Stanford football entered a new era in 1995 after Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh retired from his second stint as Cardinal head coach. Enter Tyrone Willingham, who had spent the previous three seasons as the running backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings.
Stanford posted a 7-4-1 record in Willingham’s first season, including a win over Cal in the annual Big Game. The Cardinal lost to East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl.
Willingham spent seven seasons at Stanford, compiling a 44-36-1 record and winning the Pac-10 title in 1999.