Mark Hutson will serve as the interim head coach of the Green Wave for the remaining six games of the regular season.
Oct. 18, 2011
New Orleans - Tulane University Director of Athletics Rick Dickson announced today that Bob Toledo has resigned as the head football coach of the Green Wave, effective immediately. Co-offensive coordinator Mark Hutson will be the interim head coach of the Green Wave for the remaining six regular season games. Tulane will begin a nationwide search for a new head football coach 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. "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."
Toledo, who was in his fifth season, was 15-40 as the Green Wave's head coach and 93-108 in 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach, but Tulane stumbled to a 2-5 overall record this season and fell to UTEP last week at home, 44-7. His best seasons came in 2010 and 2007 when he guided the Wave to a pair of four-win seasons. Tulane registered a 3-9 record in 2009 and was 2-10 in 2008.
"As we outlined last spring, the university has committed additional resources to athletics with the express purpose of enhancing our football program," Dickson said. 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."
"I want to thank Rick for giving me the opportunity to coach at Tulane," Toledo said. "I also want to thank my coaching staff for their hard work, dedication and loyalty, as well as the players. We worked extremely hard and I feel like we did our best. Our student-athletes performed superbly in the classroom and in the community and Tulane has some very talented players that will help this program become successful. I wish the team and coaches the best for the remainder of the season."
Hutson is no stranger to the interim role. Prior to Tulane, he served as the interim head coach at Eastern Illinois in 2006. Hutson guided 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. He also served as the Panthers offensive line coach and offensive coordinator.
Prior to joining the Panthers staff, Hutson served as the offensive line coach at The University of Tulsa from 2000-02.
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.