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PASSINGS: Jim Sweeney, Ira Rubin, Guy Tozzoli
PASSINGS: Jim Sweeney, Ira Rubin, Guy Tozzoli

Jim Sweeney Coach transformed Fresno State football Jim Sweeney, 83, who called Fresno State "a sleeping giant" when he arrived as its football coach in 1976 and then awakened the university — and the region — with 19 years of charismatic and winning leadership, died Friday at a care facility in Fresno. The school announced his death but gave no other details. "He was a man of vision, toughness and character who led the Bulldogs to new heights and went on to become a national icon," Fresno State Athletic Director Thomas Boeh said in a statement. After the 1996 season, Sweeney retired with a school-record 144 victories, and the field at Bulldog...

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