NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Tulane's two-game winning streak came to a screeching halt last week against Memphis. Bad special teams play, and a tired defense finally wore down in the second half. The Wave still have a shot at a winning season, but Coach Willie Fritz is thinking big picture with his squad.
"I was brought in here to change the culture of this program. I got to get our guys mentally tough," said Tulane head football coach Willie Fritz. "Some guys are born with it, some guys are raised with it, and some guys you got to get over to your side and get them to understand what it's all about. It's difficult to change kids 18,19,20 years. We got a bunch of tough guys on the team, we need more of them."
If the Wave want to get back to their winning ways it'll have to start with recruiting. A specialty of the first-year head coach.
"When I went out and recruited, and meeting with those coaches. I don't know if it's a curse or a gift, but I could look a coach in the eye and tell if he was telling me the truth. They all want to tell you how great their players. You ask the coach, are you guaranteeing me this kid is a Division 1 football player. If they hesitate, you know what the real answer is," said Fritz.
Fritz reiterated this week they're in a tough conference. The American Athletic has good teams from top to bottom. This Saturday they face Tulsa, they're 4-2. Last week the Golden Hurricane barely lost to top-ten ranked Houston.