The San Diego State Aztecs are in a world of hurt. Not only is the football team on its way to finishing another awful season, the school is losing a lot of money in the process. In fact, there’s a chance the Aztecs may lose the use of city-owned Qualcomm Stadium for its home games.
Luckily for SDSU, there appears to be one profitable solution on the horizon. And all the Aztecs have to do is to perform a task they’ve been able to accomplish quite well this year - just lose to Utah this weekend.
Brent Schrotenboer of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE explains why the Aztecs’ athletic department would most likely root against their own team this Saturday. It’s all thanks to the B.S. known as the BCS:
If the seventh-ranked Utes (10-0) beat SDSU (1-9) and win again next week against No. 16 Brigham Young, they likely will earn a berth in a lucrative Bowl Championship Series game, probably the Fiesta, Sugar or Orange Bowl. That means more than $9 million in additional revenue for the Mountain West Conference, which would share a big portion of that bonanza with all of its members, including SDSU. About $500,000 would go to each of the league’s eight other schools, with Utah getting about $4 million.
And really, isn’t that what college athletics is all about?
So, if the school looks to rake in $500K from another pathetic pigskin performance, the Aztecs might as well go out & give just 50%, right?
As a crazed lunatic once said - not so fast, my friend:
“We’ll probably play harder because it’s a ranked opponent, a chance to surprise people and knock someone off and get some national attention,” SDSU receiver Darren Mougey said.
Jokingly, Mougey said that if SDSU does win, “not everyone in the conference and maybe in the athletic department here might not be happy about it. Who knows?”
Expect Mougey to be scratched from Saturday’s game. Purely for
financial health reasons, of course.