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SDSU to sign former NFL-QB Chuck Long as HC

Postby no1cowboysfan » Sat Dec 17, 2005 3:41 pm

There's a VERY good chance no one but me cares about this, but I post it anyways.

SAN DIEGO - Former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long is expected to become the next head coach at San Diego State after spending four seasons as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma.

Long's hiring could be announced as early as Saturday, barring any unforeseen glitches, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because a deal was still pending.

In Norman, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Long was in San Diego for a second interview, adding that a deal had not been finalized.

Long, 42, has been on Stoops' staff for six seasons. He'll replace Tom Craft, who was fired on Dec. 5 after going 19-29 in four seasons, including 5-7 this year.

San Diego State athletic director Jeff Schemmel has refused to comment on candidates, but said at the time of Craft's firing that he would hire a replacement "who can excite the community."

This hire has Iowa and Kansas State connections.

A month ago, after Kansas State's Bill Snyder retired, Long told reporters that he wasn't in a hurry to find a head coaching job because he was happy at Oklahoma, which played in the last two BCS national championship games.

Long was recruited to Iowa by Snyder, then an assistant to Hayden Fry. Stoops, who played at Iowa and was an assistant to Snyder at K-State in the early 1990s, said he recommended Long to Schemmel, who was part of the management team that hired Snyder as the Wildcats' coach in 1989.

Although this would be Long's first head coaching job, he has an extensive resume as a player and assistant coach.

While at Iowa, Long was runner-up to Bo Jackson for the 1985 Heisman Trophy in the closest vote in history. He guided the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl that season.

He was Oklahoma's passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach when the Sooners won the national championship in 2000, and was offensive coordinator when Jason White won the 2003 Heisman and when Adrian Peterson and White finished 2-3 last season.

Long got his coaching start at Iowa in 1995 after playing eight seasons in the NFL, with the Rams and Lions. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

He will inherit a program that hasn't had a winning season since 1998, when it went 7-5 and played in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Aztecs have played in only two bowls in the last 15 seasons.

Coincidentally, Long will see plenty of San Diego in the coming weeks. Oklahoma will play Oregon in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 29, and the Sooners will practice at SDSU.


So, does anyone know anything about Long besides the provided information? I gotta say, I like SDSU's chances better with this guy than Tom Craft. The Sooners have had a pretty good offense the last four years, and with any luck, he can help further the development of QBs Kevin O'Connell and Darren Mougey.
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Postby VaderFin » Sat Dec 17, 2005 3:47 pm

I read about that this morning. Yet another assistant from OU going to a HC job. For San Diego St. I think it's a good hire.
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Postby moonhead » Sat Dec 17, 2005 3:56 pm

nobody is drying there eyes here. most feel like it's good riddance. he's a great qb coach, but sucked as an offensive coordinator. very predictable. best of luck, chuck. best of luck.
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Postby Mustangs989 » Sat Dec 17, 2005 5:15 pm

As a former Iowa player I've got to wish him good luck. Another Iowa player/coach under Frye to get a HC job. Although from what I have heard out of Oklahoma he wasn't anything special as an OC. We'll see what happens but good luck to him.
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Postby no1cowboysfan » Mon Dec 19, 2005 2:53 pm

He may have been a lackluster OC, but still...

*he made Jason White look good

*and Adrian Peterson thrived under him

*so did the (roughly) 75 receivers drafted from OU last draft

so maybe if he develops players, and lets his assistants call the plays (none hired so far), then we'll have a decent team.

one side note: Long "guaranteed championships" at SDSU. I, for his sake, dearly hope he meant MWC conference championships, because anything beyond that is retarded to expect. Hell, ever a MWC Championship is a little far-fetched with TCU in the mix now (i know, its sad when our conference's chief threat is TCU).
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