Fritz: Triple-option to stay at Ga. Southern

Willie Fritz won over some Georgia Southern fans right away.

“We’re a triple-option type team,” Georgia Southern’s new coach said during his introductory news conference on Friday.

With all due respect to Tracy Ham’s Hambone, call it the Fritzbone.

AD Tom Kleinlein said during the search process that he wanted a coach who would keep Georgia Southern’s traditions, which include the triple-option offense.

Fritz’s offense likely will look more like what Auburn runs under Gus Malzahn, but it’s definitely run oriented.

“We do it a different way than you have been doing it here. … We’ve rushed for a lot of yards,” Fritz said. “We’re the leading scoring offense in FCS the last three seasons.”

Sam Houston State was sixth in the FCS in rushing, with an average of 265 yards a game in 2013. The Bearkats were fourth in scoring at 41.1 points.

Georgia Southern is moving from the FCS Southern Conference to the Sun Belt Conference of the FBS.

“He’s been able to win with other people’s players and he’s been able to recruit and win with his own players,” Kleinlein told the AP on Friday. “He’s won at a lot of different levels and at a lot of different places. … He will put his own stamp on this program and lead us into the Sun Belt Conference.”

Fritz, who is 176-67-1 record in 21 years as a coach, led Sam Houston State to a 40-15 in four years and took the Bearkats to the FCS national championship game in 2011 and ‘12.

His Twitter account hasn’t been updated yet.

Fritz replaces Jeff Monken, who took the head coaching job at Army just before Christmas.

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January 11th, 2014
9:09 pm

You’re wrong Royal and I’ll tell you why. The BCS is going to a playoff system. Just 4 teams for now but that will eventually be expanded to 8 and then 16 at some point.
When that happens any great team can win the championship. You won’t have to be in the SEC, ACC Big 10 or 12 to get into the championship game
Ga Southern has always been the home of great teams, that isn’t going to change..
You ain’t see nothing yet,
GATA Eagles!

Royal Country

January 11th, 2014
5:40 pm

Peachie says “No doubt it won’t come soon”. No. No doubt it won’t come …. at all. Never again.


January 11th, 2014
1:58 pm

Another idiot redneck dawg fan spouting untruths from his keyboard. Malzahn’s offense is based on the Wing T:

He adapts his offense according to his personnel. If he has a passer then he will pass more a runner then they’ll run but it’s all based on option principles.


January 11th, 2014
1:28 pm

At first glance, this looks like a real good coach for Ga Southern. Nothing in his background says he won’t win a lot of games. I wish him the best of luck!


January 11th, 2014
1:21 pm

“Never” is a long time Royal Country. No doubt it won’t come soon and it won’t be easy. It’s probably decades, another stadium expansion and a couple of conference changes away, but if you understand Georgia Southern spirit and drive, you know it will eventually come.
I just hope I’m still around to see it.
A live stream of football operations center construction and stadium expansion can be seen here


January 11th, 2014
11:41 am

A huge sigh of relief from SEC East coaches. James Franklin is the new Penn State coach. The normal order of things is restored. Well, with the exception of Mizzou and Florida, anyway.

The anti-Royal Country

January 11th, 2014
10:33 am

Well pack it up boys. Royal Country here says Georgia Southern should just reverse itself and head back to D1AA. Uh… it’s not gonna happen so you better get used to it Mr. Country! Words/phrases like “never”, “quit”, ‘give up”, just don’t register with us Southern fans Royal Country! We’ve been climbing these mountains for a long time pal and we will never stop. Royal must be a little nervous about these Eagles? Is it going to be a challenge? You bet. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ll leave you with a little quote from a famous American president to explain why Ga. Southern is doing what we are doing.

“We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard”
-John F. Kennedy, Rice University, Sept. 12, 1962

The anti-Royal Country

January 11th, 2014
10:17 am

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January 11th, 2014
2:49 am

Trivia: What did Malzahn run while he was at Arkansa and Tulsa? Hint: It was nothing like what he does now nor what he did in 2013 is the same as what he did in 2009-2011 with Auburn. You cannot make simple comparisons to the offense that Malzahn runs. Look at the game film and see for yourself.

Royal Country

January 11th, 2014
12:12 am

Insider says “I’m looking for another championship”. Unless Georgia Southern reverses itself and goes back to D1AA you’ll never see another football National title of any kind at the ‘Boro’!