Tulane football: Curtis Johnson takes job with Chicago Bears; Willie Fritz adds to his coaching staff _lowres

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- Former Tulane football coach Curtis Johnson

Two months after being fired by Tulane, Curtis Johnson is returning to the NFL as wide receivers coach for the Chicago Bears, the team announced Monday.

Johnson, 54, tutored the receivers for the Saints from 2006-11 before becoming coach at Tulane, where he went 15-34 in four years in his first job above the level of position coach. He worked with the receivers at Miami from 1996 to 2005 and had the same position at California (1995), SMU (1994), San Diego State (1989-93) and Idaho (1987-88), his alma mater.

Chicago had an opening because Mike Groh left to become passing game coordinator/receivers coach for the Los Angeles Rams.

Fritz adds to his staff

Tulane has not made it official, but a source confirmed to The Advocate that Chris Hampton has joined the Green Wave as defensive backs coach. He replaces Jason Rollins, who left for Texas-San Antonio in January.

Hampton, 29, was defensive backs coach at McNeese State the past four years before following coach Matt Viator to Louisiana-Monroe in December. He was a graduate assistant at Arkansas State in 2008 when Tulane defensive coordinator Jack Curtis and offensive coordinator Doug Ruse coached there.

Hampton was a starting safety at South Carolina in 2006 and 2007.

Tulane also hired Derrick Sherman as an offensive assistant and Chris Couch as a special teams assistant, according to the coaches’ Twitter accounts. They will be members of the support staff but not part of the game-day staff.

Sherman and Couch were graduate assistants under Fritz at Georgia Southern in 2014. Sherman became wide receivers coach at Division II Pittsburg State last season, while Couch was special teams coordinator/linebackers coach at Point, an NAIA school in Georgia.