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Re: Those Who Think We Can Become San Diego State Are Forgetting Something
I beg to differ. Conoley supports athletics in a minimal way. Keep everything within a minimal budget. Impose a new fee, but do so in a minimal way. Conoley is not completely unsupportive of athletics; but, she is also clearly not willing to do SDSU type of support. The new fee moves us from dead last to something like 7th in support. Extraordinarily needed; but only enough to compete, not enough to fund at the top of the BW level. You may find that appropriate, as you have stated that athletics is not all that critical to the University, but it is not going to be what it takes to get to the next level.
We have an admin that supports student athletes and athletics, that is ridiculous.
We donít have Football, we donít have the support that SDSU has from their alumni, students, and community. We will never be a SDSU. We also donít have an Administration that supports Athletics.
But there is no reason that we canít be in the top of the BW with the right coach. And an Administration that supports Athletics. We have done it before.
A few posts down people were stating what it would take to become a San Diego State in basketball. Besides having a successful coach who has stayed for a long time, and excellent recruits which certainly helps, they have one thing that no other Cal State program has and that is money. Their football program has a new stadium and they draw 30-40 thousand for their games. Viejas Arena constantly sells out with 12,000 rabid fans. The money they make from these two programs allows them to probably come close to breaking even in their overall athletic budget for the year. I know most state schools lose millions every year. LBSU no longer lives in the 70's when to build a program like Tark did didn't take much money at all. In fact his salary at LB was $13,000 dollars which was LESS than he made at Pasadena City College! In another year if we get a solid coach like Pasternak at UCSB or Turner at UCI, and more support in attendance then maybe we can start making the top 75 most years. To make the top 25 like SD State just isn't going to happen very often.