SAN JOSE -- Former San Jose State coach Dick Tomey likes the direction his former program is headed.
"I'm excited about what I see from the Spartans," Tomey said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Tomey coached SJSU from 2005-09, going 25-35. The Spartans went 20-17 in the middle three years of his tenure, including the 2006 season in which they went 9-4 and won the New Mexico Bowl.
He watched their season opener against Stanford on TV and was impressed.
"The way they played in the first game, I thought they did a fabulous job," Tomey said. "I thought Mike MacIntyre and all the coaches did a great job. The team did a tremendous job. That was anybody's game."
Tomey offered high praise for the Spartans' wide receiver corps.
"I'm not sure there's a team on the West Coast that has as many (quality) wide receivers," he said. "Certainly USC has two, but I'm not sure anybody has as many."
Tomey retired from coaching after his final year at SJSU in 2009, but made a return last season for a one-year run as Hawaii's special teams coach. He previously coached the Warriors from 1977-86. He's most well-known for his tenure at Arizona, where he won 95 games from 1987-2000.
Tomey recently attended a 40th reunion of the 1972 UCLA team that upset No. 1 Nebraska, ending the Cornhuskers' 23-game winning streak. Tomey was an assistant with the Bruins from 1971-76 before taking the head-coaching job with Hawaii.