Ron Caragher is back in the city of San Diego, just not in a role he is used to.
The former University of San Diego and San José State head coach joined the San Diego State staff this week, according to a release from the Aztecs. He was named by freshly extended head coach Rocky Long as the team’s new on-campus recruiting coordinator and offensive quality control assistant in a role that is largely off the field in nature.
Caragher most recently spent four seasons leading the Aztecs’ Mountain West rival in the Bay Area, guiding the Spartans to a 19–30 record during his tenure with one bowl game appearance (a win in the Cure Bowl). He was fired by the school after the 2016 campaign however and now is back in beautiful San Diego, where he lead FCS powerhouse USD to a 44-22 record over six seasons. The former UCLA quarterback also had a stint in Westwood as an assistant (at the same time as Long, it should be noted) among other stops.
The ex-head coach won’t be alone in handling recruiting for the program as it was also announced that former SDSU defensive lineman and longtime CFL player Jerome Haywood was named assistant on-campus recruiting coordinator/defensive quality control assistant. For what it’s worth, Caragher never beat the Aztecs while at SJSU (0-4).
Coming off back-to-back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in San Diego State history, Rocky Long has, not so surprisingly, been rewarded for his work.
The football program announced Wednesday morning that they have reached an agreement with Long on a contract extension. The head coach is now signed through the 2022 season.
No financial details of the revamped contract were released. Last year, Long’s $828,000 salary was sixth among all head coaches in the Mountain West Conference according to the USA Today coaches salary database.
Long has gone 64-29 in his seven seasons with the Aztecs, including a run of 32-9 the past three years. Long’s 64 wins are the second-most in SDSU history, behind only the legendary Don Coryell‘s 102.
San Diego State is one of seven FBS schools to win at least 10 games in each of the past three seasons, joining Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.
The Aztecs have played in a bowl game in each of Long’s seven seasons at the school. Prior to Long’s arrival, the football program had played in a combined five bowl games the previous 42 seasons. They’ve also won three MWC titles under Long; the 2012 championship was its first since winning the WAC in 1986.
When it comes to his San Diego State backfield, it appears Rocky Long has averted a potentially serious loss.
Over the weekend, it was reported that Chase Jasmin had suffered what was thought to be a significant knee injury during a spring practice scrimmage. Head coach Rocky Long said at the time it could be an MCL or ACL issue, but the extent wouldn’t be known for sure until an MRI was performed.
Fortunately for all involved, it was decidedly good news as the running back was diagnosed with a second-degree MCL sprain. While Jasmin will miss the remainder of spring practice, he should be good to go for the start of summer camp, as well as for workouts leading into that phase of the offseason.
Last season as a redshirt freshman, Jasmin was third on the Aztecs with 137 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The No. 2 rusher, Juwan Washington (759 yards), is expected to play a larger role with the departure of Rashaad Penny, whose 2,248 yards in 2017 set a school record and was tops in the nation.
San Diego State could conceivably have one less candidate to replace the lost production of Rashaad Penny in the running game.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chase Jasmin suffered what the newspaper described as a significant knee injury during a scrimmage this past weekend. Rocky Long confirmed after the first scrimmage of the spring that something significant occurred in the running back’s right knee, although an MRI will determine the extent of the damage.
“They think it could be an MCL or an ACL, but they don’t really know,” the head coach said according to the Union-Tribune. “They said it’s loose, though, so they’re going to MRI him.”
If it’s a torn ACL, Jasmin would, at bare minimum, likely miss at least the start of the 2018 season.
Last season as a redshirt freshman, Jasmin was third on the Aztecs with 137 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The No. 2 rusher, Juwan Washington (759 yards), is expected to play a larger role withe the departure of Penny, whose 2,248 yards in 2017 set a school record and tops in the nation.
At long last, our national nightmare is over. Penn State is finally going to meet Nevada and San Jose State on the gridiron, and the Nittany Lions are going to kill both birds with the same season.
Penn State on Monday announced it has scheduled future games with Nevada, San Jose State as well as Bowling Green. Penn State hosts Nevada on Sept. 5 for its 2020 season opener and hosts San Jose State on Sept. 19. The Nittany Lions will visit Virginia Tech on Sept. 12 of that season, meaning all three of Penn State’s non-conference opponents in 2020 will be first-timers.
Penn State last played a Mountain West opponent on Sept. 26, 2015, a 37-21 win over San Diego State in State College.
The Nittany Lions also added a Sept. 7, 2024 game with Bowling Green to be played at Beaver Stadium. Penn State has played Bowling Green twice before, but not since 1998 — a 48-3 Penn State win.