Pebley a finalist at San Diego State?

Women’s basketball coach Raegan Pebley might be ready to leave to Fresno State after one season.

Pebley is a finalist for the San Diego State job, according to a report by KGPE (CBS 47) that cites unnamed sources.

Raegan Pebley speaks to the media after helping Fresno State reach the NCAA Tournament in her first season with the Bulldogs.

Though she guided Fresno State to a sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a 24-9 overall record, Pebley hardly endured a stress-free season as players initially were hesitant to the change of coaches and systems, and a portion of Bulldogs fans kept yearning for the return of former coach Adrian Wiggins.

Still, Pebley helped Fresno State finish second to San Diego State in the Mountain West regular-season standings, then upset the Aztecs in the conference tournament championship to secure an NCAA Tournament automatic bid. A 15th-seeded Fresno State team challenged second-seeded Cal, an eventual Final Four team, for a while before falling 90-76 in the first round.

A few weeks after the season, top player Ki-Ki Moore said she was transferring to Pacific for her senior season despite a news release from Fresno State just prior to the regular-season finale that stated she was ending her basketball career because of injuries.

Pebley said she was disappointed that Moore wasn’t finishing her career at Fresno State but said she was not surprised.

The San Diego State job became open after coach Beth Burns unexpectedly retired in April following her 16th season with the Aztecs.

San Diego State finished 27-7 last season and had an RPI that ranked 49th in the country, but was surprisingly left out of the NCAA Tournament following its upset to Fresno State in the conference championship. The Aztecs went on to play in the WNIT and were eliminated in the second round.

Pebley, 37, signed a five-year contract in April 2012 that was to pay her among the top half of Mountain West coaches, athletic director Thomas Boeh said upon hiring her from Utah State. Pebley’s exact salary at Fresno State was not immediately known Friday evening.

Before coming to Fresno State, Pebley was the winningest coach in Utah State history despite a 110-155 overall record. But her efforts were most notable in resurrecting an Aggies women’s basketball program that had been defunct for 16 years.

Pebley also was a standout player at Colorado and played in the WNBA.


USA Today report shows Fresno State athletic department received huge increase in student fees, school funds, in 2012

At Fresno State ticket revenue and contributions to the athletic department were down in 2012, falling more than $1.6 million and $2.3 million from 2011.

But the Bulldogs’ athletic department received significantly more money through student fees and school funds than in past years, according to data compiled by USA Today and the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University in a special report detailing spending and revenue at Division I athletic programs.

The athletic department reported $30,724,143 in total revenues to rank 71st in Division I including $4,063,999 in student fees (up from $1,620,712 in 2011) and $8,977,440 in school funds (up from $6,778,286).

The USA Today database listing every Division I program can be found here.

Across Division I public universities only 23 of 228 athletic departments generated enough revenue on their own to cover their expenses last year, and subsides to athletic departments went up by nearly $200 million from 2011 at a time many universities are tightening budgets and trimming academic programs.

That increase is the largest year-to-year since USA Today started collecting financial information athletic departments reported to the NCAA in the 2004-‘05 fiscal year.

In the Mountain West Conference, including San Jose State and Utah State, which are joining the league this year, Fresno State ranked eighth in total revenue and fourth in the amount received through student fees and ninth through school funds.

The two other California State University programs in the conference – San Diego State and San Jose State – as well as Colorado State were the only schools to take in more revenue through student fees than Fresno State.


Fresno State’s Linehan finds his form. An ace again?

Fresno State junior Tyler Linehan appears to have reclaimed his form of last season and returned to his role as the Bulldogs’ ace and Friday night starter.

Left-hander Tyler Linehan re-discovered his mechanics against San Diego State and threw a shutout in a 1-0 win.

Despite coming into Friday night with an 0-3 record, a 9.82 ERA and more walks issued than strikeouts, Linehan found his touch and tossed a shutout to lead Fresno State to a 1-0 win against San Diego State in a Mountain West Conference opener.

Linehan struck out seven and scattered eight hits and two walks for his best outing by far for the season.

“Things happen for a reason,” Linehan said. “I just went back to last year starting, do your thing, just relax, and then getting that comfortable motion and get everything working. It worked tonight.”

Bulldogs coach Mike Batesole credited Linehan and pitching coach Steve Rousey for identifying a few flaws in his mechanics. Linehan’s windup was taking too long and needed to be quickened as he had been doing the previous two years.

“They made some nice adjustments,” Batesole said. “When a kid puts his heart into making adjustments, you got to let him run. You got to trust the players.”

Should Linehan pitch consistently at a top level, that should alleviate some of the troubles that the Bulldogs have had out of the bullpen.

Batesole based his decision to give Linehan his first start of the season off gut and after seeing Linehan throw three innings in relief against Cal and yield one run. Linehan pitched that game solely out of the stretch, while saving the windup motion for practices leading into Friday.

“He’s been close,” Batesole said. “The last three outings, he’s been really, really close. You could just feel it. You could just taste it. He was that far away.

“And he had a long bullpen. In Cal, he didn’t pitch out of the windup. He cleaned up some things with his arm. Then he had a nice long bullpen session with Rouse.”

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San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin on the dunk

San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin looks to pass against Fresno State’s Tyler Johnson during the first half Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Fresno. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin did a little of everything in the Aztecs’ 65-62 victory at Fresno State on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with 18 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots including what might be the play of the year at the end of the Mountain West Conference season.

Racing through some traffic on a break off a Bulldogs miss, Franklin passed the ball off the backboard and back to himself and finished with a resounding dunk.

Afterward, he also had what might be the quote of the year.

‘’That was just me being myself,’’ Franklin said. ‘’A lot of players won’t do that, but I’m real thankful my teammates have confidence in me.’’

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