Coaching changes complicate Military Bowl,
WASHINGTON — For the third consecutive year — which accounts for 60 percent of the lifespan of this particular event — the Military Bowl had coaching news between the selection date and the game.
Ralph Friedgen was fired by Maryland in 2010, but he was allowed to coach the game and ended his Terrapins career with a big win over East Carolina.
Last year, Tim Beckman left Toledo for Illinois, leaving replacement Matt Campbell to lead a onepoint victory over Air Force.
This year, it’s even more complicated.
Having rebuilt San Jose State (10-2), Mike MacIntyre left for Colorado after the Spartans accepted the bid that will have them facing Bowling Green (8-4) on Thursday at RFK Stadium. Defensive coordinator Kent Baer was selected as the interim coach for the game and wanted the job full-time, but he wasn’t even granted an interview.
Instead, San Diego’s Ron Caragher was hired, and Baer is going to follow MacIntyre to Colorado.
So, talk about awkward: Caragher has already started to set up shop with the Spartans during Baer’s final days at the school. Caragher watched practices back in California last week and traveled with the team to the nation’s capital as an observer.
“In some ways, it can be very confusing,” said Baer, who also had an interim bowl gig with Notre Dame in 2004. “Sometimes it’s confusing to me, to be honest with you. But once we get out to practice and we’re handling our business in meetings, it’s this group of coaches and this group of players that’s been here all year. That’s how we’re handling it. It’s going to be his football team after this, but not til.”