Johnson fired after four seasons at Tulane

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Tulane was 15-34 in Curtis Johnson's four-year tenure. Photo by fansided.com.

In the midst of all the head coaching drama in Louisiana for the past two weeks, LSU's Les Miles was able to hold on to his job. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson.

Johnson was fired last weekend after coaching the Green Wave for four seasons. During that time, Tulane went just 15-34.

Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson released a statement saying, "I want to thank CJ for his hard work and his dedication to rebuilding the Green Wave football program. His efforts were rewarded in 2013 when Tulane reached its first bowl in 11 years. Since then, however, the program has not progressed to the level that we aspire to."

Johnson took over as head coach back in 2012 after being the Saints' wide receivers coach for six years. Prior to his promotion to the NFL, he served as the Miami Hurricanes' receivers coach for a decade. In that time, Miami won a national title.

After a 2-10 campaign in his first season, Johnson led the Green Wave to resurgence in 2013. They finished the regular season at 7-5 overall and 5-3 in Conference USA.

It was good enough to earn them a trip to the New Orleans Bowl--where they lost to UL-Lafayette.

Tulane was never able to recapture the success of that season. They followed it up with two straight 3-9 campaigns.

It came to a head last Friday when the Green Wave blew a 10-point lead at home to fall to Tulsa, 45-34.

Johnson is a New Orleans native and has coached in the city for the past 10 years.