Cal coach Justin Wilcox called Dick Tomey "a classy and tough competitor, a terrific football coach and one of the all-time great people in the coaching profession," after Tomey's family announced his death at the age of 80. Tommy died after a battle with cancer.
He was the winningest coach at Arizona, posting record of 95-64-4 in 14 season from 1987 through 2000. The Wildcats played in seven bowl games under Tomey, winning four.
Tomey had his first head coaching job at Hawaii and closed his career at San Jose State.
Overall, in his 29 seasons as coach, he had a record of 183-145-7.