When Dennis Franchione signed a five-year contract extension last week, it guaranteed that the Bobcats would have stability at the top of their most visible athletic program until at least the end of the 2017 season.
It also will allow Franchione to finish what he started — moving the Bobcats to prominence in the Football Bowl Subdivision, college football’s top level.
“It’s nice to know that our administration felt good enough about what we have done that they would like to see us finish this out,” Franchione said. “We have been in a transition during the last two years and recruited with a blue sky. Now we have some things in place.”
The extension increases Franchione’s base pay to $400,000 plus incentives beginning in Feb. 2014. The deal essentially added two years to his contract, which was set to run through 2015 at $363,000 per year with the potential for performance incentives.
It also assures that Franchione will remain Texas States’s highest paid coach. About a month ago, new men’s basketball coach Danny Kaspar signed a five-year contract at a base salary of $270,000, with incentives that could add as much as $100,000 a year.
Even without incentives, Franchione’s new deal would exceed Kaspar’s.
“Coach Franchione has been a strong leader for our program, increased (Texas State’s) visibility, generated a high level of enthusiasm and instilled a strong work ethic for student-athletes on and off the field,” said Dr. Denise Trauth, school president. “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.”
WAC track championships: The WAC track and field championships run through Saturday at UT-Arlington. The men’s and women’s heptathlon and decathlon ends Thursday; the rest of the events start Friday.
The Bobcats hope to sweep both the indoor and outdoor seasons on the women’s side while the men’s team is looking for its first WAC title.
A handful of Bobcats have conference-best marks. Darian Brown leads the men’s team, ranked first in both the shot put and the discus while owning a No. 2 ranking in the hammer throw. Women’s throwers also are a formidable group — Kelsey Titzman, Jalisa Hall and Dasha Tsema own top marks in the shot put, hammer throw and discus, respectively.
Three other Bobcats are tops in their events. Three-time All-American Logan Cunningham owns the top mark in the pole vault (17-7 ¼, but his goal is to reach 18 feet). Hurdlers Timothy Young and Chante’sean White own the fastest times in the conference. Young ran the 110-meter hurdles in a career-best time of 13.90 while White has the top time in the 400-meter hurdles at 57.76, though she has ran as fast as 57.29 last season.