The Texas State Bobcats are looking to fill a hole on their coaching staff ahead of the 2016 season as linebackers coach John Wiley has resigned from his post just a few months after joining the team from East Carolina. Earlier this week, head coach Everett Withers announced that he had left due to “personal/family reasons.”
“John is resigning for personal/family reasons and we will respect and support his decision,” Withers said. “We are in the process of interviewing and completing the search to replace him and expect to have a coach in place in the very near future.
Wiley spent six seasons at East Carolina, helping the Pirates to have one of the nation’s top 40 defenses in two of the last three seasons. The team also had a top 15 rushing defense in 2014, allowing just 111.8 yards per game.
To replace such a talented coach, the Bobcats have looked to the FCS. It was reported by the San Marcos Daily Record that Withers will hire Troy Douglas away from Sam Houston State.
Douglas has spent time with Pitt, Iowa State, North Carolina, South Florida, Michigan State and SMU in a career that has last nearly three decades. He was with the Panthers in 2014 before being fired after just one season, for which he filed a lawsuit saying they violated his two-year contract.
Texas State are looking to bounce back from a 3-9 record during the 2015 season. Withers is looking to do just that in his first year as head coach with the team after spending the last two years with James Madison and going 18-7 in the process.
The Bobcats open the 2016 season on Sept. 3 against the Ohio Bobcats.