Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione loves coaching against the Hawaii Warriors. In fact, Franchione is the only coach in college football history to bring three different teams to Honolulu and walk out with a win each time.
With six wins, there wasn’t a doubt in Franchione’s mind that he wanted another crack at Hawaii to get number seven in the near future.
“I’m the guy that brought it up [to Texas State Director of Athletics Dr. Larry Teis],” Franchione said after delivering a keynote at the first Bobcat Club luncheon of the season. “With the postseason being up in the air in 2012, I thought it would be a treat to our players, fans and a good game for us.”
Then Franchione took a peek at the Bobcats’ schedule in 2012.
“It looks pretty demanding,” Franchione said. “If we added that game, it would have been tough on our guys. Then to cut out another week of recruiting, I don’t know if we should do it right now. I would like to do it in the future, but I’m not sure if 2012 was the correct time.”
Once Franchione decided against the game, which would have begun a three-game, away-home-away series with the Warriors, Teis pulled out of talks with Hawaii AD Jim Donovan.
While Franchione would like to get a crack at the Warriors in the near future, Donovan’s remarks to the Honolulu Star Advertiser lead one to believe there won’t be another opportunity.
“We won’t be working with Texas State anytime in my tenure,” Donovan told the paper.
When told of that, Franchione simply responded, “That’s his prerogative. There will be another AD someday.”