By Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Athletics

    TANAGURA, Japan-- The Fresno State men's golf team is experiencing a wet start to their Centennial season.  Tropical storm Malou has rained out the original start for the Topy Cup.  The storm recorded rainfalls at 4 inches per hour in some areas.  The tournament was scheduled to begin on Thursday morning and has now been pushed back to start Friday morning.  The new plan is to play 36 holes on Friday and 18 holes on Saturday.

    The Bulldogs have been allowed to walk the course to see what they will be facing in the upcoming competition days.  They are in great spirits and still ready to play as soon as the course is clear.  The course is 7,127 yards with a par of 72. 

    Fresno State was one of four men's teams chosen from the United States to travel to Japan to compete in this 28th annual tournament.  The Japanese Golf Association paid for the Bulldogs' head men's golf coach Mike Watney and five student-athletes to travel to Tanagura for the Cup.  The five Bulldogs on the road are: Bhavik Patel, Bryan Hogan, Michael Gideon, Brian Sunker, and Nate Jessup. 

    The Topy Cup Tournament organizers plan to update scores every nine holes at www.topycup.com.  You can also check for updates at www.gobulldogs.com.     

     

    By Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Athletics

    The Save Mart Center is full of Bulldog spirit tonight.

    The Fresno State volleyball team is taking on their crosstown rivals, the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds, in their sixth annual exhibition match.  Last year the 'Dogs won their first sets against the Sunbirds and are ready to do even better this year.

    The Fresno State Bulldog Beat is also in the house tonight bringing more beat than ever to entertain all of the fans in the building.  They have two electric guitars and a drummer joining the traditional band to keep the Bulldog spirit in high gear.

    To hype up the showdown even more, the Bulldogs have established tonight as "Greek Night" to encourage sororities and fraternities to come out and support the team. 

    "This is our first volleyball game as a fraternity, but it definitely will not be our last," said Forrest from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.  "We have talked about this night at our last two meetings and all of our pledges are coming with signs.  We are excited to cheer on the volleyball team."

    Whichever Greek group has the most attendance at tonight's game will win a date with the entire volleyball team.

    Tonight is a great match because there are fans from all over the city of Fresno supporting these two great programs.  The stands are filled with red and orange and the cheering is rattling the walls.  The student-athletes are definitely feeling the pride for their schools in the atmosphere. 

    Be sure to check gobulldogs.com for live match updates throughout the evening.

    The cement has been poured and cinder blocks are stacking up! The Fresno State Swimming and Diving complex is coming together.

    4167797.jpegWith classes back in session on the Fresno State campus the team is back in the pool and working hard.  Their season begins October 15 when they head to the University of Pacific Invite in Stockton, Calif.

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    Stay updated on all the Bulldogs swimming and diving news with gobulldogs.com. Be sure to keep checking back with the blog for more pictures as the pool project keeps progressing.

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    Pop and Rock fans of the 80's probably remember Colin Hay of Men at Work  singing of vegemite sandwiches in a place where women glow and men plunder.  Contrary to the belief of some, Australia is a bit more than "g'day"s" and "Shrimp on the barbies."  In fact, there are a plethora of fun facts about Australia that probably go unnoticed.  For example, no part of the country is more than 621 miles from the ocean or a beach. Conversely, the Australian Alps, also known as the Snowy Mountains, receive more snow than Switzerland.  Australia is home to the largest cattle ranch (station) in the world at 30,028 sq. kilometers, roughly the size of the entire country of Belgium. 

    Thanks to Katie Johnson of University Communications for creating this great postgame video and helping us tonight communicate with our fans.

    Join us on Oct. 2 for the next home football game.

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics

     

    A jolt of energy surged into Bulldog Stadium late in the first half when Fresno State used their fight and determination to claw even with the visiting Cincinnati Bearcats.

     

    The game of football draws on emotions and heart.  Ryan Colburn is now in his sixth year with the Fresno State program and waited patiently for his chance to lead his hometown team.

     

    Tonight, he steadied the ship solidly during the first half of play and tossed two late touchdowns with under two and half minutes before the break.  But it was the relentless fire of the Bulldog defense that ignited the spark to show the nation the essence of Bulldog football.

     

    Before the game, fans at Bulldog Stadium got their first look at a new video that highlighted the definition of Bulldog football:

     

    "Tough, Hard Nosed, Aggressive, Fundamental Football played with fanatical effort for as long as it takes to win... and leave no doubt!"

     

    The resolve shown by the 'Dogs to stay focused and continue to battle on this hot Fresno night is just one of the many examples of why Fresno State is the pride of the San Joaquin Valley.

     

    The Bulldogs love playing before the nation and tonight is another opportunity to see the heart of this team.

    By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics


    The Pat Hill Era has been built for this moment.

     

    The Bulldogs kickoff the 2010 season with the first of seven home games and welcome two-time defending Big East champion Cincinnati to Bulldog Stadium on a hot September evening.

     

    When tonight's kickoff is sent high into the Fresno sky, it will be 7 p.m. here on the West Coast and 10 p.m. back in Ohio, the home state of the visiting Bearcats.  The temperature is 30 degrees warmer here at Bulldog Stadium than it is in Cincinnati.

