Cross leaves Irish's staff to be new coach at Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Toledo hired Notre Dame assistant Gene Cross as its new men's basketball coach Friday, giving him responsibility for a program that hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 1980.

Cross replaced Stan Joplin, fired last month after 12 seasons.

Cross, who spent 11 years as an assistant at Notre Dame, Virginia, DePaul and Illinois-Chicago, said he was impressed by Toledo's commitment to basketball, citing the renovation of its arena.