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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In San Diego, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. San Diego, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN San Diego, CA, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN San Diego, CA

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent San Diego, CA

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN San Diego, CA

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in San Diego, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN San Diego, CA

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in San Diego, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in San Diego, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN San Diego, CA?

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Unexpectedly strong Santa Ana winds cause spot power outages, dicey driving and a dust storm

The National Weather Service says the dry northeast winds also produced unexpectedly high temperatures, especially in San Diego, which hit 82 degrees Unexpectedly strong Santa Ana winds gusted more than 30 mph at the coast and more than 75 mph in parts of San Diego County on Thanksgiving Day, causing spot power outages, treacherous driving on Interstate 8 and creating a dust storm in La Jolla Cove that sent people scrambling for cover.The dry northeast winds also pushed the temperature to 82 degrees at San Diego International...

The National Weather Service says the dry northeast winds also produced unexpectedly high temperatures, especially in San Diego, which hit 82 degrees

Unexpectedly strong Santa Ana winds gusted more than 30 mph at the coast and more than 75 mph in parts of San Diego County on Thanksgiving Day, causing spot power outages, treacherous driving on Interstate 8 and creating a dust storm in La Jolla Cove that sent people scrambling for cover.

The dry northeast winds also pushed the temperature to 82 degrees at San Diego International Airport — almost 10 degrees higher than forecast by the National Weather Service.

“The winds were stronger than we thought they would be and they went all the way to the coast, which is where the warmest temperatures were,” said Dan Gregoria, a weather service forecaster.

The Santa Anas began blowing before dawn on Thursday and gusted 70 mph to 87 mph in the Cuyamaca Mountains, not far from Julian. The winds also hit the 50 mph to 60 mph range along eastern Interstate 8, roughly between Alpine and Pine Valley, buffeting cars and trucks.

An unexpected moment came at about 11:30 a.m. when strong Santa Anas suddenly began to hit La Jolla Cove and Children’s Pool. The winds intensified, hitting the 25 mph to 30 mph range, sweeping sand and dirt off the coastal bluffs, producing a dust storm that drove many people off the beach, including outdoor vendors.

The winds also roiled the surface of the ocean, making it hard for swimmers, divers and kayakers to clearly see incoming waves. La Jolla lifeguards guided some swimmers out of the water and onto shore.

Thursday’s high wind events made travel difficult for some drivers with multiple reports of downed trees.

In one instance, the California Highway Patrol worked to remove a large tree that blocked lanes on State Route 94 near Forrest Gate Road just before 1 p.m. A CHP dispatcher said one vehicle had run into the tree. No injuries were reported.

Winds also blew several road signs and barrels onto freeway lanes. At around 10 a.m., CHP officers responded to reports of an electronic traffic signal that had fallen and spilled battery acid onto the right-hand shoulder of Interstate 8 near SR-79 in Descanso. There were also no injuries reported.

Workers at San Diego Gas & Electric kept busy during the early afternoon hours of the holiday restoring power to more than 2,000 customers in rural communities.

Some of those outages started around noon in the areas of Julian, Santa Ysabel and Morettis Junction in San Diego County. Power was expected to be restored by 5:30 p.m., according to SDG&E’s outage map.

Campo, Dulzura, Potrero, Live Oak Springs and Jacumba also experienced outages between 8:40 a.m. and 10 a.m., leaving fewer than 100 customers without power. Service was expected to resume at around 6 p.m.

SDG&E crews worked to determine potential causes but “given these outages are happening in some of the most wind-prone areas, winds could be the culprit,” said spokesperson Alex Welling.

“Given the holiday and Santa Ana winds, we have crews ready to go and make sure we restore power,” he added.

