July 2010 Archives

    For the third straight year, the WAC football preview is being held at Salt Lake City's Hilton Airport in.

    The kickoff to the football season each year can many times be linked to the annual media days. The WAC Preview kicked today and the Big 12 media days are being held Dallas. Last week, the SEC took center stage in Hoover, Ala.

    Media day is a gathering of all of the coaches, selected players and all of the media that cover college football. They take over a hotel and in the lobbies, conference rooms they chat football. Talk centers around the upcoming season and a variety of issues in college sports. It's a time when the coaches and media can actually spend time talking about the sport they love. During the season, deadlines are looming and coaches don't have as much time to devote to the media as the media members would like.

    The stressors of the college season take over for the student-athletes and coaches, so this low-key setting is generally a fun event. In years past coaches and media members have played golf together and there have been some highly competitive card games in the evening.

    Pat Hill and senior All-WAC defensive end Chris Carter are representing Fresno State at this year's event. Some of the other key WAC players here are: Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State; Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada; Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii; Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose State and Nate Enderle, QB, Idaho.

    Fresno State, Boise State and Nevada coaches and student-athletes will do all of their interviews Monday afternoon.

    Former Bulldog golf standout Kevin Sutherland continues to perform well on the PGA Tour, where he has earned nearly $15 million in career earnings.

    Sutherland, competing in the Canadian Open, shot a round of 62 on Friday, the lowest round in his career. On his scorecard he made seven birdies and one eagle at the St. George Golf and Country Club in Toronto.

    He is 5-under par for the tournament after an opening round of 73 and is tied for 20th place heading into the weekend, four shots off the lead. Sutherland has one career PGA tour victory to his credit and ranks No. 83 in the Fed Ex Cup standings. His best finish this season was  a tie for 10th place at the Zurich Bank of New Orleans tournament.

    One of Fresno State's most respected alumni, former Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn, died Thursday at the age of 73.

    Guinn, an Exeter, Calif., native earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fresno State, where he also played on the Bulldog football team. He earned a letter for the Bulldogs in 1958.

    There was a wonderful tribute to Guinn from the Las Vegas Sun.

    The 2010 college football season is drawing near. The Bulldog football players report to training camp on August 4 and the first game is 31 days later.

    One blogger picked Pat Hill among the top coaches that has yet to win a national championship. Hill is in some pretty good company.






    The Orlando Sentinel is ranking the college football teams for this season and had some nice things to say about the Bulldogs.


    The most recent issued of the Sporting News talked to an NFL scouting director about dealing with the various college coaches and programs. Among the 10 coaches mentioned, Fresno State's Pat Hill was singled out.


    Pat Hill

    "An excellent leader who is all about his players, Hill gets the most production from the least talent.  You always know: He will find a way to in."


    Other coaches mentioned in the article:


    Nick Saban, Alabama

    "He is all about football, and you feel footyball fever as soon as you walk into the building. His staff is excellent, and his practices are crisp. You always know: Saban will be working with the secondary."


    Urban Meyer, Florida

    "The characteristics that best describe Meyer are polished, compulsive, detailed and competitive. You always know: He will stress competing until the final whistle."


    Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

    "All the resources a scout need to get his job done are here. Stoops is a good recruiter, his support staff is open and inviting, and Oklahoma has talented players year after year. You always know: You will have to leave practice near the end of the first hour."


    By: Alyssa Chambers/Athletics Communications

    Former Bulldog All-American pitcher Jamie Southern is in her fifth year in the National Pro Fastpitch league. She was drafted by the Chicago Bandits as the No. 5 overall pick in 2005 and is currently a member of the Akron Racers. Follow Southern here: http://akronracers.org/index.php.


    By: Alyssa Chambers/Athletics Communications

    Fans can check out new pictures of the swimming pool project in the photo gallery by clicking here: http://www.gobulldogs.com/view.gal?id=73433

    Also watch live feed of the pool project for free through BSNet (formerly All-Access).


    Thumbnail image for 4052006.jpegSo here we are again, time for the newest update on all things Fresno State Women's Basketball . . .

         July has arrived and Willie Nelson is the inspiration for the latest segment of "Just Being Frank."  Several things could come to mind when thinking of one of the all-time greatest country crooners in American Music history.  Long hair, headbands, and his iconic status in the world of going green, all while delivering some of the greatest ballads with Waylon, Johnny Cash, etc., come to mind for me.    All these things are definitely Willie, but as I type this while in air- transit from Oregon City to Chicago, I keep thinking of the tune, "On the Road Again."   What better way to express the joy and excitement of the July evaluation period than reciting the lyrics:

    By: Alyssa Chambers/Athletics Communications

    Fresno State's most decorated volleyball player returns to the Western Athletic Conference as an assistant coach at Nevada.

    Ruth Lawanson will be the top assistant under head coach Devin Scruggs after two season's at the Air Force Academy. Lawanson has also had coaching stints at Angelo State and Purdue after six year's at Fresno State.

