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UTSA AD Campos supports Wilson, says football program will improve

November 27, 2018

In an open letter to UTSA football supporters, Athletics Director Lisa Campos said Monday the Roadrunners “did not experience the success we anticipated this season” and added that she “will be working closely with Head Coach Frank Wilson to ensure we are making the necessary improvements.”

UTSA closed out a 3-9 season with a 24-21 loss to North Texas on Saturday in the Alamodome.

“I can assure you no one is more disappointed than the coaching staff and student-athletes,” Campos wrote. “However, we will not stop working hard every day to build a championship football program and I have great optimism for the future.”

With six-win seasons in 2016 and 2017, Wilson is 15-21 in three years. He signed a five-year, $3.5 million contract in January 2016. In August 2017, Wilson’s contract was extended through the 2021 season with a salary that could grow to more than $1 million per year with incentives.

“There is a lot that goes into building a championship program and we measure it not only by wins and losses, but by the integrity, character and discipline of the program as a whole,” Campos wrote. “We are still a young program and sustained success doesn’t happen overnight. Regardless, my expectation is to compete for conference championships and represent UTSA at bowl games.”

Campos was named UTSA athletics director in November 2017 and officially began her duties in January 2018. In her letter, she said her goal for the Roadrunners program, which enters its ninth season next year, is “to compete for conference championships and represent UTSA at bowl games.”

“Through evaluation of the football program over the past year, priorities have been identified to continue making progress to meet our goals,” Campos wrote.

Wilson pointed to injuries and inexperience as the root of UTSA’s struggles this season. The Roadrunners had 38 freshmen and 28 sophomores on the 109-player roster.

“Tremendous amount of confidence. Have no reason not to be confident when I get them all back,” Wilson said Saturday. “We all come back. We’re bigger, faster, stronger, more experienced. The future is bright here. I said it before. I’m very optimistic when you have 18-plus players who are not suited up who are scholarship players who will contribute in this game.”

The Roadrunners finished the season ranked last nationally in total offense at 247.1 yards per game. The Roadrunners also finished No. 129 out of 130 FBS teams in scoring offense with 14.2 points per game.

greg.luca@express-news.net

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