Here’s a sample of Thursday’s strongest wind gusts:

Sill Hill, Cuyamaca Mountains: 87 mphViejas Grade: 62 mphBig Black Mountain: 61 mphMount Laguna Observatory: 61 mph Palomar Mountain: 60 mphNorth Descanso: 59 mphPine Valley: 51 mphEl Cajon Mountain: 51 mphCampo: 49 mphOlivenhain: 41 mphJulian: 40 mphPoway: 38 mphJamul: 37 mphEscondido: 36 mphSan Diego International Airport: 32 mphLa Jolla: 32 mph

Aztecs’ bowl destination remains a moving target

San Diego State is bowl-eligible for 13th straight year, but where is SDSU headed? Here’s a best guess, though situation is fluid until Dec. 4 selection showSan Diego State is focused on finishing the regular season strong in its Mountain West game against Air Force.SDSU (7-4, 5-2 MW) and the Falcons (8-3, 4-3) meet Saturday at 6 p.m. at Snapdragon Stadium.But that hasn’t stopped speculation from swirling on where the Aztecs will conclude the season.Where are they going bowling?It has been two...

San Diego State is bowl-eligible for 13th straight year, but where is SDSU headed? Here’s a best guess, though situation is fluid until Dec. 4 selection show

San Diego State is focused on finishing the regular season strong in its Mountain West game against Air Force.

SDSU (7-4, 5-2 MW) and the Falcons (8-3, 4-3) meet Saturday at 6 p.m. at Snapdragon Stadium.

But that hasn’t stopped speculation from swirling on where the Aztecs will conclude the season.

Where are they going bowling?

It has been two weeks since SDSU earned its sixth win and became bowl eligible for the 13th straight season.

The Aztecs’ bowl destination has not become apparent since then, and it may not become much more clear in the next two weeks leading up to the Dec. 4 reveal.

National projections have SDSU going all over the place, often without regard to reality.

The Athletic has SDSU in the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl against Toledo.

One problem: The Aztecs already played Toledo this season, and bowl organizers avoid rematches at all costs.

SportsIllustrated.com has SDSU going to the Frisco Bowl against Appalachian State.

Another problem: The Aztecs played in the Frisco Bowl last year and bowl organizers also are loathe to bring teams two years in a row (and a third time in five years).

CollegeFootballNews.com has the Aztecs going to the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl against Buffalo.

CBSSports.com has the Aztecs going to the Hawaii Bowl against Middle Tennessee.

Both the Hawaii and Arizona bowls seem unlikely based on information detailed below.

The Union-Tribune, after considering where other MW teams are likely headed, is projecting SDSU for the New Mexico Bowl.

Even with much consideration on the matter, predictions should be written in pencil rather than pen because of the extremely fluid nature of the process.

Here are some details entering the final weekend of the regular season:

Current situation: So far, 74 teams are bowl eligible, leaving eight openings for the 82 available spots in 41 bowl games.

Bowl eligible teams from the Mountain West: Air Force (8-3), Boise State (8-3), Fresno State (7-4), San Diego State (7-4), San Jose State (6-4), Utah State (6-5), Wyoming (7-4).

Also eyeing eligibility: UNLV (4-7) needs to beat Nevada for a fifth win. If there are not enough six-win teams to fill all the bowls, then the Rebels could get in at 5-7.

Mountain West bowl tie-ins: New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 17, vs. C-USA), Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl (Dec. 17, vs. Pac-12), Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 20, vs. MAC; Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24, vs. AAC); Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl (Dec. 30, vs. MAC).

MW backup agreement: Guaranteed Rate Bowl (Dec. 27 vs. Big Ten or Big 12). This is off the table since both conferences have plenty of qualifying teams.

According to a Mountain West spokesman, there also is a guaranteed spot in an ESPN Events game. This would likely be a bowl in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area, but could be another ESPN-owned bowl that fits the network’s matchup desires.

With seven bowl eligible teams, the Mountain West must find landing spots for two teams outside its primary tie-ins.

Bowl pecking order: Boise State and Fresno State will play in Boise on Dec. 3 in the Mountain West championship game.

The Mountain West champion goes to the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl, as long as that team is not invited to a New Years Six game (this year’s AAC champion will get the Group of 5 slot).

The Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl has the second choice and could be expected to take the MW runnerup. SDSU could potentially be attractive because of its proximity, though the Aztecs had issues last year with the game’s title sponsor.

Other eligible teams are distributed among the Hawaii, Famous Idaho Potato and New Mexico bowls in consultation between the conference and bowl partners.

