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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
3-point stance: Toledo out at Tulane

By Ivan Maisel

1. The French Quarter is thriving and Tulane University has recovered from Hurricane Katrina. But the Green Wave football team hasn’t. A respectable 18-18 in the three years before the 2005 disaster, Tulane is 21-57 over the past seven seasons, 15-40 under coach Bob Toledo, who resigned Tuesday. Toledo, one of the good guys in the sport, is no match for Category Five problems (small fan base, apathetic student body, no on-campus stadium). Tulane is raising money for an on-campus stadium. That’s a good place to start.

2. SMU, Tulane’s fellow Conference USA member, has climbed from depths deeper than Tulane ever has seen. The Mustangs are 5-1, and it’s easy to imagine their Nov. 19 game at No. 19 Houston (6-0) being big enough to attract national attention. What isn’t easy to imagine is how the Mustangs are 5-1 while minus-9 in turnover margin. Blame the Mustang defense, which has generated only five turnovers.

3. Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson asked for his Yellow Jackets to get a break -- literally. They have played seven straight weeks and go to Miami on Saturday. “This is probably about the longest that I’ve ever played without a break,” Johnson said. “... I think our guys want to win and want to play, I don’t doubt that. They just need a little more in that tank.” If a head coach in his 15th season says he has never played eight straight weeks, he’s either lucky, a scheduling genius, or has a short memory.