Tulane is set to fire head coach Curtis Johnson, according to a report Wednesday night from Dan Wolken of USA Today. The firing is expected to come after the Green Wave’s finale against Tulsa on Friday.
Hired away after serving six seasons as the New Orleans Saints’ wide receivers coach, Johnson is 15-33 in four seasons leading the Green Wave. His high point came in a 7-6 campaign with a New Orleans Bowl appearance in 2013.
Sources had told FootballScoop that at the least there would be wholesale changes on the offensive side of the ball; but that moving on from CJ was a distinct possibility as well. Wolken reports Tulane expects to hire a new athletics director within the next week. Once the new AD is in place, the Green Wave will then embark on a coaching search.
Discussed this with a number of guys over past few days. Tulane job is far more attractive now that on-campus stadium is there.
— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 26, 2015
You have to be able to recruit NOLA & sell NOLA to kids from a far; but Tulane can win. I believe w right guy they will win. — FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 26, 2015
Once complete, Tulane will become the 15th FBS school to make a head coaching change. There were only 15 changes in the entire 2014-15 hiring cycle.
Sources tell FootballScoop that despite the obvious location; LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron does not consider himself a candidate for this job.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
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I was informed by Green Wave booster "if Barbara Burke becomes Tulane AD, Rob Ryan is a candidate to become head coach." @footballscoop
— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) November 26, 2015