Franchione retires after seven seasons at Texas State

SAN MARCOS (KXAN) — Texas State University will begin an immediate search for a new head football coach. Spending the last five seasons at Texas State, Dennis Franchione announced his retirement from the program.

It’s been quite a career for Franchione. 25 years ago, earlier on in his head coaching resume, he was the coach at Southwest Texas State. Now, it’s all coming full circle. His second go around with the Bobcats will be his last tenure in college football.

Reports about Franchione’s retirement began trickling out Tuesday morning. Texas state made it official early Tuesday afternoon. Though, this decision had been on Franchione’s mind for quite some time. He told Texas State Athletic Director Larry Teis last week that he was leaning toward retirement. franchione thought about it over the weekend, and made his final decision this week.

“After meeting with Dr. (Larry) Teis last Tuesday and doing a thorough evaluation starting with myself, I have decided that it is time for me to retire from coaching,” Franchione said. “I have been blessed for 40 years in coaching the game I love – football! I have deep respect for the game and appreciate what it does for the development of young people,” Franchione said in a statement Texas State released.

With stops across the country, most notably at TCU, Texas A&M and Alabama, Franchione finished with a 39-43 record at Texas State, and a 213-135-2 career record.

Franchione is leaving with two years left on his contract after signing a five year extension prior to the 2013 season

“Coach Franchione has been rock solid for this university and this football program. He had only two losing seasons in seven years of Division 1 football at Texas State.  Since moving to Division 1 in 1984, coach Franchione has been the head coach for five of our 10 best years.  His track record over the years proves he is one of the best ever to walk the sidelines in college football,” said Dr. Teis, Texas State’s Director of Athletics.

“I would like to also express my appreciation to Dr. Trauth, Dr. Teis, and our administration,” said Franchione. “They have elevated Texas State in so many ways and have been stalwarts in taking football from FCS to FBS.”

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