A longtime LSU assistant and FCS head coach abruptly resigned Tuesday.

According to a report from SI’s Ross Dellenger, Frank Wilson has resigned as the head coach at McNeese. The program did not expect his resignation, per Dellenger.

Wilson was hired at McNeese in January of 2020 after spending 4 seasons as the head coach at UTSA. At the time of his hiring, he made history as the first African-American head football coach in school history and the second in the history of the Southland Conference.

In 2 seasons with the Cowboys, he led McNeese to a 7-11 record overall. They went 4-7 this season, with 5 of the 7 losses coming by 10 points or less.

A native of New Orleans, Wilson was the LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator from 2010-15 before he left to take the UTSA gig. Prior to that, he’d made stops at Tennessee as a wideout coach (2009) and Ole Miss as a running backs coach (2005-07).

UPDATE: According to 247Sports Shea Dixon, Wilson will join LSU coach Brian Kelly’s staff in Baton Rouge as an assistant coach and “head up recruiting.” In 6 seasons serving as LSU’s recruiting coordinator, Wilson led the Tigers to 5 top-10 finishes in the 247 class rankings, including the 2nd-ranked class in 2014.

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