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SOURCE: Garcia badly wants SJSU head coaching job

Former San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia is a candidate for San Jose State University’s new head coaching job, and he should be. He’s got the local ties, the smarts and the pedigree.

Sources close to the situation tell me that Jeff wants it badly — BADLY! As an SJSU alum and former quarterback, Jeff understands SJSU’s challenges. The program has had its struggles to say the least. Recruiting is everything and the Bay Area native and former NFL quarterback brings a unique dynamic that can lure recruits.

Playing for SJSU and for the 49ers will also bring a culture to a program that has challenges with its attendance and its commuting student body. However, Garcia has not coached at this level, which means he’s going to need a strong supporting cast. Sources tell me that Garcia has strong ties with former special teams coordinator, Fred Guidici, who also is an SJSU alum with a strong Bay Area history.

Guidici was like a son to Bill Walsh at Stanford, he later coached for the Oakland Raiders and is a fan favorite. Garcia is also close with Terry Malley, SJSU’s former offensive coordinator who preceeded his father at Santa Clara as head coach. Not only are Guidici and Malley rich with Bay Area and SJSU ties but they’re also winners. Both stayed with SJSU after HC Mike MacIntyre left for Colorado and coached SJSU’s Military Bowl victory. They later went on to Coach the SaberCats to an ArenaBowl victory.

Both coaches have huge support from alumni, boosters and former and current players alike. All of the above are chomping at the bit at the possibility of coaching SJSU football, and would light a fire on a much needed SJSU program.

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