SAN JOSE -- San Jose State defensive coordinator Kent Baer will serve as the Spartans' interim head coach when they play Bowling Green in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27.
Baer takes over for Mike MacIntyre, who on Monday was named head coach at Colorado.
"I believe Kent gives San Jose State the best opportunity to win the bowl game against Bowling Green," athletic director Gene Bleymaier said in a statement. "He's done it before and I am confident in his ability to serve as interim head coach."
Baer in his fifth season with SJSU, including the past three as defensive coordinator. He previously served as Notre Dame's interim head coach for the 2004 Insight Bowl after Tyrone Willingham was fired.
"The biggest challenge is just go win the football game," Baer said. "Coach Mac's put such a tremendous foundation down for these kids and this coaching staff. We'll just continue that foundation and go win 11 games and be the greatest team in San Jose State history."
The players are still experiencing uncertainty as the school embarks on a coaching search. It's undetermined which assistant coaches will follow MacIntyre. He's stated that he'd like to bring Baer and offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren. Defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat is expected to join MacIntyre.
Baer said he's had players ask him about his future.
"I don't have any answers for them," Baer said. "The future's uncertain for a lot of people. The one thing I
Offensive line coach Gary Bernardi said the players and coaches have to be patient as everything sorts itself out, but acknowledged the situation is weighing on the players.
"That's on their mind," Bernardi said. "We have to just be honest with them. Probably some guys will leave, some will stay."
In other SJSU news:
Quarterback David Fales, tight end Ryan Otten and defensive end Travis Johnson all earned honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated on Tuesday.
Fales, a junior, has set single-season school records for passing yards (3,798), touchdown passes (31), completions (294) and total offense (3,668). He's also in line to break the school records for completion percentage and passing efficiency.
Otten, a senior, was fourth on the team with 44 catches, second with 706 receiving yards and tied for third with four touchdowns. With 123 career catches for 1,724 yards, he's San Jose State's career leader for tight ends in both categories. He will play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala.
Johnson, a senior, led the Spartans with 12 sacks and 19 tackles for loss and was fifth with 60 tackles. With 31 tackles and 46.5 tackles for loss, he's SJSU's career leader in those categories. Johnson will play in the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game on Jan. 11 in Tucson, Ariz.
Kicker Austin Lopez was also recently named to the FoxSportsNext.com Freshman All-American team as a first-team choice.
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