How much input did you have on the newly renovated stadium?
JT: A lot. We went on a tour of five different [stadiums] and gathered ideas. I've been a part of the high-performance center and certain things like picking out the type of turf [and] things about the locker room, weight room and training room.
Was that ever a coaching ambition—to design your own facilities?
JT: It wasn't, but it was an eye-opener. It will be something down the road that I'll take great pride in. It's going to last for a long time and have an effect on a lot of people's futures.
SI: DID YOU HAVE TO RECRUIT YOUR SON QUINN, A CAL WIDEOUT FROM 2009 TO '11?
JT: NO. [LAUGHS.] HE WAS A WALK-ON. IT WAS AN ACADEMIC CHOICE. HE LOVED THE EXCITEMENT OF FOOTBALL AND THE CAMARADERIE. BUT HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES TWO YEARS AGO AND DECIDED TO CONCENTRATE ON SCHOOL.
Can you recommend a book outside of football that has given you fresh perspective on the game?
JT: A book by John Maxwell called Talent Is Never Enough. It felt like it was more than the X's and O's. It's a book about belief and passion and initiative and focus and character and relationships and a lot of other things that go into being successful.