Consideration is given to matchup, proximity to the venue and history (how recently did team appear there).

SDSU last played in the New Mexico Bowl in 2019 and the Hawaii Bowl in 2015. The Aztecs haven’t played in the Potato Bowl since 2013. They did play at Boise State and New Mexico during the regular season, although that is not a deal breaker.

With its proximity, Utah State profiles best for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The Hawaii Bowl is believed to favor San Jose State. Simple explanation — the Spartans’ quarterback is Chevan Cordeiro, a Honolulu native who starred three years at Hawaii before transferring to San Jose State.

This points SDSU toward Albuquerque, though it would not be surprising for the Aztecs to end up somewhere else altogether as ESPN wags the dog.

SDSU’s bowl assignment has been outside the Mountain West’s primary tie-ins in three of the Aztecs’ past four appearances — in 2017 (Armed Forces Bowl), 2018 (Frisco Bowl) and 2021 (Frisco Bowl).

North County’s ‘Mr. Christmas’ ready to flip the switch on 35th annual ‘Christmas on Knob Hill’

SAN MARCOS — There are some things San Diegans have come to count on each Thanksgiving day. Warm weather, a family dinner, Black Friday ads and the return of Christmas on Knob Hill.For all but one of the past 34 years, Bill and Elaine Gilfillen of San Marcos have flipped the switch on their famous front-yard holiday display at 5 p.m. each Thanksgiving day. Bill Gilfillen — who turns 85 in January and is still recovering from knee replacement surgery in May — had some doubts about getting his decorations up thi...

SAN MARCOS —

There are some things San Diegans have come to count on each Thanksgiving day. Warm weather, a family dinner, Black Friday ads and the return of Christmas on Knob Hill.

For all but one of the past 34 years, Bill and Elaine Gilfillen of San Marcos have flipped the switch on their famous front-yard holiday display at 5 p.m. each Thanksgiving day. Bill Gilfillen — who turns 85 in January and is still recovering from knee replacement surgery in May — had some doubts about getting his decorations up this year.

But with the help of his children and a neighbor who first visited Christmas on Knob Hill as a little girl years ago, the legacy continues this year. Every night from 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 30 at 1639 Knob Hill Road in San Marcos, a spectacle featuring more than 100,000 lights and hundreds of yard and roof sculptures and decoration will be displayed.

A retired Navy flight engineer, Gilfillen spends 11 months of every year planning and prepping for Christmas on Knob Hill. Now that he has some help with decorations, Gilfillen said he doesn’t see himself ever retiring from the job because he’s honored to serve as “Mr. Christmas,” a nickname the community bestowed on him many years ago.

“What I like most is seeing people come out with smiles on their faces. The children dance around and are so happy, but the parents ar,e too. I’ve had people sit out here and cry because it reminds of them when they were young. It has been a joy for our family,” he said.

Thanks to social media and “holiday lights” maps, the Gilfillens’ home has become one of the county’s most-visited spots during the Christmas season. It draws around 20,000 spectators during the five-week illumination, including visitors from the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Australia and throughout the United States. The only year he went dark was the first winter of the COVID pandemic in 2020.

Christmas lights hold special meaning for Gilfillen, whose Grove City, Ohio, family was so poor in the early 1940s that he and his siblings spent several years in a church-run orphanage because their mother couldn’t afford to care for them. Walking through the snow to admire the holiday décor was the one present the Gilfillen siblings could give themselves.

After the Gilfillens move with their four children from Chula Vista to San Marcos in 1986, he bought several strings of lights and other items to decorate their front yard. But his then-10-year-old daughter Jennifer was so disappointed by the display that her parents vowed to wow her — and their neighbors — in the years to come. Gilfillen’s holiday display planning became his year-round hobby and today, he has three storage lockers and a backyard shed filled with holiday decorations and lights.

After taking down his decorations each January and taking a few weeks’ rest, Gilfillen starts shopping for new decorations and plotting out how he will change the layout of the next holiday display. Around June he starts unpacking and separating the decorations by theme. During the summer months, he tests and fixes lights and replaces worn-out decorations with new items. And by September the work begins on assembly. During the fall months, Gilfillen said he spends seven to 10 hours each day working outside on the project.

