Tuesday monrning, Tulane essentially fired head football coach Bob Toledo. Although Toledo officially resigned, the writing was on the wall after the Green Wave lost their last 4 straight games to fall to 2-5 on the year.
Tulane will definitely get a new head football coach and maybe more: the Green Wave could be heading to a new conference. There is a lot of talk about Missouri leaving the Big 12 Conference and joining the Southeastern Conference and Tulane going to a new expanded Big 12. That would be incredible.
The Big 12 gets the New Orleans and fertile Louisiana market plus a major academic school in their conference while Tulane gets back into a major conference for the first time since leaving the Southeastern Conference back in the mid 60′s.
But it gets better: Tulane is about half way to their goal of raising funds to build a new on-campus football stadium. If Athletic Director Rick Dickson can double up on the financial commitments he’s already received, Tulane could be playing in a new on-campus stadium in a new conference sooner rather than later.
The dominoes are definetly falling at Tulane. A new head football coach is a mere formality. But the bigger prizes – major conference affiliation and an on-campus football stadium – are a real possibility. And you don’t have to be a Tulane fan to be for this, just a fan of New Orleans.