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Thursday, January 19, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM


Football Notes: Hill staying at Fresno State

FRESNO, Calif. — Fresno State coach Pat Hill agreed to a contract extension through 2010 on Wednesday after interviewing for several NFL head-coaching positions this month.

Hill is 72-43 in nine seasons at Fresno State, leading the Bulldogs to seven straight postseason appearances and a national reputation. But after finishing last season with four straight losses, Hill — a former assistant to Bill Belichick in Cleveland — interviewed with Houston and St. Louis, and later spoke to several other teams about NFL jobs.

The Bulldogs were 8-1 and ranked No. 16 in November before a 50-42 loss to top-ranked USC.


• Former UCLA coach Bob Toledo, 59, was hired as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at New Mexico, returning to college football after a three-year absence. Lobos coach Rocky Long worked under Toledo as UCLA's defensive coordinator in 1996 and 1997.

• A judge threw out charges against six Tennessee-Chattanooga players accused of gang-raping a female student. Hamilton County judge Clarence Shattuck said testimony at a preliminary hearing offered no proof the woman could not have left the apartment.

• Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower agreed to a two-year extension, keeping him on the sideline through the 2009 season.

Matt Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who guided USC to a 37-2 record, will be represented by agents Leigh Steinberg and Chuck Price.

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