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Sac State head coach Marshall Sperbeck


What is the biggest problem for Sac State's football team?

Leading Off: Is Sac State spinning its wheels with Sperbeck?

Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 - 12:11 am

Before most of the Webers had cooled off in the Hornet Stadium parking lot from an afternoon’s work of grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, it was over.

UC Davis staked a 14-0 lead over Sacramento State on its first two possessions and led 21-0 early in the second quarter en route to what’s become the Aggies’ annual end-of-season party instead of what’s been called the Causeway Classic.

Saturday evening’s 34-7 beatdown of Sac State left Aggies fans feeling good about the direction of their football program under first-year coach Ron Gould, while many Hornets fans left the stadium grumbling and wondering out loud if they’ve seen enough of Sac State coach Marshall Sperbeck, whose team is as irrelevant in the Football Championship Subdivision now as it was when he arrived in 2007.

The one positive Saturday for Sac State was it didn’t make that one mistake, commit that one turnover or mistakenly call that one ill-fated play from the sideline that Hornets fans have come to expect in losses to UCD.

UC Davis never gave Sac State that chance. By the third quarter, there was more fight in Sac State’s student section – literally – than the Hornets had to offer the Aggies on the field. By the fourth quarter, most of Sac State’s fans had surrendered, too.

So is this as good as it gets at Sac State? Five-win seasons, an occasional upset over a Pacific-12 Conference team and being the Aggies’ punching bag at season’s end?

Sperbeck’s winning percentage of .422 (35-44) is better than that of either of his two predecessors, Steve Mooshagian (.250, four years) and John Volek (.352, eight years). But the Hornets are nowhere closer to a Big Sky Conference title or playoff appearance.

Is it time for a change at Sac State? Or is the school committed to mediocrity?

Today’s poll

What is the biggest problem for Sac State’s football team?

• Coach Marshall Sperbeck

• Inability to recruit top players

• Not enough community support

• Its losing culture

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Weekend results

What should the Kings do with Jimmer Fredette ?

• Play him: 46%

• Bench him: 32%

• Trade him: 22%

Total votes: 454

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