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McMackin found way starting in San Jose

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 02:25 a.m. HST, Nov 20, 2010

In the early 1980s, Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin was on Jack Elway's San Jose State coaching staff that spawned five future Division I head coaches.

"I learned a lot there," McMackin said. "It gave me the basics of practice plans. We still use the same practice plan. Elway was a very organized person, and ahead of his time in football."

During those Spartans practices, McMackin, who was coaching the defensive backs, faced an offense coordinated by Dennis Erickson, who went on to a successful head coaching career. Erickson ran a spread attack, which, in turn, helped McMackin develop a quarter zone scheme that has found its way into the current UH defensive playbook.

During McMackin's five-year tenure there, the Spartans twice broke into what was then the Top 20 rankings. The Spartans also were able to beat Stanford, which was led by Jack Elway's son, quarterback John Elway.

"We were there five years, and we were successful," McMackin said. "I was at Idaho before that. I got out of the snow, so I enjoyed that."

Jack Elway then was hired at Stanford.

"Jack was really influential, and my time at San Jose State, I met a lot of really great people," McMackin said.




Sept. 2 Southern California Aloha Stadium L, 49-36
Sept. 11 at Army Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y. W, 31-28
Sept. 18 at Colorado Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo. L, 31-13
Sept. 25 Charleston Southern Aloha Stadium W, 66-7
Oct. 2 Louisiana Tech Aloha Stadium W, 42-21
Oct. 9 at Fresno State Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif. W, 49-27
Oct. 16 Nevada Aloha Stadium W, 27-21
Oct. 23 at Utah State Romney Stadium, Logan, Utah W, 45-7
Oct. 30 Idaho (Homecoming) Aloha Stadium W, 45-10
Nov. 6 at Boise State Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho L, 42-7
Nov. 20 San Jose State Aloha Stadium 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 at New Mexico State Aggie Memorial, Las Cruces, N.M. 10 a.m.
Dec. 4 UNLV Aloha Stadium 5:30 p.m.



Boise State 6 0 301 41 10 0 479 115
Hawaii 5 1 214 128 7 3 360 243
Nevada 4 1 210 133 9 1 433 233
Fresno State 4 3 208 221 6 4 312 307
Louisiana Tech 3 3 188 191 4 6 259 295
Utah State 2 4 144 212 4 6 244 317
Idaho 1 4 113 222 4 6 272 316
New Mexico State 1 5 95 224 2 8 158 363
San Jose State 0 5 82 183 1 9 131 339
Boise State 51, Fresno State 0

New Mexico State at Nevada
Idaho at Utah State
San Jose State at Hawaii

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