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           === Franchione gets new five-year deal at Texas State ===
 
 San  Marcos,  TX (Sports Network)  - Dennis  Franchione signed a new five-year
 contract to remain the head football coach at Texas State.
 
 Franchione  will earn $350,000 for the upcoming season and will see his salary
 rise to $400,000 for the final four years of the deal.
 
 Texas  State went 4-8 last season in Franchione's second year at the helm. The
 Bobcats will play in the Sun Belt Conference next fall.
 
 "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," said Texas State president
 Denise  M. Trauth. "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."
 
 Franchione  led Texas  State to  a  13-9 record  in 1990-91.  After his  short
 stint  with  the Bobcats,  he went  on to  coach New  Mexico, TCU, Alabama and
 Texas  A&M,  resigning from the  latter following  the 2007 season. That year,
 reports  revealed  Franchione was sending  out e-mails with inside information
 on the football team to boosters, who paid $1,200 to receive them.
 
 In  27  years as a collegiate  head coach, Franchione has compiled a 197-115-2
 record.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 05/03 00:38:16 ET

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