Dick Tomey '60 Leads Football Turnaround at San Jose State

Dick Tomey '60 Leads Football Turnaround at San Jose State

November 22, 2006

Dick Tomey 2006.jpgNovember 22, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - "It's incredible how far we've come in a year and a half," says San Jose State University head football coach Dick Tomey. The 1960 DePauw University graduate, who formerly led the football programs at Hawaii and Arizona, has overseen a turnaround at San Jose State, which is 6-4 and in contention for a bowl bid as it prepares for a Saturday game at Idaho. "The crowd was unbelievable the other day, and we went toe-to-toe with the perennial champs. But we've still got a long way to go," Tomey tells the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Thirty years after taking his first head coaching job at Hawaiit, Tomey notes, "(College football) has changed in that the offenses are more spread out, people are capable of scoring more points. Offenses are more explosive because the quarterbacks and receivers are better. There's more variety on offense and defense. But what wins games hasn't changed. Turnovers, the kicking game, stepping up in critical situations and the fourth quarter. That hasn't changed a bit."

Access the profile, which mentions Dick Tomey's DePauw degree, at the newspaper's Web site. Read a preview of Saturday's game here. Tomey is a member of DePauw's Athletic Hall of Fame.