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2019 Athletic Department Road Trip

Post by ViAggie » April 29th, 2019, 3:34 pm

Anyone else going? I'll be at the Long Beach one (at the Yacht club, nice place) on the 8th. Anyone else attending? Kind of bumbed no SD one this year, but oh well.


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Post by donlarson8 » April 29th, 2019, 4:14 pm

I’ll be at the one tomorrow in Scottsdale


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Post by calaggie » April 29th, 2019, 8:04 pm

I’ll be in Pasadena.



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Post by NAggsty Butler » April 29th, 2019, 8:23 pm

So what's the deal with this road trip? Are they just trying to connect with Alumni? They are coming to Seattle and I am seriously considering going.


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Post by ProvoAggie » April 29th, 2019, 8:54 pm

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So what's the deal with this road trip? Are they just trying to connect with Alumni? They are coming to Seattle and I am seriously considering going.
It's a good chance for the Athletic department to go out and meet as many alumni/fans as they can, give them an update on the program and then ask for money. They're usually pretty fun events.



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Post by LKGates » April 29th, 2019, 11:23 pm

I'll be at the one in Portland; trying to get a few other Oregon Aggie alumni to come with me.


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Post by bpd » April 30th, 2019, 9:21 am

Questions I would ask (I don't have one close enough to go to) starting tonight?

To John Hartwell: Is Coach Smith getting an extension?

To Coach Smith: 1. How are we recruiting for next year? What positions are we looking at? Have we had recruits on campus? Are we looking at HS, JC, Grads, or Transfers? Who is going to play Center next year? Who is on the schedule so far?

I have none for Gary, I think we already know most things.
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Post by ViAggie » April 30th, 2019, 9:50 am

bpd wrote:
April 30th, 2019, 9:21 am
Questions I would ask (I don't have one close enough to go to) starting tonight?

To John Hartwell: Is Coach Smith getting an extension?

To Coach Smith: 1. How are we recruiting for next year? What positions are we looking at? Have we had recruits on campus? Are we looking at HS, JC, Grads, or Transfers? Who is going to play Center next year? Who is on the schedule so far?

I have none for Gary, I think we already know most things.
Dude, what was up with that crazy text exchange with that reporter in Oregon? :lol:

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Post by YoungBloodAggie » April 30th, 2019, 10:02 am

COME TO HOUSTON YOU COWARDS
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Post by ViAggie » April 30th, 2019, 5:34 pm

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COME TO HOUSTON YOU COWARDS
My guess is that there is not a enough alumni there to justify it. You can offer to host at your house. Just lock up the booze :lol: :cheers:


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Post by WAAggie » April 30th, 2019, 8:14 pm

I’ll be at the seattle one. Trying to bring a younger alum with me. I understand They really are trying to re establish alumi associations.


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Post by donlarson8 » April 30th, 2019, 10:06 pm

WAAggie wrote:I’ll be at the seattle one. Trying to bring a younger alum with me. I understand They really are trying to re establish alumi associations.


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I just got home from the Scottsdale road trip and I can confirm that re-establishing the alumni associations seem to be a big key. They have a new chapter President here in AZ and are planning local events. They also said they are planning on having alumni events at every away football game and some basketball events.


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Post by bpd » April 30th, 2019, 10:23 pm

Any other details.... see questions above.



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Post by donlarson8 » April 30th, 2019, 10:35 pm

bpd wrote:Any other details.... see questions above.
I didn’t see your questions before so I didn’t ask any of those. Be on the look out for announcements about football kicktimes/tv games. Colorado State will be homecoming. Nothing else too substantial. Coach Smith couldn’t really talk much about recruiting besides kids that have already committed. He said the Aussie kid may eventually develop into a point guard but not this season. Said Nemi should absolutely stay in the draft if he can be a first rounder but thinks he should come back if he’s going to be a second rounder because he’ll have a chance to be a first rounder the following year. Coach A talked a lot about how much better USU is doing and how the program when he was here before wouldn’t have been able to recruit now a days just based on the academic support, facilities, etc that we offer now. Said he wants to give a P5 experience to the kids. Overall, it was a really fun night. Even my wife who isn’t a USU grad enjoyed it. The turnout was probably 3-4x what it was last year so hopefully they keep doing it and it keeps growing.


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Post by 918AGG » May 1st, 2019, 4:30 pm

I suppose that the powers that be are privy to better data than I am, but I'm surprised that there isn't a stop in Colorado.

Seriously - we have Kneaders, we have Cafe Rio, we have multiple Maveriks... we have plenty of Utah-Speak-Easys to go around. I'm guessing that recruiting is too weak out here to justify a visit?


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Post by ViAggie » May 2nd, 2019, 9:38 am

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I suppose that the powers that be are privy to better data than I am, but I'm surprised that there isn't a stop in Colorado.

