Like me, I suppose, many of you remember some times in the annals of Aztec football and basketball when we would "find a way to lose." For some of the past decades, it truly felt that mediocrity was our destiny.
But our university, our San Diego State, has emerged in the past decade as an authentic powerhouse. I am not talking just about athletics here, I’m talking about a university which has powerful academic programs, legitimate world-changing research, undeniably elevated entrance requirements, inarguable claims on diversity, off-the-charts affordability, unparalleled popularity and stunning campus beauty.
I could go on and on talking about San Diego State University.
Yes, our soaring rankings in such renowned publications as US News and World Report
lend credence to the above. You know when the Washington Post takes note
of SDSU’s academic ascendance that we’re making waves beyond the Pacific Coast.
So, I will admit to cringing a bit on Sunday when the sportscaster during the nationally-televised Aztecs versus Kansas basketball game dragged out the statistic which has us winning over 100 straight games when we lead with five minutes to go.
Partially imprisoned by the past, I was. Were we being set up for humiliation yet again?
But then I started thinking about our university's transformation. I pictured our new Aztec Student Union, our Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, our new-student convocations, our Fulbright Scholars, our campus and student leadership, our Campanile Foundation Board, and our vastly potent alumni. And then I looked at our players on the screen and felt the determination of Coach Fisher channeled through Xavier Thames, who garnered national player of the week recognition from ESPN for his performance against supposedly superior opponents.
San Diego State 61 - Kansas 57.
Success is becoming a regular thing here now and not just on the court or the athletics fields, but all across campus. We’re moving up and our progress is being measured and noticed. And more and more just like at Kansas, SDSU wins as a nation-wide audience watches.