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.”
— Matt Yogus (@MYogus) January 10, 2014
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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