WATCH: Dick Tomey talks to his team at 1998 Arizona football reunion

Tomey: 'The most wonderful thing is to see how happy you guys are to see each other'

The one thing former Arizona Wildcats coach Dick Tomey always says about his 1998 Arizona Wildcats that went 12-1 is that the whole foundation was unselfishness.

To Tomey, that started before the 1997 regular-season finale against Arizona State, when he told quarterback Ortege Jenkins and Keith Smith that third-stringer Brady Batten, a senior who had battled injuries that season, would start the bowl game if the Cats beat the Devils.

"And they said, 'That's exactly the way it should be,'" Tomey said Friday night at the 20-year reunion of the 1998 team.

Arizona ended up beating ASU, Batten played the majority of the game in the Insight.com Bowl win over New Mexico ... and the Cats took a four-game winning streak into 1998, when Jenkins and Smith formed a rare quarterback time share that worked.

Tomey also talked about how Trung Canidate and Kelvin Eafon had to share glory at running back, and, as he has in the past, praised star cornerback Chris McAlister for meeting the team at the airport, in the rain, when it returned home from the thrilling 31-28 win at Washington when he was ineligible for the game.

McAlister wasn't at the gathering Friday night, but he and many more Wildcats were expected to join the reunion Saturday for Homecoming.

"To me as a coach the most wonderful thing is to see how happy you guys are to see each other," Tomey said. "That's it to me."

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