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SJSU introduces Ron Caragher as head football coach

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SJSU introduces Ron Caragher as head football coach

A week after coach Mike MacIntyre left SJSU to take the same position at Colorado, the Spartans have found their replacement.

Ron Caragher, who coached the University of San Diego to a 44-22 record and three conference championships over the past six seasons, signed a five-year contract to become SJSU’s new head coach, director of athletics Gene Bleymaier announced Monday.

“Every athletic director is always combing the country looking for the next bright star and this was no different,” Bleymaier said Monday. “I’ve had the privilege and opportunity to follow coach Caragher’s career for some time and he’s always been on the radar and somebody that I hoped I would have the opportunity to hire at some point in time. Little did I know that it would happen as quickly as it did.”

Caragher, a native of Morgan Hill, Calif., went to high school at Bellarmine in San Jose and called his hiring a “homecoming.”

“I used to attend Spartan football camps in the Summer time and I used to come to San Jose State football games,” he said. “As a high school player, I played some games in Spartan Stadium so coming back here is really exciting to me.”

He wasted little time before thanking MacIntyre for bringing the program to what it is today: A top-25 school in all three major college football polls.

“I’d like to thank coach MacIntyre and his staff of outstanding coaches, the team and the foundation they laid,” Carragher said. “To have this program going in the right direction, they’ve definitely raised the bar, which is something that I embrace and as Gene eluded to there are some big shoes and you know what I love it. I embrace challenges and opportunity.

“This is special place, a lineage of great coaches at San Jose State University. Bill Walsh, Dick Vermiel — two guys that are the greatest coaches in the history of the sport.”

Caragher replaced current San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh as coach of USD in 2007, something Bleymaier said was a plus for the man replacing MacIntyre, who led the team to its best season in 25 years.

“This is not new for him to follow a good coach,” Bleymaier said. “He’s following a very good coach in coach Mac, who has brought this program to a new level.”

Bleymaier said Carragher was chosen from a “deep pool” full of qualified candidates and added that he is excited with the decision.

“I couldn’t feel any better,” Bleymaier said. “I had a list of tremendous coaches that I was interested in, I thought the search committee would be interested in. We were definitely prepared. We weren’t surprised to lose Coach Mac. We were sad and it was unfortunate but not unexpected.

“We had a good list and when you get to that level, they’re all good but coach Caragher distinguished himself.”

Caragher said cornerstones to his coaching style are enthusiasm and work ethic and with that mindset the sky is the limit for SJSU football.

“Look out teams because we’re excited,” he said. “San Jose State football is on the rise.”

Junior quarterback David Fales, who led Division I in passing percentage during the regular season, said he is excited to learn from Caragher, a former quarterback at the University of California-Los Angeles.

“Having a head coach that played the position is going to help understand the way it’s played and it’s going to be easier to communicate with him,” Fales said.

Fales added that Caragher seems like a down to earth man who cares a lot about his players and said he wants to meet Caragher, “hopefully really soon.”

The two met briefly after Monday’s press conference — the first of many between the former and current collegiate quarterbacks.

Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

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Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

If there is such a thing as being “due” in sports (and there actually isn’t, so you can probably stop reading now), the San Francisco 49ers had Sunday coming to them.
 
After all, the anomaly of being the “best winless team in football” based on margin of defeat lasts only so long until the “winless” part trumps the “best” part, because even the Los Angeles Chargers – the previous “best bad team in football” – aren’t the Chargers all the time.
 
So it was that the Dallas Cowboys exposed every weakness the 49ers have with the simplest thing there is.
 
Talent.
 
The Cowboys did everything they wanted, but only whenever they wanted it, in a 40-10 dope-slapping that could actually have been worse than it was. The 49er offense was properly stymied (again), gaining only 290 yards (4.5 yards per play) and the defense was thoroughly Elliotted (as in Ezekiel-ed, who averaged 8.1 yards in his 27 touches). San Francisco’s warts were rubbed until they glowed, and if not for the fact that head coach Kyle Shanahan already knew where they were, he’d have been shocked to see how visible they were.
 
