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San Diego, San Diego State to play December 5 at Petco Park

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Just over a month after it was reported that city foes San Diego and San Diego State were working towards an agreement that would result in a game to be played at Petco Park, the schools announced Friday that it is now official. The two teams will play December 5 at the home of the San Diego Padres, with tipoff scheduled for 2:00 p.m. local time.

“We are excited for the opportunity to bring a basketball game to Petco Park and can’t wait to see the configuration for the event,” San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher said in the release. “It should make for a great event in one of the most beautiful parks in the country. To have this event with USD is a natural. These two teams playing in this venue should be a great attraction in the city, county, state and around the country.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of this distinctive game,” new San Diego head coach Lamont Smith said. “To be able to play a successful program, like San Diego State, on a neutral floor is an opportunity to never pass up. Combine that with the continuation of the city series in Petco Park, and we’ve created a fantastic atmosphere for both teams and fan bases to experience in December. The San Diego Padres and Petco Park have been more than gracious to partner with us to use their tremendous venue for the San Diego Championship.”

This will be the first neutral site meeting between the two programs since 1992, and it also starts a new five-year deal in the series. The game will return to campus sites during the 2016-17 season, with San Diego State hosting that game at Viejas Arena.

San Diego State has prior experience playing a game outdoors, as they fell to Syracuse in November 2012 in a game played on the USS Midway at the Navy Pier in San Diego. Wind and Syracuse’s 2-3 zone had a major impact on the Aztecs offensively, as they shot 17-for-63 from the field, 1-for-18 from three and 14-for-33 from the foul line.

Son of NBA head coach becomes graduate transfer after leaving San Diego

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Nick Kerr, the son of Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, will graduate and transfer from San Diego, according to a report from Don Norcross of the San Diego Union-Tribune. The 6-foot-3 Kerr wasn’t much of a factor with the Toreros last season, playing in only six games and scoring nine total points.

Having one more season of college basketball eligibility means that the younger Kerr would like to be closer to his father, so that he can learn about potentially becoming a coach after his playing career is over.

“My dad’s coaching the Warriors and I’m trying to become a coach,” Nick Kerr said to Norcross. “I want to learn from him. I think being around (the Warriors’) practice would be the best thing for me to figure out what he’s doing.”

Norcross also reports that Kerr will look for a Division I landing spot for next season, but Kerr could also choose more playing time at a lower level if it were a better fit.

One interesting note about Kerr leaving San Diego is how much of an impact he had away from the floor. As the Norcross story mentions, Kerr was a big part of leading the Toreros in offseason workouts and was often a willing host for recruiting visits. Those little things help a program immensely when you have role players who try to make everyone else better and it’ll be interesting to see how Kerr’s potential future career as a coach pans out.

Kerr can certainly learn a lot being around his father and some of the best players in the world like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson next season.

Report: City foes San Diego, San Diego State to play game at Petco Park in December

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With wind and condensation proving to be major issues, that trend of playing early-season games on aircraft carriers fell by the wayside a couple years ago. However the idea of playing a game outdoors remains an option for some, especially schools located in areas where weather tends to not be a serious issue during the late fall/early winter.

San Diego is one such place. And according to a report from Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the city’s two Division I programs plan to play their annual game outdoors in early December this upcoming season. Per the report, San Diego and San Diego State have come to an agreement to play their game at Petco Park, which is called home by the San Diego Padres.

While San Diego State’s had no serious issues with home attendance thanks to the incredible rebuilding job done by Steve Fisher, that hasn’t been the case for USD and that includes games in which they host the Aztecs. Maybe a change in venue for a season can boost attendance for the game, with SDSU fans who may not be able to get into Viejas Arena having a better chance of seeing their team in person and that would be the case for others as well.

According to Zeigler’s report playing a game at Petco was the idea of SDSU athletic director Jim Sterk, with the Aztecs looking to reel in a high-profile opponent.

But Ron Fowler chairs the Padres’ ownership group and also is USD’s most prominent athletic booster, and apparently he agreed to let the Aztecs to play in his ballpark under one condition: that it’s against the Toreros.

The teams have played annually since 1998, but a four-year contract expired after this season and there were growing murmurs that it wouldn’t be renewed, particularly in alternating home arenas. The programs have gone in opposite directions – the Aztecs to the Top 25, the Toreros to seven straight losing seasons against Division I competition – and the yawning disparity in fortunes created a nothing-to-win prospect for the Aztecs, who have won nine straight in the series.

According to the story the court would be set up in a fashion similar to the configuration for Davis Cup tennis matches held at Petco last year, with the court being situated in the left field corner. While this change could give the series between SDSU and USD a boost, the bigger key moving forward is that the Toreros turn things around in the WCC.

San Diego introduced a new head coach earlier this month in former New Mexico assistant Lamont Smith, and the hope is that the USD alumnus can provide the program with a spark it really needs. While moving the game against SDSU outdoors for a season keeps it on the schedule, what Smith is able to do with the program will impact whether or not these two teams play beyond the 2015-16 season.