Frank Wilson, who has spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach with the LSU Tigers, was reportedly hired Thursday as the new head coach of the UTSA Roadrunners, per Bruce Feldman of FoxSports.com.
UTSA finished 3-9 during the 2015 season, leading Larry Coker to step down after five years. The opening at coach was one of 26 among FBS schools this offseason, and Wilson became the fifth African-American to fill one of the spots, per David Ching of ESPN.com.
The hiring comes on the same day NCAA President Mark Emmert expressed "concern that women and minorities are not being given a fair shot to become coaches and administrators in college athletics," per Max Olson of ESPN.com.
LSU sophomore center Andy Dodd congratulated his former coach via Twitter:
Congratulations to @LSUCoachWilson . It is truly well deserved!— andy dodd (@A_Dodd89) January 15, 2016
If Wilson, who most recently served as running backs coach at LSU, is measured by the success of his former players, he is one of the nation's best. Ching noted Wilson is one of the top recruiters in college football, while three of his former players—Alfred Blue (Houston Texans), Spencer Ware (Kansas City Chiefs) and Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati Bengals)—led their respective teams in rushing in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs.
Wilson now has a tougher task ahead of him: leading a program that has played football for only five seasons, four of which have been at the FBS level. The Roadrunners are 26-32 in their short history, with their best season coming in 2012—their first in the FBS—with an 8-4 record.
He won't have the likes of Blue, Ware, Hill and Leonard Fournette, who rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns this past year, knocking down the door to come play for him next year. However, if social media is any indication, his former players have great respect for him. Former LSU running back Jacob Hester also praised Wilson while possibly lobbying for his old job:
Hate to lose Frank Wilson, but huge congratulations to him. He deserves it. So LSU will be looking for a new Running Backs coach.. Hmmm.. 🤔— Jacob Hester (@JacobHester22) January 15, 2016
Wilson will become just the second head coach in school history.