Marek Warszawski

Warszawski: Fresno State hard-pressed to change subject from coaching failures

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Bee sports columnist Marek Warszawski and fresnobee.com's Jody Murray talk about Fresno State football's fifth straight loss, 56-14 to Utah State in the Bulldogs' homecoming game.
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Bee sports columnist Marek Warszawski and fresnobee.com's Jody Murray talk about Fresno State football's fifth straight loss, 56-14 to Utah State in the Bulldogs' homecoming game.

Enter the Warzone, easily digestible sports morsels.

▪ Football season at Fresno State is such a disaster zone that the No. 1 topic among fans and boosters has become the failures of the current coaching staff – and the appropriate remedy.

Once that happens, it takes a win or two to change subjects.

And there is absolutely no evidence of that.

▪ Tim DeRuyter sounded fiery and determined during Monday’s news conference, particularly when asked to address the mounting frustration with his program.

Question now is, are the players as fiery and determined?

▪ The most telling comments came not from DeRuyter but from freshman wideout Jamire Jordan, who called Zack Greenlee “the leader” of the offense.

You know, the same guy who got benched after being arrested and suspended.

▪ The announced attendance Saturday night was 30,540. By the fourth quarter, more like 540.

Jordan, in another candid moment, said he noticed the fans’ exit: “It begins with us. We have to give them a reason to come back.”

It begins with us. We have to give them a reason to come back.

Fresno State receiver Jamire Jordan, on the fans’ hasty exit during the 56-14 loss to Utah State

▪ DeRuyter declared Kilton Anderson as the starting quarterback “going forward,” so you know what that means:

Better fasten that chin strap, Jesse Hanckel.

▪ When it became clear the bartenders and cocktail waitresses around Washington’s campus knew more about Steve Sarkisian’s drinking habits than his bosses at USC, termination was the only option.

Athletic Director Pat Haden should be next.

▪ Either Haden was negligent in his coaching search and due diligence or he ignored the warning signs and enabled Sarkisian to continue drinking. This is on him.

▪ Some Bulldogs fans watching Sarkisian and Maryland’s Randy Edsall get fired midseason wonder why Fresno State doesn’t do the same to DeRuyter.

Millions and millions of reasons.

▪ At the exact moment Derek Carr threw his costly pick-six against the Broncos, a formation of Blue Angels flew above the Coliseum.

That jets defense is something.

At the exact moment Derek Carr threw his costly pick six against the Broncos, a formation of Blue Angels few above the Coliseum. That jets defense is something.

▪ Sure didn’t take long for Jim Harbaugh to remind everyone why so many NFL and college teams wanted him to be their head coach.

Except that one team that preferred Jim Tomsula.

▪ The 49ers actually played a little better Sunday. Well enough to lose with their heads held high.

▪ The MLB playoffs have been great theater, aside from a “slide” that was more like a leg whip.

Too bad Chase Utley wasn’t in the Dodgers lineup for Game 3. A Matt Harvey fastball would’ve left a mark.

▪ Watching Carlos Correa make no excuses for his botched double play grounder that helped the Royals’ five-run eighth was as impressive as his two home runs.

▪ The Grizzlies are selling Triple-A National Champions T-shirts and hats at their online team store.

Just in case you need a permanent reminder.

▪ Politicians in Sacramento have no business ordering people in Chowchilla and Tulare to change their high school mascot.

Regardless if the term “Redskins” is offensive.

Politicians in Sacramento have no business ordering people in Chowchilla and Tulare to change their high school nickname.

▪ For no particular reason: Bob Ojeda

▪ Time to reward Bulldogs fans who read this far looking for something positive:

This men’s basketball team has as much promise as we’ve seen in years.

▪ Despite recent revelations about insider trading in daily fantasy sports, not to mention the fact that 91.3 percent of the profits are won by 1.3 percent of the players, DraftKings and FanDuel enjoyed their biggest weekend ever.

This week’s promo code must’ve been: “Suckers”

The Warzone’s fantasies typically involve something other than sports. Delve into his subconscious at 559-441-6218, or @MarekTheBee.

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