Hill promises the Dogs will be back

A year ago, Fresno State came thisclose to upsetting No. 1 USC. This year, the Bulldogs are 1-5. How did they fall so far so fast?

Updated: October 19, 2006, 12:32 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com

The voice is the same. So are the unfiltered opinions.

Like he does every fall, Pat Hill is sounding off, volunteering views on various topics, namely the BCS and the lack of a playoff. Hill's candor is almost as distinctive as his Fu Manchu, setting the Fresno State coach apart from his paranoid and tongue-tied colleagues.

But these days, Hill's straight talk doesn't boom from a perch atop the mid-major kingdom. Instead, it echoes from a darker, danker place, one that many thought Hill ...

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