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Full Circle: Bob Toledo & Tulane

Surprise. Surprise. Check this out:

Former UCLA head coach Bob Toledo has been hired as Tulane's new head coach, sources told ESPN's Jim Donnan.

Toledo, who is currently New Mexico's offensive coordinator, replaces Chris Scelfo, who was fired on Nov. 28.

Toledo was hired at New Mexico last year and helped head coach Rocky Long guide the Lobos to a 6-6 record and a berth in the inaugural New Mexico Bowl.

Toledo coached at UCLA from 1996-2002, compiling a 49-32 record that included a school-record 20-game winning streak and two Pac-10 championships. Despite his successes, he was fired in 2002 by Dan Guerrero, then in his first year as UCLA's athletic director, who said he felt the program wasn't heading in the right direction after a 7-5 season.

Tulane, which went 4-8 this season, returned to the Louisiana Superdome after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, but played before very sparse crowds in its longtime home stadium.

The 2005 season was perhaps Scelfo's most difficult. Hurricane Katrina forced the team to travel throughout the season, playing 11 games in 11 different cities while compiling a 2-9 record.
Remember it was the transfer of former UCLA blue chip QB J. P. Losman from Westwood to Tulane, which screwed up all of Toledo's post-McNown QB plans, playing a big part in his demise in Westwood. And now Tulane trys to resurrect its devastated program by hiring Toledo. That's what we call a full circle.

Good luck to Tulane and to Coach Toledo.