NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The University of Houston's pursuit and eventual landing of head coach Dana Holgorsen, reminded the country that the AAC is a big player in college football. You steal a coach from a Power-5 school, pay him $4M a year, people are going to take notice.
“I think it shows the respect, coaches, players got across the country for the AAC. Obviously a guy leaving West Virginia, to what we like to refer to as another Power-6 job is a big deal. It’s a great conference, it really is. It’s great facility-wise. It’s great for me to have people from Tulane travel with us and see the facilities the other schools have, and they’re all in big market areas. Which I think helps you in recruiting. All our games are on national TV, which is neat. So yeah, it brought a little notoriety to the conference,” said Tulane head coach Willie Fritz.
Coach Fritz is signed through 2023, and he’s making a reported 1.6M a year. After a bowl win, and a solid starter at QB, optimism is high for the Wave going forward.
“He’ll go in as the No. 1 quarterback, but we feel like we have some good competition. Keon Howard started quite a few games at Southern Miss, but Justin really came on and played well at the end of the season. It’s good to have options, especially at that position. We thought Justin played well down the stretch for us,” said Fritz.
Tulane starts spring football on March 12th, the week after Mardi Gras.