Roots of San Diego State’s Exclusion from PAC-12

October 14, 2021
San Diego State, PAC-12, John Riley Project, JRP0256

Why are UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UCLA so afraid of competing with San Diego State University?

For the past 2-3 decades we have seen SDSU rise up both athletically and academically to create a national brand that is respected from coast to coast. SDSU regularly boasts some of the highest numbers of student applicants every year. At the same time, the Aztec men’s basketball and football programs have a combined winning percentage ranked second in all of the United States in D1 sports.

Yet UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, and other universities have kept SDSU out of the Pac-12 conference.

We break down the historical roots of the 2-tiered (actually 3-tiered) higher education system in California and how this battle between San Diego State and Cal/UCLA has been raging for over 6 decades.

I also reflect on my own experiences as a graduate of UC San Diego, my rooting adoption of SDSU athletics, and UCSD’s transition into D1 sports.

We also get into research funding, the SDSU Mission Valley campus and SDSU’s future goals for academic, research and athletic excellence.

Special thanks to Paul Garrison for his research on this topic. His article in the East Village Times is the inspiration for this podcast episode.

#SDSU #PAC12 #SanDiegoState #AztecforLife

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