|12-29-2004, 03:20 PM||#1|
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San Jose State hires former UA coach Dick Tomey
San Jose State is my alma mater and the program right now is on life support fighting to stay alive. Alumni and student support is at an all-time low in an area where consumers have many options when it comes to sports entertainment.
Considering their limited budget, Tomey is a slam dunk of a hire.
Many prominent Broncos have ties to this program which include the late Jack Elway, Louis Wright, Gerald Willhite, John Ralston and Steve DeBerg.
Dick Tomey lauded as good choice for SJSU
By Mark Gomez
Dick Tomey, who will be introduced as San Jose State's new football coach today, is an ideal fit for the university and its struggling program, one of his former players said Tuesday.
Tomey's hiring -- confirmed by sources close to the situation -- ends a two-month process in which San Jose State sought both an athletic director and a football coach. Former 49ers executive Tom Bowen filled the A.D. job Dec. 20.
Dave Fipp, the co-defensive coordinator at Nevada, played under Tomey at Arizona and says the Spartans are getting one of the best in the business.
``He's a tremendous man. That's the most important thing,'' said Fipp, who played at Arizona in 1994-97. ``Obviously the bottom line is wins and losses, but it takes a unique ability to combine the two and have the best interest of the student-athletes. His ability to balance those two things is remarkable.''
Tomey, 66, compiled a record of 158-110-7 in 24 seasons at Hawaii and Arizona. During his most recent stint, a 14-year tenure in Tucson, Tomey went 95-64-4, the second-most wins of any Pacific-10 Conference school in the '90s. He also guided Arizona to four bowl victories, including the 1998 Holiday Bowl, which capped a 12-win season.
``Hopefully he can lead us to a bowl game,'' said Josh Powell, a sophomore safety for the Spartans. ``It's great to have an experienced head coach that has been to bowl games. He knows what it takes and what we need to get there. It's definitely a big advantage for us.''
Tomey brings credibility to a program that has fallen on hard times. The Spartans went 2-9 this season, one of the worst in school history. SJSU has had just one winning season since 1993 and hasn't made a postseason appearance since a 1990 trip to the California Raisin Bowl in Fresno.
``He's obviously had a lot of success on the field,'' Fipp said. ``He's won a lot of football games and a lot of big games. But when you talk to people who played for him, it's the kind of job he's done off the field. His heart is in the right place and his values and belief system is all for players and everything that's good about college football.''
Upon leaving Arizona after the 2000 season, Tomey spent two years as a broadcaster before returning to the 49ers last season as an assistant. He joined the University of Texas staff as an assistant head coach/defensive ends in January.
Bowen would not confirm Tomey's hiring but did say SJSU would announce a football coach today. Tomey has been in Los Angeles helping Texas prepare to play Michigan in the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Texas Coach Mack Brown said Sunday that if Tomey got the SJSU job, the new coach would attend the introductory news conference and return to Los Angeles. The newspaper also reported that Tomey has told Brown he would like to finish his career as a head coach.