The San Diego State University Men’s Basketball team is currently facing off against Alabama in the NCAA Tournament, with the Sweet 16 game currently in progress at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The game began at 3:30 p.m. PT and fans back home in San Diego are surely riveted and cheering on their team from afar.

As a San Diego State University (SDSU) alum and former team captain, Kevin O’Connell likely has a strong connection to the university and its football program. Given his impressive career as an SDSU quarterback, he was spotted attending Alabama vs. San Diego State NCAA game to show support for his former team and its current players. 

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Additionally, as a former player himself, he has a unique perspective and insights to offer that could benefit the team or coaching staff. Overall, his attendance at the game could be a way for him to stay connected to his alma mater and give back to the program that played a significant role in his personal and professional development.

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, the General Manager of the Minnesota Vikings, was recently spotted at the Sweet 16 tournament alongside Head Coach Kevin O’Connell. The duo took a break from their draft preparations to enjoy the games together in Louisville, KY.

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Kevin William O’Connell, also known as “KOC” currently serves as the head coach for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. O’Connell played college football as a quarterback for San Diego State University and was drafted in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

The former American football player turned coach also played for other NFL teams such as the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and San Diego Chargers before retiring in 2012. 

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O’Connell began his coaching career in 2015, holding various assistant coaching positions with the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, and Los Angeles Rams. As the offensive coordinator for the Rams, he helped lead the team to a victory in Super Bowl LVI during the 2021-2022 season.