December 26, 1998
I am writing in support of J.A. Adande's critical presentation of the dilemma that the UCLA student-athletes on the football team faced in their last game. As a former UCLA student-athlete, I understand it to be common practice for student-athletes to make use of their college-level status in order to provide younger generations with role models they may not have in their own homes or communities who will inspire them to achieve in academia. Were it not for the powers that be who despise social policies such as affirmative action which serve to equalize the cultural status of minority people, and who tenaciously increase degrees of intimidation--through various methods whether legal, overt or subtle--for people in sublevel leadership position, such as Coach Toledo, there really would be no dilemma to speak of. As a graduate student, I understand the requirement that reports critically evaluate all sides of an issue.
December 1, 2001
Give it up, Bob Toledo! Everyone knows the real reason you didn't bench Cory Paus for the USC game and it had nothing to do with "gathering information." You let him play because you desperately needed a win to salvage your decaying season. The only thing unclear at this point is whether it was your integrity or your team that took the worst beating. Rob Osborne Redondo Beach Shame on Coach Toledo and the Bruins for delivering a self-serving punishment to Cory Paus. Demotion to third-string is not enough; it should be to a few steps lower: off the team.
December 14, 2002
I enjoyed Bill Plaschke's article "As New Star Rises, Will Lavin Fall?" and Chris Dufresne's article "Will Bruins Show Them the Money?" on Dec. 10. Unlike their obtuse colleague T.J. Simers, I think Dan Guerrero's decision was the right decision, and his comments at the news conference were right on point. UCLA needs to move forward with its football and basketball programs. UCLA should not be content with being a second-tier program in both sports. Terry Donahue brought UCLA from the third tier to a consistent second tier and occasional first-tier team.
December 12, 2006 |
Former UCLA coach Bob Toledo is taking over at Tulane, a school desperate to rejuvenate its fan base in a city that will be rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina for years. "I was one of those people from far, far away watching when disaster struck," said Toledo, currently New Mexico's offensive coordinator. "They've had to overcome a lot of adversity, and that's one of the things that attracted me here."
December 23, 1986 |
Purdue Coach Gene Keady, wary before the game since no Big Ten team had ever won in Toledo's Centennial Hall, was surprised afterward. "This team still amazes me," Keady said after the second-ranked Boilermakers rolled to an 89-67 victory over Toledo. "I thought this would be gut-check night, one that would go down to the last shot." Instead, it was effectively over early in the second half, after Purdue (7-0) made its first 11 baskets after intermission.
October 21, 2005 |
This is about a Los Angeles college football coach who couldn't lose. This is about long winning streaks and national championship aspirations and NFL job offers. This is not about Pete Carroll. This is about Bob Toledo. This is not about the party, this is about the hangover. "Pete is a terrific coach, and I'm wishing him the best," Toledo says. "Because eventually, everybody loses a game, and I know what happens then."