Fitz Hill Leaving SJSU Football Tenure

The Chronicle.com is reporting that the state university's football coach could stand only so much losing and apathy, so he's going back to teaching.

The Chronicle.com is reporting that San Jose state university's football coach could stand only so much losing and apathy, so he's going back to teaching.

Here is the just released news from the SJMN:

SJSU's Hill out as football coach

By Mark Gomez- Mercury News

San Jose State football Coach Fitz Hill will not be returning next season as the Spartans' coach.

An SJSU player, speaking on condition he not be identified, said Hill made the announcement at a team meeting Sunday night after the Spartans' 34-24 loss at Tulsa, the team's sixth in a row.

Hill, whose record at SJSU is 14-32, is expected to coach the season-finale against Fresno State on Saturday. The Spartans are 2-8 this season.

``We've got bonds and relationships with all these coaches,'' said the player. ``It's tough because he's such a great guy.''

Hill was hired in December of 2000 to replace Dave Baldwin, who went 7-6 but had personality clashes with Athletic Director Chuck Bell. Hill went 3-8 in his first season.

His most successful season was 2002, when the Spartans were 6-7 and one victory shy of being bowl eligible. Since then, SJSU has won only five games, two of which were against Division I-AA schools. If SJSU loses to Fresno State it will finish 2-9 and match the 1970 and '93 squads for the school's worst record since 1931.

``It definitely has to be frustrating,'' the SJSU player said. ``We've been close but he's never got over the hump. All the work he's been putting in and for us not to be successful has got to be hard on him.''


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