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Report: Houston set to hire Tulane’s Willie Fritz as next head coach

The Cougars have turned to an old AAC rival to replace Dana Holgorsen.

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Houston is closing in on hiring Tulane’s Willie Fritz as its next head football coach, per Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle. The veteran would replace former Cougars head coach Dana Holgorsen, who was fired following the conclusion of their 2023 season.

The 63-year-old Fritz has had success at levels of the sport, spending the last three decades establishing winners in JuCo, Division II, FCS, and FBS. He landed at Tulane in 2016 and steadily turned around the sleepy AAC program in New Orleans. Posting modest results through his first six seasons at the helm, everything clicked for the Green Wave in 2022 with quarterback Michael Pratt and running back Tyjae Spears leading the charge. They finished the year with a 12-2 mark, capturing the AAC Championship and ultimately upset USC in the Cotton Bowl, the program’s first victory in a major bowl game since 1934. He followed that up with an 11-1 campaign this year, where they once again got hosting duties for the league title game.

As for Houston, it is trying to turn things around following a miserable 4-8 campaign in its first season in the Big 12. Holgorsen had worn out his welcome at UH and there was a need for a shakeup at the top of the program.