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Trust the process: How San Jose State’s Brent Brennan is turning doubters into believers


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SAN JOSE — From the time his team put the finishing touches on an impressive win over San Diego State to when he boarded the plane to come home less than 90 minutes later, San Jose State coach Brent Brennan said he received 592 text messages of congratulations.

As of early Monday afternoon, an appreciative Brennan had only whittled down the number of unread messages to 363 — as he heard from other coaches like Jeff Tedford and Mike MacIntyre, and alumni like former NFL receiver James Jones.

“It’s funny,” Brennan said. “Everyone loves you when you win, they hate you when you lose. That’s the world we live in, but I do think that it’s pretty cool to hear from people, and know that a lot of people are excited about our process.”

There’s no doubt about that, especially after the Spartans beat San Diego State 28-17 on Friday to improve to improve to 3-0 for the first time in 38 years. The excitement will only build, too, should San Jose State beat UNLV on Saturday and go to 4-0 for the first time since 1955.

San Jose State also received votes in the USA Today coaches’ poll, the first time since the end of the 2012 season it has received votes in a top 25 national poll.

It’s all well and good, and Brennan doesn’t want to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm, especially since the Spartans haven’t finished above .500 since 2012. But even though his program seems to have come a long way in three-plus seasons, Brennan’s not ready to bask in the admiration.

“We’ve won three games and we’ve got five left,” Brennan said. “I’m sure of y’all are sitting there saying that sounds like coach talk or whatever, but this is the whole result-oriented business, and no cares when you did yesterday or last week. It doesn’t matter.

“None of it matters if we don’t play well going forward.”

Still, the Spartans are not going to be shy about celebrating victories that were so few and far between in recent years.

Inside the locker room at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson after Friday’s win, Brennan let loose, as he and his players celebrated their biggest conference win together.

“I was so excited for our players,” Brennan said. “Our administration has obviously stuck with us and been through a lot in the process of trying to build a program here at San Jose State that we can all be proud of.”

This is a 3-0 locker room!

LET’S GOOOOO! #SpartanUp pic.twitter.com/syqaJk7NvV

— San José State Football (@SanJoseStateFB) November 7, 2020

Offensive lineman Jack Snyder, a graduate senior, sensed the team’s confidence rising even before this season’s sizzling start.

“The last few years, we haven’t always gotten the results we’ve wanted, but I feel like we’ve been taking a lot of steps in the right direction at least,” said Snyder, a former Marin Catholic High standout. “I feel like we were ready to take the next step this year and so far, we’ve been able …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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