Q & A: Tyrone Willigham

Sept. 24, 2001

What were you most happy with about Saturday's victory over ASU?
That we did win the game. Most fans and sometimes players and coachestake wins for granted. To win a game is a very difficult process evenif the score was 51 to 28. Yet a couple of points can be highlighted: 1)defense holding ASU to 1 of 14 on 3rd down conversions, 2) defensegetting 3 turnovers, 3) offense scoring on 8 of 11 drives from middle of1st quarter through 3rd quarter, and 4) offense not turning the ball over.

Is this week's game versus USC the biggest of the year?
Yes, because it is the next game. If one has been through a championship season, each game begins to build on the last game. Therefore the next week becomes the most important.

Was it hard to play a football game after the pre-game ceremony?
It should have become more inspirational for everyone with the thought of a nation coming closer together with the demonstrated scarifies by our everyday heroes in their effort to save lives in New York, DC and Pennsylvania. Hopefully our young men clearly understand the role football and athletics can play in their development in being the leaders that can take this country through a crisis of this magnitude.

Has the internet made football coaches jobs easier or harder?
The internet has made our job more difficult in creating a flood of information sources, an additional problem being that many of the sources are unreliable in terms of the accuracy of their information.
Is it hard to keep your game plan private with all the message boards?
That particular area has become very difficult to manage.

What are your least favorite aspects of your job?
As a head coach there are many different responsibilities that must accompany the job. I get excited regarding all aspects because they are a part of the whole job. But anything that does not allow me to do my entire job and provide for the players, staff and coaches I have difficulty enjoying.

Which schools are your biggest competition for recruits?
Because we are a national recruiter, we must go into each region of the country and battle the host school. We are fortunate that Stanford has a reputation as the finest university in the nation along with an equally outstanding athletic reputation. This combination provides the strength to recruit exceptional student-athletes world-wide.

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