     

    As a university, Fresno State is also celebrating the centennial academic year.  Fresno State Normal School was founded back in 1911 and over the past 100 years has become the premier institution powering the New California.  To honor the history of the institution, the centennial logo is painted on the west and east sides of the 50-yard lines of Jim Sweeney Field.

     

    The 'Dogs traditional red and white checkerboard end zones define the north and south ends of the green grass surface.  The checkerboard design symbolizes Purina dog food and the idea that Bulldogs want to spend their time in the end zones so they can chow down.

     

    This year's season opener will feature a variety of in-game honors including the recognition of two former Bulldog student-athletes (Paul George and Ryan Mathews) who were selected in the first round of the NBA and NFL drafts at the end of the third quarter as well as a pregame ceremony for all 2009-10 WAC championship teams and individuals.

     

    Make sure to watch the game live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

    Fresno State's Paul Ladwig, Associate Athletics Director of Marketing and Promotions, recently made a trip down to San Diego to see former Bulldog Ryan Mathews in his NFL debut and saw a couple other 'Dogs while he was there.

    Three former Bulldog football players graced the field at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego during the 2010 NFL pre-season.

    Thumbnail image for 4147502.jpegQuarterback Billy Volek, wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, and running back Ryan Mathews are all former Bulldogs and are now competing for the San Diego Chargers at the professional level.

    "They looked and carried themselves like professional NFL athletes when they took the field," said Ladwig. "You could see they were dialed in with an intense focus before the game."

     "Around the stadium I saw red #21 Fresno State jerseys and #24 Charger jerseys," said Ladwig. "Ryan Mathews is already making an impact on the team and the public. He has great potential to be an NFL superstar."

    4147500.jpeg"He looked honored to be there as he was announced into Qualcomm Stadium. And besides Philip Rivers, Ryan received the biggest excitement from the fans," remembered Ladwig.

    "Mathews exuded an attitude of appreciation towards the fans and enjoyed being there," Ladwig explained. "He played the first half, and the best play came on a carry when Ryan put his head down and plowed through a surprised Bear, Brian Urlacher."    

    4147497.jpegHe was humble and happy to be there and at the conclusion of the game you could see this as he waved goodbye to the fans," Ladwig remembered.

    4147499.jpegThe proud moment for Paul Ladwig came seeing "all three Bulldogs, all Chargers, all on offense, and all in the game at the same time; I am positive that has never happened in an NFL huddle before."

    4147445.jpegFresno State wants to thank Dr. Chris Dobbins of PetER for the photos from the game. Fresno State also thanks Dr. Dobbins and his staff for their care of Victor E. Bulldog.

    BDay WishesBy Allison Slater / Fresno State Athletics


    Do you want to surprise that special someone with a birthday wish during a Fresno State football game?

    This year, Bulldog fans can celebrate with their own custom birthday message on an official Fresno State video board!  You can submit requests by calling 559.278.1049 or e-mailing aslater@csufresno.edu, at least two days prior to the desired game date.

    We can run up to ten fan birthday messages and they will be displayed on a first come-first served basis, once payment is received.

    • The cost is $50 per message
    • Messages are limited to 85 characters
    • Messages will be presented on the south end zone matrix board during the game

    Don't miss your chance to give your favorite Bulldog fan a birthday they will always remember!

    Please submit your request and/or check (made payable to Fresno State Athletics) to:

    Fresno State Sports Marketing Department
    ATTN: Allison Slater
    5048 N. Jackson
    Fresno, CA. 93740

    *Or to pay by credit card, call 559.278.1049



    Apparently it's not too soon to project which teams will be heading to bowl games at the end of the 2010 season.

    With the start of the college football season this week two ESPN experts, Mark Schlabach and Andrea Adelson, made their bowl picks and both have the Dogs in postseason bowl games. The two reporters are on the opposite end of the bowl schedule spectrum, one predicting the Dogs will play in the first bowl game of the season and the other in the last non-BCS bowl game.

    Schalbach predicts the Dogs will be in the New Mexico Bowl and will play Mountain West Conference opponent Wyoming on Dec. 18.

    Adelson thinks the Dogs will be playing in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on January 9, 2011 against Pac-10 opponent Oregon State. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, in addition to a new corporate partner, has tied itself to the WAC and will feature a team from the WAC against a team from the Pac-10.

    ESPN scheduled the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl the night before the BCS Championship game.

    Of the two scenarios, Schalbach's seems least likely. It's doubtful that the New Mexico Bowl would like to have the same team three years running and even less likely they want a repeat match-up of bowl opponents from the 2009 game. While it was a very entertaining game and drew great television ratings, bowl games try to avoid rematches.

    The Dogs have had great experiences in New Mexico the last two years and the fans there have welcomed the Dogs with open arms.

    Maisel's Three-Point Stance
    ESPN's Ivan Maisel also had some interesting comments on this three-point stance column this week about BYU's move to independence and Cincinnati's preparation for Saturday's game against the Bulldogs.