“RIP coach... Putting Central Valley on the map.
“My condolences to the Sweeney Family.
“Dear Sheila and family,
Although I never met Coach Sweeney, I felt I knew him through Sheila who regaled me with wonderful, funny stories of life in the Sweeney family. One story I recall was when Coach Sweeney "rode" across the stadium in triumph imitating the Trojan mascot after defeating USC! Sheila, you and your family have my deepest sympathy. And Happy Birthday; I never forget to wish you a H.B. on the 13th. Please get in touch. Love from your "winged sister",...
“May the God of the bible strengthen you during this most difficult time.
“Another Butte boy does good - a life well lived. God Bless the Sweeney family.
“May God bless you coach Sweeney and all the lives you touched. you are the best and always will be.
“We will miss you coach. You taught us life lessons about how to pursue our dreams. You affected so many of us who didnt play the game of football. You gave us that Bulldog Spirit that will live within my famaily forever. Thank you so much, The Sorbo Family
“Butte, Portland, Kalispell, Bozeman, Pullman, Fresno. We all claim him as our own, when he really belongs to all of us. He made a huge impact everywhere he went. Thanks Coach.
By Andy Boogaard / The Fresno BeeJim Sweeney, who christened Fresno State a "sleeping giant" when he arrived in 1976 and then awakened not only the school but a region with 19 years of charismatic, firm and witty leadership as a football coach, died Friday. He was 83."He was the...Read More