"Mike called me the first week he got the job. He wanted to get together and watch practice. He has been wonderful and I appreciate it."
Question: Coach Stoops really appreciates what you did here with the Desert Swarm, how much has he picked your brain?
Tomey: "He is a hell of a defense coach. We are looking at his defense now at Texas, and boy...
"I am excited for him, I am excited for the players, for the University. He has been wonderful and I appreciate it a lot. It means a lot."
Question: Did you have any second thoughts on attending practice?
Tomey: "No, not at all. First of all I was excited about seeing the players and seeing Mike. Very few of the guys on the staff do I know well, but they have great reputations.
"I have seen so many old friends today it has been wonderful. I had no second thoughts. I would have loved to have done this, it is a very emotional thing.
"I know Bob Stoops better than I know Mike Stoops, but Mike has been terrific. I am excited about what they are doing. I can't wait to watch the Cats play."
How is it going in Texas?
Tomey: Texas is great. I got cut from a baseball team, but other than that. It was officially a cut, but unofficially I was not going to be there enough to take a roster spot. (Wife) Nancy said it was the first mature decision I've ever made."