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San Diego State Basketball: Aztecs sign head coach Steve Fisher to 3-year extension

Good news today on Montezuma Mesa.

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The San Diego State Aztecs and head coach Steve Fisher have agreed to a three-year extension through June 30, 2018.

Fisher and SDSU athletic director Jim Sterk held a press conference this afternoon to officially announce the contract extension.

"I've got great people I'm working for and with," Fisher said. "I've got a love affair with this program, this school, this community."

Brian Dutcher will remain SDSU's "head coach in waiting," but Sterk joked that Dutcher wanted a new title now.

"Still-Head-Coach-In-Waiting," Sterk said with a smile.

Fisher said that Dutcher is like him, in the sense that he absolutely loves SDSU and the program. Fisher said that other schools have pursued Dutcher, but he's chosen to stay an assistant coach with the Aztecs every time.

Fisher, 69, is in the final year of a four-year contract with the school. This will be his 16th season as head coach. In that time he has completely turned around the Aztec program, leading the team to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and two Sweet 16 games.

Next, Fisher said, this program is looking toward the Final Four and the national championship.

"Why not us?" he asked.