Pat Hill Fired – Fresno State fired football coach Pat Hill on Sunday, hoping that a change will rekindle interest and provide a boost to the program as it moves into the Mountain West Conference.
“Any time any program is evaluated, the most important thing is to do it over time and evaluate their entire body of work,” athletic director Thomas Boeh said. “I don’t think it comes down to a single game. I don’t think it comes down to a single season. It comes down with what the trends are. If you see consistency one way, good or bad, that should be a point where an alarm takes place.
“We’ve been evaluating data after each season for the last several years, and we saw a trend that was not reflective of us being able to pursue the goal of a conference championship, and our community was not responding any longer to the record that we had.”
Hill — who ended his 15th season at Fresno State with a 35-28 loss at San Diego State on Saturday night to finish 4-9, tying the school record for most losses in a year — did not return phone calls and could not be reached for comment.
He has two years remaining on his contract and will be paid 80% of his $258,000 base salary from the state, plus 24 payments of $4,166.67 to satisfy his contract with the Athletic Corporation. The university has three fiscal years to make those payments, and if Hill takes another job, his salary would be deducted from what the school owes.
Boeh did not select an interim coach; he said that he had spoken to a couple of the Bulldogs assistants about taking leadership roles moving forward.
Boeh also said an outside search firm will be retained to help find a successor to Hill, who had a 112-80 (.583) record, coached 24 NFL draft picks and took the Bulldogs to 11 bowl games.
The athletic director will make the hire with the approval of university President John D. Welty. Boeh said there is no short list of candidates, but did acknowledge that time is an issue. Fresno State has recruits on campus for visits coming up this weekend.