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Rocky Long: I hope I'm on the sidelines like Joe Paterno

It didn’t take long for San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk to promote Rocky Long to head coach. Long, who served as the Aztecs’ defensive coordinator the last two seasons, is the former head coach at New Mexico.

"I hope this lasts 10, 15, 20 years," said Long of his new job. "I hope that I'm on the sidelines like Joe Paterno."

"The Mountain West Championship is the first goal and will always be the first goal but I don't think that it will stop there. There are teams (TCU) in our league that go to BCS games and win the BCS games. There is absolutely, absolutely no reason that that cannot be us, no reason whatsoever."

“I thought coach Hoke did an amazing job getting this program started in the right direction. The foundation has been poured - it is not solid yet. There is a long way to go before we are going to be considered a great program. Everything is in place here that we can be a great program.”

Long agreed to a 5-year deal worth $800,000 per year.