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SI: You're the Pac-10's longest-tenured coach, though you've had opportunities to go elsewhere. Why have you stayed at Cal?
JT: My wife [Donna] and I love the quality of life in the Bay Area, and we've worked hard to get some facilities underway. Also, I want to see our potential fulfilled. We're the Pac-10's second-winningest team the last eight years, we've shared the conference championship, we've been in seven bowl games, but we want to get to the Rose Bowl or the BCS game. We're happy but not satisfied.
SI: WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS GOING INTO THIS SEASON?
JT: WE NEED TO HAVE BETTER COVERAGE ON KICKS, AND WE NEED TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE ON DEFENSE. ALSO, WE HAVE ONLY ONE PROVEN RECEIVER, MARVIN JONES; WE'LL HAVE TO RELY ON THE NEW GUYS.
SI: Why is a player's academic performance a priority for you?
JT: When we get guys in here who aren't elite students but then grow to succeed academically, that gives them confidence for the next phase of life.
SI: What do you do in your spare time?
JT: I play golf with my kids, and my wife likes to travel, so we take one trip a year. But football is what I do. It engulfs my life. John Wooden said the biggest words are love and balance. There's a place for balance that I'm not real good at.