Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Was It a Ploy...? Who Cares, He's Staying!

In his press conference this morning, Pat Hill said he would stay on as head coach of Fresno State. Athletic Director Thomas Boeh also announced a contract extension for Hill until 2010. Did Hill want to stay in Fresno the entire time, but was just looking for an extension? Hill is beloved by Bulldog fans, but many have become disgruntled with his inability to win an outright WAC title. Did Boeh sit down with Hill after the Liberty Bowl loss and discuss how important a conference title is? Did Hill tell him the program is still going in the right direction? Did Boeh put some pressure on Hill to win a WAC title in 06 or else? Did Hill call him on it and began looking at the potential NFL offers? Who knows, or who cares? Hill be around for at least one more season, and hopefully in his 10th year everything will come together.

First things first, Hill needs to solidify his recruits, pick up the few on the fence, and maybe steal one or two from the big boys. LOI day in February 1, and spring practice is just around the corner. The football opener has yet to be finalized. There is an open date on September 2. Virginia Tech ended talks of a game, and Iowa, LSU and Georgia seemed to have all filled their open dates. A game against a IAA California school could be possible, maybe Sacramento State. If the September 2 date is not filled then the September 9 game against Oregon will be the home opener. 25 years ago Fresno State dedicated newly built Bulldog Stadium with a win over the Ducks.

06 WAC title or bust.

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