My heart goes out to the disappointed 49er sports boosters prominently featured in the Southeast/Long Beach section April 19, but I really believe you're dealing with a non-issue.
I graduated from Cal State Long Beach in the 1960s, but my perception of the sports situation there is considerably different from the boosters quoted in the story. I see no reason to assume that any amount of fund-raising is going to bring about another Southern California sports powerhouse--or even a school as successful as Fresno State.
Why? Let me suggest two conditions which I believe transcend questions of quality of fund-raising efforts of the caliber of the coaching staff:
1. Policy of the California State University and Colleges system has always been to discourage any sort of on-campus or near-campus "college community" development such as one sees at Westwood around UCLA. The CSU administration, instead, encourages commuters who have little interest in staying around and/or buying football tickets. That huge potential "customer base" boosters talk about has never thought of itself as a unit or a community--and will not, as long as the CSU administration operates in the manner it does. You've got to have a college community before you can have school spirit.