Texas State hires James Madison's Withers as head coach

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) Texas State has hired Everett Withers as its football coach after he spent the last two seasons at James Madison.

Withers was 18-7 at James Madison with an FCS playoff appearance this season. James Madison received a first-round bye and lost to Colgate 44-38 in the second round.

He replaces Dennis Franchione, who retired last month after going 39-43 in five seasons leading Texas State through its transition from FCS to FBS.

The 52-year-old Withers has spent most of his long coaching career as an college assistant, including a stint at Ohio State. Before James Madison, his one previous season as a head coach was 2011 at North Carolina. Withers took over the Tar Heels when Butch Davis was fired in July. The Tar Heels went 7-6.