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
- San Jose State will be without offensive lineman Ryan Jones for Saturday’s game at Nevada, the Mercury News reports.
- The open of the early signing period was a quiet one for San Jose State, at least as far as basketball is concerned.
- Upcoming events: The men’s soccer takes on UNLV in the WAC tournament at the Air Force Academy today. The men’s basketball team opens play at the NIU Invitational in De Kalb, Ill., on Friday.
- Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo was in full pads at practice Wednesday after missing the previous two days with a sprained foot. the Wolf Pack quarterback suffered the injury in the closing minutes of last Saturday’s loss to Colorado State. He is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Spartans.
- In other Nevada news, the baseball team signed one the largest classes in team history, an possibly in the nation.
- Utah State enters its bye week a perfect 4-0 on the road in its first season in the Mountain West.
- Another day, another award Fresno State’s Derek Carr is a semifinalist for.
- The Bulldogs’ defense is spending its bye week working on defending the option, which they will see on Nov. 23 when they face New Mexico.
- Fresno State’s president Joseph Castro said there is a compelling case for bringing back wrestling to the school, a sport which it dropped in 2006. It puts the current athletic director in a bind, the Bee’s Marek Warszawski points out, because he was the one that decided to drop it in the first place.
- It’s worth noting, the Fresno Bee is so on board with this cause.
- From the bad comparisons department, Mark Anderson says UNLV and Colorado State are like twins this year (they aren’t, because, in short, UNLV has taken advantage of a soft schedule and Colorado State has picked up some quality wins.) Also included: Mountain West power rankings.
- Colorado State’s volleyball team is still damn good, but will likely need to win out to get part of the NCAA opening round.
- UNLV men’s basketball is off to a sour start, highlighted by an absolute clinic put on by UC Santa Barbara in Las Vegas earlier this week, writes the Review-Journal’s Ed Graney.
- Hawaii is one of five winless FBS teams this year (the others are Connecticut, Southern Mississippi, Miami of Ohio and Georgia State.) That doesn’t mean San Diego State sees its impending trip to Honolulu as a vacation.
- Colorado State struggles against the pass on defense. So what are they doing here late? Stepping it up against the run. It’s not such a bad idea either with New Mexico next.
- For what it’s worth, New Mexico is thinking about passing the ball against Colorado State. Emphasis on thinking about.
- Garrett Hedrick has been working hard with coaches to prepare for Boise State’s opponents, and it’s been paying off. He took over for senior Joe Southwick after he broke his ankle in the Broncos game on Oct. 19.
- If Wyoming wants to save its season — the Cowboys are 4-5 and loses of three straight — both their offense, which was conspicuously absent from last weekend’s blowout loss to Fresno State, and defense, which has MIA all season, will need to show up Saturday against Boise State.
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.