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COLUMN: Football season still feels good in Logan

On October 9, 2012

I went to bed physically sick after Utah State lost Friday.

It was yet another tough loss to swallow as an Aggie, but it got me thinking.

New coach, new facilities, new logo, new uniforms, new conference. This season just feels different.

Despite this weekend’s loss, it all feels great.

In my entire life there’s only one other time I have felt as proud and happy to be an Aggie as I do this season, that being the Big West Tournament in 2005 when Jaycee Carroll and the Aggies upset No. 18 Pacific to earn an NCAA berth.

I was in Anaheim, Calif., at the time and words can’t describe the pure joy I felt seeing Aggie Nation sporting the old number-1 game day shirts all over Disneyland. There was a clear, palpable feeling of confidence and unity among Aggie faithful there and it’s one of my most cherished memories.

That same feeling currently fills campus — and it’s not basketball season.

Aggie football fans believe.

I’ve been a USU fan my entire life and endured countless seasons of disappointment and abysmal football. As crappy as it felt this weekend to lose to those wretched Cougars, I’m not looking ahead to basketball season as I have so many years in the past.

I reflected on the past four seasons I’ve witnessed first-hand as a student at this university and recalled all the heartbreaking and disappointing losses that put me on the brink of depression each time. Every loss to Utah, every loss to BYU, every loss to those “big-name” schools like Auburn, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

In each of the successive seasons, every football disappointment made me more and more excited for basketball season. Basketball was a team I could count on, always had been. Football simply wasn’t. The feelings I’ve had each season of “maybe next year” resounded in my head over and over throughout the year, even last season when Adam Kennedy spear-headed the team to a 7-5 finish and a bowl game.12

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