The Aztecs had a lot to say following their landmark March Madness win for San Diego State Sunday. And so did jubilant alums and fans on social media.
But let’s start with the principals. Head coach Brian Dutcher, for instance, addressed the naysayers who didn’t foresee the 57-56 win Sunday that sent them to the Final Four: “We’re making the next step, and it’s something we’ve always talked about, and I’m sure there were people that doubted we could do it, but we never doubted for a minute.”
Darrion Trammell described what he was thinking as he stood at the free-throw line, having missed the first shot with the game tied and just 1.2 seconds left in the game against Creighton.
“That the moment wasn’t too big for me,” he said. “Through everything I’ve been through, I feel like the opportunity was just set there for me. It was God’s timing. I just had to believe that.”
And Aguek Arop, who had two key baskets in the game’s final minutes, recalled his fondness for Creighton, located in Omaha, Neb., as a former resident.
“I’m from Omaha, but I don’t,” and here, Arop laughed. “I don’t feel that bad for Omaha. This is for San Diego.”
And supporters from San Diego – even beyond the city – had a lot to add to the conversation on social media, as congratulations came pouring in from other teams in town, alums, athletes, politicians and more.
Here’s a sampling. First up, the Padres and Alex Morgan of San Diego Wave FC:
The boss noticed, and we don’t mean Dutcher, but the big SDSU boss, President Adela de la Torre.
Let’s turn to the celebration by alum Xavier Thames, the 2014 Mountain West Player of the Year who played in three NCAA Tournaments.
but before that, he urged his alma mater along.
… and he was stressing like the rest of us.
Jordan Schakel, who reached the 2021 tournament with the Aztecs (but missed out on going with the particularly strong 2020 team due to COVID-19, which halted March Madness):
And from Michael Cage, like Thames, a member of the Aztecs athletic Hall of Fame:
And another alum, Seattle Mariner Ty France, a little busy playing first base in a spring training game against the Padres, nonetheless was in the know.
The Aztecs made Mayor Todd Gloria a happy camper.
And California’s governor stepped up too:
Fans of all ages had well wishes for San Diego State.
But it wouldn’t be sports without a little attitude:
And the final word, repping SDSU’s renowned fan base: