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November 18, 1988 | CURT HOLBREICH, Times Staff Writer
Al Luginbill does not officially take over as the 13th football coach in San Diego State history until Wednesday, but already he is hard at work putting together a plan for the Aztecs. Since it was announced Monday that he would succeed Denny Stolz, Luginbill has met with SDSU players and coaches, worked to assemble his coaching staff and prepared for the transition that will become complete after the team banquet Tuesday night.
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November 29, 1992 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They got here on Thanksgiving night, well fed and feeling relaxed. They had a little time to kill. So No. 1 Miami's Hurricanes checked into their hotel and picked up a couple newspapers. And then the resting became restless. Among the pre-game stories were bold statements by San Diego State football Coach Al Luginbill. The coach called Fresno State's offense better than Miami's offense and Bulldog quarterback Trent Dilfer better than the Hurricanes' Gino Torretta.
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September 15, 1990 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aztec Coach Al Luginbill didn't mean any disrespect to the Cal State Long Beach football team or its legendary coach, George Allen, but he preferred not to discuss them much this week. He also didn't want his players spending any time contemplating Long Beach's strengths and weaknesses. "If they are thinking about Long Beach State, they are below average intelligence," Luginbill said.
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November 10, 1992 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nobody has an answer for what is wrong with San Diego State after Saturday's 17-6 defeat at Wyoming--the second unexpected Western Athletic Conference loss in three weeks. But Coach Al Luginbill acknowledged the obvious Monday. He said his offense--particularly the passing game--is not executing. As the Aztecs (4-3-1, 4-2 in the WAC) prepare to play host to Hawaii (7-1, 5-1) for a Holiday Bowl berth Saturday night, Luginbill apparently will have to be both technician and psychologist.
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May 19, 1990 | CURT HOLBREICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former San Diego State football player is suing the school and Coach Al Luginbill over what he says was a broken promise to award him a partial athletic scholarship. A hearing will be held Monday in San Diego Superior Court. Mike Spinello, a linebacker from Mission Viejo High School, has charged that Luginbill reneged in February, 1989, on an oral agreement to award him a $2,000 scholarship.
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November 16, 1989 | CURT HOLBREICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The photograph Brad Edwards keeps tacked to his bedroom wall is too new to have turned yellow, but the image it represents has faded for all involved. Not long ago, the photo stood for a time when friends are found, when college football teammates formed life-long bonds. Now it is a reminder of the price of success at San Diego State. Edwards is no longer a member of the team; neither are the others in the picture--Darren Cooley, Scott Kilgore and Scott Cartwright.
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September 28, 1991 | SCOTT MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is no "take two" on game films. What you see is what you get. And what the San Diego State football team has this weekend, after Thursday's 37-12 loss to UCLA, is a gaping opening at quarterback. Coach Al Luginbill said during a film review session with reporters Friday that he hasn't decided who will be the Aztecs' starting quarterback at Hawaii Saturday--Cree Morris or David Lowery. "Oh, yes, it's up in the air," Luginbill said. "No question about that." Sound familiar?
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December 2, 1991 | SCOTT MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it the Accidental Punt Return. San Diego State Coach Al Luginbill has some names he would use, but none should be mentioned. It came with just more than 2:00 to play in the first quarter during top-ranked Miami's 39-12 romp over SDSU Saturday. Luginbill called it the turning point. "I thought we competed very well after that, but what it did was change the field position," Luginbill said. "The difference was us having the ball inside of their 20 to them having the ball on our two.
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April 2, 1989 | CURT HOLBREICH, Times Staff Writer
Since Al Luginbill became San Diego State football coach in November, he has ended his answer to almost every question about his team's personnel with the same half-dozen words: "But I haven't seen them in pads." Starting this week, he will. Luginbill, the 13th football coach in SDSU history, will open his first spring practice Monday. By its conclusion with an intrasquad game May 6, he will have seen almost his entire team in pads.
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December 19, 1990 | From Staff and Wire Reports
San Diego State football Coach Al Luginbill received a one-year contract extension through 1993.
