WHO'S NEXT FOR SAN JOSE STATE?
Here are eight coaches San Jose State athletic director Gene Bleymaier might consider (listed alphabetically) to replace Mike MacIntyre: San Jose State defensive coordinator Kent Baer: Well-respected veteran is finishing his fifth season on SJSU staff (originally hired by Dick Tomey). Worked at Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington under Tyrone Willingham. If Baer doesn't get the job, he might join MacIntyre in Boulder. (If that's the case, the Spartans' standout third-year defensive players could follow: Sit out one year per NCAA transfer rules, then play for CU as fifth-year seniors.) Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo: Spent two years on MacIntyre's staff as quarterbacks coach (2010-11) and offensive coordinator (2011 only). Was instrumental in recruiting quarterback David Fales. His scheme was so good, the Spartans kept it for 2012. Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin: Don't be the slightest bit surprised if Bleymaier taps into his Boise State past for SJSU's next coach. (He was BSU's athletic director for 30 years.) Harsin spent a decade on the Broncos' staff, including five as offensive coordinator. Former Boise State/Colorado coach Dan Hawkins: Hawkins bombed at Colorado but is a proven winner at the non-AQ level and remains close with Bleymaier. He also knows Northern California, having played at UC Davis. Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason: Called the shots for one of the top defenses in the nation and was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given to nation's top assistant. Designed the game plan that held Oregon to 14 points. Well liked by his players. Lives up the street from SJSU (granted, it's a long street). UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone: If Bleymaier taps his Westwood roots -- he played tight end for the Bruins in the early 1970s -- the result could be Mazzone, who coached at ASU before joining UCLA. Mazzone preaches the spread offense and has transformed the Bruins' attack (35 points per game this season). Boise State associate head coach Chris Strausser: Another option from the Boise State tree, this one with a local hook: Strausser was a San Jose State assistant in the mid-1990s and spent three years at Foothill College. Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox: SJSU would have to ante up to lure Wilcox, who reportedly makes an average of $800,000 annually. And even if the Spartans found the cash, Wilcox might not be interested. But Bleymaier needs to make the call to the former Boise State coordinator.
-- JON WILNER