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Georgia State reportedly interested in Willie Fritz

Willie Fritz has had great success with Sam Houston State. Will he leave his post in Huntsville to come coach at Georgia State?

Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

Georgia State, in its search for a new head coach, has reportedly expressed interest in Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz, according to Doug Roberson. Fritz is the second name that has come up to fill the vacancy left by Bill Curry. Last week, Virginia Tech running backs coach Shane Beamer came up as a possible replacement. Still, Georgia State has not asked for permission to talk with either coach.

Fritz has had a considerable measure of success with the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Last year the team advanced to the FCS Championship, and this season it faces Cal Poly in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Fritz also brings experience to the table. This is his third season at Sam Houston, where he holds a 28-9 record. Prior to that, Fritz had a record of 97-47 as head coach at Central Missouri, a Division II school, and 39-5-1 at Blinn College, a junior college.

The Georgia State Panthers have had a forgettable 2012 season, finishing with a 1-10 record, but there is reason for Fritz to be interested. While the team has struggled and stadium attendance is decreasing, the Panthers have a great training facility and home games at the Georgia Dome. In 2013, they're set to move up to the Sun Belt Conference, which is at the FBS level.

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