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Houston to Hire Willie Fritz as Next Head Coach

Nov 24, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; UTSA Roadrunners head coach Jeff Traylor, left, greets Tulane Green Wave head coach Willie Fritz, right, before a game at Yulman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Cougars let head coach Dana Holgorsen go after a 4-8 campaign in their first year with the Big 12. Houston lost five of its last six games to end the 2023 season and Holgorsen went just 31-28 in his five stint there, with only two winning seasons to show for it.

The ensuing coaching search led to several of the hottest Group of Five names to be listed as candidates, but it’s Tulane’s Willie Fritz who is set to be the next head coach for the Houston Cougars.


Don Harris of News 4 San Antonio was first to report on Friday that Fritz was set to be named the Cougars next head coach after the AAC Championship Game on Saturday. Tulane ended up losing the AAC Championship Game 26-14 to SMU.

Then on Sunday morning, multiple outlets confirmed the news that Fritz is indeed heading to the Big 12 Conference to join UH.

Since taking over at Tulane in 2016, Fritz has led the Green Wave to five bowl games, including a Cotton Bowl last season. In 2023, Tulane is 11-1 and ranked 22nd in the College Football Playoff Top 25. Over the last two seasons, Fritz is 23-4 as head coach.

Fritz, 63, is 72-53 in 10 years at the FBS level and 54-46 in eight years at Tulane. In his 30-year head coaching career, spanning the FBS, FCS, Division II and junior college levels, Fritz is 236-119.

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