DAILY LINKS: SDSU fires back at SoccerCity plan

There’s one problem with Qualcomm plan: SDSU doesn’t like it – San Diego Union-Tribune
Wicker can’t tell us how the Aztecs really feel. But we can make a pretty good guess from his comments about specific sections of the 300-page initiative, from vaguely critical statements released by the president’s office, from private conversations with university officials, from the general vibe on Montezuma Mesa.

They don’t like it.

All of which adds an intriguing twist no matter which way you fall on the massive development project slyly cloaked as “SoccerCity.” You’ve got money and political muscle on one side; you’ve got a state university with hundreds of thousands of increasingly loyal (and influential) alums on the other.

And sitting in the middle is a mayor who is all-in on the FS Investors proposal and who also happens to have majored in political science at SDSU — an “Aztec for life,” as the school’s slogan claims.

AUDIO: JD Wicker On Where SDSU Stands With Plans For The Mission Valley Site
SDSU Aztecs Athletic director JD Wicker on where SDSU stands on the FS Investors plan for a joint use stadium in Mission Valley, what obstacles they see when it comes to seating expansion and why they expect many to come forward with alternate plans for Mission Valley.

How SoccerCity Dies – Voice of San Diego
Soon, signature-gatherers will get to work on behalf of the plan to build an MLS stadium and development on the Qualcomm Stadium site. If the City Council green-lights the project, you can likely expect to see a new round of signature-gatherers in town, this time as part of an effort to kill the plan by forcing it to the ballot.

PODCAST: The Fight For Mission Valley
Darren Smith and Jordan Carruth discuss the Fight for Mission Valley between SDSU and FS Investors.

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AUDIO: FS Investors On Other Potential Mission Valley Plans, SDSU’s Concerns, And More
Kevin Acee is joined in-studio by Nick Stone and on the phone by Mike Stone from FS Investors, the group hoping to bring the MLS to Mission Valley. Listen here as the 3 dive further into their proposal, discuss how they would handle any other potential plans for Mission Valley, address San Diego State’s concerns, and more!

MLS has finally become a grown-up – SB Nation
In its 22nd season, Major League Soccer has done away with gimmicks and unfounded arrogance. It’s decided to just be itself.

SPONSORED: Teen Giving Club Announces Inspirational Video About Local And Global Volunteerism
The group’s mission, in addition to making a difference in the lives of the orphaned children, is to empower other teenagers to get involved in their communities and develop a love for volunteerism.

They plan to do this through a filmed documentary recording the step-by-step process of how the students made their idea a reality and their time spent at the Guatemalan orphanages. Teen Giving Club hopes to distribute the documentary as a motivational video to high schools across the country.

Carter Capps’ delivery still expected to be legal after MLB rule addition – San Diego Union-Tribune
According to a release jointly issued by MLB and the union, the addition “formalizes an umpire interpretation by stipulating that a pitcher may not take a second step toward home plate with either foot or otherwise reset his pivot foot in his delivery of the pitch.” If there is at least one runner on base, such an action will result in a balk. If the bases are empty, it will be considered an illegal pitch.

While Thursday’s announcement initially spawned confusion as to whether Capps’ delivery remains legal — on each pitch, the right-hander hops forward with his back foot — neither Capps nor the Padres expect much to change.

Blash crushes 3rd homer in 3 days – Padres.com
Jabari Blash’s third homer in as many days capped a late rally, as the Padres stormed back with nine unanswered runs to beat the D-backs, 9-6, on Thursday.

Blash and Franchy Cordero each went 2-for-2 for the Padres, who scored four runs apiece in the seventh and eighth innings.

AUDIO: Peter Seidler “Every Molecule Of Me Believes Championship Is Coming To SD”
Padres owner Peter Seidler on why he has so much faith in AJ Preller and why he believes they’ll be a winning organization a lot sooner than later.

Padres On Deck: Beyond the Top-30s, There Are Diamonds in Padres System – FriarWire
Longtime Padres beat writer Bill Center gives his list of lesser-known prospects in the team’s farm system that he thinks have a bright future.

Dates announced for Aztecs’ 2017 football games – San Diego Union-Tribune
SDSU plays seven home games and five road games for the second straight season. Notable on the schedule is the Aztecs playing their earliest conference opener in 12 years when they visit Air Force (Sept. 23). A late bye (on Nov. 11) allows the team to rest up before closing out the regular season with home games against Nevada (Nov. 18) and New Mexico (Nov. 25).

 

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