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San Diego State, Navy took similar paths to sustained success

San Diego State, Navy took similar paths to sustained success

Widely-proclaimed savior of the program leaves to take a job at a major conference school and the top assistant is promoted to maintain continuity. Diehard fans worry about a backslide to the losing ways of old, but the replacement builds on the success of his predecessor and leads the football team to even greater heights. Sound familiar? What happened at Navy has been duplicated at San Diego State, an interesting parallel considering the two schools will meet on Tuesday night in the Poinsettia Bowl. After establishing himself as a winner in his first head coaching assignment, Paul Johnson left Georgia Southern to turn around a Navy program that went winless in the season prior to...

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