Aztecs' program has become a national powerhouse under Steve Fisher

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  • Utiesrsocute Murray, UT
    Feb. 19, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    Hey Hedgehog,

    I think we've got scoreboard on this one.

    Love, Cougar nation

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    Feb. 19, 2011 2:22 a.m.

    Wow, a lot of haters on this board. I'm guessing you are the ones who don't follow college bball or just started this year with Jimmer-mania.

    To those pointing out Fisher made mistakes at Michigan, he has admitted this. He was not on top of things as closely as he should have been. But that does not take away from the NC he brought Michigan, guiding a team that was not expected to win through the tourney, win after win, in one of the greatest postseason streaks after its head coach accepted another job.

    To those whining about just one season, check out SDSU's record since Fisher arrived. It's not just this season but he's brought consistent success (I'm guessing most don't realize this because they just turned on the tv after hearing about Jimmer).

    I agree they aren't a national powerhouse but give the man credit for turning around a team that was abysmal, similar to Rose. If anything we should cheer for these mid-major/west coast teams to do well except when playing BYU.

  • B5Erik Menifee, CA
    Feb. 18, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    Still Blue after all these years - I've got a question for you.

    How many National Championships does Rose have on his resume? How many Championship Games has he coached in?

    Coach Fisher has a National Championship on his resume, and led his team to TWO additional Championship Games after that. He took a horrible San Diego State team and after rebuilding the program he has brought them 7 straight 20+ win seasons. That's amazing. That's coaching.

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    As an avid BYU fan, I have the fans in the Mountain West should be busy hyping up every team in the conference. When BYU beat SDS, the BYU fans were yelling "over rated." Sorry that's a dumb way to elevate your own team. The worse the team is you beat, the less the win means. SDS and BYU are both great teams who will probably protect their home court and hopefully bash everyone else. I hope whoever loses next week, it's their only loss from then until the championship game of the MWC tournament. And let's hope that game is won by one point. Let's keep both teams high in the polls, in respect for each other, that both do major damage in March Madness.

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    12 years huh. Hey Yewt fans, want to give your next coach 12 years? I think SDS is a really good team this year, but they are not dominant - win most games (other than cupcakes like Utah) by single digit points. Don't blow people out like BYU has often done. I agree SDS will be and should be favored at home against BYU. But BYU backs down to no one, and it will be a tough game, close.

    Last Point: Fisher is absolutely NOT the best coach in the league. Rose is. Check out the records - both total conf play and head to head. Some people like to ignore the facts to opine.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    Pts per game: BYU 8th (83.1) SDSU 93rd (72.4)
    Rebs per game: BYU 17th (39.4) SDSU 80th (36.9)
    Ast per game: BYU 43rd (15.2) SDSU 114th (13.8)
    FG%: BYU 76th (.458) SDSU 27th (.475)

    Stats dont lie.

    Keys to a BYU win on the 26th:

    -Keep Kawhi from gathering a bundle of offensive Rebs.

    -Dont let DJ Gay get hot from outside.

    -Jackson will have to score around 15-18 with a few steals and fast breaks.

    -Jimmer needs to get his average.

    Its not like this is rocket science, play a good solid bball game against a very good opponent at their house and this should still be a win.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Feb. 18, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    As an SDSU alumn who turned Cougar Blue after my daughter & son attended/graduated from the Y, I believe I offer some interesting insight. Yes, Hedgehog, I finally agree with you on something. As much as I love my adopted-in Cougs & Coach Rose, I do believe Fisher is the best coach in the MWC. He's done wonders to turn the program around. However, with that being sad, SDSU has, bar none, the worse fans in the MWC. After attending the 2009 BYU football game in SD, I've made a promise never to spend another dime at an SDSU sporting event. I will gladly watch the game on TV. I cannot wait for the 2/26 nationally televised game, because I cannot wait for my cougs to put a sock in the mouths of the fans, sports writers & local talk-sports who are giving my cougs no chance! They view my cougs nothing more than a "1-trick pony." Emery, Davies, Hartsock & Abouo MUST come ready to play. If they don't and it's left to Jimmer, SDSU's team is too deep and they will dominate. Let's go, Cougs!!!

  • B5Erik Menifee, CA
    Feb. 18, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    Let's not forget a key part of that story - SDSU has won 20 games or more for the last SEVEN straight years. The program has basically been trending upward that entire time.

    Fisher is a great coach and a classy guy, and he has turned San Diego State basketball from a basement dweller into the owners of the penthouse suite.

