San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter Glenn Dickey is certainly no titan of his industry, but he seemed to have jerked this one over the wall and into the bay.
Dateline: January 1, 2001. Tyrone Willingham has just accepted the head coaching job at the University of Notre Dame. Dickey, in a fit of clairvoyance, writes that Willingham is about to be "exposed":
Because the pros are the bigger story in the Bay Area, college coaches don't face the intense scrutiny of their pro counterparts. He won't have that luxury at Notre Dame. The national media will descend on South Bend and make his life a hell. They'll ask tough questions and do tough stories. Losses will be dissected. His personality, or lack of, will be under the microscope. Tyrone Willingham won't have a prayer. He should have stayed at Stanford.I wonder if he'll be penning another Bay Area-coach-to-Notre-Dame story anytime soon. Let's hope so. And let's hope his crystal ball predicts a different outcome this time.