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  • San Jose State coach introduced

  • SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bay Area native Ron Caragher is back home.
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  • SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bay Area native Ron Caragher is back home.
    Caragher, who was introduced as the new football coach at San Jose State on Monday, still has family in nearby Morgan Hill and plans to be in the area before boarding a plane to watch the Spartans play at the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C. two days later.
    "This is a homecoming for me," Caragher said. "I used to attend Spartan camps in the summer and as a high school player I watched games and played in games at Spartan Stadium."
    Caragher, who spent the past six years at San Diego, replaces Mike MacIntyre to become the 28th coach at the school. He signed a five-year contract a week after MacIntyre left to take the head job at Colorado. The Spartans finished the regular season 10-2.
    "Things were up in the air when we didn't know much," Spartans quarterback David Fales said. "We finally have a coach again and we can get back to work."
    Caragher replaced Jim Harbaugh, who is coaching the San Francisco 49ers, at San Diego, where he compiled a 44-22 record with three conference championships. He's also been an assistant coach at UCLA, Kentucky.
    Harbaugh learned Monday afternoon that San Jose State had hired Caragher, and called him a "wonderful, wonderful, wonderful guy and coach."
    "I would stop back down there when I was in San Diego. Talked on the phone many times and just through players who were still there at USD," Harbaugh said. "Like I said when I'd be recruiting in San Diego I'd always stop by the trailer and see if anybody was there. Rons been up here recruiting in the Bay Area when I was over at Stanford. We'd run into each other. Great guy. Great guy, great family. My son will be disappointed. He's friends with Ron's son. They go to the same high school. But that's great. Great hire by San Jose State."
    UC Davis
    At Davis, Calif., former California running game coordinator Ron Gould has been hired as the new head coach at UC Davis.
    Athletic director Terry Tumey announced Monday that Gould would replace Bob Biggs, who retired after the 2012 season.
    The 47-year-old Gould called it a "dream come true" to coach the Aggies.
    Gould was a highly respected assistant on former Cal coach Jeff Tedford's staff. He helped develop nine 1,000-yard rushers during his final 11 seasons with the Golden Bears. Six of the program's top 10 all-time rushers played under Gould, including NFL players Marshawn Lynch, Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen.
    Gould has also coached at Oregon, Portland State and Boise State.
    Gould will be paid an annual base salary of $235,000.
    Western Michigan
    Western Michigan has hired 32-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant P.J. Fleck, making him the youngest coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision, according to a person familiar with the decision.
    The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the school was not yet ready to make an announcement.
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