Steve Fisher Court now official @ViejasArena #Aztecs #AztecMBB pic.twitter.com/7hQalUiJAF
— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) October 29, 2015
San Diego State officially unveiled its court, named after active men’s basketball coach Steve Fisher, on Thursday.
Fisher, who signed a new deal last November, is the winningest coach in program history. He’s taken the program to eight NCAA Tournaments and won nine conference titles. He was the Associated Press’ national Coach of the Year in 2011. In 2014, he won the prestigious Wooden Legend of Coaching Award.
Fisher is entering his 17th season with SDSU. The San Diego Union-Tribune was on hand for the ceremony.
“I expressed to him my deep appreciation,” said Fisher. “I don’t take these kinds of things lightly. I am very honored that they would say we want to do this, not somebody lobbying. I have a great feeling of pride and appreciation for myself and my family, and our staff and all the players we’ve had since 1999 that have allowed us to still be here. It’s been a wonderful experience and this is a terrific honor.
“My name is on the court, but I think it is a recognition of every player, coach, manager, trainer, anyone who has had an impact in any way on our program. They should all feel a piece of this.”
The school consulted Fisher on where and how his name would appear on the hardwood. They choose the area in front of the scorer’s table, which is in view of television cameras that have sideline positions opposite the benches – white lettering against a black background.
“They’ve done a nice job. It’s not sticking out but it’s there,” Fisher said. “I wanted to make sure that it was done tastefully, and I think they’ve done that. But what it signifies is what’s most important for us, the pride we have.”
The court will see its regular-season debut on Friday, Nov. 13, when the Aztecs open up at home against a solid squad out of the Missouri Valley, Illinois State.
In September, CBS Sports reported Fisher’s program was subject to a probe by the NCAA for potential rules violations and improper benefits in recent years by staff members under Fisher. The details and extent of the investigation remain fluid, but sources told CBS Sports that Fisher was not believed to be involved in any alleged misdeeds.