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Tulane head football coach Bob Toledo is out as head coach of the Green Wave.

The move was made early Tuesday morning. Three sources first confirmed to SportsNOLA.com through Ed Daniels of WGNO-TV and SportsNOLA.com and to Ken Trahan that Mark Hutson was chosen as the interim coach for the remainder of the season.

Bob Toledo was unable to turn around Tulane's fortunes on the gridiron over his 4-plus seasons.Bob Toledo was unable to turn around Tulane's fortunes on the gridiron over his 4-plus seasons.

Hutson is Tulane's offensive line coach. Tulane is currently 2-5, in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Tulane hosts Memphis for homecoming Saturday afternoon.

Tulane has called a 10:30 a.m. news conference to announce the change.

Toledo, 65, did not have a winning record in his five seasons at Tulane, finishing with a 15-40 career record.

Toledo’s last four seasons at Tulane followed similar patterns – good starts and slow finishes. Each of his last four teams started 2-2, and this year’s team was 2-1. During his career, his teams were 9-12 prior to Oct. 3 and 6-28 after that date.

His first Green Wave team finished 4-8 and was led by current Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, who rushed for a school record 2,127 yards.

Hutson has been with Toledo throughout his five seasons at Tulane as offensive line coach. The 46-year-old, who was an All-American at Oklahoma in the late 1980s, was named offensive coordinator of the running game prior to this season.

Hutson’s offensive lines have opened holes for Forte, Andre Anderson and Orleans Darkwa in the last five years.

Hutson has served as an interim head coach previously. In 2006, he took over the Eastern Illinois program and led them to an 8-5 record and Ohio Valley Conference co-championship.

The native of Fort Smith, Ark., has previous coaching experience at Boise State, Arkansas and Tulsa.

It is the first in-season coaching change in Tulane history. In 1996, Buddy Teevens was relieved of his duties two days prior to the season finale against LSU, but Teevens was allowed to coach the game.

MORE ON INTERIM COACH MARK HUTSON (from Tulane Atheltics):
Hutson is no stranger to the interim role.  Prior to Tulane, he served as the interim head coach at Eastern Illinois in 2006.  Hutson guided the Panthers to a co-Ohio Valley Conference championship and No. 15 national ranking in the final poll. He was credited with a career coaching record of 8-5, 7-1 in the OVC.  He also served as the Panthers offensive line coach and offensive coordinator.

Prior to joining the Panthers staff, Hutson served as the offensive line coach at The University of Tulsa from 2000-02.  

Hutson entered the coaching profession as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma in 1990. He joined former Arkansas and current Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt’s staff at Murray State in 1993, serving as the tight ends coach and special team’s coordinator. Murray State won back-to-back OVC championships in 1995 and 1996 with a combined 22-3 record.

Hutson followed Nutt to Boise State for one year as the special teams and tight ends coach and then to Arkansas for two seasons. At Arkansas, he once again coached tight ends and special teams winning the Southeastern Conference Special Teams Coach of the Year Award. The Razorbacks made appearances in the 1998 Citrus Bowl and 1999 Cotton Bowl while Hutson was on the staff.

A two-time All-America lineman at Oklahoma (1986-87), he was a team captain and member of the Sooners’ 1985 National Championship team, and made four consecutive Orange Bowl appearances (1985-88). He was named to the Oklahoma All-Century Team and named one of the Top 100 players in OU history. He was a three-time All-Big Eight selection and capped his career with an appearance in the 1988 Hula Bowl All-Star game in Hawaii.

Hutson was a third round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys in 1988.  After back surgery forced him into early retirement, he returned to OU and completed his bachelor’s degree in communication in 1990.