|2019 Toledo Rockets|
|Head coach||Jason Candle|
|3rd year, 28–13–0 (.613 - as of 2018)|
|Home stadium||Glass Bowl|
|Location||Toledo, Ohio, U.S.|
|Conference||Mid-American Conference (MAC)|
|All-time record||504–414–44 (.547 (as of 2018))|
|Postseason bowl record||10–8–0 (.556 (as of 2018))|
, Gold, and White
(white only on alternate jerseys)
|Fight song||"U of Toledo"|
|Mascot||Rocket the Rocket % Rocksky the Rocket|
|Marching band||The U of Toledo Marching Band|
|Rivals||Bowling Green Falcons|
Since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936 Toledo has finished in the Top 25 four times. Its highest finish came in 1970 when it ranked #12 after finishing 12–0–0. The University of Toledo has a 10–7 record in bowl games. The Rockets were the 2017 MAC champions.The Rockets are currently coached by Jason Candle.
Early history (1917–1962)Edit
Toledo first fielded a football team in 1917, under the leadership of John Brandeberry. According to Toledo Rockets lore, the team began when a group of students purchased uniforms from a sporting goods store, then arranged a game against the University of Detroit in order to settle the debt. Brandeberry stepped in to coach the team, which promptly lost the game 145–0 (but settled the debt).
For the first few years Toledo played without a nickname, but was dubbed the "Rockets" after two long touchdown runs in a 1923 loss to Carnegie Tech. That season also saw Toledo win its first conference title. Clarence Spears served as the Rocket's head coach and athletics director for seven seasons, from 1936–1942. Under his tutelage, the Rockets compiled a record of 38–26–2. which included five consecutive winning seasons. In two seasons, the Rockets compiled a record of 11–10 under head coach Skip Stahley. Forrest England served as Toledo's head coach for two seasons in 1954 and 1955, compiling a record of 9–7–2.
Nick Saban (1990)Edit
Nick Saban was head coach of the Rockets for one season, leading Toledo to a 9–2 record and a MAC co-championship in 1990. The two games the Rockets lost that season were by narrow margins: one point to Central Michigan, and four points to Navy. While at the helm of the Rockets, Saban turned down an application of Urban Meyer, who was looking for a job on his staff as an assistant coach.
Saban left Toledo after the 1991 season to become the NFL's Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator under Bill Belicheck, and later head coaching positions at Michigan State (1995–1999), LSU (2000–2004), the NFL's Miami Dolphins (2005–2006) and Alabama.
Tom Amstutz era (2001–2008)Edit
Known as "Toledo Tom", Tom Amstutz led the Rockets to some of the greatest successes, including two MAC Championships, four MAC West titles, and four bowl game appearances. A native of Toledo and former Rocket player himself, was promoted from defensive coordinator, a post he held under Saban and Pinkel, to the Rockets head coach after Pinkel's departure.
During his eight seasons as head coach, Amstutz led the Rockets to impressive victories over #9 Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Kansas, and Iowa State. Perhaps the greatest though was a 13-10 defeat in 2008 against the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor. The Rockets are the first and only MAC football team to beat Michigan. Amstutz resigned as head coach following the 2008 season. His final record as head coach was 58–41, including victories at the 2001 Motor City Bowl and 2005 GMAC Bowl.
Matt Campbell era (2012–2015)Edit
Named interim head coach following the departure of head coach Tim Beckman, to coach Illinois, Matt Campbell made his debut as the Rockets coach with a 42-41 victory over Air Force in the 2011 Military Bowl. At 32 years old, he was the youngest FBS coach at the time, and went on to enjoy four winning seasons and an overall record of 35-15. The team saw big victories along the way with a win over #18 Cincinnati in 2012 and a 2015 upset of #18 Arkansas in Little Rock, Toledo's first win over an SEC team. They also went on to a bowl victory over Arkansas State in the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl. Campbell resigned as head coach at the end of the 2015 regular season to accept a head coaching job at Iowa State.
|2015||Matt Campbell; Jason Candle||10-2|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "A to Z List - Who We Are (Colors)", UT Brand guide (utrockets.com). Retrieved on August 31, 2019.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Rothman, Seymour. "An intimate, informal, and irreverent look at the early days of UT football", Toledo Blade, November 10, 1991. Retrieved on 2010-01-10.
- ↑ University of Toledo Athletics - Dr. Clarence Spears, Football Coach (1936-1942).
- ↑ J. NEIL (SKIP) STAHLEY, 83, UI ATHLETIC DIRECTOR.
- ↑ HighBeam
- ↑ Archived copy. Archived from the original on 2009-08-19. Retrieved on 2008-12-15.
- ↑ Thamel, Pete (4 December 2009). Nick Saban and Urban Meyer Share a Friendship With Bill Belichick.
- ↑ Lena, Sebastian. Nick Saban Says 4 Years Under Bill Belichick Were 'Worst of My Life'.
- ↑ UT hires 2 coaches (10 January 2001).
- ↑ Toledo beats Michigan 13-10 after late FG miss – USATODAY.com.
- ↑ Tom Amstutz Will Step Down as Head Football Coach at End of This Season; Accepts New Position in UT Alumni Office.
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- ↑ "2011 Military Bowl", MILITARY BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN. (en-US)
- ↑ Arkansas vs. Toledo: What we learned from the Rockets' 16-12 win over the Razorbacks.
- ↑ Matt Campbell named Iowa State's head coach.