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The San Diego State football team represents San Diego State University in college football. The Aztecs, a Division I FBS team and a member of the Mountain West Conference (MWC), play their home games at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The field is natural grass and has a maximum capacity of 71,294. The Field was formerly known as “Jack Murphy” Stadium. The current head coach of the Aztecs is Brady Hoke. Coaching the 2009 Aztecs is his first year as the head coach. San Diego State had a 465-359-32 all-time record entering the 2009 football season. They have won nineteen conference championships and zero national championships.

HistoryFirst SeasonSan Diego State University was originally two separate schools. San Diego Normal School had school colors of white and gold. San Diego Junior College had school colors of blue and gold. They decided to merge schools in 1921 to form San Diego State College. The first school colors of SDSC were blue, white and gold. During the 1921 school year they had their first football game.

Years later the school decided to adopt purple and gold as the new school colors. However, local confusion between the Aztecs and St. Augustine High School forced the school to change their colors yet again. The school voted on new colors and landed on scarlet and black. It is now a very well known tradition that the Aztecs wear all black on home games.Night GamesAnother well known tradition around San Diego State University football is having night games. The first SDSU night game was played on September 25, 1930 at Lane Field. Over 5,000 fans attended the game to watch the Aztecs beat the San Diego Marines 39-0. Since that day, over 75% of all Aztec games, home and away, have been played at night.Bowl Games1947: Harbor Bowl vs. Hardin Simmons 0-53 L1969: Pasadena Bowl vs. Boston University 28-7 W1986: Holiday Bowl vs. Iowa 38-39 L1991: Freedom Bowl vs. Tulsa 17-28 L1998: Las Vegas Bowl vs. North Carolina 13-20 L

Qualcomm StadiumQualcomm Stadium hosts home games for both the San Diego State Aztec football team and the NFL football team, San Diego Chargers. The stadium is owned and operated by the city of San Diego. Qualcomm Stadium is also the host for the college football Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl.

Recruiting CompetitionThe most notable recruiting competition of the Aztecs is the University of Southern California, UCLA and California. Out of the top 100 high school football prospects of the class of 2008, the USC Trojans signed eleven and UCLA two. However, the Aztecs failed to sign a top 100 prospect. Not only do the Aztecs have to compete with the other teams in their state, but also with teams around the nation. With California being a power house high school football state, players tend to consider schools all throughout the nation.

Coaches

Brady HokeBrady Hoke is in his first year as the head coach of the San Diego State football team. He is the 17th head coach in San Diego State football history. Last season Hoke was the head coach of the Ball State Cardinals football team. Hoke led the Cardinals to an undefeated regular season and the MAC Championship game. However, after a loss in the championship, Hoke decided to resign. He then signed with the Aztecs in December of 2008 to become the new head football coach. After seven games in the 2009 season, Hoke has led the Aztecs to a 3-4 record and a currently a sixth place standing in the Mountain West Conference.

Former SDSU Coaches

Coach (Alma Mater) Years Win PercentageC.E. Peterson 1921-29 .577W.B. Herreid 1930-34 .489Leo Calland (Southern Calif. ’23) 1935-41 .600John Eubank (Washington St. ’33) 1942 .071(1943/44 no team due to WWII)Bob Breitbard (San Diego St. ’41) 1945 .286Bill Terry (Western Kentucky ’32) 1946 .600Bill Schutte (Idaho ’33) 1947-55 .568Paul Governali (Columbia ’43) 1956-60 .310Don Coryell (Washington ’50) 1961-72 .840Claude Gilbert (San Jose St. ’59) 1973-80 .697Doug Scovil (Pacific ’52) 1981-85 .432Denny Stolz (Alma College ’55) 1986-88 .457Al Luginbill (Cal Poly Pomona ’67) 1989-93 .534Ted Tollner (Cal Poly SLO ’62) 1994-01 .473Tom Craft (San Diego St. ’77) 2002-05 .396Chuck Long (Iowa ’85) 2006-08 .250

Notable SDSU Aztecs

San Diego State athletics have contributed richly to the National Football League (NFL). Distinguished NFL head coaches were proud members of the Aztec Football program:

Some of the more famous San Diego State students to later star in the NFL are:

San Diego State Fight Song

Frank J. Losey, a junior in the music department at SDSU, was told to write a fight song for the school during the 1936 season. On September 18, 1936 he sat at home and wrote the school’s first ever fight song. The song premiered at the Aztec bowl dedication on October 3, 1936.

o Fight on, fight on, ye Aztec menSons of MontezumaWe must win againNever bow a kneeKeep your spirit highSmashing, crashing,Always smashing thru that lineFight, fight, fight on and onDown that field,Red and Black must never yieldThen we can takeOur trophies honors toOur home in San Diego town.Over time the school has made slight adjustments to the song. The Aztec football players sing the new song after every game that they win.o Fight on and on ye Aztec menSons of MontezumaWe will win againKeep your spirits highNever bow a kneeWe will fight till victoryFight on and on ye Aztec menProudly raise your banners highFor it's the Red and BlackHail to our teamSan Diego Aztecs fight!



Facilities

The football team plays at Qualcomm Stadiummarker (formerly known as "Jack Murphy" Stadium). See also The Q.

References

External links



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 "San Diego State Aztecs History - College Football." College Football History - By Team. Web. 25 Oct. 2009. /www.collegefootballhistory.com/sds_aztecs/history.htm>.


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 "San Diego State Bowl History, Scores, Results." College Football Poll.com, polls, rankings, predictions. CFP. Web. 25 Oct. 2009. /www.collegefootballpoll.com/bowl_history_san_diego_st.html>.


 "Qualcomm Stadium | City of San Diego." City of San Diego Official Website. Web. 25 Oct. 2009. /www.sandiego.gov/qualcomm/>.


 "Rivals.com Prospect Rankings." Rivals.com - Football Recruiting. Web. 25 Oct. 2009. /footballrecruiting.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=1803>.


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 Associated Press. "FOOTBALL: Former Ball State coach Hoke picks up first win with San Diego State." Ball State Daily News. Web. 25 Oct. 2009. /www.bsudailynews.com/2.14293/football-former-ball-state-coach-hoke-picks-up-first-win-with-san-diego-state-1.2002732>.


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