Technically, it is the Fresno State Bulldogs. In view of recent news stories, however, perhaps the team name should be changed to the Food Stamp Fraudsters — which has a nice bit of alliteration to it.
According to reports, as many as two dozen Fresno State players are embroiled in a welfare fraud investigation involving a county Department of Social Services eligibility specialist. The government worker apparently improperly obtained Electronic Benefit Transfer cards — formerly known as food stamps. Although the names of the athletes haven’t been released and it’s not entirely clearly what they received, a statement from the University confirms that student-athletes did obtain some benefits from the process.
Presumably getting special benefits from an outsider is an NCAA violation — but the NCAA may be the least of the players’ concerns. Given that the government worker is being charged with multiple felonies, any misguided player who knowingly participated in the fraudulent scheme to improperly obtain government benefits may end up having more to worry about than just their eligibility to play in a college football game.