When Samford takes on Georgia State this Friday night in the Georgia Dome it will be without head coach Pat Sullivan.
Sullivan is recovering from back surgery.
In a statement from Samford "I will not be able to travel to our game this Friday," Sullivan said. "I am still recovering from back surgery. I know our staff will do a wonderful job. I look forward to being back soon."
Samford kicks off the season at 6 p.m. Friday in the Georgia Dome.