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Former San Jose State coach Ron Caragher joins San Diego State staff in off-field role

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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).

Penn State announces future games with Nevada, San Jose State and Bowling Green

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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.


Ex-USC WR Rahshead Johnson no longer at San Jose State, too

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Maybe the third time will be a charm?

In January of 2015, Rahshead Johnson decided to transfer from USC and ultimately ended up at San Jose State.  Now, a little over three years after that departure, the wide receiver is departing again.

Johnson has another season of eligibility remaining, so he could transfer to another program and play in 2018.  Whether that’s his plan or not is unknown.

Johnson was a four-star member of the Trojans’ 2014 recruiting class, rated as the No. 19 receiver in the country; the No. 13 player at any position in the state of California; and the No. 139 player overall. Only three of the 19 members of USC’s last class carried a rating than Johnson’s 5.9: Adoree’ Jackson and John Smith‘s 6.1, and Damien Mama‘s 6.0.

With the Spartans, Johnson, after sitting out the 2015 season, caught 16 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in 2016.  This past season, those numbers dropped to seven and 103, although he did another pair of touchdowns.

Washington adds San Jose State assistant as 10th coach

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Yet another Power Five program has poached one from the Group Of Five to fill the 10th assistant role that went into effect this week.

Washington became the latest to do the poaching, with UW confirming that Will Harris has joined Chris Petersen‘s staff as defensive backs coach.  The move, at least for now, completes what would be Petersen’s fifth staff with the program.

“Will is an excellent, young coach who I think will fit our team and our culture well,” Petersen said in a statement. “We’re excited to have him join our staff.”

The past two seasons, Harris worked as the defensive backs coach at San Jose State.

That was Harris’ first job at the FBS level; this will, obviously, be the first Power Five job in a coaching career that began less than a decade ago and has included a stop in Southern California’s Snoop League.

Sean Lewis adds coordinators on both sides of the ball to first Kent State coaching staff

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Arguably the two most important hires Sean Lewis makes as he embarks on his first head-coaching job are in place.

Kent State announced Friday that Andrew Sowder and Tom Kaufman have been added to his first coaching staff, the former on the offensive side and the latter on the defensive side.  Kaufman will also carry the title of associate head coach for the Golden Flashes.

“Tom is a Northeast Ohio guy,” the first-year head coach said in a statement. “He’s a relentless recruiter and a great football mind. He’s going to bring an aggressive, attacking defense that was No. 1 in the SoCon last year. I couldn’t be more excited to have him on board. …

“I have a great relationship with Andrew. He helped groom and develop Roger Lewis who’s an NFL starter with the New York Giants. He understands our system and the idea of playing FlashFast. He fully embraces it and I can’t wait to get on the field with him.”

Sowder spent the 2017 season as the offensive coordinator and right ends coach at San Jose State.  Kaufman was the defensive coordinator at FCS Chattanooga in this past season.

Lewis and Kaufman worked together on the same staff at Syracuse in 2016, the former as offensive coordinator and the latter as special teams coordinator/linebackers coach.