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Loud and proud, Fresno State's loyal and enthusiastic fans have made
themselves heard nationwide - by national publications which have
chronicled the Bulldogs' fantastic fan following, and by others in the
media, who have referred to the noise level generated by the Red Wave as
It's that kind of fan support that has helped put Fresno State athletics
on the map, and the kind of support that resulted in
attendance at Bulldog Stadium for home football games. It's the Red Wave
that sells out Selland Arena every game to the tune of 10,220 people.
Nickname and Colors
How did Fresno State arrive at the nickname, Bulldogs, or the colors,
Cardinal and Blue? Late in their initial 1921 season, student body
president Warren Moody and friends were continually greeted outside the
main campus building by a white bulldog. The dog adopted the group and
they decided to make him the mascot. Arids Walker made the motion to
adopt "Bulldogs" as the official nickname in a student body meeting. It
was on November 21, 1921, that the Morning Republican first referred to
Fresno State as the "Bulldogs".
The colors evolved out of an argument by women from Fresno Normal School
and men from Fresno Junior College. The women were seeking blue and
white to the men's red and white. A compromise was struck with the
school adopting red and blue with red later changed to Cardinal.
The Meaning of the "V"
When Pat Hill became Fresno State's head coach prior to the 1997 season,
he wanted to reinvigorate San Joaquin Valley pride in the Bulldogs.
Because Fresno State is the only Division I football program in the
Valley, a 250-mile stretch in California's midsection from Bakersfield
to Modesto, Hill wanted to make the Bulldogs the "Green Bay Packers of
college football." As Coach Hill often states, Fresno State is not only
representing Fresno, its representing the entire Valley.
This representation of the San Joaquin Valley is displayed in the form
of a green "V" on the back of the Bulldogs' helmets. The green in the
"V" is a symbol to the agricultural community of the Central Valley,
which is the world's richest agricultural area in export dollars.
"The people of this Valley are of vital importance to the success of
this football program," said Hill. "They help us fund the program, they
give us unparalleled support, and they are going to be the big reason we
take this program to a level where we are consistently in the Top 25."
Let us in song, our voices raise
In Cloistered Courts, to sound thy praise.
Each voice and heart that sings is true
To thee, oh, Cardinal and Blue.
For thee, our hopes and memories;
For thee, our hearts and loyalties.
Thy sons and daughters hail thee great,
Our Alma Mater, Fresno State!
On your toes, dig in and hit that line!
We're all pulling hard for you. So fight and give the best there is in
On your toes and dig that line! We'll fight on to victory.
We're always true to Fresno State!
Go Dogs Go!
Fight Dogs Fight!