    I don't care what team you root for you have to respect 26-1 and a team as athletic, talented, and well coached as the Aztecs are.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    hedge; You would be an expert on delusional. The reality is that BYU beat SDSU by double digits and that BYU has some excellent athletes. If SDSU has the best athletes and the best coach they why did they lose to BYU? Because BYU is a better TEAM. That usually is credited to superior coaching. The SDSU team will be struggling next year as they graduate everyone over 6'7" and they lose two of their top two scorers. If Kwahni is dumb enough to declare, they will be that much worse. BYU on the other hand has all their big men back and two great guards coming in to replace the dynamic duo. Dream on hedgie, your obsession is quite humorous.
    Maybe Utah could get Fischer to come to SLC.

  • PerfectCougar Payson, UTAH
    Feb. 18, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    BYU will rightly be an underdog at SDSU in the rematch. Here is hoping BYU pulls an upset.

    I was at the game last year when BYU pulled out a close one with a raucus crowd and a bunch of unruely sudo missionaries!

    Great to see BYU silence them at the end.

  • PerfectCougar Payson, UTAH
    Feb. 18, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Let us limit the scope of the discussion to what the man has done. He has taken a historically bad team and made it into a top ten team.


  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Feb. 18, 2011 12:10 p.m.


    He's done an awesome job at SDSU.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Feb. 18, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    SDSU clearly has a team this year, whether it is talent, chemistry, whatever, they've figured out how to win. But I agree that it is premature to christen them a national powerhouse.

    "Even the most delusional [Ute] fan" would have to admit that BYU's consistent appearance in the top 25 over 30 years is more likely "national powerhouse" material than SDSU's present couple of pretty good years.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Feb. 18, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    BYU and Utah fans on here are the worst. Fisher has done a great job in San Diego. One of the worst basketball teams year in and year out in the West. Now they are up near the top of the Mountain every year.

    Why can't you all just enjoy the article and admit that he has done an awesome job in San Diego?

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 18, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    What a national powerhouse and yet never won a ncaa tourney game? Please, if that's all it takes...

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 11:05 a.m.

    SDSU good but there's a reason BYU beat them and there's a reason BYU has the #1 RPI in the NATION.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    I'll agree with Hedge that Fisher is one of the best, and one of the classiest.

    Dutchman thinks Boylen is Fisher II.

    Interesting to hear his comment on this story.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Feb. 18, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    Mountain Man,

    Let's talk next week.

    Even the most delusional tds fan know's that SDST is the most athletic/complete team in the MWC

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Feb. 18, 2011 9:38 a.m.

    I can believe that Fisher is the most popular guy in town and he deserves it. He has obviously done a great job.

    Jimmer, on the other hand probably would not receive the save affection in San Diego.

    Go Jimmer!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 18, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    @ Hedgehog. SDSU wasn't the best team at the Marriot Center last time they played the Cougars, were they? Sorry, pal wrong again! But don't give up, even a broken clock is right twice a day!

  • The Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    Wow! one great year in 12 and you are calling SDSU a national powerhouse program. REALLY. National powerhouse programs are called that, because they have demonstrated to be very good over a number of years. SDSU has just begun to play good basketball,they may become a powerhouse but it will take several years of consistency of winning on a national stage, not just this year.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Feb. 18, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    Don't get me wrong, I respect Coach Fisher and the job he has done at San Diego State. But calling the Aztecs a "national powerhouse" is premature at best.

    Powerhouse programs:

    Didn't get their first-ever Top 25 ranking in 2011.

    Historically don't have trouble selling out a 12,000 seat arena.

    Have more than six NCAA tournament appearances, and aren't still looking for their first win in The Big Dance.

    Don't rely on building a team from transfers from second tier basketball schools like Pepperdine and Santa Clara.

    And most importantly, powerhouse programs are sustainable.

    This story and title may play in San Diego and the Mountain West, but until SDSU wins in March they will be appropriately veiwed with skepticism by most of the country.

    I would love to see the Aztecs go deep in the tournament and become a perennial Top 25 team. Maybe this is the first of many outstanding Aztec teams. Let's see what happens in March, and watch how SDSU trends over the next few years. That will determine if they are a powerhouse or a one-hit wonder.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 18, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    SDSU has a fanastic basketball program and a great coach in Mr. Fisher. I am looking forward to seeing Jimmer and the Cougars play the Aztecs on the 26th, probably for the MWC reg. season championship! Win or lose I am sure the Cougars have nothing but respect for their coach and their team and visa versa; sportsmanship!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Feb. 18, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    Hands down the best team and coach in the MWC... not even close.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Feb. 18, 2011 7:04 a.m.

    This article should have mentioned the problems at Michigan that got him fired and which caused victories to be taken off the board.