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November 2, 1992 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Al Luginbill does not deny it. His San Diego State football team has yet to hit on all cylinders in any game this season. Yes, the Aztecs (4-2-1, 4-1 in the Western Athletic Conference) have had explosive days both running and passing, but not on the same day. While SDSU is still gearing toward balance, Luginbill has noticed this about WAC defenses: Their alignments are out of whack. "Before this year, and the first two games this year, people played us with balanced defenses," Luginbill said.
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October 29, 1992 | SCOTT MILLER
The Western Athletic Conference has ruled on the case of San Diego State Coach Al Luginbill, who Sunday criticized the crew who officiated the Aztec-Air Force game as being "blatantly incompetent." The answer is: Luginbill apparently will not be reprimanded or punished. WAC Commissioner Joe Kearney said that the case is closed and it has been handled internally. "We don't comment on it," Kearney said. "We have a procedure to deal with it and we've done that."
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October 28, 1992 | SCOTT MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a game that was nearly suitable for framing: The San Diego State defense actually held an opponent to two touchdowns. Trouble was, the Aztec offense misfired at enough crucial junctures Saturday to fumblerooski away a 20-17 loss to Air Force. As for the last time the blame for a loss was hung on the Aztec offense instead of the defense, don't bother looking. Dinosaurs may have still roamed the land.
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October 27, 1992 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While San Diego State Coach Al Luginbill will focus on getting his struggling offense back on track against Colorado State, John Adams, Western Athletic Conference supervisor of officials, will fix his eyes on the tape of SDSU's 20-17 loss to Air Force Saturday. Adams said he will determine whether Luginbill was correct in saying the officiating crew muffed three crucial calls.
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October 27, 1992 | Associated Press
San Diego State Coach Al Luginbill ripped Western Athletic Conference officials for making "incompetent" calls in the Aztecs' 20-17 loss to Air Force on Saturday night. "I think it's an absolute shame that we cannot get people to be competent enough in the officiating area to make the obvious correct calls," Luginbill said. Luginbill was most upset with a reversed call on an apparent Air Force fumble at the Aztec three in the third quarter with San Diego State leading, 14-12.
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October 13, 1992 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As San Diego State sat through its second bye week in four weeks, Saturday's action produced a final that must concern the Aztecs: Utah 38, Hawaii 17. The Aztecs and Utes, both 2-0, are the only unbeaten Western Athletic Conference teams. SDSU, trying to get back to the Holiday Bowl for the first time since 1986, can't prevent Utah from getting the bowl berth if the Utes (4-1 overall) share the WAC title with SDSU. SDSU and Utah do not meet this season.
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December 4, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Services
Al Luginbill, who coached San Diego State to an 8-3-1 record and a berth in the Freedom Bowl this season, received a contract extension through 1996. Luginbill was rumored to be under consideration for the coaching job at Arizona State, which fired Larry Marmie.
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August 30, 1991 | SCOTT MILLER
Maybe the San Diego State football team will have a starting quarterback by spring practice. They still don't have one for their season opener, Sept. 8, against Cal State Long Beach. Coach Al Luginbill said after Wednesday's scrimmage that he would name the quarterback the next day, but Thursday afternoon he pushed the decision back again. Cree Morris and David Lowery still are in the running. "We're still lacking consistency from day to day at that position," he said.
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September 29, 1992 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aztecs Coach Al Luginbill, unable to find anything positive in the Aztecs' 35-7 loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, wants to lay it to rest for good. "I'm not going to talk about it anymore, because it's over, it's done," he said. "And to be honest with you, I just want to play another game. Tomorrow night, if they'd let us."
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September 28, 1992 | SCOTT MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
And the answer is . . . There is no apparent answer. San Diego State Coach Al Luginbill spent Sunday thinking about the Aztecs' 35-7 whipping by UCLA. He studied film and talked with his assistants. How could a team that had done so much so well do so much so poorly? "If I knew why, I'd tell you why," Luginbill said. "The only thing that can come to my mind is we just, for whatever reason . . ." As his voice trailed off, he had a perplexed look on his face. He tried again.
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