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San Diego Universities Not Taking Advantage Of Sports Environment?


Note: This is the first article in a series of articles about Olympic programs our local universities should have. Next article we will evaluate the women’s Olympic programs at UCSD, USD and SDSU.

San Diego is America’s finest city. San Diego State University located about 15 to 20 minutes away from the beach and 15 minutes to the heart of downtown San Diego. San Diego is known for its beaches, for its weather and for some of its sports teams.

Yes, we all know that the Padres and Chargers are prone to the SD Choke curse. The three leading universities in San Diego, University of San Diego (USD), University California San Diego (UCSD) and San Diego State University (SDSU), are becoming more well-known for their sports programs.

Sports at San Diego State University have lately been on the rise. Five years ago SDSU’s men’s basketball team was a local brand, and now SDSU MBB are known nationally. The SDSU women’s basketball team has seen time playing in NCAA tournaments and have no problem recruiting coaches and athletes to San Diego. The SDSU football team made a complete 180 under the coaching of former Coach Brady Hoke. Hoke rekindled the “heart” of the Aztec culture and lead SDSU to its first bowl game in recent history. Now Coach Rocky Long progressing the program into future bowl games. San Diego State is recruiting the best athletes in the nation, and they are coming to San Diego to play for the Aztecs legendary coaching staff!

The chart below shows the wins and losses the top Aztecs sports have incurred the past five years.

Sport Wins Losses
Men’s Basketball 131 43
Women’s Basketball 103 56
Football 27 36

San Diego is a prime location for many sports: spanning from swimming at the beaches; snowboarding/skiing in the local mountains; BMX/motocross in the local deserts; and more.

Watching the Olympic Games, some questions have popped into my head. All of the information given above about the San Diego climate types, universities and sports, led me to ask the following questions:

  • Why does San Diego State not have a men’s swim-team?
  • Why does San Diego State not have a men’s water polo team?
  • Why does San Diego State not have a men’s track-team?

The answer to the questions listed above is straightforward: Title IX. Title IX was created to give women the same rights as men in the college sporting realm. This includes equal funding for men and women’s sports. Universities have had to end men’s teams because the budget was out of balance in favor of mens athletics. If men’s sports are receiving more money than women’s programs, the men’s programs will get cut to balance out the difference. For example, San Diego State was forced to cut its NCAA Champion Men’s Volleyball program because of Title IX.

Mandatory Photo Credit: Team USA .org

Do not get me wrong, I am all for equal rights. Studying San Diego’s location, we have the best location for breeding Olympic Athletes. We have the weather, the facilities (Chula Vista Olympic Training Center), and the athletes. Take a moment out of your day to watch the Olympic men’s and women’s water polo teams. A majority of the teams attended Coronado High School and other local area high school’s. These athletes would have stayed in San Diego if we would have had a water polo program. The statement stays the same for the US Track & Field team. One out of every nine athletes on the US Track & Field team trained at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center. In my mind, San Diego Universities clearly have the potential to win NCAA Championships and not only NCAA Championships but also International titles.

All of the leading San Diego Universities all have club sports. One of the popular club sports on the San Diego State campus is rugby, which made it all the way to the National Championship. The main difference between a club team and a university squad iss funding and equipment.

“Not a whole lot is given to [club sports], whether it is facility usage or funding, and yet they put in four days a week of practice, plus their events on the weekends, and they get out of it more than some varsity programs,” he said. “We have a handful of club sports that compete against varsity programs and actually beat them in that sport. That’s just a testament to how dedicated and hard working these players are.”

To obtain the funding for facilities, equipment and coaching, GVSU club athletes turn to fundraising in creative and often profitable ways. The club rowing team’s annual Rent-A-Rower program has been a huge success, and this year, many players from various GVSU teams will work as the set-up crew and security for the upcoming Mike Posner concert on Oct. 28 to raise money. www.gvsustudentlifesports.com

The major problem with the questions stated is above can be asked in another question: how do we get these athletes to the universities? The athletes would have to give up their dream of receiving a college scholarship. They would have to enroll in the university just like all of the normal students do. Athletes would have to take out loans. Knowing you will receive an outstanding education and a chance at becoming an Olympian.

