San Diego State was approached by Colorado to be a replacement for their game against Fresno State which was canceled due to flooding. Both the Aztecs and Buffaloes had a matching bye date on Oct. 19, and San Diego State is able to play a 13th game due to playing on the road at Hawaii.
This would be a road game for San Diego State and would take away a precious mid-season bye week, and the extra wear and tear on the players was not worth playing an extra game. Also, the money was not enough for San Diego State to put its players through another game.
Head coach Rocky Long said it simple on Tuesday night by saying Colorado did not offer enough money for a one-time game on the road. One has to think that it has to be in the same neighborhood of the $600,000 which was offered to Hawaii, but ultimately turned down.
Actually, the amount was probably less since the trip from San Diego to Boulder is much, much closer then flying from Honolulu to Boulder. The amount was probably on par with that Colorado was to pay Fresno State which was $350,000, but whatever the amount was it was not enough for Long to put his players health on the line.
Declining the game is probably for the best since San Diego State is not having a great season so far.
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