Fresno State tight end Jared Rice, who played a larger role in Bulldogs passing game toward the end of 2017, will go into this season on the watch list for the Mackey Award. The Mackey is presented to the top tight end in the nation.
This year’s class of Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame inductees has a distinct Bulldogs flavor. Pat Hill, Logan Mankins, Shelly Stokes, Dot Jones and the 1959 and 2008 Bulldogs baseball teams to be enshrined.
Terry Tumey, the new athletic director at Fresno State, plans to reach out to former Bulldogs football coach Pat Hill. "He has put too much of his heart and soul into this place not to get his thoughts on direction and opportunities that may be here," Tumey said.
"Academics and athletics will rise together" might be a catchy slogan, but it doesn't in any way accurately reflect the current reality at Fresno State. The hiring of new athletic director Terry Tumey should allow President Joseph Castro to loosen his grip.
In taking athletic director position at Fresno State, Terry Tumey says on Monday, June 25, 2018, that he knows he has a big job in front of him. But university president Joseph Castro sees big things coming from Tumey's small-college background.
Fresno State president Joseph Castro is pumping an additional $1.6 million into the Bulldogs' athletics department, allowing new athletic director Terry Tumey to operate with a balanced budget. University support to the department is up to $19.1 million.
Fresno State president Joseph Castro has hired Terry Tumey as the Bulldogs' next athletics director. Tumey has been the AD at NCAA Division III Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps in Southern California since 2016. Tumey was previously AD at UC Davis.
After a year away from wrestling, school and home, Justin Mejia finds his way back to the valley and Fresno State. The 4-time California state champ at Clovis High School will resume his career with Fresno State, which restarted wrestling just last season.
The timing couldn't be more awkward. Just as Fresno State starts to line up a new athletic director, the previous one kicks over a wasp nest. Now Bulldogs fans will have a front-row seat to legal tussle between university and Jim Bartko.
Former Fresno State Athletic Director Jim Bartko says in a claim against Fresno State that he was forced to resign after being subjected to President Joseph Castro's "whisper campaign" and that the university should pay him $3 million in damages for emotional distress, defaming him and for "conscious disregard" for his legal rights.
Fresno State will start to interview the finalists for its athletics director position on Thursday, June 14. Four of five have been identified by multiple sources including interim AD Steve Robertello. Also: former Maryland AD Kevin Anderson, now interim AD at Cal State Northridge; UC Irvine AD Michael Izzi and Incarnate Word AD Brian Wickstrom.
Fresno State raked in more than $100,000 from beer sales at football, baseball and softball games in 2017-18, all without a spike in alcohol-related incidents at those venues. It is looking to streamline and perhaps expand sales next season.
In its search for a new athletic director, Fresno State is not contemplating raising student fees for athletics or dropping sports programs — moves that could alleviate financial pressures on the department.
Fresno State wideout KeeSean Johnson discusses the progress this spring working with quarterback Marcus McMaryion. Johnson last season was on the receiving end of eight of McMaryion's 14 touchdown passes.