Ask Tyrone Willingham

Nov. 13, 2000

Dan Lynch (San Francisco, CA)
Coach, how do you motivate your team to play Cal, a team we have dominated so consistently in the last decade? Do you show them video highlights from the 80's or something (a few of your players weren't even alive when 'the play' took place)?

We have been very lucky in my career versus California. The ball has bounced our way, and we have taken advantage of those breaks. We have also been fortunate to realize that the game is important and not all the events that surround one of America's great rivalries.

Mark Marston (Glendale, CA)
Coach, this is big. Do you revel in the Big Game hype (or is it distracting) and have you had a chance to learn the great history of the game? Good luck and please - Beat Cal!!!!

I feel very fortunate to be a part of the success that we have had versus California. I enjoy each victory and accept each as a team success. I've learned how to enjoy the two weeks of events and not let them interfere with the game itself.

Charles Anderson (Dallas, TX)
Has Chris Lewis been everything and more than you expected when you recruited him? While I am a big Fasani fan (he has a lot of heart), I am glad Lewis got a lot of plays in this year - we'll be better for it next year. Does he still plan to play volleyball? Best of luck this week - let's go out on a winning note against that team we're playing.

As outstanding as Chris has been, he has not reached the level that I believe he has the potential to reach. We are blessed that we have two quarterbacks that I believe can be outstanding. It will be important that they believe as I do. I am not sure of Chris' future in terms of volleyball.

Patty Hise (San Leandro, CA)
What do you feel will be the key to victory in the Big Game? Cal seems to have been playing well the last few weeks and is probably a bit hungry for a victory in this game seeing as how you have dominated them since your arrival. Beat Cal!

The history of this game allows me to throw the records of previous games out the window. When the game has been played 102 times and only 135 points separate the two teams. The keys to success will be found in turnover, penalties, big plays and red zone scoring. The team that wins in these categories will most likely win the game.

Andy Levien (Sacramento, CA)
Glad to see the Big Game is back to being the season finale. Being the final game, can we expect to see a few new faces and maybe a little trickery on your part? Good luck Saturday!

To write what trickery we might use on the World Wide Web would not be so smart and could be just enough to tip the scale to California. But what a great day for something new! As for new faces, I doubt there will be many changes unless created by injuries.

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