Former Texas State football coach dies at 74

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Bill Miller, who served as Texas State
athletic director for 17 years and remains the winningest football
coach in school history, died Monday. He was 74.

Miller died in Austin of natural causes, school spokesman Ronald
Mears said.

A former fullback for the Bobcats, Miller led Texas State's
transition from a small NAIA school to a Division I program after
becoming athletic director in 1975. Under his guidance, the Bobcats
won consecutive Division II football championships and 31
conference titles.

Miller was named head coach in 1964 and compiled a record of
94-53-3 in 15 seasons, the school's second-longest tenure behind
O.W. Strahan.

"For so many years, Billy Miller was the face of Bobcat
athletics," Texas State athletic director Larry Teis said. "He
was a wonderful man who played an enormous role in shaping what
this university has become. I will miss him very much and I am
honored to follow in his footsteps."

Miller, whose hirings included Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione
in 1990, retired in 1992.

In his letter of resignation, he wrote, "Special people make up
this university. ... I am proud that I have been part of this fine
university and I will always remain loyal."

Born in Goldthwaite in 1931, Miller served in the Navy during
the Korean War. He arrived at Texas State, then known as Southwest
Texas State College, in 1954 as a student and played under coach
Milton Jowers.

He was hired as an assistant in 1961 and was promoted to head
coach just seven years after graduating.

Survivors include his wife, LaRue, and two brothers, James and

Funeral services will be held Thursday at Texas State.