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Bobcats sign Fran to new deal


When Texas State broke the bank to sign Danny Kaspar as its new basketball coach, the possibility existed that the university could be paying him more than it pays football coach Dennis Franchione.


Dennis Franchione

That possibility was addressed last week, when the Bobcats signed Franchione to a new five-year deal for $400,000 per year starting in February 2014.

“Coach Franchione has been a strong leader for our program, increased visibility, generated a high level of enthusiasm and instilled a strong work ethic for student-athletes on and off the field, ” Texas State President Denise Trauth said. “He also has helped guide the program into the coveted ranks of the Football Bowl Subdivision. There has been great buzz about being elevated to the top level of college football, and we expect more good things as our program grows.”

Texas State signed Kaspar last month for $270,000 per year, plus up to $100,000 per year in incentives. He replaced Doug Davalos, who earned $120,000 per season.

Franchione has guided the football program’s transition to the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Sundivision (FBS) level in his first two seasons, first as a Football Championship Series (FCS) independent in 2011 and then as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) last year. The Bobcats are 10-14 under Franchione — 6-6 in 2011 and 4-8 in 2012.

The 2012 season showed signs of hope for the Bobcats, starting with a 30-13 win at Houston in their first game at the FBS level. The Bobcats played against five bowl-eligible teams and their strength of schedule ranked 16th among teams in non-BCS automatic qualifying conferences.

The Bobcats also won their first WAC game against Idaho and closed the season with a victory over New Mexico State in the final WAC regular season football game in conference history.

Franchione enters his 28th season as a collegiate head coach with a career record of 197-115-2 and an overall 23-23 mark in four seasons at Texas State. He enters next season sixth among active NCAA Division I FBS coaches in total victories.

During his career, Franchione’s teams have won nine conference championships, one divisional title, and played in nine bowl games, four NAIA playoff games and one NCAA Division II playoff contest. His record also includes four 11-win seasons, six 10-win campaigns, eight nine-win seasons and a 45-game regular season winning streak.

Franchione is a two-time National Coach of the Year, a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year Award in 2000 and 2002, and he has been named a conference or regional Coach of the Year 10 times.