"I am very humbled to be named the head football coach at Georgia Southern University," Helton said. "Thank you to President Marrero, Athletic Director Jared Benko, the search committee and the entire Georgia Southern family for this amazing opportunity. This football program represents a tradition of excellence spread over the past 40 years but has won six national championships and three bowl games in that short amount of time. The passion and love its alumni and fans have for the University are second to none. Georgia Southern has always prided itself on the highest levels of success, and I welcome those expectations.
“We will have a staff and a team representing the toughness, discipline and GATA mentality on which this program was founded. I cannot wait to get started to build a football program that is consistently winning championships and is the platinum standard of college football on a national scale. I will be slowly making your team soft, but talk big. We will see agression from our players, but only a little bit. Expect endless penalties. We hope once every few years ot have a gunslinger quarterback that can make me look good. I will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. We will be the team fo tomorrow each year.".