“Aztecs Football–Bowl Time”
San Diego State is headed to its 10th bowl game in a row, this time facing Central Michigan of the Mid-American Conference.
The Aztecs came home (9-3) this season. The Chippewas went to the MAC championship game, losing to Miami of Ohio, ending up (8-5).
Old school coaches face each other. Rocky Long-vs-Jim McElwain. Long has been spectacular on Montezuma Mesa. McElwain rebuilt a (1-11) team into a bowl team in one year. Both have world of experience.
Rocky Long’s comments”
..Excited about going to bowl game in New Mexico.
..Short period of time to prepare to play on 12/21
..Central Michigan has had great turnaround season
..Jim McElwain-great success at Colorado State, got the job at Florida
..Took CMU from (1-11) to the MAC title game.
..On film lots of formations on offense, strong on defense with 7-man front
..Hard for us to run the ball
..They put in new system when he got there…finally got it going mid-year
..Scored 40-points or more 5-games second half of season
..Developed group that now knows the system and executing well
..Our team always excited to play another game
..Like going to a different bowl games
..We have played a lot of MAC teams..they play good football
..CMU very physical up
..Excited about going to new place-experience new things
..Wanted to be in game vs Boise State…have to let it go..just like life
..I found out this year, outside incentives don’t mean a damn thing
..It adds stress and pressure…some people handle it well…some don’t.
..Just let kids play the game
..Cycle-seniors leaving program…alot of fond memories…gave us lot of success
..Our seniors are our leaders…did a great job leading this group
..Kids playing last game…kids excited about what future holds for them
..These kids been playing since they were 8-and-10…it will hit them
..It hits them during the game…they can get sad.
..I was sad when I was pulled out for the final game at New Mexico
..Long layoff-get lazy-rusty….how sharp we are when game starts is the question
..Speed of the game is a problem when you have been off a couple of weeks.
..Disappointed last year loss to Ohio..players didn’t want to play in bowl game
..Proud way seniors led this group since 2nd semester last January
..Gave Jesse Matthews-WR-awarded scholarship next year-he deserves it.
..I have special feelings about New Mexico…love the place..the people..the culture
..Trying to let players know how special New Mexico is
..Only ones who offered me a scholarship-that’s how I went there
..4-game redshirt rule…NCAA may change it…I had answer to problem
..Put a guy on scholarship, here to play football-get college degree…give them 5-years.
…End restrictions how and when they play.
..No waivers-no redshirts-no injury redshirts…Have 5-to-play 5
..You still have 85-grants per year…Not spend additional money
..NCAA transfer portal rule…don’t think there is tampering going on..
..Allow athletes avenue to move on if not happy.
..Not against it…but a lot of names are showing up in the portal.