Since 2018, Tulane has enjoyed four winning seasons and three bowl victories under head coach Willie Fritz. No season during that span was more successful than last year when the Green Wave went 12-2 overall, won the AAC Championship, and defeated USC in the Cotton Bowl.
Tulane continues to be one of the best G5 teams after ending the regular season with an 11-1 record, even though star quarterback Michael Pratt missed some time due to injury.
Though he’s 63 years old, Fritz has seen enough success at Tulane now that some Power Five schools have reportedly considered hiring him. Here’s a look at some programs that need a new head coach for 2024.
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Dana Holgorsen was fired last weekend as the head coach at Houston, where he went 31-28 overall with a 2-1 record in bowl games. He was 61-41 at West Virginia the previous eight years.
And just a few days later, Fritz was considered by many to be a strong candidate for the job. He’s obviously familiar with that part of the country. He was Sam Houston’s head coach in 2010-13 and was there as an assistant at different times before that.
Former Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith has taken over at Michigan State. He was 34-35 overall at OSU, but he helped build the program up as the Ducks are No. 21 in the AP Top 25 after the regular season this year.
Fritz was actually considered by some to be in the running for the Michigan State job. That didn’t materialize, but maybe he could replace Smith at OSU.
People had wondered if Duke head coach Mike Elko would replace Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M, and it finally happened this week. Now that Duke needs a new coach, Fritz would be a great candidate.
Elko has only been the Blue Devils’ head coach for two years, but they went 9-4 last year after a victory in the Military Bowl and are 7-5 in 2023. The football program is in a good spot, which might make the job appealing for a coach like Fritz.