Franchione went 26–34 over the past five seasons at Texas State after coming over from Texas A&M, where he spent five years from 2003–07. He walks away with a 213–135–2 career record across his 30 years as head coach at Texas State, Texas A&M, Alabama, TCU, New Mexico, Southwest Texas State, Pittsburg State and Southwestern College.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
In his 30 years, Franchione led his teams to nine conference championships, nine bowl games, four NAIA playoff games and one NCAA Division II playoff. He also coached future NFL stars LaDainian Tomlinson and Brian Urlacher.
- Kenny Ducey