In your annual reminder of the existence of Tulane football: Bob Toledo has reportedly resigned as head coach of Tulane football, effective immediately on the heels of a 44-7 loss to UTEP that marked the Green Wave's fourth consecutive defeat and brought Toledo's overall record in New Orleans to 15-40 in four-and-a-half years. Offensive line coach/co-offensive coordinator Mark Hutson is expected to take over as interim coach to finish the year.
With that, Toledo — better known as the last coach under whom UCLA was nationally relevant — goes out as the tenth of Tulane's eleven head coaches over the last 60 years to leave with a losing record, a victim list that includes a young Mack Brown. (The Green Wave's 6-6 mark in 1987 was so impressive Brown was immediately hired by down-on-its-luck North Carolina.) The only exception in that span: Tommy Bowden, who arrived with innovative offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez in 1997, turned in what must be the most improbable undefeated season in NCAA history in 1998 and booked the first seat on the first plane to Clemson before the Liberty Bowl. The Green Wave have been to one bowl game since, in 2002, their only other winning season in the last 30 years. Average home attendance this year, officially, is a little less than 19,000 per game.
So while the timing is strange — Saturday is homecoming, against one of the few teams on the schedule that is demonstrably worse than Tulane — I am willing to believe that, yes, Bob Toledo has simply had enough of a job that has consistently consumed coaches since it decided to deemphasize athletics in the early fifties while still attempting to compete on a Division I level, and that his "resignation" is in fact a resignation.
If it isn't, no one could blame Toledo if he pulled a Tommy West on the way out. After nearly five years, it's obvious enough the program is going nowhere and deserves another reboot. Whether the will or resources actually exist to give it one, well, it seems they've had the answer to that for a long time already.