Colorado State back in action

Originally Published: October 30, 2003
By Ed Graney | Special to
San Diego State coach Tom Craft was able to enjoy his team's victory against Wyoming for about five hours. Then, disaster struck. The first-year head coach and his family were evacuated from their San Diego County home at 3 a.m. Sunday morning, as Southern California's wildfires raged on. Craft's house was still intact as of Tuesday afternoon, but many others in his neighborhood had been destroyed and it was still a "50-50" chance the coach would eventually return to a standing home.

"It's a catastrophic situation for everyone here," said Craft. "A number of our players have also been evacuated from where they live. There is fire all around our home. The fires are out of control."

  • It's a blessing that SDSU has a bye this week before returning to action at UNLV on Nov. 8. The air quality in San Diego is 10 times what would be considered poor and schools at all levels have been off since Monday. The Aztecs did not practice Monday or Tuesday and Craft was unsure when the team might resume workouts.