REPORTS: GSU’s Willie Fritz Headed to Tulane

Head coach Willie Fritz of the Georgia Southern Eagles (Photo by Todd Bennett/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Hear from former Head Coach Willie Fritz and from AD Tom Kleinlein on how Fritz changed this coaching position.


UPDATE: Georgia Southern is holding a news conference on campus at 8pm tonight about the Eagles coaching situation. News 3 will be there and have full coverage tonight at 10 and 11.



According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and the Advocate’s Scott Kushner, Tulane has hired Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz to be the Green Wave’s next football coach.

Fritz has been head coach for the last two seasons at Georgia Southern. He has led the Eagles to a 17-7 mark in those two seasons.

Willie Fritz
Willie Fritz

This season, Fritz, 55, led the Eagles to an 8-4 overall record. The team will play in the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, on Dec. 23.

In 2014, Georgia Southern went 9-3 in its first season in the FBS, winning the Sun Belt Conference title. They finished 8-0 in the conference. The Eagles could not play in a bowl because they were making the transition from FCS to FBS.

Before Georgia Southern, Fritz was head coach at Sam Houston. He finished with a 40-15 record in four seasons. He led the Bearkats to the FCS national championship game in 2011 and 2012.

Fritz was also head coach at Central Missouri and Blinn College.

In his career, Fritz has an overall coaching record of 154-69.

The Green Wave fired coach Curtis Johnson after the conclusion of the season. It was the second straight year the Green Wave had gone 3-9 after a New Orleans Bowl appearance following the 2013 season.

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