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About DavidSDSU (1005 Articles)
I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. I am also the Founder and CEO of San Diego Sports Domination. I am an award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 10 years. I have written many guest articles and have appeared in many podcasts. I have been a guest on all San Diego Sports Radio & TV stations. My articles have been linked to news websites all over the United States. I run this website in my spare time for fun. At my day job, I am a Digital Assistant for STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry.

8 Comments on San Diego Universities Not Taking Advantage Of Sports Environment?

  1. ” Why does San Diego State not have a men’s swim-team?
    Why does San Diego State not have a men’s water polo team?
    Why does San Diego State not have a men’s track-team?”
    Or a men’s wrestling team. SDSU dropped their team in the mid 1990s, a few months after they had an All-American, Quincey Clark. He transferred to Oklahoma, went on to be an NCAA national runner up and a 2000 Olympian.
    San Diego has one of the best high school teams in the nation – Poway. And has watched many good wrestlers go off and succeed at other state Us, like Stephen Neal, 2x NCAA national champ, 4xNCAA All-American and 1999 Freestyle wrestling world champion.

  2. trueriddleofsteel // May 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm // Reply

    ” Why does San Diego State not have a men’s swim-team?
    Why does San Diego State not have a men’s water polo team?
    Why does San Diego State not have a men’s track-team?”
    Or a men’s wrestling team. SDSU dropped their team in the mid 1990s, a few months after they had an All-American, Quincey Clark. He transferred to Oklahoma, went on to be an NCAA national runner up and a 2000 Olympian.
    San Diego has one of the best high school teams in the nation – Poway. And has watched many good wrestlers go off and succeed at other state Us, like Stephen Neal, 2x NCAA national champ, 4xNCAA All-American and 1999 Freestyle wrestling world champion.

    • Wow I did not know that. Very interesting.

      • Keep this post alive! I was very disappointed when I heard about the cuts made to Aztec athletics mens programs. It’s the mighty dollar mixed with poor school board decision makers who fail to understand the multiple benefits that a good sports programs can bring. I am an SDSU alumni who once ran on the men’s XC team when they had one, having been fed locally through Madison High to Mesa JC then SDSU. You are correct about the local feed system missed. There are a lot of talented young athletes in the area currently. Nearby Great Oak High in Temecula for example has produced multiple back to back state and national qualifiers in their XC and track program for several years now. This year, their top male runner ran a 4 min, 5 sec mile. A few others in the 4:10 range and this is in High School!

  3. Thanks for writing this article. If you read Brent Schrotenboer’s USA TODAY article on the subject, you’ll see the following quote: ”

    ” Only one of the city’s major-college teams has ever won a national title: the San Diego State men’s volleyball team in 1973. But the university eliminated the program in a cost-cutting move in 2000.”

    I’m not from San Diego, I’ve never been to the city, and I do not cheer on any of the teams. I do know when I’m being lied to, obfuscated, and having my titles twisted.

    Now, in the twisted way some subjective reporters report of government force, perhaps SDSU did decide to cut men’s volleyball over other men’s sports, but without the force of Title IX, SDSU and all of the smaller colleges around the country would not have been forced to cut men’s sports exclusively. I, for one, am not going to qualify my disgust for these near-Orwellian tactics employed by liberal Democrats to turn us all into mindless cogs in the machine hoping that some of the liberal Democrats will feed us our grain pellets if perform according to their wishes.

  4. Have there been any recent roomers about adding back any of the men’s sports (e.g., Track & Field, Cross-Country, etc.) at SDSU?

  5. Tom Sweet teaching cred 2000, longtime USATF official // November 1, 2018 at 3:40 pm // Reply

    just saw this..somewhat out of date, but I’ll add to some men’s track energy.
    Paul Greer and Rich Cota, both distance stars in the 60’s, are part of a group looking to add mens’ track. As well as Jim Cerveny, whose dwomen distance runners were dominant.Most events can be coached by existing coaches, so the cost of coaches is not the killer.Walk-ons and a few scholarships for elite athletes would trigger sufficient fundraising.
    As of November 2018, there is a movement supporting track.

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