As a newcomer to San Diego, I adopted the Aztec football team, preferring Coach Coryell's exciting offense and Isaac Curtis to my Michigan Wolverines. To the chagrin of my Delta Chi fraternity brothers, I was realistic about my mania. I knew back then that State's continued success would depend not on a change in coaches to Gilbert, Scovil, and who knows next, but a dramatic change in the school itself.
Knute Rockne himself could not make San Diego State's team a winner. The problem is not the schedule, the coaches or having enough fringe benefits for the team. The problem is: When compared to BYU, USC, Stanford, Notre Dame or any other competitor for the stable, dedicated, smart, family-reared, blue-chip recruits, San Diego State is a university in name only. I wish this were not the case. The students there are as nice, healthy, considerate and intelligent a group as at any campus. What kills the school is the "laid-back," anti-achievement dogma.
A typical graduate of State ends in work that any high school student could do. The exceptions generally go into the law, medicine, business, social sciences--all professions that are oversupplied with paper-pushing degree holders who, far from improving the productivity of America, hold it back.