UTSA filled its head coaching vacancy Thursday evening with the hire of Frank Wilson, formerly LSU's running backs coach and top recruiting coordinator. As the name hadn't been floating around the grapevine recently, many were surprised to learn about the news. The overall census from the Roadrunner Faithful is a big stamp of approval.
That would be UTSA Athletic Director Lynn Hickey, mid-batflip.
Dynamite hire. Wilson will creep UTSA to its potential. Jarveon Williams must be a happy man. https://t.co/k7Qdt8lDbX— Jared (@JaredUTSA) January 15, 2016
*clears throat* Frank WILSON to be UTSA head football coach. That kinda day. https://t.co/2WkL6frIOV— BirdsUp.com (@UTSARivals) January 15, 2016
Looks like UTSA has a new head coach! Welcome to the family, coach! https://t.co/h1g98hIkZI— SOSA (@UTSASOSA) January 15, 2016
And they've got good reasons to be excited.
Follow CFB & you know Frank Wilson sold dreams well at Southern Mississippi another CUSA school #UTSA— SportsGrind (@SportsGrind) January 15, 2016
Don't let his ability as a RB coach be overshadowed by his recruiting... Blue, Ware, Hill all started in the NFL playoffs, all under Wilson.— Trey Mongrue (@TreyMongrue) January 15, 2016
As for the folks in Baton Rouge, well, they're not quite as excited about it.
Well, we just lost the best recruiter in the nation, not named nick saban, to freaking UTSA. Good luck Coach Wilson— Patrick Drew (@IsThatACorndog) January 15, 2016
Damn we are about to lose LSU footballs biggest asset Frank Wilson...— J-Me Mcknight (@Mr_Jamie_) January 15, 2016
Dang Frank Wilson was a hell of a recruiter— Kel (@FeetUp_Chillin) January 15, 2016
I wish Frank Wilson wouldn't leave but he deserves a head coaching job— Bruce Wayne (@BrettGuidroz) January 15, 2016
And the rest of the world? Well, they're pretty dang impressed with UTSA. A lot of people didn't think the program was capable of landing a homerun-hire let alone an SEC coach.
@MikeTaylorShow if reports true and UTSA hires Frank Wilson from LSU that is a great hire. Recruiting sumbitch. LSU has lots of love for him— Brandon (@22Wave) January 15, 2016
The Roadrunners are getting Frank Wilson? Damn. That's huge for them.— Renato Mazariegos (@RPMSports18) January 15, 2016
If Frank Wilson is going to UTSA, I might have a new 2nd favorite team #MEEPMEEP— Pod KATT (@valleyshook) January 15, 2016
Also, a few fun facts.
Sources say Wilson will make about $750,000 per year at UTSA— Don Harris (@DonHarris4) January 15, 2016
If/when Wilson is hired, four of the 12 FBS head coaching jobs in Texas will be African America.— Mike Craven (@CravenMike) January 15, 2016
Well done, UTSA. Well done.