The logos on their shirts will be different, but there will be plenty of familiarity on Tulane football coach Willie Fritz’s staff.
Sources familiar with the situation told The Advocate on Tuesday that the former Georgia Southern coach has decided to bring at least six assistants along with him.
They join secondary coach Jason Rollins, who was the only Green Wave staff member to remain on board from recently fired coach Curtis Johnson’s staff.
Tulane’s new assistant head coach, Dell McGee, was Fritz’s replacement during the Eagles’ 58-27 victory over Bowling Green in the GoDaddy Bowl on Dec. 23. McGee also will be in charge of the Green Wave’s running backs.
He’ll be part of an offensive staff led by offensive coordinator Doug Ruse, who directed the Eagles to the most rushing yards in the nation each of the past two seasons. Ruse has coached alongside Fritz for the past four seasons, traveling with him from Sam Houston State to Georgia Southern. Ruse also is responsible for coaching quarterbacks.
Defensive coordinator Jack Curtis preceded Fritz at Georgia Southern and was a holdover from the previous staff, but he will follow Fritz to Tulane. He also will coach safeties, alongside Rollins.
Offensive line coach Alex Atkins and defensive line coach Kevin Peoples joined Fritz in 2014, when Georgia Southern moved to the Football Bowl Subdivision. Previously, Atkins coached at Chattanooga; Peoples worked at Arkansas and UAB.
Linebackers coach Mike Mutz followed Fritz from Sam Houston State to Georgia Southern.
It’s unclear who will coach wide receivers and tight ends.