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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

After the chaos inflicted by Title IX lawsuits and verdicts, Fresno State is quietly settling down into a program that wants to be noticed for the good things it's doing. (Like being undefeated in conference play).

Graham writes about the team and their head coach:

For a guy who claims never to have read a work of fiction of his own volition, Fresno State coach Adrian Wiggins seems rather adept at fueling imaginations to dream beyond basketball.

In his fifth full season at the helm in Fresno, Wiggins has his team cruising toward a third consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs improved to 20-5 overall and 11-0 in the Western Athletic Conference with a win against New Mexico State over the weekend and are hovering around the fringes of the Top 25. They win often, they win big and they win with a fast-paced style that places an eye-pleasing premium on 3-pointers and layups.

Yet if you stumbled into a Fresno State huddle at practice on any given day and expected to hear chalk talk, you'd be almost as likely to find Wiggins talking to his players about the minuscule number of African-American students enrolled in college in the United States in 1917, or sharing with a generation too young to remember even Don Mattingly's days in pinstripes the details of how Lou Gehrig seized an opportunity provided by Wally Pipp's headache.