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Texas State Bobcats Extend Coach G.J. Kinne Through 2028

NCAA Football: Texas State at Baylor Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Texas State have deepened their commitment to head coach G.J. Kinne after a resurrection season in San Marcos.

The university announced Thursday a contract extension for the 35-year-old that will, theoretically, keep him with the program through the 2028 season.

Per RJ Marquez of KSAT, the contract will pay Kinne a base salary of $1 million per year with incentives that could make him the highest-paid coach in the Sun Belt Conference.

“I appreciate President Damphousse and Don Coryell for their commitment and trust in not only me, but in our entire staff, student-athletes, and program,” Kinne said in a statement released by he University. “It was just over a year ago where the three of us shared our aligned vision for Texas State football, and we have been able to achieve some of those things we discussed. We’re proud of the team reaching a bowl game and excited for all of Bobcat Nation to celebrate this great moment for our program in Dallas next week, but we believe we can win championships at Texas State. Our goal is to continue to take this program to new heights and build on this year’s success.”

The Bobcats have played their way to a 7-5 record this season. That included their first win over a Power Five opponent when they beat Baylor back in September.

They’ll wrap the season up in the First Responder Bowl against Rice on December 26. It’s Texas State’s first FBS bowl game. Regardless of the outcome of that game, Kinne has secured Texas State’s first winning season since 2014 and just their second at the FBS level.