Tomey was tasked with perhaps the most challenging coaching job on the team in '04. Before the season began, Texas lost projected DE starter Mike Williams to academics, former starter Bryan Pickryl to injury and Chase Pittman to transfer. Tomey, though, pieced together -- largely with spare parts from other positions -- what by regular season's end was an effective rotation of Tim Crowder, Brian Robison, Aurmon Satchell, Neale Tweedie and Kaelen Jakes while leaving the redshirt on potential future contributors Brian Orakpo and Nic Redwine.
Along with offensive line coach Mac McWhorter, Tomey also oversaw improvement in the team's strength and conditioning program, a problem area for several seasons before his arrival.
Tomey joined the staff early this year along with Co-Defensive Coordinator Greg Robinson. Both Tomey and Robinson are credited for positive adjustments in practice routine, game preparation and in team attitude. Robinson has insisted throughout the season that he intends to remain in Austin for the 2005 season.
As reported in last week's Inside Scoop, a source close to the situation told Inside Texas that Tomey would like to take graduate assistant and former Texas QB Major Applewhite with him to SJSU. Meanwhile, Texas RB coach Michael Haywood has said he will continue to mull the offensive coordinator position offered at Notre Dame and will not make a final decision until after the Longhorns Rose Bowl matchup against Michigan Saturday.
Tomey brings 24 years of head coaching experience at Hawaii and Arizona. He is the winningest coach in the history of both programs. During his 14 years at Arizona, Tomey posted a 95-64-4 record, the second-most victories in the PAC-10 Conference during the 1990's. He is also considered the architect of Arizona's renowned Desert Swarm defense.
Tomey faces quite a rebuilding job at SJSU. The program has not enjoyed a winning season since 1993 and is coming off of a 2-9 campaign in which it averaged approximately 7,000 fans in home attendance, far below the NCAA's 15,000 D-I threshold.
Clendon Ross contributed to this report.