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Today's TCU Horned Frogs: Tomorrow's USU Aggies?

Published: Friday, Sept. 27 2013 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Dennis Franchione began his head coaching career at non-Football Bowl Subdivision schools in Pittsburg State and Southwest Texas State. His first Division I-A head coaching job came at the University of New Mexico, where he compiled a 33-36 record and attracted TCU after a 9-4 season in 1997. That included a WAC Mountain Division championship and an invitation to play in the Insight.com Bowl, UNM’s first bowl berth since 1961. Franchione coached linebacker Brian Urlacher, an eventual NFL Pro Bowler, in his last two seasons in Albuquerque.

Franchione lasted just three years at TCU, where he revived a sulking program. He improved every year, going 7-5, 8-4 and 10-2. He led the Horned Frogs to their first bowl victory since 1957, their first top 25 finish since 1959, and held the highest winning percentage among TCU coaches since Francis Schmidt (1929–1933), according to the College Football Data Warehouse.

Before the Horned Frogs played in the Mobile Alabama Bowl, Franchione accepted a head coaching offer by the Bowl Championship Series’ University of Alabama. “The tone and tenor of his exit from TCU remains a highly controversial subject among many TCU fans,” according to Wikipedia.
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