Mike MacIntyre spoke about taking SJSU position

December 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
On Thursday Mike MacIntyre took over the football program at San Jose State. This is the first head coaching position. He is the former Duke defensive coordinator and is 44 years old.

San Jose State officials were apparently just as impressed with his emphasis on academics as they were with his coaching.

San Jose State is a tough job with money being tight, recruiting is a challenge and the schedule is brutal at times.

MacIntyre replaces Dick Tomey who is retiring after the Spartans slumped to a 2-10 record.

"The biggest challenge is to carry on the torch that Coach Tomey had going. I'm not going to be able to fill his shoes and I need to realize that. I need to walk in Mike MacIntyre's shoes, and do the things I think will take the program to the next level. I love mentoring young people. I love seeing them come in as, really, kind of snotty nose, cocky little brats at 18 years old, and move out of here as 22-year-old young men that are going to be very successful," said MacIntyre.


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