FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE) – The Fresno City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday during its January 5th meeting urging the admission of Fresno State into a Power Five conference.
The resolution, co-sponsored by Mayor Jerry Dyer and Council President Tyler Maxwell, highlighted Fresno State’s distinguished athletics programs that have produced national championships in baseball (2008) and in softball (1998), as well as numerous Mountain West Conference championships in various sports.
As far as recent achievements, the resolution notes that the 2022 Fresno State football team finished the season with ten wins after starting 1-4, winning the Mountain West Conference championship and winning the LA Bowl over Washington State from the Pac-12.
Fresno State was the only team in California to win a bowl game.
“Fresno State is among the nation’s top public universities and has one of the most consistent and enthusiastic fan bases I have ever seen,” said Tyler Maxwell. “Our fans come from across central California and beyond, reliably filling Valley Children’s Stadium and tuning in from home to watch the games. The city of Fresno is ready to do its part in facilitating admission into a Power Five conference.”
The resolution also mentions that Fresno State has consistently been ranked as one of the top public universities in the country. U.S. News & World Report ranked Fresno State No. 3 among national public universities for graduation rate performance for the past five years and, in 2022, Washington Monthly ranked Fresno State as the nation’s No. 36 university.
“I am a proud Fresno State graduate, but this is not hyperbole. I know a winner and a true competitor when I see one,” said Jerry Dyer. “Fresno State punches above its weight, both athletically and academically. It has more than earned a spot in a Power Five conference. Be it the Pac-12 or the Big 12, either conference would be well-served by Fresno State’s addition. Now is the time to make this happen.”