This is something all UCLA alums - who care about the football program - need to take note of. Very interesting news came out today out of San Jose:
Any lingering questions about San Jose State's commitment to building a winning football program were answered Thursday with the appointment of Gene Bleymaier as the Spartans' new athletic director.
Bleymaier directed Boise State athletics for nearly three decades and guided the Broncos' transformation into a football powerhouse. He hired coaches Dan Hawkins and Chris Petersen, oversaw the construction of first-rate facilities and is credited with the idea of putting blue turf in Bronco Stadium.
"He understands athletics, he understands people, and he understands how to take a program to a different level," said SJSU football coach Mike MacIntyre, who was on the search committee and spent a day with Bleymaier earlier this week.
I have mixed feelings about Bleymaier. I do think he did a great job as a football centric AD for Boise State. However, he was fired because of NCAA violations and his successful coaches stumbled at big time BCS programs.
That said given how Dan Guerrero has completely wrecked our both major revenue program I totally understand folks wondering what would have happened if it was Bleymaier not Chianti taking over for Pete Dalis at UCLA. No doubt we need to keep a close eye on what transpires with San Jose State in next 3-4 years.