Bailiff returns to coach alma mater

Updated: February 4, 2004, 10:53 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Texas State has hired TCU defensive coordinator David Bailiff as its new head coach.

The university said on its Web site Wednesday that it would introduce Bailiff at a news conference Thursday.

Bailiff, 45, said he owes everything he's achieved in his life to Texas State.

"My education, as well as the education of my brother and sister. Any travel I got to do in my life was because of football and the beginning I got at Texas State," Bailiff said in a story in Thursday's San Marcos Daily Record. "This university has provided me a great life."

Bailiff said he took a pay cut to take the job in San Marcos, but Texas State made a "generous offer."

Bailiff is a former Southwest Texas State player and assistant coach. Texas State changed its name from Southwest Texas last year.

He'll be the third head coach for the university in three years. He replaces Manny Matsakis, who was fired last week after a season tainted by a series of alleged NCAA rules violations.

Bailiff has been the lead defensive coordinator at TCU since 2002 and has been on TCU coach Gary Patterson's staff since 2001.

Bailiff, 45, was defensive coordinator at Southwest Texas from 1997-2000, and was named the American Football Coaches Association Division I-AA assistant coach of the year in 1999.

Last year, TCU finished in the top 25 for the second straight season and the third time in four years. The team went 11-2 and was ninth in NCAA Division I and first in Conference USA in rushing defense.


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