This year, he’s dedicating his display to his longtime friend and former employer Richard “Dick” Templin of Encinitas, who passed away Oct. 26.

While San Diego has dozens of elaborate holiday light displays featuring digital LED lights and projections synced to holiday music, Christmas on Knob Hill is a more traditional, old-school display. Santa’s sleigh, complete with two new reindeer, sits on the Gilfillens’ roof and the front yard is chockablock with illuminated and animated sculptures that include dogs, a koi pond, a moving merry-go-round, motorized Santas, Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage, a flying pig with flapping wings, a four-foot Statue of Liberty, an Iditarod-style sled team on the roof, a purple peacock, elves, tar Wars characters, a pirate ship, a nutcracker and an icicle tree. Other new items this year are some oversize candy canes, a new mouse and a new dog that looks like Chief, the Gilfillen family’s old Australian shepherd.

Gilfillen’s longtime favorite yard decorations are pair of Santa Claus sculptures. One is a lifelike Santa seated under the tree in the front yard. The other is a 5-foot-tall Santa near the mailbox that was part of his first yard display at the San Marcos house in 1986.

For most of the past 34 years, Gilfillen has dressed up like St. Nick to take Christmas wishes and hand out up to 2,000 candy canes for children from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 to 23. But this year he may take a raincheck on the Santa tradition, due to the possibility of a spike of respiratory virus, flu and COVID cases.

Gilfillen said he’ll be listening for Dr. Anthony Fauci’s public health advice on social gatherings before he decides to pull out his Santa suit. But he said he hates letting people down.

“This year especially I’ve had more people driving by stop and tell me how much they appreciate us doing this after the pandemic,” Gilfillen said. “They’ve been really kind about that.”

Let the Eric Musselman Apology Tour Start Now

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas coach Eric Musselman had a reputation during his time with Nevada in the Mountain West as a coach with a bit of a temper.It doesn't look like that reputation will be changing anytime soon following an incident that occurred immediately after Wednesday night's dramatic finish in the third place game of the Maui Invitational against San Diego State.Arkansas fans already know their beloved coach can get fiery at times. He has had to be held back or cut off by his coaching staff multiple times wh...

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas coach Eric Musselman had a reputation during his time with Nevada in the Mountain West as a coach with a bit of a temper.

It doesn't look like that reputation will be changing anytime soon following an incident that occurred immediately after Wednesday night's dramatic finish in the third place game of the Maui Invitational against San Diego State.

Arkansas fans already know their beloved coach can get fiery at times. He has had to be held back or cut off by his coaching staff multiple times when his emotions boiled over.

However, Wednesday night might have been one of his more over the top moments and only a handful of Razorback fans got to witness it live.

Multiple reports indicate that Musselman dropped multiple choice words at San Diego State fans who were seated behind the team bench in the tiny gym where the game is held. Because of how small the venue is, everything can be heard throughout the game and afterward and something set Musselman off.

"There was just an Aztec fan who came down and said some things," Musselman said afterward. "There were some words exchanged."

Well, that was an understatement.

Multiple reports indicate Musselman got into a heated exchange with fans that required his staff to pull him back. In the process, multiple witnesses told the San Diego Union Tribune that the Arkansas coach screamed "Go F#@% yourself!" and then held an L on his forehead, the international elementary school symbol to let them know he thought they were a bunch of losers.

To make matters worse, he reportedly exchanged words with San Diego State guard Matt Bradley. Whatever was said was enough to cause the Aztec player to knock over a chair out of anger.

That appears to be where the now infamous video picks up.

That's when all heck broke loose. San Diego State fans hit the court, including one who is reportedly the parent of a player, wanting to take down Musselman physically for his unprofessional postgame display.

One man in particular was able to barrel his way reasonably close to Musselman and had to be retained by the Arkansas coaching staff.

Opening the tweet above will reveal two videos. One shows an incensed Keyshad Johnson having to be talked down from not going after the Arkansas coaching staff. The second appears to show security forcibly removing Musselman from the arena for his own safety.

