Ron Caragher Reportedly Will Leave San Diego to Coach San Jose State

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

Courtesy: Charlie Neuman/UT San Diego
Courtesy: Charlie Neuman/UT San Diego

The college football coaching carousel continues to spin as San Diego head coach Ron Caragher will leave the program to accept the same position at San Jose State, according to Jimmy Durkin of the Mercury News.

Caragher is expected to replace Mike MacIntyre, who left the Spartans en route to Colorado. He takes over a team that went 10-2 in the regular season and earned a spot in the Military Bowl against Bowling Green later in the month.

Interim coach Kent Baer will still coach the team for that game before Caragher takes over the reigns of the Western Athletic Conference program.

Caragher went 44-22 during his six seasons leading San Diego. He takes over a San Jose State program that showed signs of progress in recent seasons, but has made just two bowl appearances over the past two decades, including this year's game.

He's a relatively young coach at 45, and the San Jose State program will give him a chance to show that his success at San Diego can carry over. As a former college quarterback and running back coach, he has a strong offensive mind.

The Spartans moved quickly to replace MacIntyre, which either means Caragher was extremely impressive during the interview process or they didn't want to leave any questions for recruits as the countdown to signing day begins shortly.

San Jose State has had five straight head coaches finish their Spartans careers with losing records. The school hopes Caragher will bring that streak to an end.

Ed Zieralski of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a press conference will be held at 5:15 p.m. ET to introduce Caragher.