And therein lies the takeaway from another day at Not-So-Great-America. It turns out that the 49ers weren’t very good at much of anything before Sunday except just how far away they are from what Shanahan and general manager John Lynch believe is their destiny. C.J.  Beathard remained the rookie quarterback he is, and Carlos Hyde's hard-won 68 rushing yards led to no scores. Indeed, San Francisco's only touchdown came on a four-yard improv sprint from Beathard, who is by no means a running quarterback except in abject flight.

Next week in Philadelphia figures to be no less grisly, if you’re waiting for that magic moment when “0” becomes “1.” That is, of course, unless Washington exposes the Eagles as less than what they seem, which is very often the case in the new parity-gripped NFL.

But there are subsequent get-well games at home against Arizona and then at New York against the Giants the week after, so whatever dreams you might have about them running the table backwards and getting the first overall pick in the draft are still light years from realization.
 
This is, however, another healthy reminder that the job to be done is at least two more years in the undoing before the doing can actually begin. Not that the players or coaches needed another lesson, mind you – they know.
 
But maybe you needed it, just to keep your delusions in check. Maybe the people who were “due” were all of you.
 
But that’s unfair, too. You didn’t undo this franchise. All you did was believe, and there’s nothing wrong with that – as long you know there will be more days like this before your team starts handing out the 40-10’s.
 
In the meantime, there is beer.

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 40-10 loss vs Cowboys

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Three things you need to know from 49ers' 40-10 loss vs Cowboys

SANTA CLARA -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 40-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7 on Sunday:

1. A major step backward
So much for the 49ers’ somewhat-impressive streak of close losses.

There was nothing encouraging about what transpired in the 49ers' worst loss at Levi’s Stadium. It was also the franchise's worst home loss since Mike Singletary's team absorbed a 45-10 thumping against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 11, 2009.

Was there anything positive to take from this game?

“No, not right now,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It was disappointing. I think all three phases, players and coaches, we’ve got to play better than that, a lot better to give ourselves a chance to win.”

The competitive nature of the 49ers’ past five games was one thing. But with a big home loss on such an emotional day, it is fair to say that the honeymoon is over for Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. The 49ers looked like a team devoid of any leadership, and brings more scrutiny onto the organization’s decision last week to release linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Now, the 49ers face a crossroads. With another cross-country trip ahead, the 49ers have to regroup in a hurry in order to avoid another embarrassing blowout against the Philadelphia Eagles.

2. Beathard’s first start
Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard certainly was not the reason the 49ers got blown out. In his first NFL start, he showed a lot of toughness, which was to be expected. He was sacked five times. But most of those sacks could have been avoided. He has to get rid of the ball quicker, especially on three-step drops.

Beathard also showed some promise, too. He let the ball fly deep for Marquise Goodwin, who caught four passes for 80 yards. Beathard completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards.

Beathard accounted for the 49ers’ only touchdown with a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. There seems to be little doubt it was in the best interest of the organization to begin evaluating what it has for the future with the permanent switch from Brian Hoyer to Beathard.

3. Dwight Clark’s Day
The 49ers, of course, did nothing to evoke any memories of the great teams on which Dwight Clark played. Well, they did look a lot like Clark’s first team with the 49ers.

The 49ers of 1979 lost their first seven games of the season. This year’s team matched that start for the worst beginning to a season in franchise history.

More than 35 of Clark’s teammates off the 1981 Super Bowl team were in attendance to honor a pay tribute to Clark, who is battling ALS. Now in a wheelchair and considerably lighter, Clark delivered some poignant remarks at halftime.

Clark, 60, told his old teammate, Keena Turner, who works as vice president of football affairs, that all he wanted was to see some of his old teammates.

“And the 49ers heard that and flew all these players in, so I could see them one more time,” Clark said.