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February 10, 2013
Jim Sweeney Coach transformed Fresno State football Jim Sweeney, 83, who called Fresno State "a sleeping giant" when he arrived as its football coach in 1976 and then awakened the university - and the region - with 19 years of charismatic and winning leadership, died Friday at a care facility in Fresno. The school announced his death but gave no other details. "He was a man of vision, toughness and character who led the Bulldogs to new heights and went on to become a national icon," Fresno State Athletic Director Thomas Boeh said in a statement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2013
Jim Sweeney Coach transformed Fresno State football Jim Sweeney, 83, who called Fresno State "a sleeping giant" when he arrived as its football coach in 1976 and then awakened the university - and the region - with 19 years of charismatic and winning leadership, died Friday at a care facility in Fresno. The school announced his death but gave no other details. "He was a man of vision, toughness and character who led the Bulldogs to new heights and went on to become a national icon," Fresno State Athletic Director Thomas Boeh said in a statement.
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December 4, 1986
Fresno State football Coach Jim Sweeney, whose team was 20-2-1 over the last two seasons, withdrew his name from consideration for the job at California.
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December 27, 1992 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Sweeney, Fresno State's football coach for 15 seasons, seems normal enough. His handshake is firm, his smile warm. There is a twinkle in his eye when he tells a funny story. Watch him closely, though. There is a decidedly oddball side to the man. Here's Sweeney becoming so enraged over an official's call earlier this season that he yanks off his shirt and throws it to the ground. "You've taken everything else from me, take my shirt, too," he's screaming at the stunned officials.
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November 22, 1985 | United Press International
Kevin Sweeney passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns Thursday night to break the Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. career passing record and lead unbeaten Fresno State to a 47-6 victory over Wichita State. Sweeney, son of Coach Jim Sweeney, is a junior. He clicked on 22 of 27 passes and boosted his career yardage mark to 8,262, breaking the old record of 8,018, set last season by Randall Cunningham at Nevada Las Vegas. Sweeney also ran for a touchdown. Fresno State's record is now 10-0-1.
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August 24, 1986 | United Press International
Jim Sweeney is a lenient father. He lets his son Kevin throw a football whenever he wants. That philosophy allowed Jim Sweeney, the football coach at Fresno State, to recruit Kevin Sweeney as his quarterback. It has also enabled Kevin Sweeney to pass for 8,260 yards in three full seasons to move within 2,319 of Doug Flutie's NCAA career record. If Sweeney stays healthy, he should break Flutie's record around the ninth or 10th game of the season.
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January 15, 1992 | From Associated Press
Football Coach Jim Sweeney of Fresno State said Tuesday that he didn't mean to imply that "contrived evidence" was used to show that one of his players was drunk, had used marijuana and was carrying a pistol at the time he was murdered. Sweeney was criticized for the remarks he made at Saturday's funeral of guard Melvin Johnson. Sweeney said he was merely trying to soothe the feelings of Johnson's parents when he said: "Regardless of what newspapers might say . . .
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September 2, 1986 | JIM McCURDIE, Times Staff Writer
Fresno State Coach Jim Sweeney has this theory. Well, the fact is, he has several. A half-hour conversation with Sweeney can cover everything from what makes for great football to what made men such as Joe Louis and Chuck Yeager great. And then there are the theories. There is Sweeney's Theory of Spaced Repetitions, which serves to explain why he was putting his team through three -a-day workouts during some of the dog days of August.
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December 27, 1992 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Sweeney, Fresno State's football coach for 15 seasons, seems normal enough. His handshake is firm, his smile warm. There is a twinkle in his eye when he tells a funny story. Watch him closely, though. There is a decidedly oddball side to the man. Here's Sweeney becoming so enraged over an official's call earlier this season that he yanks off his shirt and throws it to the ground. "You've taken everything else from me, take my shirt, too," he's screaming at the stunned officials.
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December 26, 1992 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one notices Jesse Hardwick. Why should they, when there's so much else to focus on at Fresno State? You have quarterback Trent Dilfer passing for 2,836 yards and 21 touchdowns. You have running backs Lorenzo Neal and Ron Rivers each gaining more than 900 yards. You have receivers Malcolm Seabron and Tydus Winans catching 41 and 33 passes, respectively. You have the nation's top scoring team with an average of 40.5 points per game. Who's got time to watch some guy block?
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January 15, 1992 | From Associated Press
Football Coach Jim Sweeney of Fresno State said Tuesday that he didn't mean to imply that "contrived evidence" was used to show that one of his players was drunk, had used marijuana and was carrying a pistol at the time he was murdered. Sweeney was criticized for the remarks he made at Saturday's funeral of guard Melvin Johnson. Sweeney said he was merely trying to soothe the feelings of Johnson's parents when he said: "Regardless of what newspapers might say . . .
SPORTS
October 10, 1991 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI
Fresno State Coach Jim Sweeney will never forget the taunting of a New Mexico crowd giddy with unexpected victory. It was 1989, and Sweeney's Fresno State team was 10-0, ranked 23rd in the country and this close to an undefeated regular season. All that stood in the Bulldogs' way was lowly New Mexico, which had won one game in 11 tries that year. A blowout was all but guaranteed. And then the incredible happened.
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January 23, 1990
Jim Sweeney, Fresno State football coach, interviewed for the head coaching job with the Phoenix Cardinals. Sweeney is one of several candidates being considered to replace Gene Stallings, who was fired as the Cardinals' coach during the season and has been hired at Alabama.
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September 2, 1986 | JIM McCURDIE, Times Staff Writer
Fresno State Coach Jim Sweeney has this theory. Well, the fact is, he has several. A half-hour conversation with Sweeney can cover everything from what makes for great football to what made men such as Joe Louis and Chuck Yeager great. And then there are the theories. There is Sweeney's Theory of Spaced Repetitions, which serves to explain why he was putting his team through three -a-day workouts during some of the dog days of August.
SPORTS
October 10, 1991 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI
Fresno State Coach Jim Sweeney will never forget the taunting of a New Mexico crowd giddy with unexpected victory. It was 1989, and Sweeney's Fresno State team was 10-0, ranked 23rd in the country and this close to an undefeated regular season. All that stood in the Bulldogs' way was lowly New Mexico, which had won one game in 11 tries that year. A blowout was all but guaranteed. And then the incredible happened.
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August 24, 1986 | United Press International
Jim Sweeney is a lenient father. He lets his son Kevin throw a football whenever he wants. That philosophy allowed Jim Sweeney, the football coach at Fresno State, to recruit Kevin Sweeney as his quarterback. It has also enabled Kevin Sweeney to pass for 8,260 yards in three full seasons to move within 2,319 of Doug Flutie's NCAA career record. If Sweeney stays healthy, he should break Flutie's record around the ninth or 10th game of the season.
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