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Tulane football coach Toledo resigns


Bob Toledo (courtesy of Tulane athletics)

UTEP beat Tulane University 44-7 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Saturday and the fans in New Orleans chanted “fire coach Toledo.”

Earlier this week,  Tulane head coach Bob Toledo met with athletic director Rick Dickson and the two mutually agreed that the football coach should resign.

Dickson has named Mark Hutson as the interim coach for Tulane’s remaining six games. Hutson also was the interim head coach at Eastern Illinois in 2006. Hutson has been the Green Wave’s offensive line coach for all five years with Toledo. He led Eastern Illinois to a co-Ohio Valley Conference championship and an 8-5 record in his season as interim head coach and he has also been an assistant at Tulsa and Arkansas.

Toledo, who is 65, a former head coach at UCLA, took over the Tulane Green Wave in 2007. Eventhough his record was 13-35 in his first four years, Toledo received a two-year extension after last season in the hope his recruiting efforts would pay off with a winning season in 2011, but the team is 2-5 and has been blown out by Tulsa, Duke, Army and UTEP.


Info compiled from Tulane University, Radio & TV news

TOLEDO AT OSU GAME WEEK: UT coach Beckman signs extension through 2015; architect of football resurgence


Tim Beckman (courtesy of Toledo athletics)

The University of Toledo and head football coach Tim Beckman have agreed to a contract extension that will run through the 2015 season.

UT athletic director Mike O’Brien made the announcement back in July.

The 46-year-old Beckman was named head coach in December 2008, inheriting a team that was 3-9 in 2007.

He led the team to a 5-7 record his rookie season of 2009 and an 8-5 mark, 7-1 in MAC play in 2010.

Toledo’s 8-5 record was its best since a 9-3 record in 2005. The Rockets’ 7-1 mark in league play was their best since a 7-1 mark in 2004.

Under Beekman’s coaching, the Rockets made it first bowl appearance in five years when it faced Florida International University in the 2010 Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit’s Ford Field. It’s previous bowl appearance came in 2005, a 45-13 win over UTEP in the GMAC Bowl.

Info courtesy of Toledo athletics

Texas Tech hires Billy Gillespie as new basketball coach


Billy Gillespie (photo by acDixon via wikipedia commons)

The fans in Lubbock, Texas, home the of Texas Tech University Red Raiders will find themselves rooting for a former rival coach who used to lead their arch-rivals, Texas A&M Aggies.

The Red Raiders fans have welcomed Billy Gillespie to lead their basketball team back to the top of the Big 12 Conference. He has a five-year contract.

Gillespie, who is 51, is a native of Abilene, has a record of 140-85 in seven seasons as  Division I coach, led UTEP and Texas A&M to quick turnrounds from losers to contending winners in their respective conferences.

In 2004, Gillespie led UTEP to its first NCAA tournament bid since 1992.

Under Gillespie’s guidance, the Aggies of Texas A&M had three straight 20-win seasons. In 2005, he was voted the Big 12 coach of the year.

Gillespie followed the popular Tubby Smith at Kentucky and never was liked by the fans. He was fired in 2009 after the Wildcats missed playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years.


compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Texas Tech athletics news

NEW MEXICO BOWL: Brigham Young beats Texas-El Paso behind Jake Heaps

BYU QB Jake Heaps (courtesy of Brigham Young athletics)

Brigham Young dominated an overmatched UTEP team 52-24 in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque.

Freshman Jake Heaps threw four touchdown passes, three to Cody Hoffman, and finished the game with 264 yards passing.

Hoffman had eight catches for 137 yards, Joshua Quezada ran for 101 yards on the ground for the Cougars who end the season at 7-6.

In 2011, BYU will be an independent and play the type of schedule they want just like Notre Dame.

Texas-El Paso drops to 6-7.


* The Cougars broke a streak by playing in the New Mexico Bowl. The previous five years, BYU had played in the Las Vegas Bowl.

* Came into the game winning five of their last seven games to finish 6-6, losing only to nationally ranked teams Utah and TCU.

* BYU’s run defense improved significantly after head coach Bronco Mendenhall took over the defensive play-calling duties following the October 1 loss at Utah State.

* QB Jake Heaps had a promising November, with nine touchdowns and one interception in four games. As a true freshman he showed better composure and decision-making that the other veteran quarterbacks on the team.


* The Miners came into the game having lost five of their last six games.

* UTEP started the season at 5-1.

* Injuries took a heavy toll on the senior-heavy roster.

* QB Trevor Vittatoe was solid in the first half of the season (14 TD’s, 2 interceptions), but an ankle injury hampered his effectiveness. He wasn’t 100 percent for the bowl game.

* WR Kris Adams had 11 receiving touchdowns ranked fourth in Conference USA, and averaged an unheard of 20.8 yards a catch.

* WR Marlon McClure ranked fifth nationally with an average 29.8 yards on kick returns. McClure returned two kicks back for touchdowns, including a 100-yard effort against Arkansas.

compiled from staff, New Mexico Bowl, Brigham Young & Texas-El Paso news

Legends Classic selects teams; Syracuse heads list

Syracuse University, which was ranked Number 1 for one week last season, and two other NCAA tournament teams, Georgia Tech and UTEP will be host schools in the 2010 Legends Classic.

Michigan is the other team in the field guaranteed a berth in the semifinals, which will be held November 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The championship game will be held November 27.

(permission by Gazelle Group, Inc)

The teams comprising the Syracuse regional include: Detroit, William & Mary. Bowling Green and Gardner-Webb will play at Michigan. Albany and Niagara will play at Georgia Tech. Mercer and Western Carolina will vist UTEP.

The non-host teams play three more games in subregional games at Detroit or William & Mary, so all 12 teams in the tournament play four games.

Florida won Last year’s tournament.

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