September 2, 1990 |
After starting the last five seasons with losses, Cal State Fullerton finally won a season opener, defeating Sonoma State, 38-24, Saturday before 2,091 in Santa Ana Stadium. However, the Titans lost their starting tailback, Deon Thomas, who suffered severe ligament damage to his left knee and will be sidelined for the season. They also lost the only returning starter on their offensive line, guard Shannon Illingworth, who suffered a hyper-extended elbow and will be out for at least three weeks.
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July 28, 1990 |
Mike Pringle, a former Cal State Fullerton football star who faces misdemeanor assault charges in a nightclub brawl in which another player was shot, may avoid a trial by agreeing to three years of probation, his attorney and the prosecutor said Friday. James Sims Jr., Pringle's attorney, said he expects that a deal will be worked out by Tuesday, the scheduled date for the opening of his client's trial.
November 27, 1990
San Jose State tailback Sheldon Canley was named Big West Conference offensive player of the year, Spartan linebacker Lynell Mayo and Fresno State free safety Marquez Pope shared defensive player of the year honors, and San Jose's Terry Shea was named coach of the year in a vote of conference coaches Monday. Cal State Fullerton running back Reggie Yarbrough, punter Phil Nevin and defensive lineman Gary Thornton made the second team.
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April 24, 1990 |
Cal State Fullerton football star Michael Pringle had three other brushes with the law in the past year before he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an off-duty police officer at a Fullerton nightclub last week, police and court records show. Pringle, 22, a running back who was the Big West Conference offensive player of the year last season, was selected Monday by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the National Football League draft.
September 30, 1990 |
If Saturday night's Big West Conference opener against Fresno State was "the game of the year," as Cal State Fullerton coaches and players built it up to be, then the Titans won't have much else to look forward to in 1990. Fresno State whipped Fullerton, 38-3, before 33,624 in Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs (5-0) threw everything they had at Fullerton (1-4), leaving the Titans practically defenseless.
February 11, 1988
El Toro High School, a two-time Southern Conference football champion, had four players sign national letters of intent with major colleges Wednesday to head the Class of '88 among Orange County high schools. Quarterback Bret Johnson, named the state's player of the year by Cal-Hi Sports of Sacramento, and defensive tackle Cory Wayland both signed with UCLA. Defensive back Adam Brass signed with Arizona State and nose guard Adam DeMalignon signed with Utah.
August 30, 1990 |
Gene Murphy enters his second decade as Cal State Fullerton's football coach much the way he began his first decade with the Titans--in the dark. When Murphy began preparing for the 1980 season, his first at Fullerton, he had no idea how good--or bad--his team was and how his players would perform under game pressure. Ditto for 1990. The Titans return only four defensive starters, two offensive starters, and 21 lettermen from a 1989 team that went 6-4-1.
August 25, 1992 |
It was a day of comings and goings at Raider headquarters in El Segundo. Going out Monday were eight players who were cut, including veteran running back Vance Mueller. Coming in was Neal Allen, agent for defensive lineman Greg Townsend, who has yet to report because of a contract dispute. Allen huddled with Raider officials late Monday, but no progress was reported toward breaking the stalemate over renegotiation of Townsend's contract. Operating in the second year of a five-year, $6.
April 4, 1990 |
Cal State Fullerton has dubbed its May 5 intra-squad football scrimmage the May Bowl, but a more appropriate name might be the Maybe Bowl--as in maybe they'll have it if there's enough players. The Titans began spring practice Monday with 44 players, 20-25 fewer than Coach Gene Murphy usually has in the spring. Twenty-three seniors, including 16 starters, from last season's 6-4-1 team are gone, leaving Murphy with a major rebuilding job. And hardly the tools to start.
October 20, 1990 |
Just what Cal State Fullerton needed: Another opponent with an offense similar to those of Akron and Nevada Las Vegas, a team that occasionally runs the option, that relies on deception and speed but also passes the ball efficiently. Like it or not, that's what the Titans will face tonight when they play the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. A refresher on how Fullerton has fared against Hawaii-like teams: Akron 48, Fullerton 17; UNLV 29, Fullerton 10.