San Diego State football head coach Chuck Long was at a loss for words on Saturday night when pressed about the events of the preceding weekend.
"I...I can't explain it. We were just practicing for a few hours and then we get this memo from the NCAA informing us we're 0-4. It was surreal," Long said, shaking his head.
After three straight losses to Cal Poly, Notre Dame, and San Jose State, the Aztecs were looking forward to resting up, regrouping and planning out their next game against Idaho on September 27th.
Their serenity and optimism took a serious hit after this weekend's events, leaving many players stunned.
"I thought we had a good practice. I mean, I threw for three touchdowns. Of course, I had five passes intercepted, but come on. Three touchdowns, that's pretty good. Right?" Bemused Kyle Lindley, the Aztecs' freshman QB.
"I don't know, I guess it just comes down to the breaks of the game...wait a minute, we didn't even play anyone," realized running back Brandon Sullivan.
Despite threatening to lodge a formal complaint to the NCAA, AD Jeff Schemmel realized his squad would struggle to beat any competitive team this season, even if it was in the form of a non-engaging bye week.
"I'd be surprised if we managed to beat ourselves. Wrap your minds around that. Because I sure as hell can't process it," stated Schemmel.
The now 0-4 Aztecs will square off against Idaho next Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Aztecs are petitioning the NCAA to avoid updating their record to 0-5 until after the game ends.
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