SAN JOSE — San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre reiterated Wednesday that he has not been contacted about any other jobs. His school is working on keeping him with the Spartans.
"We want Coach Mac to stay here," SJSU athletic director Gene Bleymaier said Wednesday. "He's done a phenomenal job. We're doing everything we possibly can to keep him. We've been working on that for months."
Those measures include looking to increase MacIntyre's salary, which is in the $450,000 range, and improving facilities. Bleymaier didn't specify whether the school was eyeing an extension or a renegotiation of his current deal, which runs through the 2017 season. But they are committed to working improving the program in all areas. "It's everything," Bleymaier said. "It's trying to improve the program in every way that we can. Give him the opportunity to try to continue to have the success we've had this year and build on that. We're working to develop a plan to make that happen."
MacIntyre's name has come up in discussions regarding several openings. He was a rumored candidate for the Kentucky job that went to Mark Stoops and has been linked to the opening at Cal, among others. He said he hasn't heard from anybody yet.
"There's always a million rumors out there, but I haven't heard anything," MacIntyre said. "We love it here. We want to be here. That's just the way it's always going to be. I hope it's going to be like that the next 15 years that I'm here."
Bleymaier, a former AD at Boise State who oversaw its rise from Division II all the way to two appearances in BCS bowl games, sees similarities in the growth SJSU has shown this year.
"There's no question," Bleymaier said. "The strides the team made this year. We have an opportunity to be successful for a long time with the foundation that Mac is building here. We're going to be able to move into the Mountain West next year and compete for a championship in the first year."
The Spartans made their first appearance in the BCS standings this week at No. 25. With a 10-2 record, they have their most wins since 1987. But MacIntyre thinks they can achieve even more.
"We didn't win a championship this year," MacIntyre said. "That's something we want to do. And then get in a BCS game. That's something we want to do and I think those are realistic goals in the future. I think the program's going that way. There's things we've got to do with our team. We've got to get better at things. There's things we got to do with facilities. There's a whole combination, but everybody's moving that way. It's really exciting to me and it's really exciting to our kids and it's making a difference on the recruiting trail."
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