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Tomey Is Coach at Arizona

January 14, 1987

Dick Tomey, the football coach at Hawaii and former assistant at UCLA, was named coach at the University of Arizona Tuesday, 10 years after he first sought the job.

Athletic Director Cedric Dempsey introduced Tomey, 48, at a news conference, ending a search that began 11 days earlier with the resignation of Coach Larry Smith, who took the post at USC.

Tomey was given a four-year contract with a base salary of $85,000 annually.

Tomey was a finalist for the Arizona coaching position for the 1977 season, but the job was given to Tony Mason, then coach at the University of Cincinnati. Shortly thereafter, Tomey went to Hawaii, where he has compiled a 10-season record of 63-46-3.

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