    From 1981-84 as a student-athlete, Lawanson was a part of the greatest Fresno State volleyball team as the 'Dogs finished fifth at the NCAA Tournament her senior year. She became the first Bulldog ever to earn NCAA Division I All-America honors and was a three-time team MVP for the Bulldogs (1982-84). She still holds career records for kills (962) and season records for kills (488) and services aces (55).

    At the conclusion of her stellar FS playing career, Lawanson became the first female athlete in the history of Fresno State to have her jersey retired. She was also the first athlete in a sport other than football and only the fourth athlete overall to receive that honor from Fresno State.


    Bulldog junior golfer Bhavik Patel is in contention at the Sahalee Players Championship after the first day. Patel (70-68--138) shot a 6-under par round for 36 holes on Wednesday at the Sahalee Country Club Home Course in Du Pont, Wash. He's in third place, two shots behind leader Andrew Putman, a U.S Open qualifier, and five shots head of defending champion Nick Taylor, an All-American from Washington and the world's No. 1 ranked amateur.


    Patel made nine birdies over the two rounds and played the Par 5 holes at 5-under par.  He will be playing Thursday with Putnam and Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State, who are at 136 and 137, respectively.

    Last summer Patel reached the semi-final round of the U.S. Amateur championship in Tulsa, Okla.

    Some notable past champions in the 17 years have included Trent Whitekiller, Daniel Summerhays, Kyle Stanley, Ryan Moore, Arron Oberholser, Jason Gore, and Casey Martin. The Home Course in DuPont, Washington will host this year's championship due to Sahalee Country Club hosting this summer's U.S. Senior Open. The Home Course is the Assisting Course for the 2010 U.S. Amateur this to be played at Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Wash.

    The Pacific Northwest Golf Association joined with Sahalee Country Club 10 years ago to create the "Western Swing" with the PNGA Men's Amateur Championship. The Sahalee Players Championship is the first leg of the swing, with the PNGA Men's Amateur being played the week after.



    The 2010 Bulldog football season is fast approaching and Fresno State's Pat Hill has been recognized for his coaching ability.

    Hill was ranked No. 6 in a listing of the top Non-AQ (Automatic Qualifier) coaches by Rivals.com. It was a list of the Top 15 coaches from the non-BCS conference schools.


    Utah's Kyle Whittingham was first on the list followed by Boise State's Chris Petersen. Peterson, Hill and Nevada's Chris Ault, No. 9 on the list, were the three WAC coaches on the list.

    "Hill has made Fresno State into a nationally respected program with the mantra to "play anybody, anytime, anywhere." He's the longest tenured coach on this list, entering his 14th season in his job with a 100-66 mark. No, Hill hasn't taken Fresno State to a BCS bowl, and his Bulldogs haven't won the WAC since 1999. But he's also had to work with resources that pale compared to his peers," Tom Dienhart, Rivals.com .

    Among Hill's accomplishments include producing three NFL first round draft picks during his career, most recently Ryan Mathews who was No. 12 overall in the 2010 draft by the San Diego Chargers and his ability to raise the academic reputation of the program. This past year Fresno State had a school record 18 student-athletes named to the Academic All-WAC team, two Academic All-Americans (Anderw Jackson and Robert Malone) and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award winner (Moses Harris).

    Hill and the Bulldogs open the 2010 season Sept. 4 at home against defending Big East Champion Cincinnati. Season tickets for the 2010 season now are available.

    By: Simon Thibodeau/ Women's Tennis Coach

    Wimbledon is always a great event to watch. There is so much history and class surrounding this event. I have been to Wimbledon only once in 2003 and was amazed about how vast and big the site was. There is always thousands of people watching the match on a giant screen on Henman hill. I was coaching at that time two canadian juniors. I had the chance to speak with Martina Navratilova in the gym, it was a great honor since I had helped Martina's doubles game during a training camp in Arizona the previous year.

    I was disapointed to see my favorite player Roger Federer wasnt able to win his seventh Wimbledon Championship, which would surpass his record of six titles that he shares with Pete Sampras. The longest match ever between Mahut and Isner has been an incredible event, not just for tennis but for the entire world of sports. It is amazing to see how fit these guys are and winning 70-68 in the 5th set in an 11 hours match is something that we won't see in 100 years!

    Fun fact: The women's finalist Vera Zvonareva was coached by the same coach as Anastasia Petukhova when they were younger in Moscow.

    I welcome all the Fresno tennis fans to start any chats on this blog and look forward to speaking with you....


    Division I women's volleyball added for 2010-11 academic year

    As announced at the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship in December 2009, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award will be given in women's volleyball for the first time during the 2010 championship. The addition of women's volleyball brings to 10 the total number of sports in which the award is given. Nominations are due for volleyball candidates by August 9. The first candidate list will be released around the middle of August.


    Nine awards presentations. Nine deserving student-athletes. Well rounded. Active in their communities. Excellent in the classroom. Leaders on and off the field.

    For nine years, the Senior CLASS Award has been given in recognition of NCAA Division I student-athletes who honor their four-year commitment to a university. As the award program has grown to include a title sponsor and eight more sports, recognition as a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner has been special to the 42 student-athletes who have been honored with it to date.