Turns out the "special project" former SDSU football coach Chuck Long was assigned to involved writing an essay.
Apparently, Long is getting paid to take "Where I Failed As A Head Football Coach 101".
Commissioned to type up a report detailing how State can streamline admissions for student-athletes in order to field better teams in the future, Long made a number of suggestions, including dumbing down requirements for transfers.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the outgoing Aztecs coach stated: "Reducing the required classes would level the playing field and allow more transfer students to attend SDSU." Long was referring to "the golden 4", which requires passing marks in the fields of freshman writing, upper division writing, math and public speaking.
While loosening academic requirements in order to accommodate athletes is already a standard in collegiate athletics, schools like SDSU have to deal with reduced budgets during this economic crisis; allowing more free rides to people who aren't academically up to par seems almost irresponsible.
Among Long's other groundbreaking solutions? He wanted to move the athletes to Cuicacalli Suites on campus, where they can gorge themselves non-stop on "[I]ts all-u-can-eat menu and food choices."
What's next, Chuck? Remind potential recruits of the pretty co-eds and easy access to beaches?
Truth is, while it will be eternally difficult to compete with schools like USC for recruits, State has plenty of good things going for it in order to attract recruits.
But until the Mountain West Conference lands a sweet TV deal, or the school finds a way to raise its national exposure—firing a dud like Long and hiring Brady Hoke was a start—things won't improve anytime soon for the program.
As for Long's essay? Here's hoping AD Jeff Schemmel grades it an "F."