Rocky Long Is Not Interested In The Oregon State Opening
The 67-year-old SDSU head coach is fine where he is at.
Rocky Long’s name is coming up to replace Gary Andersen
When Oregon State’s Gary Andersen abruptly resigned as the Beavers head coach earlier this week there was one name that popped up right away: San Diego State’s Rocky Long.
The San Diego Union-Tribune cited a few sources who felt the Aztecs head coach should be at the top of Oregon State’s wishlist.
Said one: “If I’m Oregon State, the first person I’m calling for that job is Rocky Long.”
Another was more to the point: “Oregon State hire Rocky Long.”
On the surface it makes sense for Long to be a hot name for a Pac-12 job, but as Long channeled his inner Roger Murtaugh saying he is too old for this… .
“That is people that don’t understand the situation. There’s no way any of those places are going to hire a 67-year-old man,” Long said via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Administrators won’t even consider that.”
Long is right because he is on the older side of being a college football head coach and why would those in the athletics department want a head coach who might be around for a few years. Now, had Long been 57 then this would be a completely different conversation about Long leaving for a bigger job.
Long has also built a great program in San Diego State, and outside of the bump in pay there is no reason to go to a rebuilding job.
Chris Vannini of The Athletic lists a few names to keep an eye on, and two come from the Mountain West in Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun and Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl.