Source: Tulane to let football coach Curtis Johnson go after Friday's game vs. Tulsa _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Tulane football coach Curtis Johnson talking to the media on Signing Day in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.


Update, 11:50 p.m. Wednesday

Sources confirmed to The Advocate on Wednesday night that head football coach Curtis Johnson will be let go after Friday's game vs. Tulsa.

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“Barring a last-minute change of direction,” according to USA Today, Tulane will have a new football coach in 2016.

The report said the Green Wave and coach Curtis Johnson will part ways after Friday’s game vs. Tulsa.

Advocate columnist Ted Lewis reported Monday that, according to a source, deputy director Barbara Burke, one of the finalists to replace Rick Dickson as athletic director, already is vetting the résumés of potential new coaches.

15-33 in four seasons, including a 3-8 mark this year.

“I haven’t had conversations with anyone about anything like that,” Johnson said earlier this week. “And as far as who the next AD is, I’ve never been one to focus outside my little world. And my little world this week is our seniors. I want to be able to send them out like SMU did theirs.”

Johnson said he hopes to meet with his new athletic director as soon as possible to outline his vision for the future of the program, which would include “adding a couple of things here and adding players there.”

While he obviously would not say he’s going to make staff changes, which he should have a year ago, Johnson did say he “will do what’s best for the university and what’s best for the team.”

Scott Kushner contributed to this report.