Georgia Southern is expected to hire Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz as its new head coach, according to various reports Thursday.
FootballScoop.com broke the story Thursday afternoon on Twitter. That report was followed with Twitter reports from Sports Radio 102.1 and The Houstonian, SHSU’s student newspaper, that sources confirmed Fritz was expected to accept the GSU job.
GSU athletics media relations announced via email Thursday that the school’s next head coach would be announced at noon today at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro. The release did not mention Fritz.
According to gobearkats.com, SHSU’s athletic website, Fritz had a 40-15 record in four seasons at SHSU, including berths in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national-title game in 2011 and 2012. He was named the 2012 Liberty Mutual NCAA FCS national coach of the year and the American Football Coaches Association national coach of the year in 2012.
Colin Ritsick, senior sports reporter for GSU newspaper The George-Anne, reported that Fritz’s offense at SHSU averaged 265 rushing yards per game, which was sixth-best in the nation.
Fritz’s career head-coaching record is 167-62-2. That includes stints at NCAA Division II Central Missouri, where he had winning records in 11 out of 13 seasons, and Blinn College, where from 1993-96 he went 39-5-1 and won two national junior-college championships.
Matt Yogus of the Statesboro Herald reported that Fritz has no experience as head coach of a Football Bowl Subdivision program. GSU will join the FBS ranks, as well as the Sun Belt Conference, starting this season.
Fritz replaces Jeff Monken, who resigned last month to take the head-coaching job at Army.