Georgia Southern NT Gavin Adcock Suspended For Chugging Beer on Top of Team Bus

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 27, 2021

STATESBORO, GA - DECEMBER 05: Gavin Adcock #57 of the Georgia Southern Eagles celebrates a fourth down stop against the Florida Atlantic Owls during the second half at Allen E. Paulson Stadium on December 5, 2020 in Statesboro, Georgia. (Photo by Chris Thelen/Getty Images)
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Georgia Southern nose tackle Gavin Adcock was suspended indefinitely after chugging a beer atop a moving team bus prior to Saturday's 28-20 loss to Louisiana.

Adcock also released a statement and apologized for his "foolish actions":

Gavin Adcock @GavinAdcock

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The redshirt senior had one tackle against Louisiana.

The reverberations from Adcock's stunt extended beyond his suspension. 

Georgia Southern fired head coach Chad Lunsford after falling to 1-3. Addressing the move Monday, athletic director Jared Benko said the administration did consider the video of Adcock when making a final decision about Lunsford.

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The video circulating online of the player with a beer on top of the bus did play some part of a factor. <a href="https://t.co/DEogsL55hU">pic.twitter.com/DEogsL55hU</a>

Benko told the Savannah Morning News' Nathan Dominitz he undertook a "comprehensive evaluation" of Lunsford and the football program after taking over as AD in March 2020.

"If you look at how we started the year, 1-3 is not the start anybody wanted," he said. "You're looking at everything from what the result was, how the guys played. You're looking at overall team camaraderie. You're looking at everything in totality."

In addition to his suspension, Benko said Adcock is also subject to discipline as a student of Georgia Southern.

After redshirting the 2017 season, the Watkinsville, Georgia, native made 23 appearances over the past three years.

Georgia Southern is back in action Saturday against Arkansas State. The Eagles have eight games remaining in the regular season, and they're facing an uphill battle to earn their fourth straight bid to a postseason bowl.