The San Jose State football program has been through change before, and the departure of Mike MacIntyre shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's followed the Spartans.
The reality of the situation is that SJSU is a stepping stone for coaches who succeed to find better opportunities with BCS schools. That's precisely what Mcintyre did after leading the Spartans to a 10-2 overall record and a 5-1 finish in the WAC conference and taking the job at Colorado.
With a move to the Mountain West Conference imminent, the time has come for the Spartans to display some continuity. Athletic director Gene Bleymaier has the difficult task ahead of hiring a coach who can continue to build upon the success that MacIntyre created. Given the Spartans' strong showing in 2012, there's optimism that it won't be too difficult to find a strong hire since potential suitors for the vacancy could find the situation in San Jose desirable.
Winning cures everything, and if the next coach turns out to be the right fit, then the alums and boosters will be willing to put more money into the program.