The motto of SJSU football, Start fast, finish strong, has become a staple of daily practice lingo and has been ingrained in the minds of every player on the team. The first line of the phrase, however, has not been accomplished by the Spartans yet this season.Head coach Mike MacIntyre has been working with the team on that exact goal before Saturdays game against Colorado State (1-1) at Spartan Stadium coming out in the first quarter with more intensity than the first two weeks of the season.After we won last week, a couple of our young men stood up and said We have to start faster, MacIntyre said following Thursdays practice. You cant stress it. If you bring it up too much everybody starts pressing.SJSU (1-1) has been narrowly outscored between the two first games combined at 24-17 but has stayed true to its motto by finishing strong and outscoring its opponents 45-9 combined in the second half. That differential includes a 14-3 second half against Stanford and a 31-6 scoring-fest on UC Davis in the third and fourth quarters.Sometimes other teams make plays early on but thanks goodness we have the ability to stay in rhythm if plays dont go well at first, MacIntyre said.Hopefully a week of practice that MacIntyre called intense and focused will help the Spartans to a 2-1 start for the first time since 2008 and overcome the Rams of Colorado State, a team that came so close to beating SJSU last season in Fort Collins, Colo. with a final score of 38-31.I think theyre a better football team than last year, MacIntyre said. They are really well coached, have great offensive minds. It is going to be a tough battle for us.Colorado State opened its season on Sept. 1 with a well-played 22-17 upset of rival Colorado. However, the Rams suffered an upset of their own at home to North Dakota State 22-7. While the loss was to the defending FCS National Champion, Colorado State did not look good at all. They were out-gained 366-243, including 188-72 on the ground.MacIntyre said the team is ready to readjust at any moment if the beginning of Saturdays game does not go as planned for the Spartans.Sometimes you go into the game thinking one thing, but then they take it away and you got to switch to something else, he said. Its a chess match sometimes at the beginning of the game. We have enough weapons to readjust.One of the teams best and most dangerous weapons on offense, Ryan Otten, is feeling much better and dealing with a lingering ankle injury. Senior offensive tackle and one of the teams captains, David Quessenberry, also should play Saturday after battling a right-ankle sprain. In addition on offense, SJSU will continue to use both senior DeLeonEskridge and freshman Tyler Ervin at running back.DeLeon and Tyler are what I call co-starters, MacIntyre said. It depends on different situations, depends on who has the hot hand. There are special personnel groups for each player.Kickoff on Saturday is set for 5:00 p.m., the final night game at home for the Spartans this season.
Men's basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona were staying at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain, near where a van drove into pedestrians on Thursday, but team officials said everyone was safe.
Spanish police have confirmed they are investigating the bloodshed in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district as a terror attack. The area is a popular summer tourist spot.
Tulane also was playing in Barcelona, but it was unclear if they were staying in the same hotel as the other teams.
Oregon State assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb posted to Facebook: "We are all luckily ok. Our hotel/restaurant is located right on Las Ramblas. This tragedy happened right in front of us as our team just sat down for pregame meal. Thoughts and prayers for all those that are were hurt."
The Beavers' game Thursday night was canceled. It was supposed to be the first of a five-game tour.
Clemson was scheduled to play Thursday night against a Spanish All-Star team.
"We've been in contact with our men's basketball program currently in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure. Their exhibition game for tonight has been cancelled and the team will return to Clemson as previously scheduled tomorrow morning. Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona," the South Carolina school said in a statement.
Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that the three teams were staying in the same hotel.
"We are fine. Thankful to be safe and together," Brownell wrote.
Tulane athletic director Troy Tannen confirmed via social media that the Green Wave players and staff were safe.
Replying to a Twitter inquiry from a Portland television about whether the team was OK, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle responded: "Yes we are, happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant, so senseless and sad! All accounted4."
Oregon State said it has not yet determined the remaining schedule for the team, which was supposed to be on the exhibition tour until Aug. 25.
A spokesman for Arizona said the Wildcats have canceled their third and final exhibition of their tour and "are currently working on travel plans to return home."
Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift.
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans.