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Eagle fans pleased with new head coach

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Georgia Southern fans heard from their new head coach as the university introduced Willie Fritzs as the Eagles' 9th head coach in the school's modern era.

From his choice of offense to his humor about driving skills, many liked what they heard.

"I think he's a very good fit. He has some similarities to our program, personally and in coaching," noted booster Julian Deal after the news conference.

"Guy's been a winner. That's what we want here. Every place he's had a stop, he's been a winner," added Stacy Sikes.

University president Dr. Brooks Keel often refers to athletics as the "front porch of the university", bringing name recognition to the school. In addtion, football brings thousands of visitors to Statesboro during the fall, fills hotels, restaurants and other shops.

Many fans see the team's coach as a "face" of the university and a community leader.

"It's huge because your football coach is the CEO of the program. As a former player, that's very important to me. We need him to be that leader and I think we have that," stated Terry Harvin, a former Eagle football player and current radio color analyst for the team.

Many fans were also pleased that Fritz stated he would bring an option offense very similar to what the Eagles have used to win six national championships.

When Jeff Monken announced he was leaving to take the head coach job at Army, many fans publicly worried the offense would leave with him.

"I think it's important to maintain that tradition with the option. It's what the fans want. It's what our players are used to running," explained booster Tommy Callaway.

Fritz takes over an Eagle squad in transition. Georgia Southern moves up from FCS (formerly I-AA) into FBS this fall and joins the Sun Belt Conference.

That move means more nationally televised games, but also higher costs such as travel to conference opponents in Louisiana, Texas, and even Idaho and New Mexico. 

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