MWC Roundup: A building boom at two of conference’s Calif. schools

935_-mountain_west_conference-primary-2011These are boom times for the Cal State’s football schools, at least in terms of athletics, with San Diego State and San Jose State are each building up their facilities.

The Vermeil-Walsh Athletic Complex, which will be the new North end zone at Spartans Stadium, is set to break ground soon at San Jose State and will make the stadium in general more hospitable. Spartan Gym, which houses the volleyball and gymnastics teams, is also getting a sorely needed facelift along with the rest of the Spartan Complex. The facility is also privately financed which, considering the hard times the school has fallen on financially, is a relief.

Athletic director Gene Bleymaier hopes its the first step of a rebuild of Spartan Stadium, he said back in May. The stadium hasn’t had significant renovations since the 1980s.

San Diego State is building a new basketball practice facility on campus. But with the future of Qualcomm Stadium uncertain and likely short, the Aztecs are looking at all options, including building an on-campus stadium.

Mountain West news and notes

Historical notes, and where are they now?

  • Fans not showing up for San Jose State football games is almost tradition at this point. It’s actually historical fact: At a game in 1955 between the Spartans and Washington State in Pullman, Wash., the lowest ever paid attendance for a college football game was recorded: 1.
  • Adrian Oliver, the great Spartans scorer who led the men’s basketball program to its last postseason appearance and winning season, is listed on the roster of Stelmet Zialona Gora in the Polish professional league. Not sure if he is actually playing for them yet, or if he will.
  • Spartans in the NFL: Duke Ihenacho (Broncos) and James Jones (Packers) have been strong contributors this season. Dan Quessenberry (Texans) is on the injured reserve for the year, and Chris Owens (Browns) has been good off the bench in Cleveland. Dwight Lowery remains a free agent after being released earlier this year by the Jaguars.

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