Nick Faust Hits The Beach

Nick Faust will be a 49er. - Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Faust will be a 49er.

Didn't see this one coming: Nick Faust, formerly a Terp and a guy who could have transferred to a major program, chose Long Beach State instead.

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Basketball-wise, although Long Beach State once hired Jerry Tarkanian, and then Lute Olson, it's been a backwater for the most part.

It plays in the Big West, which is distinctly in the shadow of the PAC-12, now more than whatever.

He'll be playing for Dan Monson, formerly of Gonzaga and Minnesota.

At Long Beach State, Monson has an interesting career arc: he won more games each year until he peaked at 25 in 2011-12; since, he's slid back every season.

When you look at schools through an athletic prism, you might think that, say, Alabama is better than the University of Chicago.

You don't have to know much to know that's not true.

LBSU has a pretty impressive alumni roster: Steve Martin, Steven Spielberg, and Chris Carter of X-Files fame are all grads, as are the Carpenters, Dwight Stone, Jerry Tarkanian and many others.

What surprised us most, being admittedly provincial, was just how big the school is: Long Beach State has over 35,000 students.

For a reference point, that's just a bit bigger than Alabama.

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