There also was an Arkansas fan reportedly trying to make his way into the San Diego State locker room. While it's not verified, there is a man being escorted away by security wearing what appears to be one of the Arkansas Hawaiian button-up shirts worn earlier in the tournament.

It wasn't exactly a shining moment for the University of Arkansas.

Arkansas fans will display their loyalty by trying to find a way to blame everything on San Diego State. However, as one Aztec fan put it, there was only one coach being driven out of the arena by security.

Musselman is expected to be a professional, and there's nothing professional about shaping your fingers into an "L" and placing it on your forehead in an effort to make sure someone from the other side knows you think they're a loser.

As for advising people to go have marital relations with themselves at the top of your lungs, it's a bit much.

Had someone tried to physically harm a Razorback player, then Musselman should have been the first one to their defense and he'd better be testing the repair job on that shoulder of his.

But even if it turns out this all started with Aztec fans popping off verbally after the game, they're just words. Words from people Musselman will never see again.

There's no reason to care what they say or even acknowledge it.

The best way to get under their skin is to quietly turn your back to them and go celebrate the victory that was just earned with your players.

All Musselman did with his actions beyond damaging the reputation of the university is put a target on his back. Now every student section and fraternity in America is going to see it as a badge of honor to make Musselman blow his top on them next.

To make things worse, a San Diego State team that just lost on the court came out looking like winners almost immediately afterward.

"“I don’t know, I don’t know," San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher said. "I was already through (the handshake line). I just tell our kids, I tell them every year, I tell them every month: ‘You represent yourself first, your family second, and this university and athletic program third. Don’t do anything that would embarrass any of us.’ That’s a message I deliver every year to our guys, and I think they do a good job of holding that up. They represent themselves with a lot of class.”

This should have been a story about the heroics of Kamani Johnson and the grit he brought to this team while willing them to a win. It was the biggest performance of his career in terms of pure impact.

But it's not. It's about a grown man holding up a finger "L" on his forehead.

Fans may not like hearing this, but Musselman owes a lot of apologies for this one.

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Is this Padres SS prospect better than Holliday, Lawlar?

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! As we are in this season of gratitude, I wanted to let all of you know how much we at MLB Pipeline appreciate all of you for following along with us this year (and every year).Before we get to this week’s Inbox questions, I wanted to comment on a current theme I saw among the queries I got. I received several questions about the Rule 5 Draft (picking players, who was surprisingly not protected, etc.). I’m not going to tackle them now as we will have plenty of Rule 5 coverage as we get closer t...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! As we are in this season of gratitude, I wanted to let all of you know how much we at MLB Pipeline appreciate all of you for following along with us this year (and every year).

Before we get to this week’s Inbox questions, I wanted to comment on a current theme I saw among the queries I got. I received several questions about the Rule 5 Draft (picking players, who was surprisingly not protected, etc.). I’m not going to tackle them now as we will have plenty of Rule 5 coverage as we get closer to the Dec. 7 draft at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. So be patient while checking out our stories on which ranked prospects did/didn’t get protected from the Rule 5 and some intriguing sleeper prospects who earned roster spots.

And be sure to check out this week’s MLB Pipeline Podcast, where we start digging into some Rule 5 stuff as well.

OK. With that housekeeping out of the way, let’s get to your questions, two of which we answered on the pod.

Where does Jackson Merrill's AFL performance land him relative to the other top SS prospects? Ahead of Holliday or Mayer or Lawlar or Tovar or Luciano? -- @twcunningham

We had a spirited discussion about Merrill, No. 1 on the Padres’ Top 30 and No. 83 on our Top 100, agreeing he was one of the best prospects in the AFL, and he landed at No. 3 on Jim’s list. He more than held his own as one of the youngest players in the league, especially impressive considering he had yet to play above Single-A and had just 55 games in 2022 under his belt. Scouts loved his swing, and we have no question about his ability to hit for average and power.

