1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Tuesday “Sound Off–Aztecs Football-Basketball’

Posted by on November 29th, 2022  •  0 Comments  • 


“Aztecs Football–Basketball–Coming-Going”


San Diego State football has one game left to play, the Hawaii Bowl game against Middle Tennessee State, a reward of sorts for a (7-5)season.  It’s the 12th Bowl game in 13-years for the Red & Black.  A fun time to be on the Islands for the players, but not a fun finish to the season.  SDSU football, coming off a lousy loss to Air Force, and facing the reality fans are staying away in droves from home games, boored by what they run on offense and whom they play on the schedule

Aztecs basketball is back home after a wild weekend at the Maui Classic.  3-intense games, 2-losses, 1-win and an ugly confrontation with Arkansa’s head coach.  Brian Dutcher had lots to say on Monday, about his team, the games, the controversy and the future.

Highlites from an interesting Monday at SDSU

Coach Brady Hoke:

Invited to Hawaii Bowl-vs- Middle Tennessee State..both teams (7-5)
Aztecs in bowl game for 12th time in 13-years
Happy for kids to play Christmas Eve in Honolulu
Middle Tennessee throws the ball a lot-like Mike Leach-Air Raid offense
Been to enough Bowls to understand procedures
This is a reward for kids
Be there 6-days before for festivities..fly home Christmas Eve

Playing last game for seniors was special..just didn’t execute in some areas
Giving up TD on first drive was upsetting-but you have to get used to speed
Air Force defense-fastest-aggressive-one of better defenses they have had
They were better than I thought
Offensive line take a step back…lack of discipline-OL mistakes=killed us
Air Force took away some of Maden’s throwing lanes..he pressed a bit

Offensively, never got anything going-penalties-lack of discipline
The (-1) yard rushing was an anomaly

We will give players this week off the field-do conditioning
Next week game play for Blue Raiders

If  players go to transferportal…they will not be part of Bowl trip
Kyle Crum is ahead of curve recovering-throwing the ball

I am not concerned about what fans care about the offense
We evaluate offense all the time-do not think we have to change what we do
I don’t pay attention to the crowd turnout at the stadium
Let’s talk about the 12-win seasons we have had-huh


Coach Brian Dutcher

Aloha-back from Hawaii
We played 3-really good teams-learned from it
Irvine is (6-1) averaging 83-a game-they have real talent..won at Oregon
Irvine shoots 3’s and have a solid big man

We want to win all those Maui Classic games
Oho State really good
Arizona is so big-so good
Arkansas-played well enough to win
2-losses hurt our rankings
We let players unwind in Maui-had two days off
Played 3-games in 3-nights..bit of a hangover-practice going well
We pushed our effort to the max in those games
They played hard as heck

Atmosphere in Maui was incredible but it turned the other way
Head coaches have to control their program-players
I want our kids to be gracious and have empathy
Eric Musselman is wired tight-competes at a high level
His personality is to haves joy with win..he is emotionally charged after losses
We need to revisit if whether we need to change post game handshake
Things have changed-showboating-celebration-arguing with refs-different time

Time will tell if we learned a lot from 3-games in 3-nights..
Remains to be seen what we learned from this
Don’t talk about it…learn about it…
We learned we are not as good as we want to be…I know what will be in future
Interesting dynamic have your team play at a high level thru the year-can you sustain it?

We were exposed by good teams ranked 4-and-11 teams in country
New Mexico…UNLV-Nevada unbeaten..Mountain West playing good ball
We want conference wide success in non conference games

We have good team-have to get better-we will-that’s who we are
We put our players in good position to win-but players have to learn to win
Coaches are teachers…players need to learn from it.


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