In a surprising move Texas State President Denise Trauth and Athletic Director Larry Teis has had enough of the Everett Withers era, as Texas State has fired Withers before the last game of his third year in San Marcos.
Despite AD Teis claiming the program was making strides, apparently the path to success was sans Withers. Sources have also indicated that the assistants will be out and defensive coordinator Chris Woods will coach the final game of the season.
Hearing assistants are also gone for #TXST. Spoke to a bunch of people and nobody knows who is coaching the team next week yet.— Keff Ciardello (@Keff_C) November 18, 2018
Withers was hired in January 2016 after previous head coach Dennis Franchione stepped down and proceeded to clean house, getting rid of players who he felt didn’t fit the new culture of the program.
His first season started off with an exciting 56-54 triple overtime win against Ohio but the Bobcats finished the rest of the season winless, save for a win against FCS Incarnate Word.
Having the number one ranked and number two ranked recruiting classes in the Sun Belt in 2017 and 2018, respectively, Withers was on his way to rebuilding TXST and was having his best season in San Marcos this year with the defense stepping up to levels not seen in years.
Despite Withers’ great recruiting classes and his attempts to rebuild the perception of Bobcat football along with his popularity and the utmost respect from his players it ultimately wasn’t enough as the losses piled up for a football program which is about as popular as smallpox.
Withers had constant instability in his assistants throughout his tenure and was plagued this year with crucial play calling that cost the ‘Cats a few chances at victory, clashed with media and criticized the Franchione era players after Withers’ first year.
Withers finishes his tenure with only two Sun Belt wins, four wins against FBS programs and the two worst seasons in Texas State’s 114 year football history.