SAN MARCOS, Texas — Texas State's Dennis Franchione (fran-CHOH'-nee) is retiring after a 30-year career as a head coach with stops in New Mexico, TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M.

The 64-year-old's retirement was announced Tuesday by the school in San Marcos, where he led the Bobcats for seven seasons.

RELATED: Check out the recent coaching changes in college football

Franchione has a 213-135-2 career record. He led his teams to nine conference championships, nine bowl games, four NAIA playoff games and one NCAA Division II playoff.

Franchione was head coach at Texas State in 1990-91 and returned in 2011. The Bobcats were 3-9 this season.

Texas State says it will immediately begin a national search for a new head football coach.

This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.