Valley pride runs deep in Fresno

Updated: November 13, 2004, 10:42 AM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

FRESNO, Calif. - In his eighth year as football coach at Fresno State, 52-year-old Pat Hill earns more than most all of us. But he remembers the gritty place he came from.

Hell, he cherishes it.

Living in Salt Lake City more than 25 years ago, Hill dug ditches for $4.50 an hour until a better gig came along - riding the back of a garbage truck for $7 an hour. When he was coaching at L.A. Valley Community College, he supplemented his income by flipping burgers on Tuesdays and bouncing ...

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