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Long let SDSU team enjoy win before revealing firing

Updated: November 24, 2008, 10:11 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Chuck Long coached San Diego State to a rare victory on Saturday night while keeping it a secret that he'd been fired hours earlier.

While disappointed for himself, Long didn't want to spoil the moment for his players, who surprised UNLV 42-21 to finish 2-10.

"I have good focus," Long said on Monday, a day after the school announced his firing. "I knew I had to set that aside because I had a team and staff that was dependent on me to coach to the best of my ability.

"I ...

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