By: Kiersten Ehr
SAN MARCOS– Texas State University students and alumni awoke to the news Tuesday that football head coach Dennis Franchione will be stepping down from coaching for the Bobcats after the 2015 football season with a record of 3-9.
Franchione emailed the entire Texas State football team that he is retiring from coaching football after his five seasons coaching the Bobcats in San Marcos, Texas.
Career At A Glance
Franchione took over the head coach position for Texas State in 2011 to help with the transition for Texas State, after jumping into new conferences.
Texas State was part of the Division 1-AA Southland Conference 1987-2012, WAC (Western Athletic Conference) Division 1-A 2012-2013, and then moved in the Sun Belt Conference Division 1 FBS (NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-A, is the top level of college football in the United States).
Coach Fran in his five years had two bowl eligible seasons with Texas State with an overall 20-28 record for the Bobcats. However, Texas State was not selected for any bowl games.
Through thick and thin, the 2015 season was Franchione’s worst season, record wise, which made the Bobcats end up 10th for the Sun Belt Conference.
Before coming to Texas State, Fran had experience coaching at Texas A&M, Texas Christian University, Alabama, New Mexico, Southwestern College and Pittsburg State.
Franchione coached for a career total of 40 years.
One of only four active coaches with 200 victories.
Fran has a 210-126-2 overall record and even helped set the stepping stones for the successful football careers of NFL potential hall of fame players Brian Urlacher and LaDainian Tomlinson.
Texas State originally offered Franchione a five year extension contract before the 2013 season began, but with an embarrassing 3-9 season that ended too soon…Fran will now leave Texas State with two years left in his contract which will open the door for a new coach to come in and take over.
A Texas State football player requested anonymously today that he was surprised that Franchione decided to step down.
“When I first heard the news I was shocked. I feel like coach Fran still should be the coach, and with out a doubt he would of gotten the team back on track. Now for far as future hopes for the team( Texas State) I know they will be a good team next year. The team recruited some good players.”
-Texas State football player
The question that all Texas State University students, alumni, fans and staff will ponder is who will be the next head coach for the Texas State University football program and lead us back to a winning season?
What are your thoughts and opinions on this bold move by Franchione? Let me know on Twitter @KierstenEhr #SportsChic
Until The Next Time,
I’m Kiersten Ehr