The Green Wave lost 33-17 to the Memphis Tigers on October 22nd, 2011 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
A 25-year veteran of the college game either as a player or coach, Mark Hutson was named the interim head coach for the Green Wave on Oct. 18, 2011. He is the 38th head football coach in school history.
The 2011 campaign marks Hutson's fifth season on the Green Wave coaching staff and he has served as the offensive line coach for the Green Wave in each of his five seasons.
In Hutson's fourth campaign, his offensive line led the way for Orleans Darkwa, who rushed for a Tulane freshman record 925 yards and 10 touchdowns, and the helped the Wave's ground game churn up 127.5 yards per game and score 17 touchdowns. TU's aerial game averaged 245.8 yards per game behind Hutson's group and scored 19 touchdowns.
During his third season, Hutson's group paved the way for Andre Anderson, a Doak Walker Candidate who rushed for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns. Anderson became the second Tulane running back to surpass 1,000 yards in a single season behind a Hutson-led offensive line. TU's line also helped Ryan Griffin become the most prolific freshman quarterback in school history in his six starts, and Jeremy Williams hauled in 84 receptions for 1,113 yards and seven scores. Senior Nick Landry became the third Green Wave offensive lineman under Hutson to advance to the next level when he signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Hutson's second season saw the Green Wave get off to a great start with his offensive line paving the way for nearly 400 yards of total offense per outing through the first four games. However, injuries decimated the team and TU ran out of weapons to run behind the offensive line. Despite the team's finish, a pair of Huston's pupils will be playing on Sunday's with all-conference selections Troy Kropog and Michael Parenton joining the NFL ranks. Kropog was a fourth round selection by the Tennessee Titans, while Parenton signed as a free agent with the New York Jets.
During his first season with the Wave, Hutson's offensive line spearheaded the attack for tailback Matt Forte, who rushed for a school-record 2,127 yards and ran into the record books with the seventh-best rushing performance in NCAA history. TU's offensive line paved the way for a 201-yard per game average on the ground, which ranked as the sixth-best single season effort in school history, and the team's 26 rushing touchdowns tied for the second most, while Tulane's 2,412 total yards was the second-best effort in one season. Three of Hutson's players received all-conference honors, including honorable mention selections Troy Kropog and Michael Parenton, while Andrew Nierman was named to the Freshman All-America Team by The Sporting News.
Hutson, 46, came to Tulane from Eastern Illinois University where he spent four seasons and helped EIU to 26 overall victories, two conference titles and to consecutive NCAA 1-AA playoff appearances.
He was thrown into the spotlight during the 2006 season when he took over the head coaching duties of running the Panthers football program in the absence of head coach Bob Spoo. Hutson was equal to the task guiding the Panthers to a co-Ohio Valley Conference championship and No. 15 national ranking in the final poll. He was credited with a career coaching record of 8-5, 7-1 in the OVC.
In addition to his role as assistant head coach he also served as the Panthers offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. As the offensive line coach, Hutson's troops earned nine All-OVC honors starting with Frank Castagnoli in 2003 and ending with Jonathan Rueter's second team All-American selection in 2006.
Prior to joining the Panthers staff, Hutson served as the offensive line coach and student-athlete academic liaison at The University of Tulsa from 2000-02. During his stint with the Golden Hurricane, he helped coach lineman Kevin Shaffer into the NFL ranks.
Hutson entered the coaching profession as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma in 1990. He joined former Arkansas and current Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt's staff at Murray State in 1993, serving as the tight ends coach and special team's coordinator. Murray State won back-to-back OVC championships in 1995 and 1996 with a combined 22-3 record.
Hutson followed Nutt to Boise State for one year as the special teams and tight ends coach and then to Arkansas for two seasons. At Arkansas, he once again coached tight ends and special teams winning the Southeastern Conference Special Teams Coach of the Year Award. The Razorbacks made appearances in the 1998 Citrus Bowl and 1999 Cotton Bowl while Hutson was on the staff.
A two-time All-America lineman at Oklahoma (1986-87), he was a team captain and member of the Sooners' 1985 National Championship team, and made four consecutive Orange Bowl appearances (1985-88). He was named to the Oklahoma All-Century Team and named one of the Top 100 players in OU history. He was a three-time All-Big Eight selection and capped his career with an appearance in the 1988 Hula Bowl All-Star game in Hawaii.
Hutson was a third round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys in 1988. After back surgery forced him into early retirement, he returned to OU and completed his bachelor's degree in communication in 1990.
The Fort Smith, Ark., native has been a part of seven bowl teams, three as a coach and four as a player.
He and his wife, Sherri, have two sons Ethan (19), who is a freshman on the Ole Miss football team, and Dillion (17).