October 17, 1985 |
There was a time when the four-wide receiver offense was unheard of in football. In basketball, a four-guard offense had been equally unthinkable. Until now. Smokey Gaines, San Diego State's coach, is contemplating a four-guard offense at times by necessity this season. His team simply doesn't have enough big men. The Aztecs have only four players taller than 6-feet 6-inches. One is unable to practice and another is less than 100%.
December 6, 1987 |
Quarterback Sean Covey threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third score Saturday to lead Brigham Young University to a 30-26 victory over Colorado State before a disappointing crowd of 7,652. Promoters of the game, billed as the Melbourne Bowl, had hoped to attract about 20,000 spectators to 32,000-seat Princes Park stadium.
September 11, 1987 |
Eddie Johnson decided to play football at the University of Utah for one simple reason: He is a running back and Utah was a running team. Was a running team. The Utes are that no longer. The Utes have not been a running team since Chuck Stobart was fired as coach after the 1984 season. Now they are a passing team, led by Coach Jim Fassel, a former quarterback at USC and Cal State Long Beach.
May 5, 1986 |
The fans who sit on Ragger's Rail came to Smith Field prepared Sunday afternoon. The rowdy group that sits on the railing above the right-field fence and makes life generally miserable for opposing teams (and especially right fielders) came equipped with mops and brooms hoping to see San Diego State finish a four-game sweep of Hawaii. They got their sweep.
January 23, 1987 |
When San Diego State's basketball team lost to Wyoming, 79-70, Thursday night in the Sports Arena, it continued to magnify the Aztecs' worst season since they began playing basketball in 1921-22. Consider: --The Aztecs have a 2-15 record. Their worst record was 6-21 in 1979-80. --The Aztecs have nine straight losses. Their longest losing streak was 11 in 1950-51 and 1951-52. Their longest single season losing streak was 10 in 1979-80. --The Aztecs are 0-7 in the Western Athletic Conference.
February 21, 1988 |
Jim Brandenburg, the San Diego State basketball coach, unfolded the sheet of paper listing the final statistics from Saturday's game between his team and Utah. Maybe he could find a reason there for the Aztecs' 50-48 Western Athletic Conference loss. Let's see, field-goal percentage. SDSU 20 of 44 (46%), Utah 14 of 43 (33%). That wasn't it. Rebounds. SDSU 31, Utah 24. That wasn't it. Free throws. SDSU 7 of 9 (78%), Utah 17 of 19 (90%). That was it.
February 9, 1985 |
From the pools of Detroit to the playgrounds of San Diego, you won't find many athletes selected All-State in swimming and basketball. Gerald Murray is an exception. Four years ago at Detroit Southeastern High School, Murray was a 6-foot 6-inch freestyler. Now the San Diego State backup center is a 6-8 enforcer.
January 27, 1990 |
The San Diego State basketball team hit the road again and, as usual, the road hit harder. This time it was the University of Hawaii hitting 60% of its shots--the highest percentage given up by the Aztecs this year--and forward Shawn Jamison's worsening struggle at the free throw line that doomed SDSU to a 75-63 Western Athletic Conference loss late Thursday night.
January 21, 1985 |
After losing two straight games in front of noisy sellout crowds in New Mexico and Texas El Paso, it's difficult to believe the San Diego State basketball team in looking forward to its next road game. Actually, the "visiting" Aztecs can't wait to face United States International University, staring at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the San Diego Sports Arena.
October 2, 1988 |
San Diego State ended its three-game run through some of the best teams in Pacific 10 Conference Saturday night with a 34-13 loss to No. 20 Oregon. The defeat before 22,527 at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium was the Aztecs' ninth in a row to Pac-10 teams over four seasons and probably left them looking forward to their return to Western Athletic Conference play Saturday.