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Stability at head coach is important to recruiting in college football, and San Diego State has taken another step in that direction by extending Rocky Long's contract through the 2022 season.
Long signed a four-year contract extension last year, which came with a raise from around $815,000 to around $826,000 per year. Based on USA Today's salary database from last year, Long came in at the 82nd-highest-paid coach and sixth among Mountain West head coaches.
The Aztecs are 64-29 in Long's seven seasons, with a bowl appearance in all seven campaigns and a current streak of three straight double-digit win seasons. Only five other coaches-Nick Saban (Alabama), Urban Meyer (Ohio State), Dabo Swinney (Clemson), Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) and Paul Chryst (Wisconsin) have the same streak of double-digit win seasons.
Long is the all-time winningest coach in Mountain West history, and the only three-time Coach of the Year (2002, 2012, 2015) in the conference's history.
Long, 68, is entering his 10th season with the San Diego State football program. He served as defensive coordinator under Brady Hoke in 2009 and 2010, then replaced Hoke when he left for Michigan. Prior to that Ling was head coach at New Mexico for 11 seasons (1998-2008) with five bowl appearances.
Long was asked if San Diego State will be his last coaching job.
“And as I told somebody else today, there’s nobody else going to be interested in me because of my advanced age. So I would guess this will be my last stop. One way or the other, this is the last stop.”
Long is underestimating his appeal to Power 5 programs. But since he will turn 73 soon after the 2022 season ends, it's fair to assume he will not be going anywhere at this point.
San Diego State athletic director J.D. Wicker probably put it best regarding Long.
“Offering Rocky an extension may be the easiest decision I’ve ever had to make. Rocky is a great football coach. He is a great mentor to our assistant coaches and student-athletes and, most importantly, he’s a great person. He truly cares not only about the success of the football program but San Diego State as a whole.”