Houston coaching candidates: The Cougars can, and should, dream big
There is yet another job opening in the Lone Star State, one that should have no shortage of great candidates.
Houston is in the market for a head coach after the five-year Dana Holgorsen era. Holgorsen, remember, left West Virginia for what at the time was a Group of 5 job in UH. He ended up posting three losing seasons, however, including a 4-8 campaign this year that dropped his overall record to 31-28 with the Cougars.
The program is now in the Big 12, a league that becomes a little more manageable moving forward without Oklahoma and Texas. Houston has never shied away from its big dreams, and with fellow in-state schools such as Texas A&M (coaching change) and SMU (conference change) making moves, expect the Cougars to spare no expense in attempting to elevate their program.
Here are some potential candidates:
Willie Fritz, Tulane. Tulane just beat UTSA and will be playing for its second straight AAC title this Saturday. The 63-year-old Fritz has a body of work that few can match: He’s 208-115 across 27 seasons as a college head coach at four different schools across three different levels. He won the Cotton Bowl last year and has the Green Wave looking even better this year, 11-1 with their only loss coming to Ole Miss while playing without quarterback Michael Pratt. Someone will look smart for hiring Fritz. Many have looked foolish for not hiring him in the past.