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November 11th, 2009
Wright, Teis patch up in public

STAFF REPORT

All is quiet on the public front between Texas State football coach Brad Wright and athletic director Larry Teis after the coach’s blow-up about his contractual situation started a round of media statements between them.

Tuesday night, Wright told the San Antonio Express-News that the university offered him only a one-year contract extension without a raise. Wright, in the final year of a three-year deal he signed on taking the job in 2007, is 18-15 with one Southland Conference championship and, possibly, another on the way.

“It kind of tells me that they don’t want me here,” Wright told the San Antonio newspaper. “… Basically, that’s the feeling I get.”

The Bobcats are 6-3, guaranteed back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1990-1991. The Bobcats have defeated two straight ranked teams in Stephen F. Austin (SFA) and Central Arkansas, going to Saturday’s home game against McNeese State in a four-way tie for the league lead.

Wednesday morning, Teis issued a statement saying the university plans to offer Wright a multi-year contract extension at the end of the season.

“We are pleased with the progress Coach Brad Wright has made with the Texas State Bobcat football team,” Teis said. “Last week’s win over the University of Central Arkansas guaranteed Texas State consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the early 1990s, and that is a significant milestone for us … We are happy with Brad’s performance and we fully expect him to be our head football coach next year.”

Teis said Wright’s beginning salary was $150,000, escalating to $174,686 plus bonuses in 2009.

Wright, a Texas State graduate, said he was pleased by the announcement from Teis and now hopes the matter is at rest as the Bobcats prepare for a key game. Texas State, McNeese State, SFA and Southeastern Louisiana all are tied for first place at 4-1 in the league.

The Bobcats will play McNeese State Saturday (6 p.m.) at Bobcat Stadium, while SFA will play at Southeastern Louisiana (6 p.m.).

“As you know, my heart has always been here,” Wright said. “We hope that this has not been a distraction to our team’s preparation. We will need to be completely focused and have every possible edge to defeat McNeese State this weekend.”

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