Saturday, April 05, 2008

San Diego State Accused of Excess Drills

San Diego State remains one of the great mysteries in college football. Why the Aztecs continue to struggle confounds experts. One would think that recruiting would be snap simply because it's San Diego. They don't call it America's finest city for nothing.

And it's not like you have to travel far and wide to find players. Consider that Heisman winners Marcus Allen (USC, 1981) Rashaan Salaam (Colorado, 1994), Ricky Williams (Texas, 1998) and Reggie Bush (USC, 2005) are all from the area, having been reared within a 15-mile radius.

But the Aztecs haven't had a winning season since 1998. Now comes an allegation that Chuck Long's team has been conducting excessive offseason workouts.

Long, 7-17 in two seasons, told the San Diego Union-Tribune is "no truth" to the allegation and said he didn't know how it originated. University officials have been interviewing players in recent weeks as part of the in-house probe.

This isn't the first time the Aztecs have faced questions about excessive workouts. In 2003, the team was put on two years' probation for violations that included impermissible offseason activities.

Thanks to Mike.

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