Do you even exist? I created this blog because I searched the net and I found out something. There isn’t one Aztec blog on the entire internet! Well maybe this is because Aztec sports have been bad for so long. Anyway, I will be mostly covering Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Baseball. That is not an exhaustive list and I will probably be talking about other sports as well. My hope is to get more people interested in Aztec sports. SDSU is the only major D1 college sports school in San Diego area and all San Diegian sports fans should watch them. GO AZTECS!
San Diego State (7-1) takes on Arizona (5-2) in Arizona. On TV at FS Arizona (DirecTV channel 686, DISH Network channel 415) or AM 600 in San Diego. SDSU has lost six straight to Arizona and has never beaten a ranked Arizona team, however they have beaten unranked Arizona 5 times. Arizona is not currently ranked. Not sure if Wade will play tonight, if he does his minutes will probably be limited. Chase Budinger, alumni from my high school LCC in Carlsbad, is their leading scorer averaging over 20 PPG. GO AZTECS!
According to the UT former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione, San Francisco 49ers Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz, and UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker will be having second interviews this week and SDSU will possibly be hiring the coach by this weekend. I don’t like Franchione, I don’t know much about him but from what I’ve heard from other fans is that he isn’t loyal and that there was alot of controversy surrounding him during his coaching days. Walker has Socal ties and is experienced in recruiting so that would really help the Aztecs. On the other hand, UCLA sucks and that’s not because of lack of recruitment. Walker also isn’t a big name and probably wouldn’t draw much interest from the fanbase or players that haven’t heard of him. Martz has Socal ties, is a big name, and is and offensive minded coach, which is what SDSU is known for. He has not been a head coach before and has coached at several colleges before. He was the offensive coordinator for the Rams “greatest show on turf” Superbowl win. He probably isn’t well versed in the art of college recruiting but his name is big enough that I think it will encourage recruits to take a good look. However, the 49ers released a statement that said Martz is NOT in the running for the job. So who knows. Out of those three I’d say Martz but of course these are just rumors and many other names have come up.
ESPN Box Score. Yikes we didn’t even put up a game preview. Lorrenzo Wade was in uniform but didnt play. I hope he is able to get into the game for Arizona and Saint Mary’s. USD’s Brandon Johnson ruptured his Achilles Tendon at the end of the first half. That one hurts. Kyle Spain led the Aztecs yet again with 16 points and rising star Tim Shelton added 12. Once again, this isn’t much of a rivalry since USD doesn’t really ever beat SDSU. I didn’t see much of the game on TV because I was watching Manny Pacquiao beat the hell out of Oscar De La Hoya. USD came out strong with some good shooting but they were never really in the game after the Aztecs took the lead; SDSU scored 28 points off turnovers. Next game is Wednesday night at Arizona. They aren’t the same team they used to be but a win by the Aztecs would certainly go a long way as far as the national eye. Beat Arizona, Saint Marys, and win the rest of the non-conference schedule and we might even get nationally ranked.
Remember a few days ago I said that to be guilty of burglary you had to have entered a building with the specific intent to commit theft? Well guess what?
Judge Charles Rogers said he didn’t believe Wade, 23, had criminal intent to assist taking a woman’s television from her apartment near SDSU on Sept. 21. “The elements of burglary are real clear-cut,” Rogers said. “They require entry of a specified structure with certain specific intent. I find that Mr. Wade did not have that intent at the time he entered the structure. If in fact he did unhook that cable wire, that was an act, an intentional act, that was conducted after he was inside, and the intent was formed after he was inside.”
Ah, Justice. Sweet Justice. Wade wanted to plead guilty to a lesser charge but the DDA was too damn stubborn and insisted on a felony burglary charge. What an idiot. Wade WILL be back.
“We are very pleased for Lorrenzo,” SDSU coach Steve Fisher said. “I think it is the right decision. We are happy that he will not only continue in school but will return to the basketball team. When that return will come, we have not made that decision yet.”
Even Coach Fisher who is extremely tough on discinplinary issues knew this whole thing was BS. Like I said before as well, this is a special team right now and will be even more special with Wade on the floor. I don’t think it should be much of a distraction as all of the players on the team still believe in Wade. Oh man, Kyle Spain and Lorrenzo Wade ohhhh weeeee.
Well Crap. We gave up more than 59 points. At least we still held them to 13 points below their average. Tim Shelton was a perfect 6-6 from the field to score a career high 17, Billy White had a Aztec high 7 boards and Kyle Spain knocked down 19. We actually got out-rebounded 36-27 which is kind of depressing. We did hit 44.4% of our 3s, 90% of our FTs, and shot 45.3% from the field, which isn’t great, but with our defense it is good enough to win games.
Next game is on saturday at Cox Area vs. USD for the “city championship”. USD has never won at Cox Arena.
The Aztecs (5-1) will face Northern Colorado (2-2) tonight in Northern Colorado apparently. What’s with all these directional schools? This will not score points on Around the Horn. Anyway, the point is to keep winning and don’t worry about who your opponent is. If you worry too much about the opponent, that is when we will start having problems. Guess what? Northern Colorado beat us at Cox Arena last season and halted our home winning streak at 13. The game isn’t on TV but it will be on AM 600 with Uncle Teddy doing the play by play. I assume the gametracker will be on GoAztecs.com as well.
Let’s talk defense. It looks like so far the Aztec’s defense ranks (tied for) 10th in the entire nation. Tied for #2 if you count teams that have played at least 6 games, (Like SDSU has). The highest point total given up this season was to then No.15 Arizona State, at 59 points. Guess how many points they are averaging this season? That’s right, 75. So you can say all you want about SDSU’s opponents so far, but the Aztecs are only giving up 52.7 points a game and held one of the nation’s top shooting teams to 16 points under their average. Plus, you know they have had to score far more than 75 a game to reach that average after only scoring 59 agaisnt us. Mind you that was without our best player Lorenzo Wade and only after hitting some brilliant shots down the stretch. Through their first four games, Northern Colorado is averaging 78.5 points and put up 105 points in their last game. Tonight SDSU looks to hold its 7th straight opponent under 60 points.
Speaking of Lorenzo Wade, it looks like he will not be able to play this season. Apparently the DDA refuses to give him a plea and is adamant about bringing the case to trial despite the fact that they didn’t find any of Lorenzo’s fingerprints on the TV he allegedly stole. The trial itself probably won’t be that long but they schedule these things far in advance and by the time it was through basketball season will be over. The sad thing is he probably won’t even be convicted. They are charging him with first degree burglary which is a specific intent crime which require the DA to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that entered an inhabited dwelling with the SPECIFIC INTENT TO COMMIT THEFT. The DDA continues to insist they have the evidence to prove that, regardless of the fact they have no fingerprints, and I doubt they have witnesses that can testify to the fact they went over to the aparment with the specific intent of stealing the TV. The shitty thing is that with the way the team is playing right now this could be a very special team capable of making a deep tournament run with Lorenzo playing. It just sucks.
Looks like SDSU is looking at another $50-90k cost to find a new coach. While it seems like a hefty fee it is par for the course.
Take a look at the firm SDSU is using here: Parker Executive Search. Looks like their ultimate goal is to exceed their clients’ expectations. Sadly, I think SDSU’s expectations in football have been set pretty low so exceeding them shouldn’t be difficult. Seriously though, hopefully they find a good coach which will get a winning program back on the Mesa.