Team preview: Tulane

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Throughout the spring and an early offseason filled with media interviews and alumni and fan meetings, Tulane coach Bob Toledo noticed a significant change in the questions he faced.

"No one is asking about the past and Katrina and all that," Toledo said.

Toledo wasn't at Tulane when Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast in 2005, destroying much of New Orleans and displacing the Tulane football team for the entire season. Between the lingering effects of Katrina and four straight losing records, coach Chris Scelfo and his coaches lost their jobs after the 2006 season.

Toledo inherited a program in need of a fresh start and new energy. The Green Wave got that in 2007, going 4-8 and moving past a 1-5 start by winning three of their last six games and finishing third in Conference USA's West Division with a 3-5 record.

While the program is still feeling some of the impact of Katrina and six losing records the last seven seasons, 2007 was a positive step for the Green Wave.