Today, on the five-year anniversary, I asked Coach Willingham how he heard the news of the terrorists attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
"It was an amazing day for all of us," he said. "I think I was upstairs that morning, coming down for my bowl of oatmeal before I start my day, and you could start to see the events unfold on television on the east coast. At that time, you're not exactly sure what was going to take place of what the impact would have been across the country."
Willingham, who was coach at Stanford at the time, said he discussed the events with his players at practice that day.