San Diego State Achieves College Sports Trifecta
The Aztecs are a dominant force in college football, basketball and baseball this year.
The Aztecs are running on all cylinders with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
If there is not a proper term for it maybe one is needed. For now we’ll just call it a trifecta.
For the scholastic year of 2017-2018, San Diego State University Athletics has been winning in many key sports, and Athletic Director J.D. Wicker must be very proud of this year’s result.
Rocky Long’s Aztecs football squad completed its third ten-win season in a row, and made a 2017 FBS Bowl appearance against Army in the 2017 Armed Forces Bowl. While the Aztecs lost, anybody who watched the game would agree it was a stunning nail-biter from start to end. The game could actually be considered a “good loss” if there were such a thing. The season ended with under-valued 2017 NCAA rushing leader Rashaad Penny chosen by Seattle during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and the Aztecs are now ranked #20 in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll.
Meanwhile, first-year Aztecs basketball coach Brian Dutcher had the daunting task of taking over for the legendary Steve Fisher, while trying to corral more talent on one team than the Aztecs have seen for many years. The Aztecs had high highs and low lows before winning 9 straight to win the 2018 Mountain West Basketball Championship, earning a 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament invite. Another suspenseful game, the Aztecs lost to Houston, led by man-bun donning uber guard, Rob Gray. Nonetheless, the power trio of Matt Mitchell, Jordan Schakel and Jalen McDaniels got a taste of the tourney- like lion cubs tasting blood for the first time.
Just this past weekend, Aztecs baseball coach Mark Martinez and a superbly-talented Aztecs baseball team added to the list of Aztecs victories by clinching the Mountain West Baseball Championship, earning the auto bid to the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament, aka the Road to Omaha. The Aztecs lost the regular season to Nevada, but dominated the Mountain West Tournament nonetheless with a decisive blowout against UNLV.
This trifecta places the Aztecs in elite company alongside Clemson, Duke, FSU, NC State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Ohio State, Purdue, UCLA, Auburn, TAMU, Houston and NMSU.
In other sports, SDSU recent graduate and golfer extraordinaire Xander Schauffele is your current reigning 2017 PGA Rookie of the Year.
SDSU track superstar Ashley Henderson was at one point this year called the World’s Fastest Woman after running a sub-eleven-second 100 meter dash.
Aztecs athletics are reaching new heights. Congratulations to all San Diego State University college athletes for a great year in sports.