Football: Spartans’ MacIntyre says no contact from Cal so far; Hue Jackson sounds interested

Here are some updates on the Cal coaching search:

— San Jose State’s Mike MacIntyre, who has guided the Spartans to a 10-2 record, told beat writer Jimmy Durkin from our staff that he has not been offered a job by Kentucky and has had no contact with Cal. I covered the Spartans in 2011 and I know MacIntyre a little bit, so I believe him. I’ll also tell you this: It’s early in the process. Don’t scratch him from your list yet.

— BANG columnist Monte Poole talked briefly Sunday with Hue Jackson, currently DBs coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, who told him he had not heard from Cal, but hopes he does. In other words, he sounds interested. Jackson, who coached the Raiders to an 8-8 record last season (sounds pretty good about now), spent the 1996 season as offensive coordinator at Cal. The belief is that money isn’t as much the issue as Jackson’s determination to get another head coaching job — either in the NFL or in college. I’m waiting to hear back from Jackson’s agent.

— Western Kentucky’s Willie Taggart, a former assistant at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh, said he has had no contact at this point from any school, presumably including Cal. During his Monday weekly press briefing he said, “We’re grinding. We’re out recruiting. I work for WKU — that’s what this is all about.” The Hilltoppers are 7-5 and awaiting a long-shot bowl bid. They are 14-10 the past two seasons under Taggart. 

— Vanderbilt coach James Franklin does not appear to be a viable candidate. I spoke with  beat reporter Jeff Lockridge of the Tennessean, who told me that he believes Franklin is happy at Vandy and about to get a new contract. The Commodores are 8-4 and riding a six-game win streak. Already, Franklin earns close to $3 million a year (an unofficial estimate because Vandy does not release contract figures) on a seven-year deal. The school is building an indoor practice facility and has nearly tripled Franklin’s recruiting budget, to the point that he’s able to fly into high school games via helicopter. He turned away inquiries from N.C. State and isn’t considered a candidate at Kentucky, because Vandy is now a better job.

Jeff Faraudo

  • ScottyBear

    Thanks Jeff. So, maybe Chris Petersen and Sandy are working out a deal?? Gary Andersen must have been contacted, along with Sonny Dykes? Either Sandy is siting on her hands or already has an offer to her/our alums’ first choice? Either good news soon or we’re competing with Auburn, Tennessee and BC.

  • Cre8tivguy

    Sounds like Sandy has higher aspirations at this point and is playing those out first. Petersen? Diaco? Roman? It’s only Monday.

    -Go Bears!

  • covinared

    Macintyre might be a candidate for Tennessee. He went to high school in Nashville. Having attended both Cal and Vandy, I am not surprised Franklin would prefer Nashville.

  • 1brsfan

    let’s hope that the reason they haven’t been contacted is because they’re talking to their A-list. Not that those coaches are anything to sneeze at but perhaps they have some other coaches that are rated higher. Although I have read that Jackson is interviewing with Cal later this week.

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  • Steve W.

    So Sandy Barbour would consider a triple option coach at Air Force because he is strong on academics? Give me a break! You don’t need to know squat about the circulum at Cal if you are disciplinarian in all phases. The kids are going to graduate if you make sure they are going to classes and get them the proper tutoring. Hell, Russell White was a Prop 48 recruit with dyslexia who graduated from Cal because he decided that was what he was going to do.

    Let’s get a football guy first, please.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Agreed Steve. I want a football BOSS, not a nice guy who knows his Shakespeare and Longfellow. I want Chip Kelly’s evil twin brother.

  • Dan

    No way on Hue Jackson – way too much of a reach, no proof he’ll be successful as a college head coach. Too scary, too risky.

    McIntyre is a better option, but only reached this excellence for 1 year. Still not a large enough body of proof to convince me he WILL take Cal to where it can go.

    Broken record for me, but Chris Petersen trumps all choices, Bobby Petrino is the only other sure path to on field excellence, but he ain’t coming to Berkeley.

  • konamike

    Some interesting speculation but expect to be disappointed. W/out the last in the Pac-12 graduation rate we’d get a strong football coach. Now, staring @ the worst academic record in the Conference, Sandy’s in a box she can’t explain her way out of. She’ll be looking for someone she can sell to academia. I’d guarantee one name you can remove from the list: Sonny Dykes. Why? That name only works south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Just like the name Brock Mansion didn’t work. That name belongs on a daytime soap opera actor, not a Cal QB.

  • Bobsac

    From what I have seen, I hope Cal puts Mike MacIntyre high up on the A list. Great turn around at San Jose State & experience recruiting in California.
    As far as Hue Jackson, I would be concerned about his recruiting against jokes about his getting manicures & pedicures the day before games (ESPN The Mag “Hue Jackson’s commitment to excellent nails” 12/16/11). That could be more of a problem in college than in the NFL because of recruiting.