On Tuesday night, Alonzo Carter sat in a hotel room outside Las Vegas, surveying his three suitcases.
Carter, San Jose State's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, isn't a light traveler, but an experienced one after he served as a backup dancer for MC Hammer during the "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" tour in 1990 and 1991.
"Everybody laughs when I come rolling out with my luggages and my suits," Carter said. "I pack three suits. They're like, 'Man, what you doing?' I'm like, 'You've gotta be prepared.' I've got a suit for each away game and a suit for the bowl game and a suit for the Mountain West championship game. Being somebody who's gone out on the road, making a home in a hotel doesn't bother me at all.
"It's been a while since I've done it, but hey man, I'm good."
Carter and the Spartans are packing heavy these days -- they left San Jose, California, last Thursday for Hawaii, and then landed in Las Vegas around 6 a.m. Sunday. Because of COVID-19 restrictions back home in Santa Clara County, San Jose State might not leave until at least next weekend.