Whipple and Tellier have much in common. Tellier was Whipple's quarterback coach during Whipple's senior season at Brown, in 1978, and five years later the two shared an office when both were assistants at Brown. In '88, when Tellier, then the coach at Rochester, heard that Columbia was looking for a coach, he was in New Haven on a recruiting trip. Needing to update his r�sum� in a hurry, Tellier popped over to Whipple's office to use a typewriter.
It looked as if Tellier would have another credit for his r�sum� after Columbia opened up a 24-3 halftime lead, but that simply gave Whipple fodder for a halftime tirade. "You have a chance to pack it in, and everybody will pat you on the back just like they've done all these years!" he said. "Who's got the pride?"
Whipple's chat worked. After a Columbia field goal made it 27-3 with 6:35 to go in the third quarter, Brown set oft' on the most prolific 23 minutes in its 117-year football history, scoring 56 unanswered points to win 59-27. "The lowest moment I've had in a Brown uniform was on this very field two years ago," said Bear senior wideout Charlie Buckley afterward. "It was the end of an 0-and-10 season, and we hadn't earned anyone's respect. I'm glad I was here to help turn this program around."