The Second Coming: BILL WALSH

With his return to Stanford, BILL WALSH converts campus agnostics into believers and raises an academic question: Can a football coach be called a genius?

NESTLED IN A STAND OF FRAGRANT EUCAlyptus trees at the Embarcadero Road entrance to the campus of Stanford University is a billboard advertising the home schedule of the varsity football team. But the larger-than-life image on the billboard that causes motorists to pause is that of a man with a mane of white hair beckoning them to turn in on a Saturday afternoon, park their cars, fill the 85,500 seats at Stanford Stadium and watch him lead the local student athletes to the promised land. Which, in the vernacular of Stanford football, means the Rose Bowl game in Pasadena on January...

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