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Through the years there have been interesting sorts attending UH football practices — Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Walter Payton, Da Braddahs,Chris Mortensen, Fresno State head coach Pat Hill …
But whenever Dick Tomey showed up, people were on their best behavior, sort of like when a parent shows up at school. Everybody speaks of Tomey’s motivational ability, but his greater power is the aura of respect he commands. June Jones based practice and travel schedules on Tomey ideas. Greg McMackin often praises Tomey’s innovations. Anybody who can make guys walk on hot coals has that It factor.
With Tomey’s hiring as special teams coordinator, the Warriors will be a better team.
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At the WAC preview in San Jose a few years, a reporter/blogger was making his way through the hospitality room. He bumped into a table, where the commissioner’s glass of red wine was resting. The wine spilled on Tomey’s pants and shoes.
And that’s why it’s never good to mix business and pleasure.