Texas State Hires Everett Withers

Texas State made a semi big splash by hiring Everett Withers from FCS power James Madison. Withers replaces Dennis Franchione, who retired after the 2015 season.

Withers has been the head coach at JMU for the past two seasons going 19-7 and qualifying for the FCS playoffs in each. 

Before he was the head coach of the Dukes, Withers served as Ohio State's defensive coordinator in for two seasons. Prior to the Buckeyes Withers at North Carolina as both a DC under Butch Davis and eventually interim head coach during the 2011 season. Withers' Tar Heels went 7-6 and lost the Independence Bowl.

Withers has also had stops at the University of Minnesota, Texas, Louisville, Southern Miss, Tulane and Austin Peay as well as a stint in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

Withers was known for his defensive coaching but his JMU teams have were offensive juggernauts, ranking third in the country with 528.8 yards per game and 6.64 yards per play while placing seventh in rushing offense and fifth in passing efficiency. Their 44.3 scoring average trailed only Prairie View A&M for the most in FCS.

Withers has worked under several big time coaches including Urban Meyer, Mack Brown, Butch Davis and Jeff Fisher.

Give AD Larry Teis credit, he swung for the fences and wasn’t afraid to hear the word no. Teis approached Major Applewhite, Doug Meacham, and former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads. If Withers can put together a decent staff and get out on the recruiting trail ASAP he should do fine at Texas State.

Posted on January 7, 2016 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.