Reports: Georgia Southern to hire Fritz

Willie Fritz will be the new football coach at Georgia Southern, according to reports.

Fritz, who has been the coach at Sam Houston State the past four years, will replace Jeff Monken, according to WJCL in Savannah and FootballScoop.com.

Fritz was 40-15 in four years at Sam Houston State, a FCS program in Huntsville, Texas, near Houston. He led the Bearkats to consecutive FCS title games in 2011 and 2012, losing both to North Dakota State.

The Bearkats were 9-5 in 2013.

Fritz will be 54 years old in April.

Here’s what Fritz told the Huntsville Item on Tuesday: “All I can tell you is that I’m really happy at Sam. I really like who I’m working for and with. There’s always times when people are talking to you. The thing I’m fortunate with is that I’ve got a great job where I am.”

Georgia Southern is moving from the FCS to the FBS, where it will join the Sun Belt Conference next year. The Eagles won six FCS national titles.

Fritz was believed to be one of four finalists for the job, which has been open since Monken left for Army just before Christmas.

The others: Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, Wofford coach Mike Ayers and Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton.

Fritz also has been the coach at Central Missouri, where he was 97-47, and Blinn College.

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[...] Reports: Georgia Southern to hire Fritz [...]

malcovq

January 14th, 2014
9:32 pm

who? why didn’t they hire a big name coach?? hello??

peachie

January 11th, 2014
3:03 pm

Ah yes, The Hugo Bowl…Ga Southern 26, MTSU 0 our first night game,broadcast on ESPN and played in driving rain as Hurricane Hugo approached the Ga,and SC Coast. MTSU is of our old opponents that moved up and we didn’t. They played Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl this year.
Another of our old opponents, UCF ( we beat them in 10 out of 11 games played) won the Fiesta Bowl .
Anything they can do, we can do better.
GATA Eagles
You ain’t seen nothing yet!

peachie

January 11th, 2014
1:47 pm

I too want to thank the AJC for covering Georgia Southern. While you no longer sell the “dead tree edition” state wide you still cover “Dixie (and the rest of the world) Like The Dew” with the electronic edition.
Georgia Southern is no longer the little teachers college in Southeast Georgia it once was, I truly believe it is this states next great university.

ArizonaEagle

January 11th, 2014
1:00 pm

Much kudos and thanks to the AJC for reporting on the new coaching decision down in the ‘boro. Also, welcome to coach Fritz and his family to Eagle Nation.

It is quite funny to me that UGA / Ga. State fans can be throwing these little rabbit punches at all. UGA fan is concerned and the Ga. State fans? Well I’ll just leave that to your own discretion.

These Eagles are what I refer to as “battle tested”. For decades, we have competed – not just shown up to collect a big check, but COMPETED with programs that have been exponentially larger (and honestly better) than Ga. Southern in just about every possible category – i.e. athletic budget, facilities, booster support, etc. Now we are finally an FBS program. Take a trip down to Statesboro some time Atlanta residents and see what is going down on. As a Southern alum, to say that I am amazed is putting it lightly. Make no mistake, this move to the FBS will have a ripple effect. The move to FBS will warrant more scholarships and we will attract even better athletes to join our program. It has truly been remarkable what Southern has accomplished in a relatively short period of time. All I can say is watch out UGA, Ga. Tech, and most definitely Ga. State (are you kidding me Panther fans?!). There is now, even more than ever, another option for that really good prep player coming out of high school to consider.

GO EAGLES!
GATA!
ONE MORE TIME!

gsu atl

January 11th, 2014
11:26 am

Thanks for the update,,, really wish we could of kept Monken, but hopefully this new guy will work out and be successful. Please continue to post stories about GS. We have thousands of alums in the metro area as well as the northern part of the state that are very appreciative of any reporting you do on behalf of our Eagles.

Jusfelloffturniptruck

January 10th, 2014
1:39 pm

Eagle alum here from back in the Erk days.

Hugo Bowl anyone?

Anyway, southern has shown it can hang with the big boys (ala n fla).

Don’t know much about new coach, sounds like he is solid

Auburn did well with a run first offense. If southern can mix in 10-12 passes a game and play some good defense, things could get interesting.

Have respect for ga state and what they have done academically, but y’all look real silly tryin to talk football with southern. They gonna make ya pay….

Tommy

January 10th, 2014
12:32 pm

Let’s hope that Ga Southern will embrace a mixture of the Triple Option with other offenses such as the option read and spread. They are moving up in class and the big boys are coming to play.

peachie

January 10th, 2014
12:24 pm

Does anyone know if the press conference will be available on the net?

Thomas Brown

January 10th, 2014
12:05 pm

Andy, can you step-up and ask to cover the Eagles 2014, too, please ?