For the third time in seven weeks, the head coach of a Div. 1-A football program has seen his tenure come to an abrupt end.
At a press conference Tuesday morning, Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson announced that Bob Toledo has “resigned” as the Green Wave’s head coach. Co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Mark Hutson will serve as the interim coach, and a nationwide search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately.
“We are very appreciative of the job Bob and his staff did both on and off the field during their four and half seasons,” Dickson said in a statement. “A transition like this is always difficult and we are very grateful that Bob and his assistants will ensure that the program can continue to move forward without interruption for the next six games. …
“As we outlined last spring, the university has committed additional resources to athletics with the express purpose of enhancing our football program. Among those increases are overall budgets, academic support and salary pools. We are also making substantial progress in planning and fundraising for a new stadium to house the Green Wave. We will continue to work with the next head coach in every area to become successful.”
Toledo was in the midst of his fifth season at the school after being hired in December of 2006. The Green Wave had won just two of their first seven games, continuing a trend of — being kind here — mediocre play that marked Toledo’s tenure and led to his undoing. In four-plus years, Toledo compiled an overall record of 15-40. The Green Wave did not win more than four games in a single season during Toledo’s time as coach.
Toledo was also the head coach at UCLA from 1996-2002 before being fired, and then took a three-year sabbatical from coaching before becoming the offensive coordinator at New Mexico in 2006.
Toledo joins Mike Locksley (New Mexico) and Mike Stoops (Arizona) as coaches who’ve found themselves on the unemployment line since the start of the 2011 season.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.