Fresno State Remains WAC's Top Dog

May 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A string of conference championships this school year has helped Fresno State earn the honor of top dog in the WAC. Action News Weekend Sports Anchor David Bataller shows us how the Bulldogs' overall success on the field is affecting life on campus.The WAC Commissioner's Cup goes to the best athletic department in the conference. But make no mistake about it: After Fresno State's second straight commissioner's cup title, Athletic Director Thomas Boeh wants to make sure all credit goes to the student athletes and coaches who perform.

"Ultimately it's how the student-athletes perform," said Boeh. "On the field and quite frankly across the gamut. The classroom and out in the community. It's the student athletes that earn these awards on our behalf, and we're very fortunate that our student athletes have done that for us."

Boeh says the honor is representative of the university as a whole. But he concedes it might also bring more challenges on the athletic field.

"I think most of our coaches will tell you when they get into competitions that Fresno State and the reputation it brings has some folks turn it up a notch a bit," said Boeh.

Not that the coaches mind at all. Baseball coach Mike Batesole says being the best in the WAC helps him recruit the best players out there.

"We're one of the last college towns left in the west," said Batesole. "To sell that whole program of the football department, the basketball department, and the baseball department all as one show is very good for our recruiting."

Good for recruiting, and even better for the fans who watch them win.

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