Pre-game observations at the Spectum

Utah State is the flavor of the month for the national media.

As a 22-1 team ranked in the national polls for only the second season in about three decades, the Aggies have been on ESPN, had players and coaches interviewed on national radio shows and Saturday night Sports Illustrated’s Kelli Anderson was seated courtside to soak in the Spectrum atmosphere.

The rowdy Utah State students made sure she was noticed and welcomed.

Prior to tipoff, I was able to catch up with Louisiana Tech assistant coach Curtis Condie. The Utah State grad and I go back almost 20 years — that means I’m getting old — and he’s working his way up the coaching career ladder.

He’s had stops as a high school coach at Wasatch and South Sevier, spent some time at Snow College, Utah Valley and Northern Arizona.

He’s now helping fellow Utahn Kerry Rupp try to rebuild LaTech into a competitive team in the WAC.

While shooting hoops on the Spectrum floor before the teams came up for warmups — I readily admit to no longer having the deft shooting touch that earned many a victory playing HORSE at the family driveway — he shared a little tidbit Aggie fans might find interesting.

Despite having a long history of success on the basketball court, Utah State has not produced many college basketball coaches.

According to Condie — who probably has a pretty good idea of who is in the coaching fraternity — he is the only full time Division I basketball coach (head or assistant) with a USU degree.

Sign of the day: You know you’ve arrived at Utah State when the fans are comparing you to a cartoon superhero.

Jared Quayle, USU’s starting point guard, has inspired the Aggie students — a few of which dressed up as The Quail.

The even came dressed with belts tied around their heads and tighty-whitey underpants on the outside.

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