Watch coach Wiggins during his KMPH segment last week during the Great Day Morning Show. 

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    Shakespeare said it best . . . "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."   

    You see, it's not the name that makes the player, but the player that makes the name.  Throughout the life of this blog, I've been questioned several times about which player is which, how they got their nickname, what does the nickname mean, etc.  Well peeps, welcome to the first annual "What's in a Name" blog.  Today's writings will deal with the who's who of the women's basketball program and how you can stay "in the 'No" with the nickname references of your favorite player. *

    *= Author's note: Bonus points to those of you who caught the "In the 'No" reference!  You are truly the wind beneath my wings! 



    The excitement started early Friday morning as the kick off to Fresno State football began with a slew of early morning radio and television broadcasts live at Bulldog Stadium.

    The coverage of the 2010-2011 Bulldog season launched into action at 5 a.m., with the KMPH Great Day morning show and continued from there as six radio stations and four television groups weighed in on the ins and outs of the highly anticipated seven-home game season that will be underway Sept. 4 at home against Big East Champion Cincinnati.

    Many Valley media members pitched their tents and camped out at the stadium to interview head coach Pat Hill and quarterback Ryan Colburn along with other leading starters to dig into the action that is to come on the field. Radio stations covering today's events include KMJ 580, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio with Paul Swearingen, and the morning show with Jennifer Lipp on 105.1 The Blaze.

    The Fresno State spirit squad and dance team, along with Time Out and Victor E. Bulldog also took to the field with the team for great photo opportunities to help bring out the spirit that is Fresno State and rev up fans for an exciting season.


    BULLDOG FOOTBALL AND FRESNO BEE PRODUCE FAN SPECIAL

    The Fresno Bee, in collaboration with the Fresno State Athletic Communications office, will once again offer fans a great way to learn all about the Bulldogs before they hit the field Sept. 4 with their special edition section and preview that will run Saturday, August 28.

    The publication will include features from in-depth interviews with players and coaches, previews, biographies, depth chart, a season overview with a look into the competition and all the useful game day information from stadium maps to concessions, ticket prices and parking.  This will be a fan's hot commodity this season with a seven-home game schedule and Centennial Celebration of the University.

    This special section insert will also include photos and an intricate look into the true guts of Bulldog football, some stories behind the scenes and into the lives of student-athletes, and even a look into the life of the living Bulldog himself, Victor E. Bulldog.   This is a true fan's guide to Bulldog football, so look for your 2010 special edition of the Fresno State Bulldogs in the coming weeks.

    Check out the progress Fresno State is making on the new swimming and diving complex:

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    You can also view the contruction live:
    http://www.gobulldogs.com/allaccess/index.html?media=183063

    Football is season is fast approaching... Do you have your tickets? Here is a picture of the newest Bulldog football billboards that can be seen around Fresno.  The billboard features head coach Pat Hill, the Jackson family of Clovis, Calif. and Bob and Linda Duncan.

    The Bulldogs open the season at home against Cincinnati on Sept. 4 and have six more homes games after that, which is the most since the 1994 season.

    Mini plan packages are available now through the Bulldog ticket office. Four-game mini plan includes the Cincinnati game and any other three homes games for $185 or the three-game mini plan, which includes Cincinnati and any other two home games for $150. 5590518.jpeg Click here to get tickets! 

    Football is season is fast approaching... Do you have your tickets? Here is a picture of the newest Bulldog football billboards that can be seen around Fresno.  The billboard features head coach Pat Hill, the Jackson family of Clovis, Calif. and Bob and Linda Duncan.

    The Bulldogs open the season at home against Cincinnati on Sept. 4 and have six more homes games after that, which is the most since the 1994 season.

    Mini plan packages are available now through the Bulldog ticket office. Four-game mini plan includes the Cincinnati game and any other three homes games for $185 or the three-game mini plan, which includes Cincinnati and any other two home games for $150. 5590518.jpeg Click here to get tickets! 

    Fresno State Strength and Conditioning coach Andy Bennett spends many hours with the football team in the summer preparing the team for the start of the upcoming 2010 season. Recently Bennett and his staff was featured by KSEE 24.

    To view the story
    http://www.ksee24.com/sports/bulldoginsider/Summer-Training-Days--99286209.html

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    Former Bulldog Ryan Mathews, the No. 12 pick of the 2010 NFL draft of the San Diego Chargers signed with his team Sunday. His contract is worth over $25 million.

    The San Diego Union Tribune has a special on Mathews and an video interview after his first practice.

    Mathews, the NCAA rushing leader for the Bulldogs in 2009 as a junior, entered the NFL draft in April and was selected by the Chargers. San Diego moved up 16 spots in the draft by trading up to select Mathews.

    The Bulldog football team will open its fall camp on Wednesday when the student-athletes report for orientation. The first practice will be Thursday morning at 9 a.m.  at the team's practice facility adjacent to Bulldog Stadium.

    Tickets for the 2010 season, including  season tickets, are available on gobulldogs.com.


     

    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.