is yet to fill its 10th on-field role, he is able to recruit in the interim for the Dawgs.
"Georgia has yet to fill the newly-allowed 10th assistant coaching spot, so until then the team is allowed to send somebody on the road to fill that role in a recruiting capacity. Jay Valal, who had been a quality control coach at UGA, was among those also recruiting this month before accepting a similar role with the Kansas City Chiefs."
Summers was clearly not a fit at Georgia Southern, where the culture is very centered on the program's famed triple option attack. However, he's an up-and-coming coach, and at 37, still has plenty of potential.