College football Gods work in funny ways. ICYMI - news came out of San Diego that would be of interest to UCLA football fans:
SAN DIEGO - Bob Toledo, who has 39 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 18 as a head coach, has been named offensive coordinator at San Diego State, Aztec head coach Rocky Long announced today.
Toledo has spent 41 seasons as a player or coach in college football with a great deal of that time in California, including head coaching stints at UCLA (1996-02), Pacific (1979-82) and UC Riverside (1974-75).
"We are thrilled to add Coach Toledo to our staff," Long said. "He has a great football mind and has done a fantastic job of developing offensive talent. His knowledge of California football will only help our recruiting as we continue to build our program here at San Diego State."
Toledo, 66, may be best known for his time spent at UCLA, where he was the head coach from 1996-2002 and the offensive coordinator from 1994-95.
Toledo led the Bruins to a 49-32 record, including a school-record 20-game winning streak, two Pac-10 titles, one Rose Bowl appearance and non-conference victories over Texas (twice), Alabama (twice), Michigan, Ohio State and Texas A&M.
Aaah, yes. That's right.
The combination of Bobby Toledo and Rocky Long was a good one while it last in Westwood. They put together arguably the best UCLA football team since the Bruins won Rose Bowl in the early 80s. IMO the 1997 team, which finished the season with 10 straight wins was better than the Troy Aikman team in the late 80s and better than the team from the following season, which won 10 games before cratering on December 5, 1998.
1997 was the last year UCLA put together a complete football product on Saturdays featuring a dominant offense and swarming defense that was a lot of fun to watch. Hopefully Mora, Mazzone and Spanos can bring those days back next year.
Anyway, good luck to Toledo and Long in San Diego.