Very abruptly, Everett Withers had a hole to fill on his Texas State coaching staff. Then, just as quickly, he’s apparently filled it.
This past week, Withers announced that John Wiley had resigned from his post as the Bobcats’ associate head football coach. In a statement, Withers cited “personal/family” reasons as the trigger for Wiley’s decision.
“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.
“No future comments will be made on the resignation of coach Wiley.”
Wiley had just joined Withers’ staff earlier this year, coming to TSU from East Carolina, where he had spent the previous six seasons.
As for a replacement, both FootballScoop.com and the San Marcos Record are reporting that Withers plans to hire Sam Houston State’s Troy Douglas. In addition to his time at that FCS school, he’s also served on staffs at, among others, Pittsburgh (2014), Iowa State (2012-13), North Carolina (2009-11), USF (2006-08), Michigan State (2001-2002) and SMU 1997-2000) during a coaching career that’s spanned nearly 30 years.
Last July, Douglas filed a federal lawsuit for breach of contract against Pitt. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Former University of Pittsburgh secondary coach Troy Douglas said in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that the university violated his two-year football coaching contract when it fired him a year into the contract.
Former head football coach Paul Chryst recruited him from Iowa State in 2014. His contract wasn’t contingent on Chryst remaining head coach, but the university fired him after Chryst left in December to take a head coaching job with Wisconsin, the lawsuit says.
Instead of making the $240,000 that Pitt promised him this year, Douglas had to take a $40,000 job at Florida State University, the lawsuit says. He is seeking the difference in his pay plus other losses his family has incurred as a result of the firing.