Twitter lights up with memories of Jim Sweeney

The Fresno BeeFebruary 8, 2013 

Remembering Jim Sweeney

Fans, friends and Fresno State faithful react on Twitter to the death of former Fresno State football coach Jim Sweeney.

Storified by Jody Murray· Fri, Feb 08 2013 22:41:53

It saddens me to say but the greatest coach of Fresno State Bulldogs football, Jim Sweeney, has just passed away.... Jordan
Sad to hear of the Passing of one of my Former Coaches. Jim Sweeney instilled a lot of things in me. A True ... NIELSEN
Jim Sweeney, the great Fresno State coach and Fresno Athletic Hall of Famer, has died. He was 83. #prepblitzAndy Boogaard
I have Fresno State in my blood so I am sad I hear passing of Jim Sweeney, greatest coach in Fresno football history. #Bulldog SpiritChris Aguirre
One of Fresno State's greatest coaches died today. We will miss you Coach Jim SweeneyLIZ HARRISON
Sweeney coached Bulldogs football 19 years, marching them out of Ratcliff Stadium and into Bulldog Stadium #prepblitzAndy Boogaard
Thoughts and prayers with the Sweeney family tonight. Former Bulldogs Head Coach Jim Sweeney passed away. A football legend. Gonna miss him.George Takata
Our thoughts and prayers to Coach Jim Sweeney who has passed away at age 83. #BulldogBornBulldogBred #legendSanger Apaches
Rest in peace Jim Sweeney... Great coach and man. The Central Valley never had a greater ambassador for football. #truelegendBrett Pape
Sad to hear of death of Jim Sweeney,who won 200 games,including a great run at Fresno State from 1980-96. Coached a lot of great players...Joe Davidson
Sorry to hear former Fresno, Washington State Coach Jim Sweeney passed away. Many coaches who coached under him, later did very well.Ray Hagar
Shout out to the man that made Fresno St Football! RIP JIM Sweeney!!!#bulldogbornbulldogbredchris redwave
RIP Jim Sweeney. You built an amazing family and football legacy.laura
RIP Coach Jim Sweeney. The #RedWave will always hold your memory with reverence. Thank you for all that you gave for Fresno State.Fresno State QB Club
Salute Jim Sweeney! Laid the foundation!chris oviedo
Very sad. Jim Sweeney was a legend. RIP, coachBrian Floyd
Sad to hear about the passing of former Fresno State coach Jim Sweeney. 200 wins + impacted countless lives. Prayers to his wonderful familySteve Weakland
Wasn't in Fresno during Sweeney's reign but I did snap this iPhone photo of him & my buddy Arpie lst fall. #RIP Kohlruss
Thanks for all the great memories Coach Jim Sweeney. RIPJonathan Pantages
RIP Coach Jim Sweeney! Thank you for all the wonderful memories! #BulldogBornBulldogBred #FresnoState #RedWaveHector Valladares
It's a sad day for Fresno. Let alone the football program. Legendary coach Jim Sweeney passed away tonight.Abram Torres
Thanks Coach Sweeney. You put #FresnoState on the map no doubt. We'll never forget. Fresno lost a true Bulldog tonight.Frank Chimienti
RIP Coach Sweeney. I was blessed to have known such a great man. My father wouldn't have made it as far without his mentorship. #BulldogsÉlon Paige
RIP Jim Sweeney. One of the greatest Fresno State Coaches ever! Fresno State wouldn't be what it is because of you!Kyle Jensen
RIP to one of my Dads favorite guys to talk football with... Coach Jim Sweeney the great man who put Bulldog football on the mapJordan Brown
Just announced at the Fresno State Baseball Wall of Fame dinner: there will be a public memorial for Coach Sweeney at Bulldog Stadium soonAndrew Marden
RIP Jim Sweeney, local legend, it's called Jim Sweeney Field for a reason.Spencer
Fresno State just lost Coach Sweeney, probably the greatest Football coach who ever lived here in the Central Valley. May he rest in peace.© Edgar Baltazar ®
RIP to legendary football coach Jim Sweeney. Greatly influenced coaches like Dennis Erickson, Mike Price & Jeff Tedford. My pops adored him.Bo Moos
@kylenegrete loved sitting with coach Sweeney at fresno state football games as a little kid. So cool listening to him talk about the game!Sean Silva
Heart is broken. 'Bulldog born, Bulldog bred, gonna be a Bulldog 'til the day im dead'. Thanks, coach Sweeney. #FresnoState #GoDogsTammy J.
I once saw Jim Sweeney get into it at a football game with some drunk fan cussing way too much infront of kids...Spencer
Former #WSU FB coach Jim Sweeney died at 83 in #Fresno where he led FSU for decades. I was main anchor in Fresno during his glory years.Keith Eldridge
Rest In Peace, Coach Sweeney ... "I've got that Bulldog Spirit deep in my heart."darryl howerton
Jim Sweeney's biggest win: the 1992 Freedom Bowl - here's the @LATimes article "Fresno Teaches USC Humility 101": Moore
My thoughts and prayers are with the Sweeney family. What an honor it is to follow his legacy. #NoDogsDown DeRuyter
Thoughts go out to the Sweeney Family. Thanks Jim for building the foundation of Bulldog Football! @FSAthleticsIsaac Navarro
RIP Jim Sweeney. You're impact on Fresno State football will never go unnoticed.Joey Fonseca
Wowwwwwww RIP jim sweeney! He wrote me my 1st autograph when I was 7Marc Wood
Great clip of Jim Sweeney talking about his son and Dogs QB Kevin Sweeney in 1985. Starts at 49 seconds in: Moore
My grandfather was a great football coach and an even better man. Now he rejoices in Heaven. I'm so proud to be Coach Sweeney's grandson.Kyle Negrete
RIP Coach Jim Sweeney. You inspired countless young Bulldogs to be the men we are today. Fresno State will miss you. Molale
FB: Legendary Fresno State Coach Jim Sweeney Passes Away. He was 83 years old. St. Bulldogs
Condolences to @kylenegrete and his family on the passing of his grandfather, the legendary coach Jim Sweeney.
Fresno State mourns the loss of our legendary former Coach Sweeney. He loved our student-athletes & Fresno State. State
This is a poster that Jim Sweeney signed for me it says " to Jonathan Fresno state wants you, and I want… peart
WSU lost a great Cougar tonight. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Coach Jim Sweeney.WSU Cougars
#RIP Coach Jim Sweeney. A legend who built Fresno State football.Cameron Worrell
Never forget taking knee next to Sweeney in locker room before game at Tulsa as he led team in Lord's Prayer. ...John Nicholson
I don't like seeing anybody sad, but I know my dads hurting right now after losing Coach Sweeney. He meant the world to him. Cameron Hudson
Jim Sweeney was so much more then a coach to me,he was a man that Iloved ,respected and taught me how to win on and off the football fieldLorenzo Neal

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