Seriously - we have Kneaders, we have Cafe Rio, we have multiple Maveriks... we have plenty of Utah-Speak-Easys to go around. I'm guessing that recruiting is too weak out here to justify a visit?
We have Cafe Rio in So-Cal, people here call it "Mormon Mexican Food" because of it's Utah roots. But I keep turning people onto it. We're still waiting for Maverik, I've been told they are about 5 years away from expanding into Ca's Market.


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Post by 918AGG » May 3rd, 2019, 9:27 am

ViAggie wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 9:38 am
918AGG wrote:
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I suppose that the powers that be are privy to better data than I am, but I'm surprised that there isn't a stop in Colorado.

Seriously - we have Kneaders, we have Cafe Rio, we have multiple Maveriks... we have plenty of Utah-Speak-Easys to go around. I'm guessing that recruiting is too weak out here to justify a visit?
We have Cafe Rio in So-Cal, people here call it "Mormon Mexican Food" because of it's Utah roots. But I keep turning people onto it. We're still waiting for Maverik, I've been told they are about 5 years away from expanding into Ca's Market.
I was born and raised in Houston. I'm a Mexican food snob.

Cafe Rio is solid. It holds a place in the fast casual Mexican food niche that a lot of places can't compete with. Utah or not -- it's good Mexican(-ish) food.


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Post by bpd » May 3rd, 2019, 9:32 am

918AGG wrote:
May 1st, 2019, 4:30 pm
I suppose that the powers that be are privy to better data than I am, but I'm surprised that there isn't a stop in Colorado.

Seriously - we have Kneaders, we have Cafe Rio, we have multiple Maveriks... we have plenty of Utah-Speak-Easys to go around. I'm guessing that recruiting is too weak out here to justify a visit?
Looking at some of the other locations, I'm also shocked there is not one in Colorado as well. I live in Fort Collins/Loveland and know some other alumni who would probably drive to Denver to go to it. We don't have a Kneaders up here though, which I am ok with. Where do you live?



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Post by 918AGG » May 3rd, 2019, 9:41 am

bpd wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 9:32 am
918AGG wrote:
May 1st, 2019, 4:30 pm
I suppose that the powers that be are privy to better data than I am, but I'm surprised that there isn't a stop in Colorado.

Seriously - we have Kneaders, we have Cafe Rio, we have multiple Maveriks... we have plenty of Utah-Speak-Easys to go around. I'm guessing that recruiting is too weak out here to justify a visit?
Looking at some of the other locations, I'm also shocked there is not one in Colorado as well. I live in Fort Collins/Loveland and know some other alumni who would probably drive to Denver to go to it. We don't have a Kneaders up here though, which I am ok with. Where do you live?
I live in Castle Rock and I work in Franktown. (Yes, there is one company in Franktown that can afford to employ an Aggie grad)


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Post by AgMan21 » May 3rd, 2019, 10:18 am

I'm in Denver and was pretty disappointed that they weren't coming here. Also we have both Cafe Rio and the superior Costa Vida.



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2019 Athletic Department Road Trip

Post by WAAggie » May 15th, 2019, 3:52 pm

Interested to see how many show up in Seattle tonight.

Suck. Just was tweeted coach Smith won’t be there. Takes about 75% of my excitement away.

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Post by TheAKAggie » May 15th, 2019, 4:28 pm

AgMan21 wrote:I'm in Denver and was pretty disappointed that they weren't coming here. Also we have both Cafe Rio and the superior Costa Vida.
Neither of which have they done a road show from. And, BLASPHEMER!!!


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Post by trombone_ninja » May 15th, 2019, 8:51 pm

TheAKAggie wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 4:28 pm
AgMan21 wrote:I'm in Denver and was pretty disappointed that they weren't coming here. Also we have both Cafe Rio and the superior Costa Vida.
Neither of which have they done a road show from. And, BLASPHEMER!!!


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Yeah.... Cafe Rio is WAY better than Costa Vida... both of which are way better than Qdoba and Chipotle, which are the only fake Mexican places up in Greeley :bangwall:

Seriously, why do none of these trips go to the other side of the Rockies? It’s not really even all that far. Does it have something to do with proximity to other conference schools...? I don’t see how that would make a difference


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Post by WAAggie » May 15th, 2019, 11:31 pm

One measure mentioned tonight was the number of Aggies within a geographic area. 2,600 Aggie alums within a 50 mile radius of seattle.

Enjoyed the night. Summary tomorrow. BTW, Coach A told me the tattoo is still in place and laughed about it. Still has dog named Blue, sadly Aggie got ill and passed.


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WAAggie wrote:One measure mentioned tonight was the number of Aggies within a geographic area. 2,600 Aggie alums within a 50 mile radius of seattle.

Enjoyed the night. Summary tomorrow. BTW, Coach A told me the tattoo is still in place and laughed about it. Still has dog named Blue, sadly Aggie got ill and passed.

Oh, and coach smith gets a pass. He’s with Quetta in Chicago providing support and learning all he can about what he needs to be a first rounder NEXT year. Mentoring as much as he can and showing him that Usu has his back and would love to help him get bigger, stronger, faster after an awesome 2nd season as an Aggie.

