Since the news broke early this morning of the passing of Arizona football coaching legend Dick Tomey, a great deal of reaction has taken place on social media.
Here are many of the reactions (to be updated as they come in):
The entire Wildcat family is mourning the passing of Arizona Football coaching icon Dick Tomey
A man of integrity and passion who impacted the lives of so many. He always put others before himself. Coach Tomey’s legacy goes far beyond the football field. Bear Down Coach! pic.twitter.com/lQmtbodkWt
Aloha, Coach Tomey.
"Coach Tomey was a legend. He had the unique ability to reach into your soul and get the best out of you. He was different. He loved the game of football but it was more about the players, the coaches, the families, the TEAM. You knew sincerely cared about you.”
– @CoachBrennan pic.twitter.com/606v4ew3LO
The football world has lost a giant with the passing of longtime University of Arizona coach Dick Tomey. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and all of those whose lives were enriched by Coach Tomey. pic.twitter.com/Cgd31KqBIg
He may have been UA's all-time winningest football coach, but more importantly, Dick Tomey was a great man and community leader. He will be missed. Rest in peace coach! pic.twitter.com/06X6qa1YaF
"Dick Tomey will be deeply missed but the impact he had on so many of us will live on." pic.twitter.com/N8xbAHk7AT
Arizona legendary linebacker Ricky Hunley
Coach Tomey has been called home after a his battle with cancer. We were blessed to have had him in our lives. What he has done for the U of A Football and our community will live on forever. Coach was a true Champion for Inclusion. Everyone was treated like the star of the Team pic.twitter.com/OHIpyJrdx7
Everyone that had the pleasure of meeting him, loved and respected him. Coach Tomey was nothing but Class. He walked with the kings but kept the common touch.
RIP Coach the Football world will never forget you. pic.twitter.com/0ycEPSArqM
Desert Swarm member Brandon Sanders
My heart is sad to the core.. but I’m comforted to know my Coach, my Mentor, my Friend is at peace and in heaven.. A father figure to thousands of us R.I.P Coach Tomey.. “Coach them hard.. LOVE them HARDER” #CoachOnTheBlock pic.twitter.com/zSfNH49NUi
Legendary coach Mack Brown
Sally and I are so sad to hear of Dick Tomey’s passing. I’ve never met a more passionate, loving man, who was also one of the best coaches to ever coach. We’ve lost a dear friend, and the CFB Family lost a true Legend! There is a hole in our hearts. Rest easy, my friend. pic.twitter.com/JGsIng5bKD
Former linebacker Chester Burnett
Rest in Eternal peace Coach Tomey. You set the standard for not just being a great Coach, but a great man. https://t.co/IYfLVoJJ9P
Corbin Smith, son of the late Larry Smith
Rest Easy Coach Tomey! All the love in the world to your family. pic.twitter.com/L7oAA7j8UL
Former tight end Brandon Manumaleuna
One of the greatest men to ever lead a team onto a football field. You taught me so much about football and how to be an accountable young man. Your presence will be missed. My condolences to the Tomey family. RIP Coach Tomey. 💔 #beardown pic.twitter.com/LoLR2ORX7T
Fox Sports Arizona executive Brett Hansen
What kind of person was Dick Tomey? He once got mad at me for putting his photo on a UA football game program cover.
Said “Arizona football is about the players, not me.”
An amazing leader and dad who made a larger than life impact on so many. Bear Down coach!
AllSportsTucson.com writer Andy Morales
The @AZATHLETICS @ArizonaFBall Wildcat family lost a legend & a friend with the passing of Dick Tomey. I have so much respect for this man. He was wronged by a few who wanted something better than the best we ever had & our community suffered because of it. He remained the better pic.twitter.com/zN9pcUvMp2
ASU public-address announcer Jeff Munn
A story: following ASU’s 1991 football victory over Arizona, I was responsible for getting quotes from the visiting coach. Because of writers’ deadlines, I was alone when Dick Tomey came out. He answered all my questions. He was a very classy man. RIP Coach.
Former Arizona player Barrett Baker
Cried for a few minutes then realized how lucky I was to play for him and more importantly to have known him. What a man. I’ll cherish the memories forever. Love you Coach, Bear Down. #DickTomey
Arizona softball coaching legend Mike Candrea
Coach Candrea and the entire Arizona softball program mourns the loss of legendary @ArizonaFBall coach Dick Tomey.
Our thoughts are with all of Coach Tomey’s family and friends. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/M55FeHvZhk
One of the finest men I have ever met! Love you Dick Tomey! 🐻⬇️ https://t.co/WJhi6y54wn
Desert Swarm linebacker Brant Boyer
CBS College Football Writer Dennis Dodd
What modern college football wouldn't give for Dick Tomey's Desert Swarm defense.
Florida State coach Willie Taggart
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Dick Tomey. My Prayers go out to all of Coach’s Family members and dear Friends. His legacy has definitely left a lasting impression on so many. Love ya coach! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin
There is no doubt that Coach Tomey’s legacy and impact will resonate for many years to come. Bear Down Coach! https://t.co/2cneHvoV45
ASU assistant Antonio Pierce, an Arizona standout
Arizona president Robert C. Robbins
I am very sad to hear of the passing of @UofA and @AZAthletics legend Coach Dick Tomey. His impact on the UA and @ArizonaFBall will be remembered for many years, and we will long be grateful for his friendship and support. He will be missed. https://t.co/8jmWMMhgTx pic.twitter.com/Hv8lg6oIf2
Utah AD Mark Harlan, a former Arizona staffer
Coach T was my mentor, friend & dad to my best friend. This is so hard. Not being able to call him for encouragement or to solve a problem is unimaginable but Im ready to march forward because of him. He will forever be a legend for so many. Love you Coach https://t.co/tB2IbtYbzr
AllSportsTucson.com writer Steve Rivera
The Dick Tomey-led wildcats were the first major beat I covered back in 1988. Great man to write about. Reminded me of my dad… loved his family and cared unconditionally about his family and team. Godspeed.
Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke
We have lost a true Wildcat Icon but his impact will live forever! Incredible Coach and better person. I am honored to have known this great man and am thankful for how warmly he welcomed our family into the Wildcat Family @AZATHLETICS #BearDown https://t.co/PzqsGbYTST
Sports Illustrated writer Tim Layden
Former college football coach Dick Tomey has died at 80. His 94 Arizona Desert Swarm team was the subject of my first SI cover story and he could not have been more open. I watched him play baseball with kids at age 55. A good man. Sad day.
Arizona volleyball coach David Rubio
Rest In Peace to an amazing man and an amazing ambassador of Arizona Athletics! Our thoughts are with Coach Tomey’s family and friends. 🙏
Arizona legendary linebacker Lance Briggs
Former Tucson Citizen Sports Editor Peter Madrid
So sorry to hear about the passing of a man who was a leader, was fair to me and my sportswriters, and loved his family. RIP Coach Tomey. https://t.co/W1cLq1tUaT
AllSportsTucson.com writer Anthony Gimino
I don't know how you sum up a man like Dick Tomey with one quote. But I think this, from a 2017 interview with me, comes close to capturing what he was all about. pic.twitter.com/kTCeaOvqig
Former running back Kelvin Eafon
Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate
We only met one time, but from our conversation you are the definition of the Wildcat Way. While putting others before yourself, I appreciate your endless suppprt towards this University and your legacy will live on forever. Legends Live Forever #BearDown 🔴🔵 RIP Coach Tomey pic.twitter.com/HiDqEiWsvr
Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich
Mahalo Coach Tomey, for everything.
Desert Swarm defensive back Kelvin Hunter
RIP Coach Tomey. Condolences to the Tomey family. 🐻⬇️ you will be missed! One of Coach Tomey’s most memorable quotes was when he said one day during a meeting after a Holiday Bowl practice, you know what that “N” on Nebraska’s helmet stands for Not Today, Not today! 💙 you Coach pic.twitter.com/Bd3leLn7r5
Arizona hoops legend Damon Stoudamire
Former Arizona quarterback Ron Veal
Former Arizona assistant coach Mike Flores
My great pleasure was not only to be coached by Dick Tomey at UCLA when he was an assistant, but also to be a fellow staff member at UCLA, I then coached for him at Hawaii and Arizona. But above all, he was my closest friend and mentor who impacted my life beyond description. pic.twitter.com/5giRXa27m6
Arizona basketball legend Steve Kerr
RIP Coach Tomey- what a wonderful person and a helluva coach. Kind, thoughtful, tough and competitive. We have stayed in touch over the years and talked a lot about coaching. I learned a lot from him. Much love to the Tomey family. https://t.co/WSvlZUuHGO
Arizona defensive coordinator Marcel Yates
Sending my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Coach Tomey. Know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort you. #BearDown pic.twitter.com/5QgLJItqFz
South Florida, where Tomey worked as an advisor
Our hearts go out to the Tomey and Arizona families.
RIP Coach Tomey and thank you for your contributions to our program. We loved having you as a Bull. https://t.co/InOckuK3pY
Former NFL player Brian Orakpo
Arizona football legend Chuck Cecil
There's not the right words or enough space on Twitter. It's taken us a minute. Love this pic of Coach w/ his arm around @carriegcecil and me with Nanci. December dinner in #Tucson. 🙏🏽'ing for our friends. pic.twitter.com/0biqedgEzH
Arizona basketball great Reggie Geary
Very sorry to hear about the passing of Coach Dick Tomey. Always a class act and one great coach. Coach Tomey was at the helm for some of UofA footballs greatest moments and teams. @AZATHLETICS @ArizonaFBall #Wildcatfamily #BearDown #Desertswarm @DickTomey #RIP
Former player Lamont Lovett
Today we lost a GIANT in Arizona football! A great man, friend, mentor, and father figure to so many. The definition of #BearDown Coach Dick Tomey will be missed.🙏🏾Rest in Heaven Coach. Prayers go to the Tomey family🙏🏾#BearDown #ArizonaWildcatGreat #WildcatLegacy pic.twitter.com/rRFXL90cPj
Offensive line great Glenn Parker
“Coach them hard and love em harder”
And man did we love him back.
Since I met him he has been a part of me and always will be.
R.I.P. Coach #DickTomey
Arizona offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone
Thank you Coach….for all you’ve done. Not only for all the young men you’ve mentored but also for defining the word “Coach” for all of us. Your legacy is unmatched “BearDown” https://t.co/lP7FkbQmfe
Former Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez
It was a great honor to know Coach Tomey. He was always supportive and he was a great coach and person. Thoughts and prayers for his family
Former Arizona coach Mike Stoops
Dick Tomey was a true icon and mentor for me as a young coach. He will always be a legend for Arizona football. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Tomey family. He will be missed. 🙏🏻 https://t.co/dTcE0tSlUr
NBC broadcaster Dan Hicks (Arizona grad)
Longtime Tucson sports mogul Mike Feder
I was so sad to hear of the passing of Dick Tomey. He was a special person. He will be missed. RIP Coach Tomey. Aloha pic.twitter.com/2OkDSBdXdB