On Dec. 4, it was announced that the Virginia Tech football team was going to play in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland against the University of Tulane from the AAC. The Green Wave had an 11-1 regular season, but lost, 26-14, to SMU last weekend in the AAC Conference Championship game.
Since the game ended last Saturday, it’s safe to say that Tulane has undergone a massive turnover both on the field and with the coaching staff ahead of playing the Hokies in two and a half weeks.
Tulane has a massive coaching staff overhaul ahead of the Military Bowl
First, Green Wave head coach Willie Fritz heads to the University of Houston and will replace former Cougars head coach Dana Holgorson who struggled in the Big 12 this season. Friday, it was reported that Tulane’s offensive coordinator, Slade Nagle, who was named interim coach for the game against Virginia Tech, their defensive coordinator Shiel Wood, defensive line coach Gerald Ross, wide receiver coach Derrick Sherman, and analyst James Ross are headed to Houston and will miss the bowl game against the Hokies.
Tulane also lost its top wide receiver, Chris Brazzell to the transfer portal and backup quarterback Kia Horton also entered the portal.
Just what the Green Wave is going to look like remains to be seen when the ball is kicked off in Maryland. They have lost most of their coaching staff and top wide receiver from a team that had an outstanding season and on paper looks like a very tough matchup for the Hokies.
On the flip side, Virginia Tech has six players entering the transfer portal, but some of the players who have entered have announced that they are going to stay with the team until after the bowl game, which is a good sign for the coaching staff and culture that is being built in Blacksburg.
As for Tulane, the massive turnover can go one of two ways, they bond together as a team or it can go the other way and be an issue before the game starts. Time will tell.