That said, we are always sure to point out that we never put too much stock into Fall League performance, good or bad. It’s just too small of a sample size to give it too much import. Case in point: Merrill had just 98 plate appearances. Yes, he swung the bat very well, but that’s not even a full month’s worth of data to look at. It certainly will help him, but it’s more about how he carried himself playing up as a teenager in the league than any numbers he put up. We haven’t really begun to look at what our Top 100 for 2023 will look like, but Merrill will certainly make a solid leap up that list. Whether he cracks the Top 10 shortstops list remains to be seen. Our gut feel was that putting him in Jackson Holliday/Marcelo Mayer/Jordan Lawlar territory is too big of a jump, at least for now. The shortstop list currently has Mayer-Lawlar-Holliday at 3-4-5, and Mayer and Holliday especially seem to have No. 1 overall prospect ceilings, while all three are no-doubt shortstops defensively. Some scouts aren’t 100 percent convinced Merrill stays there. And we wouldn’t put Merrill ahead of Elly De La Cruz (our No. 6 shortstop) at this point, either.

I think a better argument can be made to put Merrill in the back half of that top 10, where Marco Luciano and Ezequiel Tovar come into play. I’d personally put Tovar over Luciano right now, though the latter is currently No. 7 and the former is No. 9. We kind of felt right around No. 8 on that top 10 is a good bet, which still means Merrill will make a significant leap up the Top 100.

Favorite Minor Leaguer that isn't considered a top prospect? -- @niren23

This is such an open-ended question that we could take it any direction. And we did on the podcast. For me, I tend to find favorites based on their interview skills. If I end up doing a really good interview with a prospect, and then we end up talking for a long while after the interview, he might move further up my list. So with that in mind, I chose Ivan Johnson of the Reds, currently No. 28 on their Top 30. It was a nice double-up since Johnson wasn’t protected by the Reds and could be selected in the Rule 5 Draft. I first talked to Johnson during his time in the 2021 Arizona Fall League. (You can listen to our entire conversation here.) We talked about everything from the switch-hitter's different swings to the complexities of being a Black player in today’s game. I don’t know how good of a big leaguer he’ll be, but I do know that I look forward to talking to him more about it.

Mr. Callis went more for a pure tools/skills perspective and chose A’s right-hander Mason Miller, who we just saw in the AFL this year. The A’s No. 20 prospect has had some injury issues but made Jim’s top AFL prospects list based on the ridiculous raw stuff he showed off, a triple-digits fastball and a wipeout mid-80s slider.

Did Edouard Julien’s Arizona Fall League performance get him in the back end of the top 100 list? Or at least in the Twins top 10 list? -- @abjohnson34

I like talking about Julien more than writing about him, just because I dig the French Canadian name. And count me as someone who believes the current Twins No. 14 prospect is going to hit in the big leagues. This isn’t exactly going out on a limb, given that he hit .300/.441/.490 with 17 homers and 19 steals in Double-A during the 2022 regular season, then won the AFL batting title by hitting .400 (to go along with a .563 OBP and .686 SLG).

Please see the above AFL disclaimer about sample size, though. Suggesting Julien would jump into the Top 100 because of his 96 plate appearances in Arizona is going too far. Yes, he can hit. Yes, he can draw walks (98 in 2022, more BB than K in the AFL). Yes, he’s going to impact the ball enough from the left side of the plate to be a solid big leaguer. And it was encouraging to see him try to attack pitches he liked earlier in the zone without sacrificing his overall approach in the AFL. But he’s still without a true position. He played second base exclusively in Arizona, but that might not work long-term, with first base or left field perhaps better. Or maybe he’s an offensive-minded utility type who gets his bat in the lineup by moving around. That’s a little shy of having a Top 100 profile. He’ll certainly move up the Twins’ Top 30, and while I haven’t dug into the list yet, having him crack the back of that Top 10 seems reasonable.

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How do you Rate Jim Callis’ handling of several good boys at once? Could he lead a chariot of dogs? -- @Friarsonthefarm

For those of you uninformed, you have to watch this video first:

Four dogs at once is extremely impressive. I’m fairly certain I couldn’t do it. But Jim Callis is no ordinary human. I’ll say he’s at least a 60 dogwalker. He can’t take those four AND the puppy for a walk at the same time, so he’s not a true five-dog player. So I’ll stick with the 60 but say he could be a future 70 if he can add the puppy into the mix.

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