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Pat Hill out at Fresno State too

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“Anytime. Anywhere. Anyplace.”

No more.

Pat Hill, the longtime coach at Fresno State who was most famous for challenging BCS opponents on the field has been relieved of his coaching duties, according to an official school release. The word of Hill’s firing first came via 

Hill just finished his 15th season at Fresno State, a disappointing 4-9 campaign. Although he only won a single WAC title with FSU in 1999, Hill was a model of consistency throughout his career with the Bulldogs, averaging eight wins per year from 2007-10.

But, the Bulldogs hadn’t won a bowl game since 2007, and with the emergence of Boise State over the past decade, never even a shared WAC title in the past 10 years.

Earlier this season, Hill announced that defensive coordinator Randy Stewart was stepping down after a poor defensive showing, but that turned out to be only a mild adjustment that couldn’t save Hill’s job.

Hill compiled a 112-80 overall record at Fresno.

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12 Responses to “Pat Hill out at Fresno State too”
  1. tradeassociation says: Dec 4, 2011 7:25 PM

    Pat Hill’s downfall was when he was restricted from signing partial qualifiers. Hill used to sign partial qualifiers and JUCOs right and left, and had one of the fastest, most athletic rosters in college football as a result. Oddly, despite all that talent, Hill rarely won the WAC outright, and NFL teams generally shied away from drafting his players (despite Hill spending 5 years in the NFL as an assistant).

    Now though it does appear that Hill did a great job graduating players despite signing so many academically marginal student-athletes, he couldn’t compete on the football field without them.

    Hill also reminds me of the longtime Southern Miss head coach Jeff Bower. Both guys passed up several opportunities for big time jobs – and the big time money – in order to stay loyal to their smaller schools, only to not have that loyalty rewarded with long time job security. Bower in particular was fired after the 2007 season by Southern Miss despite not having had a losing season since 1993, and having won the C-USA East division and GMAC Bowl the prior year. And now Hill gets fired after going 9-4, 7-6, 8-5 and 8-5 in the 4 years prior to this one.

    Maybe Kevin Sumlin and Chris Peterson should take big time jobs over the “staying loyal” route after all …

  2. 1paulkemp1 says: Dec 4, 2011 7:58 PM

    Gracias a Dios!!!!

  3. superbronco77 says: Dec 4, 2011 8:02 PM

    heck of a coach…..a big program would be lucky to get him as an assistant!

  4. failcopter says: Dec 4, 2011 8:40 PM

    He underperformed with some great offensive talent. He also recruited poorly defensively.

  5. stockdogdca says: Dec 4, 2011 9:17 PM

    At least Coach Hill openly promoted his players to get them to the next level and pushed them academically. The head coach prior to him Jim Sweeney did neither, in fact he went out of his way to block his players from being drafted, monopolized academic time or even free agency opportunities. (yes, speaking from experience…) Regardless Coach Hill will make a comeback with a new team , I wish him well.

  6. smwright71 says: Dec 4, 2011 9:39 PM

    It was time for Pat Hill to go. Program was going down hill need a new face. Probably never be a power house again though. Recruited to many local players that were average players. No stars. Good luck Pat. Dad of a former player

  7. thekingdave says: Dec 4, 2011 10:09 PM

    Goodbye to one of the most overrated coaches in college football. I am very grateful to go through an offseason not hearing his name being mentioned for NCAA and NFL openings based on false hype.

  8. pr3zths says: Dec 5, 2011 3:38 AM

    Smwright71 you have no clue what your talking about. Pat Hill never recruited local talent. And if he did he would have left Fresno State a long time ago. Cliff Harris local. Relando Jefferson local, Ricky Manning Jr. Local. The list goes on this are all kids that he let get away who are all NFL prospects, coming out of high school. So Hill did a very poor job recruiting. For that alone he should have been fired years ago.

  9. iplaybad says: Dec 5, 2011 6:45 AM

    Yeah Hill sucked as a recruiter. He got effort guys to the NFL in spite of the fact that he could NEVER play for a national title.

    Sometimes a new voice needs to be heard. I get that. For what Hill accomplished, he deserves a hearty congrats. He probably should go back to the NFL.

  10. norcalirish says: Dec 5, 2011 9:55 AM

    Wasn’t his last home game a loss to SJSU?



  11. ontwitterbrandoncee says: Dec 6, 2011 4:03 PM

    Fresno, the Central Valley, Fresno St. and many others will always be grateful for what Pat Hill accomplished here in Fresno. He built a program that was nationally perceived as a mid-major powerhouse. He made Fresno St. a topic of discussion on television and in peoples homes throughout the nation. Pat Hill paved the way for Boise St., Univ. of Utah, Univ. of Hawaii, etc., to play in BCS bowls. We will always be grateful to him.

    However, Pat Hill’s tenure needed to end. He is a great motivator. He was tremendously loyal to the kids he coached. He can get kids to play their hearts out, but that only works for so long. Pat Hill lacks the Xs & Os knowledge or the will to use them. Hill’s teams consistently ran the same plays over and over both on defense and on offense. Hill’s team consistently struggled vs. spread offenses, time after time. Hill’s teams consistently would build leads only to see them slip away due to conservative play calling. Hill’s teams would play great vs. the big colleges in America and in the following weeks fall to teams such as Louisiana Tech, Nevada (before notoriety), etc..

    Hill’s errors were not just a one year incident. They were consistent. We’ve seen his errors year after year. But towards the end of his tenure the talent has faded, prize recruits are no longer landed, and the errors were polarized.

    Hill gave us a nice run. A run we can be proud of. A school and community we can be proud of. It’s was just time for change. A change much needed.

    —————————————————To the poster: tradeassociation (Post on Dec. 4th)
    Fresno State was loyal to Pat Hill. He was there 15 years, not 3,4,or 5. If that is not loyalty I don’t know what is.

  12. mrfootballxtraodinaire says: Dec 8, 2011 6:40 PM

    Seems as though only a few are truly from Fresno. Well Im from Fresno and PAT HILL has let so many talented local players get out of here and Clovis its ridiculous. Then I hear people sayin he opened the door for Boise St, Utah, and Hawaii…….No they opened their own doors by WINNING the WAC something which Pat Hill failed to do…….

    UTAH won the MWC so no he didnt open doors. He cant beat Boise St. cause they recruit right here in California isnt that amazing that an out of state college can get players to come there, that Pat Hill cant get to come here to Fresno?

    If he would recruit JUCO and local talent then he would fill the seats at the stadium as well. No one goes to Fresno St games cause WE have very few if any LOCAL players on the team. I knew the RB at McLane High personally he lead the valley in rushing M. Armstrong, and he wanted to go to Fresno St, but Pat Hill wanted him to play DB said he was to small….Size of your heart is what matters, and look at the new RB Rouse, he aint big, but I guess since he not from Fresno his size didnt matter…Pat Hill’s firing was long overdue. GET HIM OUT OF HERE!!!!

    They should have never let Jeff Tedford get out of here……..I HOPE THEY CONSIDER TRENT DILFER!!!!

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