Q & A: Tyrone Willingham

Nov. 20, 2001

Congratulations on rebounding against Arizona. I saw you deftly avoid the Gatoradeshower in Tucson. After having a commanding lead dissipate so quickly, you hadto be somewhat disconcerted by the team allowing Arizona to seize momentum. Giventhis, was an attempted Gatorade shower appropriate? I would imagine you were notin much of a mood for unrestrained celebration. Thank you! Any time you win,you should celebrate vigorously. Victories are extremely difficult to obtain.Our young men played very well against Arizona. Arizona continued to battle upuntil the very end. Our substitutions did not maintain the level of play of ourstarters. As for the Gatorade shower, I happened to see the shower coming andmy natural reactions kicked in, that is the only reason I missed the shower.

Kenneth Tolon looks like he's the 'real deal' as a running back. How are his hands as a receiver? We are very excited regarding our running backs group and feel there are many reasons to smile about the group including Kenneth Tolon. He, like the entire group, will have to continue to develop in all areas for us to be the team we would like.

I have a son who plays youth football and is a huge Stanford fan. He one day dreams of going to Stanford. I was wondering if you could give any advice to students trying to play football at Stanford? If that is the goal that your son has set for himself, then let no one turn him away from what he seeks to accomplish. He must learn to be an avid reader. I believe that with great reading skill he will develop a strong vocabulary, which should lead to excellent writing skills. He can do that and work very hard to develop his athletic skills by playing a variety of sports intently. I hope these words will assist his accomplishment of his goal.

For anyone who has been a part of the Big Game's history, you know the odds and 'the best team on paper' means little or nothing. What did the coaching staff prepare the team for a game against a team with nothing to lose and that may have extra incentive to give their outgoing coach his lone win against the Cardinal? Our approach is very much the same each week. Yet there is a difference during 'Big Game' week. If your team is fundamentally sound, then it has the ability to handle most of the unique situations that will arise during the emotionally charged 'Big Game'.

It seems like Stanford is destine for the Seattle Bowl: How would al loss to either Notre Dame or San Jose State effect your bowl possibilities? I do not know what a loss would do to our bowl picture. Our goal is to play our best game this week. It so happens that this week we are playing Notre Dame. We believe they will be an outstanding opponent which will require our best performance.

How much does making it to a bowl game effect next year, in terms of getting all those extra practices in December? If done correctly it allows the younger players to get additional time in the system. The additional time is beneficial because they are being coached with the focus on them.

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