San Jose State hires Gene Bleymaier

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose State has hired former Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier to run its athletic department.

University president Mohammad Qayoumi announced Thursday that Bleymaier will replace Tom Bowen effective June 30. Bowen left to take over the department at Memphis.

Bleymaier will oversee San Jose State's transition from its final year in the Western Athletic Conference to joining the Mountain West in July 2013.

In nearly three decades at Boise State, Bleymaier helped build a football program that has become a perennial power. He left the school last September after the NCAA uncovered compliance violations. Qayoumi says he discussed those violations with Bleymaier and the NCAA and is confident Bleymaier was the right choice for San Jose State.