Texas Tech to welcome back Coach Fran

January, 19, 2011
1/19/11
7:57
PM CT
Texas Tech will welcome Dennis Franchione back to the college football sidelines on Sept. 3 when the Red Raiders open the 2011 season with a home game against Texas State, two sources confirmed Wednesday.

Franchione, who sparked the current renaissance at TCU before running into hard times at Alabama and Texas A&M, had been out of coaching since the Aggies let him go after the 2007 season. He was recently hired to take over a Bobcats program poised to step up to Division I-A. Franchione also had a stint at Texas State early in his career when it was known as Southwest Texas State.

The Red Raiders have yet to officially release their 2011 schedule because they had yet to firm up a couple of dates. Tech, however, has decided not to play TCU in Fort Worth, and declined an offer to face the Frogs at Cowboys Stadium. Tech had to dump a non-conference game to make room for the round robin schedule the Big 12 will play next season with 10 teams.

Tech preferred to keep matchups with New Mexico and Nevada. A source said that to bring Texas State to Lubbock, Tech will move its scheduled home game on Sept. 17 against New Mexico to Albuquerque. The Raiders owe the Lobos a game.

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