Inaugural Gene Murphy Golf Tournament

Gene Murphy

CALLING ALL TITANS!

The Inaugural Gene Murphy Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, March 10, 2014 @ Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, CA.

There are three events:

1. Sunday, 3/9/2014: Happy Hour / Silent Auction @ Florentines Grill (Downtown Fullerton)

2. Golf Tournament: Monday – 3/10/2014. Registration begins at 11:00am

3. Dinner after the tournament.

ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER VIA THEW PORTAL BELOW OR ON THIS WEBSITE. www.genemurphy.eventbrite.com

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2013 Titan Football Reunion

It was more than five years ago the last time the Titan Football family got together for their first Titan Football reunion since the program was suspended in 1992. In March of 2009 the Titan Football Reunion welcomed back hundreds of players, coaches, trainers, equipment managers, support staff and athletic department officials to remember and reunite with the common bond of Titan Football. Now that five years has past, the current athletic department leaders believe it is time to do it again.

On December 15, 2013, there will be a Titan Football Alumni gathering prior to the Titan Basketball game. Greg Paules Director of Development, Athletics for Cal State Fullerton sent out this email earlier this week.

Dear Titan Football Alum,
The Cal State Fullerton Department of Athletics would like to invite you and your immediate family to attend a Titan Football lunch reunion and a men’s basketball game on Sunday, December 15th. We look forward to having you back on campus for this special occasion. The department will be taking care of lunch and beverages. Thus, there is no cost to you! The reunion will be held from noon-1:30pm at the Golleher Alumni House located off on State College and Student Union. Complimentary GA tickets to attend the Men’s Basketball game vs. Texas Southern will be distributed at the reception. Game time is set for 2:00pm in Titan Gym. Parking is free. Please help spread the word to other teammates and coaches that you remain in contact with. Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 11th to Greg Paules, with your name, competition years and number of family guests at [email protected] or by calling 657-278-4516. The last time we got together was 5 years ago during the 2008-09 academic year. Time flies!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing you on December 15th!
-Greg
If you are a Titan Football alumnus and would like to attend and reconnect with the Titan Football family, please RSVP to Greg before the deadline.
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OC Register Features Bring Back Titan Football Efforts

Orange County Register Nov 13, 2013Staff writer Mirin Fader authored a piece appearing in the Orange County Register outlining the game plan to bring back Titan football.

In the article, Fader interviewed former players and other influential leaders within the Bring Back Titan leadership group along with Cal State Fullerton Athletic Director, Jim Donovan. The article outlined the obstacles that face bringing back Titan Football at a competitive level that can be sustainable and will not run the risk of being canceled again. Issues involving Title IX, proper funding for existing athletic programs along with facility and infrastructure improvements were also address.

To read the article in full, you will need to be a registered subscriber of the Orange County Register.

Orange County Register: A game plan to bring back Titan football

If you do not have an account with the OC register, you can read the entire article in PDF format by clicking HERE.

Two Former Titans Coaching in Super Bowl XLVII

Drevno and Donatell
Lost amongst the hoopla surrounding the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens advancing to Super Bowl XLVII was a connection to the Cal State Fullerton Football program. Former Titan Football player and coach Tim Drevno and former Titan Football coach Ed Donatell will both be on the sidelines in New Orleans coaching the San Francisco 49ers.

Most of the media will focus on what everyone is calling the “HarBowl” which will pit San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh against his brother, John Harbaugh, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. For those Cal State Fullerton fans who are fans of other teams that did not make it to the Super Bowl, the Drevno and Donatell connection should make their decision to root for the 49ers a bit easier choice.

Ed Donatell currently is the defensive back coach with the San Francisco 49ers, after leaving the Denver Broncos during a 2 year run from 2009 through 2010. With over three decades of coaching experience, including 21 years in the NFL, Donatell has worked with several of the most highly regarded defensive backs in pro football history, including Ronnie Lott, Steve Atwater, LeRoy Butler, Darren Sharper, Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy, Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins. Donatell coached at Cal State Fullerton, coaching the Titan defensive backs in 1989.

Tim Drevno was first a player for the Cal State Fullerton Titan Football team before becoming a graduate assistant under Titan Football patriarch Gene Murphy. Drevno began his collegiate playing career at El Camino College in Torrence, where he helped lead his club to a national title in 1987 and earned All-Mission League honors the following season. He then went on to start on the Cal State Fullerton offensive line for two seasons. In the NFC Championship game this past Sunday, Frank Gore became the 49ers franchise leader in rushing touchdowns with much of the credit going to a Drevno coached offensive line clearing the path for Gore.

When it comes to who Titan fans will be rooting for in Super Bowl XLVII, the Drevno and Donatell connection should help make that decision quite easy. In this one case, it is okay to root for THESE 49ers.

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Fullerton Athletic Director Search Down to Four

James Donovan

James Donovan

The reassignment of former Cal State Fullerton Athletic Director Brian Quinn to the development office in charge of athletic fund-raising left a vacancy and a huge opportunity for a new Athletic Director to guide Cal State Fullerton’s athletic department in a new direction. Coupled with the departure of former CSUF President Dr. Milton Gordon’s retirement this summer, it appears as though the waters for a return of Titan football may be warming.

Now comes news that the search committee has narrowed the field of potential Fullerton Athletic Directors to four highly qualified candidates. Those four include; Vince Otoupal, the Director of Athletics at California State University Monterey Bay, James Donovan, former Athletic Director at the University of Hawaii, Jamie Mullin, Associate Director of Athletics at Syracuse University and Jim Sarra, the Deputy Director of Athletics at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Jim Sarra

Jim Sarra

Vince Otoupal was on the Cal State Fullerton campus today for his interview. Other candidates will also visit campus including James Donovan on campus November 28th, Jamie Mullin on campus November 29th and James Sarra on campus December 3rd. The remaining three candidates will all have very busy schedules on the day of their interview but for an hour, will be available for an open forum to field questions from students, alumni and community members. All three of those open forum meetings will be held from 10 am to 11 am on the days the particular candidate is visiting campus and will be held in the Academic Senate chambers located within the Titan Bookstore.

The committee dedicated to bringing back Titan Football would highly encourage everyone who is interested in getting the Titan Football program reinstated to attend these open forum sessions and to specifically ask the candidates’ stance on bringing back Titan Football.

To see the bios and resumes of all four candidates, please visit the AD search section on the official Cal State Fullerton website HERE.

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Video: Mel Franks Remembers Gene Murphy

Long time Cal State Fullerton Sports Information Director Mel Franks recently retired after 30+ years of service. In this interview Franks recalls former Titan Football head coach Gene Murphy and his impressions of the now suspended Titan Football program.

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