Welcome to new Fresno State Bulldog head football coach Tim DeRuyter. Coach DeRuyter has a tough job following a legend. Yes, Pat Hill at least in the coaching community, is a legend. Hill went 112-80, and went to 11 bowl games, yet so many in Fresno wanted him out. I never got it. I guess I am big into things like team graduation rates over 80%, a new practice field, new weight room and meal plans for the players. Hill also recruited good citizens and made players better men than when they first hit the campus.
Coach Hill took players not heavily recruited and turned many into NFL players. These are the foundational building blocks that Hill built and DeRuyter and his staff inherits.
DeRuyter will make some needed changes however. He will institute a spread offense. It was way overdue. He will implement an attacking 3-4 defense he employed as D-Coordinator at Texas A&M. Coach DeRuyter hired a solid staff, including former NFL, USC and Edison High coach Tim McDonald. Great hire. DeRuyter will recruit JC players, something Hill rarely would do. While Hill did recruit the Valley, he had the reputation of not recruiting the few blue chippers hard.
Overall, there should be some positive changes. In the end Hill was not appreciated by the fans that voted with their feet and stayed away from home games. It is all about winning, getting into a BCS bowl game and making money for the university.
Hey, Boise State was ranked No. 7, lost one game to a ranked team on a last second field goal, and played in Las Vegas against a 6-6 Pac-12 team. A No. 7 ranking in the polls and no BCS bowl invite? You are kidding yourself if you think Fresno State will ever get into a BCS game. The Dogs are a mid-major program, get used to it. For me, I'm a homer. I support my 'Dogs regardless of their record.
Congratulations to Badger senior volleyball player Riley Cooks. Cooks was selected Second Team All-Valley by the Fresno Bee. It is a great honor. The Badger volleyball program continues to produce. No program in YHS history has won more CIF titles (8), although the girls basketball program and the baseball team has brought home four section titles each team. The football and softball programs have one each in school history.
It was great seeing former Bulldog and Granite Hills High (Porterville) grad (2004) Bear Pascoe for being a part of a streaking New York Giants team that took apart the Packers last Sunday. Pascoe, a tight end, who was drafted by the Niners and released, returns to San Francisco in what will be a great NFC championship game.
We know that Yosemite graduate Katie Menton is tearing it up on the basketball court at Pepperdine, but check out what the tandem of former Badgers Jenay Herring and Sienna Gonzales are doing down the road at Fresno Pacific University. Herring and Gonzales are a huge part of a 10-7 Sunbird team.
To date, Herring is leading the team in points per game (15.8), assists and steals. Herring had a high opening season game of 30 against La Sierra and has scored in double figures in 13 of her 17 games. Gonzales is averaging 7.2 points and has been a key contributor. Gonzales had a high of 14 points vs. Azusa Pacific. Between them, the sophomore tandem accounts for nearly one third of the Sunbird points per game.