Rocky Long plans on coaching for a long time

It was Monday around noon that San Diego State head coach Rocky Long received numerous phone calls asking if he had any plans to retire at the end of this season. He addresses the rumor, Alec Johnson is close to full strength and an injury update on Gabe Lemon...

It was Monday around noon that San Diego State head coach Rocky Long received numerous phone calls asking if he had any plans to retire at the end of this season.

"I've never said that," SDSU head coach Rocky Long replied. "It's those people three weeks ago that were trying to get me fired and said we needed a new coach. Now we have won two games in a row so now they are assuming they can't get me fired. Why not retire me?"

The rumor was created on a local radio show and shortly after, the false report hit various Aztec message boards.

Is there any sort of truth to the rumor?

"I plan on coaching for a long time," Long said. "Until I can't jog out on the field I'm going to coach."

The second year Aztec coach doesn't have a Facebook or Twitter account and openly said that he only knows about situations such as these due to the media bringing it up to him.

"I don't really care," Long explained. "I might have cared the first year as a head coach but I sure don't care now. They can say whatever the hell they want but the retirement one is a different angle. That's kind of funny."

Long still has three years left on his contract.

Johnson close to full strength

Center Alec Johnson (broken hand) was seen in Tuesday's press conference with a smaller cast on his right hand, making his fingers visible and usable.

"They took it [cast] off before the game," Johnson said. "On Thursday, they gave me this little cast thing. I got to use my hands in the game and it felt nice. (I) missed them. It's nice having that giant club off."

It's quite possible that the senior offensive lineman will be able to play this Saturday against Nevada without wearing any protective gear.

"They said I've got to go down and check with the training staff, but this week I should have full use of my hand," Johnson explained.

Johnson is expected to switch back to snapping with his right hand Tuesday.

Lemon out against Nevada

Gabe Lemon left the contest last weekend versus Colorado State with an MCL strain.

"He's all right," Long said. "He won't play this week. He felt much better on Sunday, so there's a good chance that it'll be a two-week deal. He'll be able to play a week from now."

As far as moving forward the medical staff will put him in a brace.

"He's not going to practice, but he's going to work out today," Long discussed. "He's going to jog around and see if he can backpedal and all those sort of things."

Finishing Notes

-Rocky Long was asked in Tuesday's press conference if he sympathizes with San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner after blowing a 24-point lead against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.

"Oh, totally," Long said. "It's interesting when you listen to the radio and you hear about all the adjustments he's supposed to make. I'm going to tell you what, you can make the best adjustments in the world and when the momentum shifts like that, it isn't going to make a difference."

-Kicker Seamus McMorrow and Aztec Nat Berhe are both currently sick but are expected back at practice Wednesday.

-The Wolf Pack opened as 6.5-point favorites against SDSU.

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