Mike Riley and Jess Lewis Comment on the Passing of Dee Andros

Oct. 22, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - Mike Riley and Jess Lewis Quotes on the late Dee Andros

Comments from Mike Riley

Talk about your memories of Coach Andros?

'I knew Coach Andros since I was in the fourth grade. He and my father coached together at Idaho in the early 60s, and then we had a chance to follow him to Oregon State. Coach Andros was bigger than life for me; he was the `Great Pumpkin.' I remember him running onto the field with the team following him and then jumping on him - those are some of my memories. His teams were always known for being really, really tough, hard-nosed teams. He had a tremendous family at Oregon State - the players just loved to play for him.'

Talk about his personality.'There are a million stories about Dee, but I don't have one that really stands out. They are all memorable in one way or another. His players have many stories about his pregame talks. For those of us on the peripheral during his coaching years, he was just a bigger than life guy.'

What about his nickname and how did he get it?

'Well, I think it's pretty easy - he was a big man, pretty round, and he always wore those big orange jackets. I think the name is pretty appropriate.'

Are you going to miss him?

'Yeah. I think everybody who is at Oregon State or knows about Oregon State will. He left a great legacy - almost 40 years of being a Beaver. It's amazing how many people associate Oregon State and Dee. His teams just loved him, and I think that is why you saw those teams play so hard. They wanted to win for Dee and Oregon State; there was a lot of pride. Some of the great games in Oregon State history were when he was coaching.'

Comments from Jess Lewis

Lewis was a three-year letterman at Oregon State and played on some of Coach Andros best Beaver teams.

Your thoughts on Dee Andros.

'Dee was a wonderful, warm human being, who just happened to be a great football coach. He cared about people and was a man you could trust and believe in. That is why he had success as a football coach and athletic director.'

What was it like to play for him?

'It was inspirational, because he was a motivator. He had a way of making players get over the fear of competition, and the fear of getting hit. He got you motivated and ready to go out on the field and do battle.'

What was his nickname and how did he get it?

'His nickname was the `Great Pumpkin' because of his body shape and he would always be in orange clothes and orange cars.

What was he like during the game?

'He was fired up. He had some great assistant coaches that would take care of the Xs and Os, so Dee could stay fired up. He was focused and intense. I remember when we ran out onto the football field, he would always say if anybody ever passed him he would put them on the bench. That was one of his many rules, but he also had a lot of guarantees.'

What are you going to remember most about Dee Andros?

'I'll remember Dee being a trusting person who you could believe in. He was accessible - you could always walk into his office and speak to him about situations. Whatever he said, you could believe in it. He was a great coach, a great guy, and just a great individual. He was quite a character, but he loved Oregon State.'

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