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No. 74: San Diego State

Rocky Long knew what he was doing when he traded in one head coaching job, at New Mexico, for an assistant job in the same league. In Long’s estimation, he’d topped out with the Lobos; if he wasn’t getting out when the getting was good, he was getting out when the getting wasn’t as bad as it would become – and it would get bad awfully quick in Albuquerque. When he left U.N.M. late in 2008, Long was gambling that someday, this one step backward would result in two steps forward. He picked the right stop: Long hitched his wagon to a fast-riser in Brady Hoke, knowing that his new connection would either result in a coordinator title and coordinator payday at a major B.C.S. conference stop or, perhaps, a second shot at running his own show on the non-B.C.S. conference level. Better yet – and this is how it played out – Long could reap the benefits of Hoke’s steady work, taking over a program in San Diego State that could have coached itself into bowl play a season ago.

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