SAN JOSE -- Former assistant Kenwick Thompson is expected to join San Jose State's defensive coaching staff, according to sources.

Thompson spent the past six years at Cal as a linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. He added the title of associate head coach for this past season under Jeff Tedford and was dismissed when Tedford was fired on Nov. 20.

Thompson's role on new Spartans coach Ron Caragher's staff is unclear, although it would be reasonable to predict he would assume the defensive coordinator job.

Thompson coached at San Jose State from 2001-06, working on the staffs of Fitz Hill and Dick Tomey. He had a variety of roles during his six years with the Spartans, coaching the defensive tackles, defensive line, special teams and linebackers. He was a recruiting coordinator for three seasons and also spent one year as the team's strength and conditioning coach.

Prior to coming to San Jose State, Thompson spent seven seasons at Texas Southern, a Football Championship Subdivision school. He was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator the final five years there.

The school's athletic department did not confirm the hiring. San Jose State has yet to make any official announcement regarding additions to Caragher's staff as they await the hirings to become official. The university has a designated waiting period before open positions can be filled.

Caragher's staff reportedly includes Jimmie Dougherty as offensive coordinator and Greg Lewis as wide receivers coach. Hank Fraley and Joe Stabb also reportedly will follow Caragher from San Diego. Fraley coached the offensive line for the Toreros and Stabb was the safeties coach.

Terry Malley and Fred Guidici will remain on San Jose State's staff in some capacity. Malley has most recently worked as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, although he's also served as running backs coach and quarterbacks coach in his four years with the Spartans. Guidici was the special teams coordinator and running backs coach in his first season coaching at SJSU, his alma mater.

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