Ron Caragher replaces Mike MacIntyre at San Jose State

Funny how things work out sometimes. San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre was thought to be a top candidate for the opening at Kentucky. In the end, however, UK hired Mark Stoops, MacIntyre left for Colorado and San Jose State has now hired a former Kentucky assistant coach as its new coach.

Ron Caragher, 45, the former running backs coach for Rich Brooks at UK, was named head coach at San Jose State, replacing MacIntyre, who guided the Spartans to an 11-2 record this past season, the school’s best record since 1987.

For the past six years, Caragher was the head coach at San Diego, where he replaced Jim Harbaugh when the current San Francisco 49ers coach left for Stanford. Caragher’s record at San Diego was 44-22.

He is a former UCLA quarterback who backed up Troy Aikman and was a wide receivers coach with the Bruins for seven years before joining Brooks in Lexington.

San Jose State, which ended the season with a 52-43 win over Louisiana Tech, will play Bowling Green in the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C. on December 27. Defensive coordinator Kent Baer will serve as interim coach for that game.

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