Jan. 20, 2012
Fullerton, Calif. -
As the 20th Anniversary of the demise of the Cal State Fullerton football program approaches, the athletics department finally has assembled a first attempt at an all-time Titan football roster and posted it on this website.
Culling old game programs, media guides and game statistical packets, Sports Information Director Mel Franks with the assistance of student-athlete Ryan Simioni has posted a list of 1,040 names with their positions and seasons who may have worn the blue and white and, later, the blue, white and orange.
"We know it isn't 100 percent accurate but it's a starting place," said Franks, who covered the program during the late Coach Gene Murphy's tenure of the 1980 through 1992 seasons. "The 'Bring Back Titan Football' group put on a great reunion a few years ago and that was the inspiration for this list. The untimely passing of Coach Murphy in October finally kicked us into gear.
"The records are very spotty before 1980 and afterward there is no guarantee a player listed in the media guide or program ever saw the field, much less the practice field, due to academic problems, quitting or never showing up in the first place. A lot of walk-ons walked off pretty quickly. But we should be pretty complete regarding starters and regulars.
"We also have some people missing a first name and/or a position. And redshirt seasons are hard to verify. But we've included a link to an alumni page email form and hope former players correct and/or add to our information.
"We still get numerous inquiries about past football accomplishments and records. Ex-players and spouses and offspring call looking for programs, game films or tapes. Those things no longer exist, but at least we can produce a printed record of their existence and post it on the website."
The list is posted on the athletics website (www.fullertontitans.com) under tabs for "Inside Athletics" and then "Titan Football History" or click below: