Georgia State has discussed its football coaching vacancy with Willie Fritz, currently the coach at Sam Houston State, according to coachingsearch.com.
As of Monday afternoon, Georgia State hadn’t asked for permission to talk to Fritz, according to athletic director Bobby Williams. An email to Williams on Tuesday hasn’t been returned. Georgia State declined to comment because it’s an ongoing coaching search.
Fritz is known as program builder after leading the Bearkats the FCS national championship game last year. Sam Houston will host Cal Poly on Saturday in the second round of this year’s FCS playoffs.
Fritz is 28-9 in three seasons at Sam Houston. Before that, he went 97-47 at Central Missouri, a Division II school, and 39-5-1 at Blinn College, a junior college. The Bearkats are running an offense that mixes a pro-style attack with some option, and the defense uses a 4-2-5 approach. Both of those should sound familiar to Georgia State fans.
Fritz is the second coach to be mentioned in connection with the Georgia State job. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said last week that Georgia State had expressed an interest in his son, Shane, who coaches running backs for the Hokies. Frank Beamer said that Georgia State hadn’t asked for permission to interview. A call this morning to athletic director Jim Weaver hasn’t been returned.
(From an earlier blog) Georgia State athletic director Cheryl Levick has said she would prefer to hire someone with head-coaching experience and who is familiar with recruiting in the South.
She hired Parker Executive Search to assist with the hiring. She is looking for a coach because Bill Curry, the architect of Georgia State’s program, recently retired from coaching.
The Panthers struggled on and off the field under Curry. The team lost 10 of its 11 games this season, dropping its three-year record to 10-23. Attendance has steadily decreased from an average of 16,750 in 2010 to 12,312 this year.
However, the team practices in a state-of-the-art facility, plays in the Georgia Dome and is moving to the Sun Belt Conference, which plays on the FBS level, in 2013.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu