The head coaching carousel around the C-USA continued at warp speed as the Tulane Green Wave announced yesterday that they have hired Curtis Johnson to be their next head coach. Johnson replaces Bob Toledo who resigned after compiling a 15-40 record in New Orleans. Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin sounded excited with the hire:
"We now have a face and a name Ñ it's not just that limbo period, which was kind of weird," Griffin said. "Just how he addressed the team and his attitude, it's really exciting. Really exciting."
Johnson was on the Miami Hurricanes staff in 2002 when they won the National Championship. There, he coached Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne among others. For the last 5 years, he has been on Sean Payton's staff with the New Orleans Saints as the wide receivers coach.
Payton had this to say:
Said Payton on Johnson's hiring: "I'm biased, but that's an outstanding decision, and I'm excited for him and it's well-deserved. É We'll miss him. He has been exceptional. The good news is he won't be too far away. I think it's a great decision by Tulane, and I think it's one where they're lucky to have him."
Thoughts on the Tulane hire?