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Post by swordsman1989 » May 16th, 2019, 7:10 am

There are two of us here on this forum who live in Copenhagen. That should warrant a trip shouldn't it? LOL!
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Post by AgMan21 » May 16th, 2019, 8:36 am

trombone_ninja wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 8:51 pm
TheAKAggie wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 4:28 pm
AgMan21 wrote:I'm in Denver and was pretty disappointed that they weren't coming here. Also we have both Cafe Rio and the superior Costa Vida.
Neither of which have they done a road show from. And, BLASPHEMER!!!


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Yeah.... Cafe Rio is WAY better than Costa Vida... both of which are way better than Qdoba and Chipotle, which are the only fake Mexican places up in Greeley :bangwall:

Seriously, why do none of these trips go to the other side of the Rockies? It’s not really even all that far. Does it have something to do with proximity to other conference schools...? I don’t see how that would make a difference
Sorry guys, but Costa was first to Logan so it will always have a special place in my heart. It goes:

1. Costa
2. Cafe Rio
3. Qdoba
4. Taco Time
5. Chipotle :D

And trombone_ninja, you should check out Cafe Mexicali (sadly I lived in Greeley for a couple years) it's basically a rip off of Cafe Rio.



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Post by ProvoAggie » May 16th, 2019, 9:06 am

trombone_ninja wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Seriously, why do none of these trips go to the other side of the Rockies? It’s not really even all that far. Does it have something to do with proximity to other conference schools...? I don’t see how that would make a difference
Considering that there were events in Las Vegas, Southern California and Meridian Idaho I doubt that proximity to other conference schools had anything to do with it.



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Post by bpd » May 16th, 2019, 9:20 am

Agree, there should be one in Denver. Now I am going to go off on food. First, Trombone, when are you going to move out of Greeley and move closer to I -25?. Fort Collins has a Cafe Rio.... it is not good, it is just ok. Even my wife who used to love Cafe Rio, thinks the Rio has gone downhill. Not just in Fort Collins, but everywhere. Cafe Mexicali puts everything to shame around these parts. The only problem is that it will give you a heart attack within minutes if you go with habenero creme sauce. The Rio is way down the list for me. Chipotle is overrated, but above the Rio.

Cool to hear Smith is with Queata. Ragland give any more insights?

Look likes our BBall coaching staff will be changing a little.



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swordsman1989 wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 7:10 am
There are two of us here on this forum who live in Copenhagen. That should warrant a trip shouldn't it? LOL!
Sword, did you happen to catch the Danish miniseries, "1864?" Brilliant. Gives context to my Danish ancestors' trips west.

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Post by WAAggie » May 16th, 2019, 12:21 pm

Ragland did say the staff is “getting” used to coach smiths recruiting philosophy of not throwing offers out to see if one sticks. Coach wants a closer, detailed relationship both ways with players and families before handing out offers.


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Post by LKGates » May 17th, 2019, 12:04 am

swordsman1989 wrote:
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There are two of us here on this forum who live in Copenhagen. That should warrant a trip shouldn't it? LOL!
'snuff said.


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Post by LKGates » May 17th, 2019, 12:13 am

The very fetching Mrs. LKGates and I attended the Portland road show. I'd guess about 15 - 20 in attendance. It was a great opportunity to interact one on one with the AD folks. No big surprises; nothing that hasn't been reported elsewhere on this thread. They mentioned that there are 1,500 alumni within 50 miles of Portland. They're resurrecting the alumni chapters, including one in Portland.

Andersen and Ragland did well, but Hartwell was the star of the show. He has a great grasp of the situation from top to bottom. He knows how many track and field athletes are going to the NCAA regionals, how many total student athletes graduated, our graduation rate and standing both in the state and the conference, he's very detail oriented. At the same time, he understands the larger forces working in college athletics, and he knows what needs to be done to advance our position. The guy really has a vision for USU athletics.
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Post by swordsman1989 » May 17th, 2019, 6:05 am

USU78 wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 9:23 am
swordsman1989 wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 7:10 am
There are two of us here on this forum who live in Copenhagen. That should warrant a trip shouldn't it? LOL!
Sword, did you happen to catch the Danish miniseries, "1864?" Brilliant. Gives context to my Danish ancestors' trips west.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1753353/
No, I have not seen it. Might have to check it out.



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Post by TheAKAggie » May 17th, 2019, 9:37 am

trombone_ninja wrote:
TheAKAggie wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 4:28 pm
AgMan21 wrote:I'm in Denver and was pretty disappointed that they weren't coming here. Also we have both Cafe Rio and the superior Costa Vida.
Neither of which have they done a road show from. And, BLASPHEMER!!!


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Yeah.... Cafe Rio is WAY better than Costa Vida... both of which are way better than Qdoba and Chipotle, which are the only fake Mexican places up in Greeley :bangwall:

Seriously, why do none of these trips go to the other side of the Rockies? It’s not really even all that far. Does it have something to do with proximity to other conference schools...? I don’t see how that would make a difference
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