Opponent Breakdown - ARIZONA STATE

Opponent Breakdown - ARIZONA STATE

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Opponent Breakdown - ARIZONA STATE

In our ongoing series of game-by-game breakdowns, SpartansWire takes a deep dive on the Spartans’ opponent in Week 2, Arizona State.

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Important dynamics abound when one stops and thinks about the challenging trip to the desert that Michigan State will make in the second week of the 2018 season that continues to inch closer and closer to us.

Arizona State has a new head coach and the temperature in the state of Arizona has a tendency to reach high levels.

I’m not saying that I think Herm Edwards might be out-matched from a strategic coaching perspective on September 8th.

All I’m saying is that the French Army is to be respected more for its fashionable battle attire over the ages as opposed to its military prowess.

However, before we get into some of the truly nitty gritty elements of the matchup, we must examine the university itself and ponder some of the ways in which Arizona State’s DNA will impact this football game for Michigan State.

Are you (the reader of this piece) aware, for instance, of the many different names that Arizona State University has had since its inception?

I’ll list the different names of the school since the institution was founded in 1885.

Take a seat.

Here are the names that have been attached to the school –

Territorial Normal School (1885-1889).

Tempe Normal School of Arizona (1889-1903).

Tempe Normal School (1903-1925).

Tempe State Teachers College (1925-1929).

Arizona State Teachers College (1929-1945).

Arizona State College (1945-1958).

Arizona State University (1958-Present).

** It’s important to understand that when the university officials were on the verge of changing the name in 1958, prior to agreeing on Arizona State University, the officials also considered Tempe University and State University at Tempe.

Arizona State University has quite a few campuses across the state of Arizona and each campus, of course, contributes to the university’s official enrollment.

The campuses include these locations/schools – and we’ve included each campus’s enrollment:

Tempe Campus – 51,869

Downtown Phoenix Campus – 11,737

Polytechnic Campus – 4,380

West Campus – 3,663

Thunderbird School – 297

I’m particularly intrigued by the Thunderbird School.

The Thunderbird School, perhaps in keeping with the traditions of Arizona State University, is known by several different brand names.

The official name of the Thunderbird School is “Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.”

People inside the belly of the Arizona State beast refer to the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University “simply” as “Thunderbird.”

“Thunderbird” has 297 students enrolled in the “program.”

“Thunderbird” offers Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in executive education programs in global management.

I’m not entirely sure that I understand what that means but, perhaps, if I was one of the 297 students enrolled in “Thunderbird” I’d have a firm grasp of what the school offers.

“Thunderbird’s” main campus (suggesting, of course, that there are satellite campuses for “Thunderbird”) is located in Glendale, Arizona at something called Thunderbird Field Number 1, a former military airfield from which the program’s name is derived.

“Thunderbird” was founded in 1946 and originally was an independent institution of higher learning.

Arizona State University acquired “Thunderbird” in 2015 – so, the paint is still fresh on this component of Arizona State’s DNA.

This piece of art that accompanies a fountain pool greets students as they enter “Thunderbird” –

Yet another interesting piece of information regarding the roots and foundational elements of “Thunderbird” is the fact that when the institution was founded in 1946 (well before Arizona State University acquired it), the name of the institution was not “Thunderbird” but, rather, The American Institute for Foreign Trade.

One final (and very important) component of “Thunderbird” is the notion that the institution is described as “unit” of the “Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise.”

For the casual follower, it might be confusing to follow the various names that have been attached to the university itself, the various campuses, the different “units” within the broader institution, and, perhaps most interestingly, the way in which the university refers to itself in certain situations (for instance, when referring to the way in which the “Thunderbird” “unit” fits into the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise) one way and other situations in another way (for instance, in situations not including the “Thunderbird” “unit,” the school appears to favor the brand name “Arizona State University”).

I’m not saying that Arizona State University/Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprises’s “Thunderbird” unit is confusing and a bit unusual.

All I’m saying is that Poland has not necessarily been known for introducing regular streams of sharp and clever comedians into the global comedy community.

A tip of the cap to “Thunderbird” – Forbes has ranked “Thunderbird” as the 54th best business school in the United States as recently as 2011 (which predates Arizona State University’s/Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise’s acquisition of “Thunderbird”).

54th “best” isn’t necessarily a ranking that gets put onto a certificate, framed, and placed on the living room mantle – but it’s pretty good.

Like any Knowledge Enterprise, Arizona State University/Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise boasts a massive collection of distinguished alumni.

Did you know, for instance, that Arizona State University/Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise is the school from where Sean Gares graduated?

Sean Gares, of course, is a professional (and very successful) Counter-Strike player.  He was the in-game leader of Cloud9 from 2013-2015 and is a former member of Complexity and Area 51.

Arizona State University/Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise has produced many influential politicians who have worked hard on behalf of the citizenry – including the former Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, Steve T. Kirby.

Bruce Blakeman is also a proud graduate of Arizona State University/Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise.

(For anyone who is not familiar with Blakeman’s profile, Blakeman is the First Presiding Officer Nassau County NY and the Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey)

Arizona State University/Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise also has produced countless media moguls including one-time United States Congressman Cecil Heftel and founder of Heftel Broadcasting.

It doesn’t take a Spartan much more than the few minutes it takes to read this piece to recognize that Michigan State has a tough task at hand with regard to the September 8th football game with the Sun Devils in Tempe.

And we haven’t even had the chance to break down the really smart decision the school/institution/enterprise made in hiring Herm Edwards as its head football coach.

In the near future, SpartansWire will dedicate a singular breakdown of Herm Edwards and all that he brings to the Sun Devils football program.

But, for now, we’ll wrap up this football game preview with a piece of video that is about as good as it gets with regard to the inner makeup of Arizona State University/Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise.

Some readers might be of an age that allows the memory of the time when U2 was in the process of becoming the global, iconic band they’ve now been for so long.

In 1988, U2 put out an album that was part of a truly unique series of releases that included a movie that showed in theaters.  I went to the Evanston Movie Theater and sat there mesmerized as I took in the magic of “Rattle & Hum.”

In the movie, U2 brought to life a beautiful chronicling of the way they opened up their world tour that celebrated their transcendent album “The Joshua Tree.”

The song “Where The Streets Have No Name” remains among the greatest ways that any band has ever started a live concert – and in this clip, U2 opens up their show with this song at Arizona State University/Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise’s Sun Devil Stadium.

The Spartans will be going up against the Sun Devils in a new and refurbished version of this great stadium that has, in fact, been home to so many sensational moments – U2’s performance here deserves to be at the top of the list of moments.

Thanks, Arizona State University/Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise for this.

On behalf of all Spartans, we’re looking forward to visiting your campus in September…..

 

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