Head Coaching Search - Updates & Speculation

Inside Sparta brings you the latest info on San Jose State's search for a new head coach, and speculates on what it all means.

Here's the latest on San Jose State's search for a new head football coach. A few known facts, and some good ol' fashion speculation to go with it.

What We Know

According to our source, interviews for the San Jose State's head football coaching job have not yet been completed. There are at least two interviews remaining, and those interviews will be completed this week. These are final interviews and will include a meeting with San Jose State President Jon Whitmore. The interviews were scheduled well in advance, and San Jose State is on target with their goal of having all interviews completed by the end of the current semester (finals end on Thursday Dec. 17).
Our source also made it very clear that the school has not offered the job to anyone thus far. No offer will be forthcoming until all the interviews are complete.

And Now The Speculation

So, what does it all mean? From our vantage point, it appears that San Jose State is in no hurry to name their new head coach before the December 21st recruiting "dead period" begins. This Sunday, December 20th, is the last day that coaches can contact recruiting prospects. Schools are not allowed any contact with prospects from December 21st thru January 1st, 2010. That may be an indication that some members of the current staff expected to be retained. Recruiting Coordinator Ken Margerum would certainly be the most likely assistant coach to remain on staff if a new coach is not hired before next Monday. One could also speculate that Margerum may be a finalist for the head coaching job himself.

The further that the selection of the new head coach gets pushed out, the more likely that University of Montana head coach Bobby Hauck becomes the leading candidate. In an ideal world, San Jose State names their new head coach this week, well ahead of the recruiting dead period, giving the new coach time to contact prospects, and avoiding the same scenario that took place when Dick Tomey was hired and had precious little time to recruit his first year. If San Jose State is willing to wait until next week, then there must be someone out there that they feel is worth the wait. Hauck, with an overall record of 80-16 at Montana, is probably worth waiting for. His team is currently 14-0 this season and will be facing Villanova on Friday night in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) national championship game. It's quite possible that San Jose State is waiting for this weekend to try and work out a deal with Hauck. It's also likely that there have already been some discussions with Hauck over the phone that leads San Jose State to believe that hiring Hauck is a realistic possibility.

Inside Sparta believes that San Francisco 49ers' assistant Tom Rathman is still a possibility to land the job as well. We do know that one of the finalists is someone from the NFL. Stanford offensive coordinator David Shaw is probably still in the mix, but may be down on the schools want list.

Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain and Washington offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier reportedly pulled their names from contention, albeit without receiving and offer from San Jose State.

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