UTSA players celebrated the MTSU win by singing to their coach

Saturday was UTSA Head Coach Frank Wilson’s 43rd birthday. Safety Nate Gaines talks about how the team sang Happy Birthday to Wilson during the post-game locker room celebration.

UTSA safety Nate Gaines has admitted to one of the team's shortcomings in the wake of last weekend's surprising 45-25 road victory over Middle Tennessee.

Off-key singing.

After the game, the players sang, "Happy Birthday," to coach Frank Wilson.

Asked on Monday morning if everyone was on key in heralding Wilson's 43rd birthday, Gaines smiled and said, "No."

"Not at all," he added.

Laughing, Gaines said it was more about the message than the quality of the vocals.

"Everyone on this team loves that coach," Gaines said.  "He's not like a coach to us.  He's more like a father figure.  We always want to give back to him. 

"He puts everything into this program.  He puts everything into this game, so, what we give back, we want that to be greater.  It just so happened, we were playing one of the best teams in the conference, and getting a win on his birthday (was important).

"So, like I say, we just want to do everything to satisfy him."

Wilson told reporters earlier Monday that he couldn't have asked for a better birthday.  Or a better song. 

He said it was "fantastic" to get the surprise serenade from his players.

"It was sincere, heartfelt," Wilson said.  "Leading into the game, I never discussed it with them at all because, the reality was, it wasn't about me.  It wasn't about my birthday.  It was about the team, and about this university.  So to share a little small, personal piece with the team, with the family, was certainly gratifying."

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