Edwards' In My Opinion: Franchione knew when to walk away
by Mark Edwards
May 04, 2013 | 4343 views |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dennis Franchione’s name popped up in the news this week as he agreed to a

five-year contract extension at Texas State.

That’s an awfully big fall for someone who once coached Alabama. He left the

Crimson Tide after two seasons in 2001-02 for Texas A&M, bothered by NCAA

sanctions he felt torpedoed his chances of winning. Also, he disliked the

rock-star attention that came with coaching Alabama’s beloved football team.

He left some hard feelings with his abrupt departure. But he felt a coach

loses a certain amount of support each year. So no matter how much Alabama

fans loved him in 2002, he felt he should leave on his own terms, rather

than wait for the inevitable day when they wanted him out.

Franchione had the right idea. In 2002, it was hard to imagine a coach would

leave a good job willingly as Franchione did, but it also was almost

unthinkable a school would fire a coach two years after winning a national

title, as Auburn did with Gene Chizik.

Tommy Tuberville was even better at it than Franchione. He left Ole Miss and

Texas Tech for other jobs before he could be fired. At Auburn, he ³resigned²

in 2008 instead of staying and getting fired.

In the end, who can blame a coach for looking out for himself, even if all

his job hopping ends with him at a place like Texas State?

Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Read "In My Opinion" in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.
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