Who’s next at the helm for the Spartans?

By Sandeep Chandok

San Jose State fired head coach Ron Caragher on Sunday and no one should be surprised.

With a 19-30 record over four consecutive losing seasons, Caragher did not fare well in any of his campaigns.

He won a bowl game in 2015, but the Spartans only received a spot in that game because of academic progress, which is great, but I will take an 8-4 record with a loss in a bowl game over a 5-7 team being handed a postseason berth because of good grades.

Nonetheless, Caragher is out the door and the question is: Who will be the next man to walk in?

Rumors of Spartan alumnus and former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia have been floating around.

Garcia attended SJSU from 1990-93 where he redshirted his first season and started the last three.

He is certainly one of the most accomplished Spartan football players in the school’s history and has NFL experience that can certainly land him the gig.

Two big names that are on the coaching market but out of SJSU’s league are Charlie Strong and Les Miles.

Before you get your hopes up, don’t.

SJSU does not have the money or resources to draw in the likes of Strong or Miles, coaches whose resumes could probably land them SJSU’s presidency position.

But, let’s imagine, for a very quick moment, the impact these coaches would make on not only the football program, but SJSU as a whole.

Recruiting would change immensely. SJSU would see talent like it has never seen before.

NFL talent and a lot of it.

CEFCU Stadium would be packed with students, staff, faculty, alumni and locals so much that those who did not get into the game would not know what to do with their lives.

The atmosphere on campus in the days leading to that week’s game would be electric. Tailgates would be even bigger than they already are.

Lastly, the increase in revenue would be absurd. Ticket and advertisements prices would go up and apparel sales would skyrocket.

One big name coach would change not only the school’s culture, but perhaps the culture of the entire city of San Jose and the South Bay.

Back to reality.

SJSU is not a school that screams football, making it difficult to attract a decent coach.

Hopefully, athletic director Gene Bleymaier hires someone whose defense won’t allow nearly 3,000 rushing yards in a season and will actually win some games.

Two other names that have recently come up are Tim Drevno’s and Brian Lindgren’s.

Drevno is the offensive coordinator at Michigan under Jim Harbaugh and has been with him at San Diego, Stanford and with the San Francisco 49ers.

Lindgren is a surging candidate for the job, as he served as an offensive coordinator at SJSU under Mike MacIntyre and is still with him at Colorado in the same role.

While the Spartans continue their search, MacIntyre and Lindgren will contend for a PAC-12 Championship as their Colorado Buffaloes take on the Washington Huskies in Levi’s Stadium on Friday.

Stay tuned for updates as more names get thrown into the mix.


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