WASHINGTON -- San Jose State's trip to play in the Military Bowl didn't get off to the smoothest of starts on Sunday.
The Spartans were scheduled to depart San Jose on an 8 a.m. charter flight, but were delayed nearly five hours because of scheduled aircraft maintenance. They finally did take off and landed in the D.C. area shortly before 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. They made it to the hotel shortly after 9:30.
The players and coaches were greeted with a reception at their hotel that included plenty of food and the school's fight song blaring over the speakers.
"I was quite astonished when I first walked in," sophomore defensive tackle Travis Raciti said. "I didn't think we'd have people here waiting for us, coming all the way across the country. They had a big ceremony for us. All this food, a five-star hotel. I'm pretty impressed."
The players seemed to take the travel delays in stride. They killed the time playing games on their cell phones and relaxing.
"I'm just excited to be back. I love the DC area," sophomore wide receiver Jabari Carr said. "Delays happen. We really can't control it but we're here and we're ready to get it going. "San Jose State's opponent, Bowling Green, also arrived in town Sunday. The Falcons travelled via a bus caravan from Ohio. The teams meet Thursday at noon at RFK Stadium.
SJSU will dive into the bowl experience on Monday morning with a tour of the U.S. Capitol. The Spartans will have their
Tuesday will be similarly busy for SJSU, which will visit a retirement home in the morning, practice in the evening and take a bus tour of the city in the evening.
The Spartans will keep to the short hour and a half practice sessions they've used over the last couple of weeks.
It's the first bowl experience for the Spartans since the 2006 New Mexico Bowl. The only player who has bowl experience is De'Leon Eskridge, who played in back-to-back Insight Bowls in 2008 and 2009 for Minnesota.
Footballscoop.com also reported that Caragher has offered the offensive coordinator job to Washington wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty.
Before spending the past four years at Washington, Dougherty spent five years at San Diego working under both Caragher and former San Diego coach Jim Harbaugh. He was Caragher's offensive coordinator in 2008 with the Toreros.
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