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Texas State Realizes that Wright is Right Man for the Job

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Texas State has signed head coach Brad Wright to a three-year contract extension, one that will allow him to serve as the head of the Bobcat football program through the end of the 2012 season.

For some in the San Marcos community, this dragged out a lot longer than many would anticipate.

Wright had originally turned down a one-year extension in 2009, longing for a deal that would secure his future at TXST and one that could potentially see him pilot the program through the transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

There was a cloud of doubt.

With a coach's status in the air and National Signing Day around the corner, it sure leaves a lot of doubt about the stability of a program in the minds of prospective student-athletes. Tuesday's announcement ended that cloud of doubt and now the program can move forward in the day-to-day business that is Division I college football.

Potential Bobcats can rest assured that Wright is the coach today and will be the head man when they arrive in San Marcos for fall drills.



Wright is the right man for the job. Though were some early doubts about his abilities and have been at the start of every season, the former Bobcat player and assistant has posted a 19-16 record over three years since taking over for current Rice head coach David Bailiff.

What Bailiff started in taking the team to the playoffs for the first time in 2005 with a semifinal run, Wright has continued. This past season, the team posted a 7-4 record, giving the university back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1990-91.

For a program, that has long held a place at the cellar of the Southland Conference, this was progress. Most important of all the figures is that Wright found a way for his team to win on the road.

Kudos to athletic director Larry Teis and school president Denise Trauth for securing Wright's services for an additional three years.

Though the path the school takes from this point forward, particularly as it involves FBS is not so clear, this does fill one necessary piece of the puzzle with a known commodity.

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