The Texas State Bobcats are reportedly targeting UIW Football coach Eric Morris as they begin their search for their next head coach.

Texas State fired Everett Withers on Sunday as the Bobcats went 3-8 in the 2018 season and overall went 7-28 three seasons under Withers.

The Bobcats are reportedly interested in Morris, who is in his first season at UIW. He has led the Cardinals to a 6-4 overall record, a share of the Southland Conference championship and the FCS playoff berth in program history.


Everett Withers has been fired after three seasons at Texas State.

“Eric has done everything he committed to when we hired him,” UIW Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom exclusive told 1st & 210. “I am not surprised by the attention Eric is receiving as it pertains to his football program and other program’s openings.”

The Cardinals have the top-ranked offense in the league and finished 6-2 in the Southland Conference, their best mark in program history. Morris’ offense has led to several school records being broken and the program earning UIW national attention.

“Eric and the football program has brought a lot of attention to UIW,” Wickstrom added. “Eric has been great to work with and I believe he is focused on the playoff game and continuing to raise the profile of UIW into the future.”

Other names included in the Texas State coaching search include former Bowling Green head coach Mike Jinks, West Virginia offensive coordinator Jake Spavital, Texas assistant coaches Jason Washington and Craig Naivar, and Houston offensive coordinator Kendall Briles.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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